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  1. Texas (1-1, 0-0) will travel to Los Angeles on Saturday to take on USC (2-0, 1-0). The Trojans enter the game coming off an impressive win against Stanford, 42-24. Let’s take a look at what USC has on defense and special teams: Defensive Line The USC defense will operate out a 3-4 look. The nose tackle position is held down by former junior college standout Josh Fatu. Fatu has already recorded 2 tackles for loss and a sack in 2017. The end positions are occupied by Rasheem Green and Malik Dorton. Green was an honorable mention All-PAC 12 member in 2016 and had an excellent game last week against Stanford. Right tackles Tristan Nickelson and Denzel Okafor will draw the task of having to try to slow down Green, who possesses the speed and strength to give the offensive line fits. Dorton has a quiet first few games of the year, only totaling 3 tackles and having no sacks or tackles for loss. Stanford had pretty good success running to Dorton’s side of the line, and with Connor Williams matched up against him on Saturday, it may be smart for Texas to replicate that plan. Linebacker Inside linebacker Cameron Smith is widely considered to be the top player on the Trojan defense. Smith was a second team All-Pac 12 member in 2016 and is one of the top run defenders in the entire country. He is the team leader in tackles with 14 to go along with 2.5 tackles for loss. Beside him is fellow inside linebacker John Houston Jr. The sophomore has 9 tackles on the year to go along with a quarterback hurry. If Texas wants to establish the run game, they will have to find a way to get bodies on Smith and Houston, who both shoot gaps well and have high football IQ’s. The two outside linebackers for USC each serve a different purpose for the Trojan defense. Senior Uchenna Nwosu is seen as an athletic linebacker who the Trojans can rely on in pass coverage and to handle athletes out in space. Nwosu has 9 tackles and a tackle for loss on the season, and will play a vital role in defending the screen game that Texas has utilized through the first two games. Porter Gustin would the starter at the other outside linebacker spot, but Gustin is every questionable for Saturday with a toe injury. The 6’5, 255 pound junior was the named honorable mention All-Pac 12 in 2016, when he lead the team in tackles for loss with 13 and also collected 5.5 sacks. Texas would catch an extreme break if Gustin is unable to play, and sophomore Connor Murphy would likely start in his place. Murphy has seen limited playing time this season, recording 6 tackles. Defensive Back In 2016, Adoree’ Jackson took home the Jim Thorpe award for the top defensive back in the country. Despite Jackson’s departure to the NFL, another defensive back on the Trojans was named to the Jim Thorpe award watch list prior to the 2017 season. Junior Iman Marshall is the top cornerback on the roster, and for good reason. Marshall is in his 3rd season as a starter and has 6 career interceptions. Collin Johnson will again draw a tough corner and will most likely be bracketed by a safety for the third straight game. Opposite of Marshall, the other starting corner is sophomore Jack Jones. Jones had a great game against Stanford a week ago, recording 6 tackles. The Trojans boast a solid safety pairing that is led by senior Chris Hawkins. The 2016 honorable mention All-Pac 12 member has 24 career starts. Hawkins brings a lot of versatility to the USC secondary, having started games at both safety positions and at corner. Marvell Tell III is the starter at the other safety spot and has recorded USC’s only interception through 2 games. Converted wide receiver Ajene Harris will play nickel when the Trojans choose to employ an extra DB. Texas will bring in the most talented receiving group that the Trojans have faced so far this season. Offensive coordinator Tim Beck will need to try to create matchup problems against a USC secondary that has length and plays with good discipline. Wide receivers Reggie Hemphill Mapps, Armanti Foreman and Lil’ Jordan Humphrey will need to find way to get open to help alleviate some of the double coverage Collin Johnson will be facing. Special Teams Interestingly, the Trojans have yet to attempt a field goal in 2017. Redshirt freshman Michael Brown and true freshman Chase McGrath competed for the field goal duties throughout fall camp. Brown tore his ACL in last weeks game and will miss the remainder of the season. This leaves McGrath has the only player left at kicker. The walk on is a perfect 13 for 13 on extra points, but it remains to be seen what he will look like when USC is forced to attempt a field goal. Junior Reid Budrovich is in his first year as the starting punter and is averaging close to 50 yards per punt. Budrovich has had 2 punts land inside the 20. Velus Jones Jr. and Jack Jones serve as the primary kick returners.Velus Jones has returned 2 kicks for total of 61 yards, while Jack Jones has 2 returns for 14 yards. Texas has been vulnerable to long kickoff returns so far this year and USC will have the opportunity to exploit a shaky coverage unit. On punts, Ajene Harris handles the returns. Harris has only had 1 returnable attempt, a 15 yard return against Western Michigan. The Longhorns can not afford to give USC points off of special teams if they have any hope of pulling an upset on Saturday.
  2. Brutal news for the offensive line. Hudson needed all the reps he could get and now he will miss the rest of the year.
  3. The Terrapins beat the Longhorns 51-41 on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium to open the Tom Herman era on the 40 Acres. Let’s take a look at how the Texas defense and special teams graded in the loss to Maryland. Defensive Line Early on, it looked like the Texas defense was going to have its way with the Terrapins. The defensive line played well on the first drive of the game, but after that everything went downhill. Poona Ford played well, taking on double teams and opening up lanes for the linebackers to come down and make plays, but the linebackers failed to make those plays. Charles Omenihu flashed at times, notching Texas’ only sack. Ta’quon Graham played about as well as you could have expected for a freshman. One major disappointment was the non-impact by Malcolm Roach. The sophomore finished with only 1 tackle and was not a disruptive presence in the backfield. Texas only got the quarterback once all game, which is disappointing when facing a team that led the Big 10 in sacks allowed a season ago. Most fans will look at the stats and see 276 yards rushing and think that the defensive line had a rough day, but I would personally place much of that blame on the linebackers. Grade: C Linebackers Following Ty Johnson’s 40-yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter, I closely watched a replay that showed both Anthony Wheeler and Malik Jefferson filling the wrong gaps, allowing Johnson to run untouched into the end zone. The assignment football that the linebackers struggled with in 2016 seems to remain. On obvious passing downs, Texas chose to bring in a package that included Breckyn Hager and Jeff McCulloch. Unfortunately, that package was not used as often as Todd Orlando would have liked, mainly due to the inability to stop the run on 1st and 2nd down. Gary Johnson played on special teams but did not see any action on defense, despite being considered one of the best tacklers and run defenders on the team. Whether it’s from bad coaching the past 3 seasons or simply the inability to know an assignment, Todd Orlando has to find linebackers that give this defense at least a fighting chance in defending the run. Grade: D- Defensive Backs Tyrrell Pigrome was known as a run-first QB who had issues throwing the ball. Those issues never arose against Texas. Aside from a first quarter interception returned for a touchdown by Holton Hill, Texas was beat through the air all day. Kris Boyd got beat on numerous occasions and Holton Hill was not much better. After an injury to Pigrome, backup QB Kasim Hill converted a 3rd and 19 pass that squashed the hopes of any comeback by the Longhorns. Brandon Jones and DeShon Elliott are both going to be elite safeties, but the duo still struggles with pursuit angles and helping in the run game. Elliott seemed to play out of control at times, and whiffed on several open field tackles. Jones still needs proper coaching on how to help out in run support and properly shed off blocks. Overall, it seemed like the communication issues that plagued the Texas defensive backs much of last year were fixed, but the players simply failed to execute. Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill combined to complete 80% of their passes. If Texas plans on winning big time football games this year, they have to figure out their coverage issues before they face the likes of Baker Mayfield, Mason Rudolph, Will Grier and Sam Darnold. Grade: D+ Special Teams This was maybe the most wild special teams game I have seen in awhile. Maryland and Texas both returned blocked field goals for touchdowns, and Texas also added a punt return for a touchdown. Poona Ford blocked a kick midway through the 2nd quarter that fell right into the hands of Holton Hill, who returned it to the house. New kicker Josh Rowland did not look good in his first live game action. His kicks were low and did not have much power behind them. Rowland missed his first kick wide left before having his next kicked blocked and returned for a touchdown. The reality is, Texas does not have many options in the kicking department. Walk-on Chris Naggar has no live game experience and senior Mitchell Becker has only attempted 2 field goals in his career, both from under 25 yards. Michael Dickson looked like his normal self. The junior punted twice for 118 yards and flipped the field when he was asked to do so. In the return game, Texas lined up Devin Duvernay and Brandon Jones on kickoff returns. Both have the speed to be deadly in the return game, but blocking continues to an issue. Reggie Hemphill-Mapps served as the primary punt returner, and it looked like Texas has found its answer at that position. Hemphill-Mapps returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter to help get Texas back in the game. Credit Tom Herman for staying true to his word and playing starters on special teams. Malik Jefferson had a huge block that sprung Hemphill-Mapps on his return for a touchdown. It’s hard to not give a passing grade to a unit that had 2 touchdowns, but the field goal kicking and blocking on kick returns are worrisome. Grade: C
  4. It all began with his tweet after the spring game. "Could've told my mother to save her money on the plane ticket". Half of a game after being called on account of rain, or a subtle blast to the fact he didn't sniff the field? I don't know, but I believe, when it comes to a young guy who wants his shot, it was the latter. When Buechele became the obvious nod to the future with Ehlinger on deck at QB, I knew Locksley was going to have to change positions or transfer. Then it was even more evident when Heard got moved to WR, where a stable of capable guys was already in place. Now, I don't even know what the plan is, if any for the kid. I know he never had huge expectations, but does anyone feel bad for him? I just feel like he is a perfect example of how you can be swept up in the circus that can be recruiting. It's a valid thought to wonder if he ever really knew what he was doing/expecting when he said yes to Texas and bailed on FSU. Then again, you wonder what he was told. Who knows. I'll give him this much: I don't know what it's like to be 18 and have those kinds of decisions to make with the confidence and probably somewhat arrogance that I can go somewhere and be the guy. But at the same time, how do you make such a huge decision without really looking at the reality of the situation and asking yourself where you fit in? At one point during camp, his name came up on a brief article about roster position changes, what ifs, etc. And I completely forgot the kid was on the team. I'm betting the house on Texas this Saturday and putting all my winnings on my next bet, which is news that Locksley transfers before this season ends.
  5. Everyone knows by now, Horns @ Jayhawks kicks off at 2:30 p.m. I'll be in Lawrence by 9:30 a.m., parked in lot 54 with beer in hand by no later than 10 a.m. Who else will be making the trip? I know I had another topic started months ago about this and some of you commented/confirmed you'll be there. Since it's game week, I figure I'll ignite that convo again. Who is gonna be in Lawrence to watch Texas become bowl eligible?
  6. Jon Gruden

    "Hey, man! This Shane Buechele kid is somethin' special! And I tell ya what, man - this talent on this Texas team?! Hook 'Em Horns, man!" I don't know why, but anyone and everyone who doesn't follow this program thinks this is a realistic replacement candidate. Reasons: A.) Gruden still wants to coach, but on his terms. Meaning, it has to basically be a hand picked situation, not just any job. -Ok. I believe that theory. Most successful coaches at his age, with his resume, etc. Have that luxury. It's not a crazy concept. B.) Gruden has wanted to coach college ball, burnt out on the NFL. Runs his camp for young players -- namely QBs -- and enjoys developing guys. Tired of the NFL regiment, personable and feels like he could really recruit young kids, go into living rooms. Almost sort of has a Dabo/Jimbo feel to him. -Ok. Yeah, I suppose. C.) ESPN doesn't have the money it did when it signed him onto Monday Night Football, plus Torico is gone. -Ok. Not sure that really matters, unless the competing potential job is head coach at Texas, where he would probably make 3-to-5 times what he brings in now. However, such is the standard when he will work with 20-to-30 times the pressure and stress. So, I don't know if standing in a booth for four hours every Monday night after a week of hanging around teams really seems like something he would want to leave for everything the Texas job is. Which, while I don't agree about it being a cesspool, or any other hard reference Herbstreit gave it, I do believe there is a lot more BS that coaches have to deal with here. But it's not unwarranted. You don't want BS, it's simple: win. So, I don't know if ESPN NOT being able to pay him as much as what he makes right now when it's time for a new contract is reason enough to completely pivot and go the complete opposite direction and coach college football at Texas, where the look on his face the day he's introduced would be broken down and analyzed to predict how many wins he will have in his first season. D.) These folks who say this name think it's Texas, Alabama or USC that will pull Gruden to the college ranks. -Yeah. Water is also wet. Duh. E.) And when the name has been brought up on any platform, such as radio spots, both national or local, there's a genuine belief he wants to get back to coaching, period, that it may just be a void he wants to fill, so perhaps he isn't THAT picky about where he lands if he leaves ESPN. -Nah. No way. Not at this point in his life. And that's where I'm at. As obvious as the statement "well, it would have to be USC, or Alabama, or Texas" is, I just don't see this guy diving back into everything that coaching is, in what is quite honestly the more demanding of level of coaching: college football. So, I open this thread with these talking points I have heard, or engaged in, and I ask you all: Does the name Jon Gruden make your ears perk up? Or do you find yourself walking to the liquor cabinet in sadness, preparing to pour a strong scotch as you watch the program take 10 steps backwards? #HookEm
  7. Charlie Strong met with the media on Monday following a 41-7 victory over the UTEP Miners on Saturday evening. Here are some highlights from today's press conference. Strong highlighted the defense and their ability to get off of the field as a crucial component to Texas' upcoming matchup against Cal. Strong mentioned that this weekend is a "business trip" and that "playing good defense can take a home crowd out of the game." On the negative side, Strong mentioned that he is "very concerned" about penalties. After Saturday's game, Texas currently ranks 5th in the FBS for total penalty yardage. Strong stated the team's need to "be a more disciplined football team," while not hesitating to mention that several players would pay for bonehead penalties. On a positive note, Strong gave out praise to several players on Monday. Strong called Shane Buechele "calm with a quiet confidence about him." He mentioned that Shane will come up to any and every player just to have conversations with them. It's easy to tell that Strong has gained much more confidence since Buechele came to the 40 acres. One last interesting note from Strong's availability is that he mentioned the team looked sluggish in practice after a physical fight with Notre Dame. Although that is not too surprising, the interesting thing that Strong said was that a senior came up to him one day and said, "I know you're worried about our mindset this week. I promise you there will not be a letdown." As most have previously stated, there is just something different about this team this year. After coach Strong was done with the media, senior WR Jacorey Warrick made his way to the podium. Although Warrick did not have too much to say of substance, we learned some interesting facts about him. Both of Warrick's parents were big band participants in their glory days. Warrick said that his parents would try to throw some instruments at him, but he "always loved football." When asked about the nickname "Petey," Warrick gave credit to his mother's first cousin. He said that her cousin wanted to name him Petey at birth, but his mom was not having any part of that. Eventually, the name stuck. Most importantly, Warrick said that his sense of optimism is what has kept him focused and ready for his shot at playing time while at Texas. In this new offense, Warrick has made the most of his opportunity. Malik Jefferson spoke to the media after Warrick. Jefferson has an extremely confident demeanor, and does not seem like a true sophomore. The most interesting thing Jefferson had to say was how much different playing on the road as a freshman is as opposed to playing at home. Although he's a sophomore, Jefferson said he will "Tell those guys to stay focused. Me being young still, I can tell them how it feels." Jefferson has taken on a leadership role this year, and it shows. Lastly, when asked about Malcolm Roach, Malik had nothing but praise for the freshman. "[Roach] makes sure that everybody knows his name." Last but not least, senior DT Paul Boyette made his way to the podium. When asked about his wife Imani Boyette making the WNBA playoffs, Paul did not hesitate to make some humor of the question. "I'm happy about it. I get more allowance." Boyette is a charismatic and well-spoken leader on this football team. When asked about the key to the game on Saturday, Boyette made it clear that the "front 7 must have an incredible game," in order for the defense to be successful. Although Boyette didn't say much, he is very confident in his teammates on defense. Some important notes on Cal: In 2 games, Cal's defense has given up 72 points. In a particularly weak run defense, D'onta Foreman and Chris Warren III should have a field day. This will be Cal's first home game of the season. Therefore, the stadium will be packed. Preparation and leadership will be key in making sure a young Texas team is ready for a hostile environment. Davis Webb attempted a school record 72 passes in a losing effort to San Diego State last weekend. The Texas defense knows that Cal's offense relies almost entirely on the passing attack. They also know that Davis Webb is not a mobile quarterback. If the Texas defense can produce a pass rush on Saturday, Webb will make mistakes. Texas faces Cal at 9:30 CT on Saturday. The game will air live on ESPN. Texas is currently sitting as 7.5 point favorites over the Golden Bears. This will be a big test for Texas on the road. Going into conference play at 3-0 would be huge for the Longhorns' confidence.
  8. Monday Press Conference Recap

    Charlie Strong met with the media on Monday following a 41-7 victory over the UTEP Miners on Saturday evening. Here are some highlights from today's press conference. Strong highlighted the defense and their ability to get off of the field as a crucial component to Texas' upcoming matchup against Cal. Strong mentioned that this weekend is a "business trip" and that "playing good defense can take a home crowd out of the game." On the negative side, Strong mentioned that he is "very concerned" about penalties. After Saturday's game, Texas currently ranks 5th in the FBS for total penalty yardage. Strong stated the team's need to "be a more disciplined football team," while not hesitating to mention that several players would pay for bonehead penalties. On a positive note, Strong gave out praise to several players on Monday. Strong called Shane Buechele "calm with a quiet confidence about him." He mentioned that Shane will come up to any and every player just to have conversations with them. It's easy to tell that Strong has gained much more confidence since Buechele came to the 40 acres. One last interesting note from Strong's availability is that he mentioned the team looked sluggish in practice after a physical fight with Notre Dame. Although that is not too surprising, the interesting thing that Strong said was that a senior came up to him one day and said, "I know you're worried about our mindset this week. I promise you there will not be a letdown." As most have previously stated, there is just something different about this team this year. After coach Strong was done with the media, senior WR Jacorey Warrick made his way to the podium. Although Warrick did not have too much to say of substance, we learned some interesting facts about him. Both of Warrick's parents were big band participants in their glory days. Warrick said that his parents would try to throw some instruments at him, but he "always loved football." When asked about the nickname "Petey," Warrick gave credit to his mother's first cousin. He said that her cousin wanted to name him Petey at birth, but his mom was not having any part of that. Eventually, the name stuck. Most importantly, Warrick said that his sense of optimism is what has kept him focused and ready for his shot at playing time while at Texas. In this new offense, Warrick has made the most of his opportunity. Malik Jefferson spoke to the media after Warrick. Jefferson has an extremely confident demeanor, and does not seem like a true sophomore. The most interesting thing Jefferson had to say was how much different playing on the road as a freshman is as opposed to playing at home. Although he's a sophomore, Jefferson said he will "Tell those guys to stay focused. Me being young still, I can tell them how it feels." Jefferson has taken on a leadership role this year, and it shows. Lastly, when asked about Malcolm Roach, Malik had nothing but praise for the freshman. "[Roach] makes sure that everybody knows his name." Last but not least, senior DT Paul Boyette made his way to the podium. When asked about his wife Imani Boyette making the WNBA playoffs, Paul did not hesitate to make some humor of the question. "I'm happy about it. I get more allowance." Boyette is a charismatic and well-spoken leader on this football team. When asked about the key to the game on Saturday, Boyette made it clear that the "front 7 must have an incredible game," in order for the defense to be successful. Although Boyette didn't say much, he is very confident in his teammates on defense. Some important notes on Cal: In 2 games, Cal's defense has given up 72 points. In a particularly weak run defense, D'onta Foreman and Chris Warren III should have a field day. This will be Cal's first home game of the season. Therefore, the stadium will be packed. Preparation and leadership will be key in making sure a young Texas team is ready for a hostile environment. Davis Webb attempted a school record 72 passes in a losing effort to San Diego State last weekend. The Texas defense knows that Cal's offense relies almost entirely on the passing attack. They also know that Davis Webb is not a mobile quarterback. If the Texas defense can produce a pass rush on Saturday, Webb will make mistakes. Texas faces Cal at 9:30 CT on Saturday. The game will air live on ESPN. Texas is currently sitting as 7.5 point favorites over the Golden Bears. This will be a big test for Texas on the road. Going into conference play at 3-0 would be huge for the Longhorns' confidence.
  9. The early spread is Notre Dame -4.5. Buying or selling? I think it's going to be a close game. Up here in Indiana, every Irish fan talks a lot about last year's 38-3 nightmare. In fact, it's all they'll talk about. I don't know if they're just not paying attention to the current rosters, trending topics coming out of each camp, or what, but they don't see to care about anything other than last year's result, ignoring the ESPN FPI almost putting this game at a 50/50 toss up. Add that to the fact Notre Dame lost huge playmakers from last season on both sides of the ball while Texas has had an entire off-season to develop and improve its young talent. I know the Irish has two proven quarterbacks, but I don't look at their roster the same way I did last year. Anyway, what say you? I think the early spread is fair, and I bet it will stay put before dropping to Notre Dame -3 by game day.
  10. Questions Answered!

    Contributors: Sean Adams, Aaron Carrara, Matt Cotcher, Mike Garland (J.B. TexasEx) Any confirmation on the suspensions of Daje, Estelle, and Harrison? If so, for how long? There continues to be contradicting reports on these three. Even our folks close to the team have differing views. The majority of those folks seems to think that all three players are waiting on grades from the 2nd summer school session to be released. It's something we're tracking closely. (UTPhil2006) Percentage of landing Malik Jefferson? Honestly, this one is shaping up as a coin flip. It’s a three horse race between Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor (even though he tweeted earlier Thursday night that he plans on visiting Oklahoma this weekend). Jefferson has been hanging out with Gilmer CB Kris Boyd (part of the original Fab 5) a lot lately and both are “planning” on visiting Texas A&M together the second weekend of August. The longer his recruitment plays out the more it benefits the Horns. (UTPhil2006) Do we have even an outside shot at Kendall Sheffield? There is always a shot, especially when dealing with high school kids. That being said, the chance of getting Sheffield is slim...really slim. He’s been all A&M since the middle of May. (UTPhil2006) Why Florida and not LSU, Bama, or more specifically Auburn for Daylon Mack's 2nd (of 2) official visit? Because it’s Florida…what high school kid wouldn’t want to take a trip to Florida, on Florida’s dime? Despite being down recently, Florida has a lot of appeal and Muschamp connects with defensive recruits pretty well. (UTPhil2006) Main targets for the 2015 basketball recruiting class? How many spots will we have? The coaching staff is in a tough spot…they could have several guys leave after this season, or Holmes could be the only departure (graduation). The coaches are keyed in on three shooting guards (including Matt McQuaid who we mentioned last week), which is also curious considering the current log jam on the roster. The guess here is that they will prioritize those three guards over the next 30 days and only sign one this Fall. Whether they sign a second player will depend on some conversations with the current roster that will be happening before practices start. (PeteA422) After all the talk of the (alleged) suspensions, and the guys that were dismissed from the team, what is the take from the rest of the team regarding everything that is going on and how is everyone on the team responding? I think we all know Diggs is on board with all of this. The thing that everyone needs to understand is that the players have really bought into the team concept that the coaches have built. When you workout, run, sweat, lift and practice with the same guys, you start to feel a brotherhood together (instead of being an assembled group of talented athletes). This team is about winning. That is the goal. At this point anyone that is taking away from that goal needs to go. Most of the team is on board with this staff. (lsampson) Will Hornsports have an official tailgate this year for home games? In previous years Horn Sports helped sponsor an existing tailgate but it is time to take the next step. Horn Sports is working on putting together tailgates for home games this season. As soon as they’re arranged, our members will be the first to know! (UTPhil2006) Any rumors on who will replace Kaylee Hartung? ESPN has filled the position. All we can say at this point is that you won't be disappointed. (lsampson) Are there any mystery recruits out there that we're not hearing about now that may shoot up the rankings soon? Two 2016’s come to mind: - Carthage tight end Marquise Guinn (6-4, 225) is a physical blocker that has good hands. He has room to grow with his frame. Started for 3A state champion Carthage as a sophomore; is also a 160+’ thrower in the discus. - Corrigan-Camden linebacker La’Darius Hamilton (6-2, 220) doesn’t get a lot of love because he plays for a smaller school but he is as physical as they come in the middle. Even though he’s a middle linebacker he does a good job sideline-to-sideline. (MikeV73) Is Chris Warren just waiting for the right time? He seems to be very in tune with UT recruiting news with tweets. Hope he is just wasting other schools money taking recruiting trips with a plan to commit to Strong and Co. This is a case of a kid enjoying the recruiting process and taking his time making a decision that will be the biggest of his young life. Texas, along with Oregon, Virginia, Stanford and Wisconsin are his top five and when signing day comes he will sign with one of these schools. I’d say all five schools are about even with Texas holding the slight edge with it being the only in-state school. Warren has recently visited Stanford and Virginia and plans on taking a trip to Oregon in the near future. (SFlonghorngirl) Any other Louisiana recruits we're targeting besides Patterson? Patterson is obviously the big one out of Louisiana that Texas wants but Louisiana is loaded with talent that the Horns are targeting. 2015 OLB Bo Wallace from John Curtus has a Texas offer and his showing a ‘decent’ amount of interest (but that’s all it is right now). He visited Austin back in April. 2016 wide receiver Mykel Jones (Patterson, LA) joins Shea Patterson as two of 2016’s top targets from the Bayou State that are receiving interest from Texas. It’s early in the recruitment process for him but speculation is that Florida State and LSU lead and his home state is his top choice. And of course there’s commit Garrett Thomas from Many, LA. Another high school to keep an eye on is University Lab School (U-High) in Baton Rouge. It’s home to LSU commit Dylan Moses (2017 prospect that already has a Texas offer), Cornerbacks Malik Jefferson and Tre Jackson (2016) and RB Nick Brosette (2015). Reports are that Brosette has genuine interest in Texas, but LSU leads. Also keep an eye out for OT Adrian Ealy in the ’17 class at U-High. Coach Chad Mahaffey is doing some really good things at the program. (texasdobbs) Who is your projected defense, offense MVP's? Who will be a surprise dark horse player? For this team to achieve it's goals, Malcolm Brown (offense) and Malcom Brown (defense) need to be the MVP's on their respective sides. There aren't two other players with a bigger opportunity to impact the other 10 players on their unit. Other guys might have better stat lines, but it will be because of the job those two are doing. For our dark horse pick, we'll take tight end Geoff Swaim It's been years since Texas had an impact player at his position, but he's worked hard all Summer and is in position to make a contribution. (MikeV73) The Denton Guyer QB in class of 2017- hasn't played a down yet I think, is he wowing at camps to garner all of the positive mojo? Shawn Robinson has potential written all over him. He was impressive enough at the Under the Lights camp to pick up an offer from Strong. While it’s true that Robinson hasn’t taken a snap for Guyer yet, he did play as a freshman at his old school, Saginaw Chisholm Trail. Last season, Robinson threw for 1,123 yards and 11 touchdowns (7 int’s), and ran for 624 yards and 6 td’s. Robinson has to fill the void at Guyer left by Jerrod Heard. Guyer’s first game is against Allen – a team led by quarterback Kyler Murray, a Texas A&M commitment. (MikeV73) Is Dylan Mack playing possum or has written off UT, you make the call. Official visits to A&M and Florida? Florida, where did this come from? More wackiness from our esteemed DT recruit who seems to become more narcissistic as this process drags on. For our thoughts on the UF visit, read above. As far as his commitment to A&M, the narcissisitic thought is overboard. Think of Mack as an 18-year old without a filter – whatever is on his mind is what comes out of his mouth. And, although he’s verbally committed, a poor season in College Station and some key recruits pledging in Austin might be enough to sway his mind. Although he’s mentioned several SEC schools, we don’t think he’ll end up out of state.
  11. As an NFL draft nerd, I love watching tape on players going into the draft and tonight I've been watching all i can find on Vaccaro. But when watching Vaccaro, Diggs stood out the me multiple times by breaking on the ball nicely. At the same time, Josh Turner and Mykelle Thompson often delayed before breaking on the pass or made poor tackles that led to big gains. I think Quandre Diggs moving to safety is a must. He is a very smart player on the field and reads the quarterback and receivers well. We all know the difference a good safety can have on a defense. In most recent years, Earl Thomas made tons of plays back there. I don't think Diggs is quite as fast as Earl, but he definitely reads the passing game almost as well as Earl did. I also like his tackling ability better than Josh Turner, Mykelle Thompson, and Adrian Phillips. Diggs for Safety 2013.
  12. Taking Sides - Adams vs Cotcher

    This year, the BCS is being ushered out by a playoff system. Division I college football will ultimately crown it’s champion in the same way that almost every other sport does. The BCS gave fans an improved championship game for 15 years. Since it’s inception when Tennessee beat Florida State in 1998, the BCS matched the top two teams (as determined in their poll) every year. The Associated Press only managed to have the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams play each other in a bowl game in 8 times in over 50 years. There are plenty of questions surrounding the new playoff format. Between questioning how many teams should participate to who will be on the committee that selects teams for the playoff, fans are asking every question imaginable about the new system. Perhaps they should take a step back and ask a more important one...Will the playoff be better than the BCS? Be sure to tell us what you think on the BOB. BRING ON THE PLAYOFF – Sean Adams We just saw the best reason for the new playoff system that kicks off during the 2014 season…the NCAA basketball tournament ends with one team winning. There is finality determined and one true champion. Our days of worrying about a split national championship in football are over. The argument for the number three team is a thing of the past. While that argument transitions to the 5th ranked team, that changes the argument. If a team is ranked 5th they are virtually guaranteed to have one loss. Starting with a four team playoff should make it easy in the future to add four more teams. An 8-team playoff ends all arguments about which teams get included. Because of the negativity based around the current BCS system, most fans believe in the “something is better than nothing” theory. The BCS system had its issues and the lack of an actual tournament was central to any criticism. Since the probability of a team going undefeated and not making the playoff is extremely remote, no team in the country will be denied an opportunity to play in the final four. That alone is enough to make the playoff a grand thing. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR – Matt Cotcher Everyone is excited for the new playoff system. Why? Do you really want college football to copy March Madness? Are you sure? I get my fill of bracketology in March. I don’t need more in December. But beyond the brackets, there is a fundamental flaw with using a massive tournament to decide on the national champion…anyone can win. I don’t mean that in the sense that determining a champion on the field of play is bad, rather my problem is that the wrong team walks away as the winner. This year’s March Madness illustrates my point perfectly. Kentucky played Connecticut for the championship. Those two teams combined to lose 19 games during the regular season. UConn lost to Houston, and UK lost to Arkansas…twice. Neither Houston or Arkansas was among the top 68 teams invited to the championship tournament. What this boils down to is that college football’s regular season is the best thing in sports. Period. By using a playoff to determine the national champion, college football risks diminishing the importance of the regular season. UConn beat UK in the basketball championship game. But does anyone believe that the Huskies were the best team in the country? Doubtful. UConn was simply the hottest team during the right three week period.
  13. Spring Casualty

    On Friday, Texas Athletics released a statement that starting quarterback David Ash broke his left foot and will miss the remainder of spring practices. — Twitter API (@twitterapi) November 7, 2011 The news impacts the rest of spring football and also changes the recruiting landscape for Head Coach Charlie Strong. There are three priorities as a result of the news on Ash: 1. Securing the transfer of Max Wittek is even more critical Injuries are a part of football. One of the sliver linings to the news about Ash is that Max Wittek should now know he is an absolute priority for the Horns. The USC transfer still hasn't made his decision on where he will play but it looks like Texas is the front runner for his services. With Ash's injury, it becomes paramount that Texas gets Wittek signed and on campus. The news could also help Wittek pull the trigger on Texas. The former Trojan quarterback is clearly interested in UT and this news might be the boost that helps him make a decision. 2. Tyrone Swoopes must progress The consensus from practice reports is that Tyrone Swoopes is not yet where coaches want him to be in terms of development. Given that Swoopes and Quarterbacks Coach Shawn Watson have only had a few months to work together, that's hardly an indictment that former Whitewright HS star won't be ready in the fall. However, if the Longhorns do not get Wittek, Swoopes must accelerate his development and make big improvements before fall camp. 3. Preseason expectations take a hit College football is all about perception. Where a team is ranked in the preseason poll can have a significant impact on what they are able to accomplish during the season. Preseason rankings and perception are also a big factor in how conferences are judged throughout the season. For example, the SEC consistently is perceived as the toughest league. With as many as a half dozen teams ranked in the preseason poll, there is no denying that these expectations help shape everyone's opinion. This is all relevant to Texas now because if national media doesn't believe the Longhorns can't be a good team in 2014 without David Ash at quarterback, preseason perceptions will take a dive. Ultimately that hurts both Texas and the Big 12.
  14. Depth Chart Debate: Adams vs. Cotcher

    The second string quarterback is one of the most popular people in Austin. Typically, he can’t do wrong, is more talented than the starter, and equates to at least one more win in November. In Charlie Strong’s first season, that may or may not be the case, depending on whether or not he's able to lure USC-transfer Max Wittek to campus. If Wittek takes his talents elsewhere, superblue Jerrod Heard will be the fan darling. Should fans really be putting such hope on a pair of signal callers that aren’t even on the roster? Are you sure? Be sure to tell us what you think. Texas really needs Max Wittek - Sean Adams General Robert Neyland, namesake of the stadium at the University of Tennessee, famously said, “80% of football games are won by the coach with the best players on his sideline.” Neyland knew a thing or two about football, and his quote is answer enough as to why the University of Texas needs the commitment of USC transfer Max Wittek. photo credit: SI.com Wittek was a December 2010 graduate from Mater Dei High School (same high school as for USC and NFL QB’s Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley), the 3rd ranked pro style quarterback in the nation, and a national Top 100 player. He committed to the Trojans after receiving dozens of scholarship offers including Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and Nebraska. He was recruited at Nebraska by their OC Shawn Watson, now the QB coach and play caller for the Longhorns. Now, that all of the official crap is out of the way, let’s talk about what matters…Max Wittek would be highest prospect to join the Horns since Garrett Gilbert did so (2009). Obviously rankings do not mean that much but Wittek is a huge talent and has two years of eligibility remaining. Not to mention that Texas needs Wittek because there are more questions than answers at the quarterback position. I believe that the handling of David Ash and his injury in 2013 has a lot of questions around it. Texas fans might be more worried than David Ash, his family or the new Texas staff is about his health. But, there is still the lingering question. Tyrone Swoopes was put in an awkward situation burning his redshirt last year and the time he spent on the field was meager at best. Rockstar recruit Jerrod Heard hits the 40 acres in June but he will be a freshman. Yes, Texas needs Max Wittek. He will bring work ethic, championship pedigree, some experience and a very talented arm to the QB room. The rush to judge Tyrone Swoopes - Matt Cotcher I admit it...I’m at a loss for how or why fans have already discarded Tyrone Swoopes on the scrap heap. That sounds hyperbolic, and normally it would be, but it’s not in this case. photo credit: espn.com In a few months, Jerrod Heard will join the Longhorns as the latest, greatest recruit wearing the mantle of “the next Vince Young”. 12 short months ago, that recruit was Tyrone Swoopes. Arriving in Austin in time for Spring practice (2013), the only thing more ridiculous than the 6’4”, 240-pound playmaker’s scholarship offer list was his highlight tape. Fast forward a few months and the Texas coaches decided to burn Swoopes’ redshirt 7 games into the 2013 season. Over the final 6 games of the season, the freshman appeared in 5 games. Swoopes also played in a few series in the Alamo Bowl. In those 6 career appearances, the former Whitewright star had a total of 13 pass attempts and 20 rushes...and fans have already passed judgment on him. Burnt orange savants decided that Swoopes can’t win games and that Texas must get Max Wittek on campus or be prepared to have Heard be the 2nd string quarterback. Nevermind that Swoopes had a 26 yard run against Oregon in the Alamo Bowl. Forget that he threw a perfect 54-yard strike to Mike Davis that might have completely changed the game had Davis not dropped it. The fact that both of those singular plays exceed the starters total for the entire game? Irrelevant. If you want to remember why everyone was so excited to get Tyrone Swoopes to the 40 Acres, give this SI article a read. Pay particular attention to recruiting analyst Brian Perroni’s comment that, “…he is not nearly the polished product that most quarterbacks are coming out of high school these days. He doesn't have the private coach or come from a high-powered system so he is going to have to develop a lot when he gets to Texas.” And if that article isn’t enough to remind you, here is every play from Swoopes’ 2013 campaign including all the incomplete passes. Sit through 7 minutes of footage, then come back and tell me why Texas needs Max Wittek.
  15. NFTC-Dallas: Nuggets and Recap

    Despite the cold and rainy conditions, prospective high school football players made the most of their opportunity at the Nike Football Training Camp in Dallas. NFTC camps are an interesting combination of football players with bright futures in the sport, along with players that will, unfortunately, end their careers after high school. The amount of speed and strength that sets Division I athletes apart from good high school players is narrow but noticeable – especially at events like Nike’s camp. Only 5.8% of all high school football players end up on scholarship at an NCAA Division I program. Each of the 123 Division I programs can only have eighty five players on scholarship, so difficult choices must be made by college coaches. That’s what makes camps like the NFTC so valuable to coaches…they provide an opportunity to compare and evaluate talent. Hornsports was at NFTC - Dallas. Read on for a summary of the SPARQ testing and a breakdown of each position… SPARQ: • Patrick Vahé showed impressive explosiveness throwing 41' on the Power Toss. That type of power from the hits is key for Offensive Lineman. • Charles Omenihu was a scratch in the 40-yard dash. That disappointed some; however, he ran a 4.5 on his pro-shuttle. That’s not exactly blazing fast, but athletes with his long frame and low weight typically have issues with body control. A 4.5 shuttle proves that Omenihu is not only capable of changing direction under control, but can do so quickly. This change of direction is essential for defensive lineman and especially for pass rushing defensive ends like Omenihu. • Despite the Texas verbal pledges posting impressive SPARQ performances, the MVP of the testing was Justice Austin. With a total score of 124.08, Austin’s performance in every SPARQ test was thoroughly impressive. Despite measuring 6’ and 240 pounds, Austin matched Vahé with a 41’ Power Toss. Austin combined that performance with a 4.7 forty and a 4.1 pro-shuttle to prove he is a formidable talent at linebacker. Position Group Work: QBs- This group wasn’t extremely impressive, but also didn’t disappoint by any means. Kyler Murray was without a doubt the most impressive QB in attendance and to no surprise, he walked away with the MVP award. Murray is a dual threat QB with mobility to match a considerable arm. A consensus Top 10 statewide recruit, Murray moved extremely well both inside and outside the pocket. While Murray's throwing technique will need some coaching his passes were accurate and on time. UT commit RB Jordan Stevenson participates in ball security drills RBs- Not only did this position group impress; there were a lot of RB’s in attendance. Texas commit Jordan Stevenson did very well during his 1-on-1’s, using great technique to win the majority of his reps. His pass protections skill were impressive and he looked like a collegiately coached running back. Stevenson has good knee drive and equally good cuts that are both decisive and fluid – an especially dangerous combination. In each drill the coaches paid him extra attention and made the drill more difficult (weighted balls, extra moves and cuts, etc.) Jaylon Smith was another stand out performer at RB, despite being an under-recognized talent. While Smith was listed at 5’11’’ and 210 pounds, he likely plays closer to 220 or even 230 pounds. Smith is a difficult running back to evaluate at a non-contact camp because he’s a downhill runner. His one-on-one period was very well done and he was undefeated in pass protection. He was told several times by coaches that they were not in pads and he should remember that… but the coaches on the field loved it. LB’s- Simply put – what an impressive bunch. The linebacking group was a recruiter’s dream, and it’s not an exaggeration that the majority of attendees will play Division I football. The linebackers operated more like a team instead of a group of football players looking for attention. They were all enthusiastic, positive, and cheered one another throughout the camp. The 1-on-1’s against RB’s was clearly won by the LB’s with few losses in the pass rush, or inside run. The clear choice for MVP was Malik Jefferson (Rivals.com’s No. 3 ranked LB in the nation). Jefferson has an impressive physique that compares better to an NFL linebacker than a college player. At 6’2’’ and 225lbs, Jefferson doesn’t have an ounce of fat on him. Trevis Gipson was another stand out, displaying impressive pass rush moves during his 1-on-1’s. At 6’5’’ he has the height to play defensive line and proved his athleticism during the pass skeleton, looking every bit of a capable safety prospect. Gipson already has offers from Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, and Tulsa and more are sure to follow. DL- This group was dominant. The battle for MVP was tough, with many different interior and exterior linemen providing worthy competition, but George Lea walked away with the title. Lea is a visibly impressive athlete with a large frame and proportional weight. In the day’s final 1-on-1, Lea lost to Vahe despite a great battle and an impressive jump on the snap. In 1-on-1’s Charles Omenihu was nearly undefeated with only one loss; however in the rematch it was a clear that the first rep was a fluke with Omenihu winning decisively. Omenihu will be an interesting player to watch develop because he certainly has the ability to ‘flip the switch’ and put his game face on. WR- The wideouts were another large group of talented young men with a lot of solid athletes. Although it wasn’t a particularly tall group it was a fast one. The receivers were difficult to truly evaluate due to the overwhelming talent at Linebacker and DB, but the MVP award went to DaMarkus Lodge. Consistently open even when he was not targeted, Lodge was also a clear stand out in SPARQ testing. Lodge is an extremely talented athlete with a bright future. His combination of size, speed, and physicality will make him a serious threat for early playing time wherever he chooses to play football. The catch of the day was made by a relatively unknown running back named Bryce Beard. A smaller running back that projects as a slot receiver in college, Beard will not have a difficult transition based on his performance. His one-handed, toe dragging catch on the sideline was, without a doubt, a Sports Center Top Ten-type grab (with several chanting the theme music on the sideline). OL- An overall unimpressive group, with only a few individual standouts, the OL was dominated in 1-on-1’s. The MVP award went to Texas commit Patrick Vahé, and it was well deserved. Vahé seemed a little under his reported weight but the explosiveness shown on the Power Toss and his quickness in pass sets were more than enough to cement him as the group’s top performer. The coaches frequently used Vahé as an example of great foot placement, and his pass protection skills were outstanding. In passing drills, Vahe was patient and delivered a strong punch that was both on target and on time. Matt Morse was another impressive lineman but is undersized. It’s difficult to get noticed on the offensive line if you are under 6’, but Morse really caught everyone’s attention during 1-on-1’s. Morse was only beat once, and at the center position that is a truly difficult task. Surprisingly, Morse does not hold any offers yet. Morse’s size will without a doubt affect his stock but placing 5th in the state (heavyweight division) in wrestling shows great potential and athleticism. DB’s- This was another really impressive group that included three athletes with invites to The Opening (an elite 11-on-11 football camp run by NFTC). The invitees in attendance were Justin Dunning, P.J. Mbanasor, and Will Sunderland. The DB’s MVP competition was the fiercest of any position group of the day, and the award went to Will Sunderland. A highly sought after recruit, it’s easy to see why Sunderland has offers from schools in the Big10, Big12, ACC, and SEC. At 6’2’’ Sunderland has good height to match his speed and will be able to play safety or corner in college. The defensive back group was full of raw NCAA Division I-level talent and was probably the main reason the QB’s had a below average day. There were very few receivers open during the zone coverage drills and almost none in the man-to-man drills.
  16. Regardless of what Cameron Ridley does in his basketball career, he will go down in Texas Longhorns history as the man who made a buzzer beater in the NCAA Tournament. On Thursday night, the sophomore from Houston stole the game back from a streaking Arizona State team, vaulting the Texas Longhorns to a win in their Round of 64 game, 87-85, in Milwaukee, WI . Turning point of the Game: Is there any doubt? Players Of The Game: Cameron Ridley, Demarcus Holland, and Martez Walker All three of these players had a significant impact for the Longhorns: Off the bench, Martez Walker had a career high 16 points. Javan Felix was in foul trouble most of the night night, and Walker helped hold the Longhorns’ offensive rhythm. Demarcus Holland was good defensively with 3 steals, but it was his offensive efficiency that stood out. Holland was 6-6 from the field and 2-2 from the stripe for a total of 14 points. Cameron Ridley was Texas’ leading scorer with 17 points (Note: It was the game winning bucket that made Ridley the team’s top scorer) . Picking up his 4th foul with 2:20 to go in the game, Ridley did an excellent job of maintaining his intensity. Of course there’s also the small matter of grabbing the key offensive rebound and scoring the game-winning basket at the buzzer. Epilogue This was an important win for the Texas Longhorns. While Rick Barnes will want to address the team’s lack of consistency on Thursday night, one of the tournament’s cliches holds true – “survive and advance.” Texas advances to play the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. Michigan is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region and won the Big 10′s regular season title. The Wolverines are led by Nick Stauskas who is a sharp shooter from 3 point range. If the Longhorns want to dance in the Sweet 16, they will have to play a near perfect game. It’s worth noting that this Texas team is capable of that level of effort, as evidenced in February against the Kansas Jayhawks. Game time for the Saturday has not been announced. When tipoff is set, Horn Sports will provide the information.
  17. @TheFbBrainiacs: BREAKING: Have heard from two good sources that Nick Saban to Texas is a done deal. Will be making big bucks! The website is a page devoted to ou recruiting. It also has Ryan Broyles on its staff. http://thefootballbrainiacs.com/nick-saban-to-texas-appears-to-be-a-done-deal Take it as you will.
  18. HornSports.com's Big Mike was able to wrangle a few minutes with CBS Sports Senior College Football Analyst Bruce Feldman to talk about the Longhorn program, conference realignment and the college football playoff system. Feldman discusses his thoughts on the Patterson AD hire, coaches out there that should get a look if the head coaching job at UT becomes available, and a whole lot more. The interview is approximately 17 minutes long and was conducted on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Click the play button below to listen. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mobile listeners click the following link to listen - http://www.hornsports.com/audio/HornSports_Bruce_Feldman_Interview.mp3
  19. Though it's a team that holds one of the most recent National Championships for The University of Texas, the coverage of the Longhorn golf team and college golf in general amongst most media outlets still isn't as prevalent as I would think it would be. Thousands of viewers and golf fans tune into professional golf tournaments all the time. Yet, the common golf fan likely doesn't know much about collegiate golf at all. Which is largely what motivated me to get an inside look into the Texas men's golf team. Brax was also featured in a special on the Longhorn Network that can be found here: The Drive To Compete Yesterday I spoke with Brax McCarthy, a friend of mine who walked-on to the Texas Golf team this past fall. Brax gave some great insight into his personal story and also what it takes to compete at this level. "For me, it started in high school. I wasn't sure if I wanted to play college golf or not. But I was going to attend Texas so my mom wanted me to call coach Fields (Texas' Head Golf Coach) to get an unofficial visit. When I was able to get into contact with him, he told me I needed a big win and had to qualify for the U.S. Amatuers before I could walk-on to the team... Well, I didn't do either of those. But I decided to still attend UT and just play golf for fun." Like many athletes, after leaving the world of competition, Brax still had the competition-bug and after his freshman year he decided to take another crack at walking-on. "The summer before Junior year I got interested in joining the team again so I emailed Coach Fields about walking on. And he said the policy was the same. So I signed up for the U.S. Am qualifier. But again, I didn't qualify. And at this point I thought to myself I gave it a shot and at least I tried. Well, two weeks later in September I got a voicemail from coach Fields about a spot that had opened up. When I called him back he invited me onto the team and I instantly said YES!" Even though he wasn't able to qualify for the U.S. Amateurs his second go around, Brax kept playing and practicing. And coach Fields knew that he was continuing to work on his game, which gave him an opportunity to take a roster spot. But once he got a spot on the team, Brax still had a realistic view of where he stood and what it would take to compete. "I knew I was low on the totem pole. And I didn't think I would be playing right away. But I wanted to compete so I kept practicing. And by February, after playing 7 rounds of qualifying a couple weeks before, I qualified to play with the team for the first time in the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii." In Hawaii, Texas finished 4th as a team, and Brax tied for 70th. But he had his moments during the tournament and after finishing 6th in another set of qualifying rounds coach Fields selected him to play in the following tournament in Houston, which ended up being his best performance to date. "In Houston I got off to a good start by holing out an eagle shot from 60 yards out on the 3rd hole of the tournament. And from there I had a few good breaks, accompanied with some good putting, and I ended up playing the first 36 holes 8 under par and was leading the tournament after the 1st and 2nd rounds. But on the final round, I couldn't get anything going. I had some bad shots, bad breaks, and bad putting that left me with a 77 for that round, which was 5 over for that day. And I ended the tournament tied for 6th. But the Houston tournament was a good experience and definitely one to build off of. I didn't finish as well as I had played the first two rounds, mostly due to nerves and a lack of execution, but that's golf. In the end, it was a nice feeling knowing that I was competing again." Because Brax finished in the top-10 of the tournament, he qualified to play in the following tournament in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. But more the most part, the struggles from the last day in Houston continued in Vegas. "It was basically a continuation of the last round in Houston. But right now, it's been a week since that tournament so I'm just working on a few things like chipping and putting and continuing to practice." To Play, You Have To Earn It Being on the roster for the golf team does not automatically mean you get to compete in every tournament that's on the schedule. In collegiate golf, only a number of players compete in each tournament. And that number can vary to a certain degree. "Whenever Texas goes to a tournament they take 5 players that compete as a team. After each round, the 4 best scores of the 5 players are combined for a total team score. And the team that has the lowest total score wins the tournament. But sometimes a coach will be offered another entry or two into the tournament for an individual player/s to compete. The players who play individually can not be counted with the team score, but they compete with everyone for the individual win." As I asked more about the difference between the team play and the individual play, Brax explained that the host of the tournament will give certain teams the option of playing an additional individual player or two at the hosts discretion. The teams that get offered individual spots are usually prestigious teams and the top golf teams playing in the tournament. And if a player is already playing on the team in the tournament, that player does not also play in the individual spot because that would be redundant since players playing for the team can also compete for the individual win during the tournament. Heading into any tournament, Texas will always have 5 players competing. Occasionally there will be 1 spot, maybe 2, for individual play. The roster often looks something like this... Team: Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4 Player 5 Individual: Player 6 As I stated earlier, being on the Texas golf roster does not automatically give a player the opportunity to compete in every tournament that's on the schedule. Instead, for Texas, players must qualify in some fashion to make it onto the tournament roster. "Longhorn players have three ways that we can make it onto the tournament roster. First, the most common way you can compete in the next tournament is if you individually finished in the top-10 of the previous tournament we played in. Secondly, Coach Fields sometimes picks certain players to play based on their resume and recent body of work. And then after that, if the 5 spots have not been filled, the remaining players can qualify by playing against each other at local courses. Normally, we play anywhere from 2 to 7 rounds over the course of 1 to 2 weeks. And the player/s who have the best scores get the remaining roster spot/s." The 2012-2013 Texas Men's Golf Team Below is the current Texas Men's golf roster. NAME HT. CLASS-EXP. HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL) (per TexasSports.com) Cody Gribble 5-9 Sr.-3L Dallas, Texas (Highland Park) Will Griffin 6-2 RS-Fr.-HS Lufkin, Texas (Lufkin) Toni Hakula 5-10 Jr.-2L Espoo, Finland (Etela-Tapiolan) Kramer Hickok 5-11 So.-1L Plano, Texas (Trinity Christian Academy) Beau Hossler 6-1 Fr.-HS Mission Viejo, Calif. (Santa Margarita) Brax McCarthy 6-0 Jr.-HS Ft. Worth, Texas (Heights) Johnathan Schnitzer 5-10 RS-Jr.-2L Houston, Texas (Kinkaid) Brandon Stone 5-11 Fr.-HS Pretoria, South Africa (Cornwall Hill) Tayler Termeer 6-1 RS-Fr.-HS Austin, Texas (Lake Travis) Julio Vegas 6-0 RS-Sr.-3L Maturin, Venezuela (Cecilio Acosta) Every player on this roster is active for tournament play except for Beau Hossler, who has been red-shirted this season. Many of you may recognize Beau's name from when he competed in the 2012 U.S. Open as an amateur. "I've played with Beau a few times. He's a good player but it's taken him a while to get used to playing golf in Texas on the Bermuda grass... He hits the ball well and has a good game around the green. I think he may tell you his putting can improve but he is one of the top-ranked amateurs in the world." Texas recently lost Jordan Spieth, one of the team's leaders from their National Championship campaign last season, as Spieth is taking his game to the professional level. But the Longhorns still have other great players on the roster that are keeping the team highly competitive. "I think we are pretty good. This may be a cliche, but we know where we are and that we have a lot of work to do in order to get where we want to be. And you know, when you lose a player like Jordan Spieth he isn't somone you can easily replace. But we have players who have continued to play at a high level." But what makes the Texas golf team as competitive as they still are is the fact that for any given tournament any player on the roster can step up and have a great weekend or provide a good round of golf for the team. What's Left? "Right now, the team is playing at the Schenkel Invitational in Georgia. We have one more tournament in Georgia, which is the Augusta State Invitational. And then our last tournament of the regular season is the Morris Williams Invitational April 13/14 in Austin. That tournament is open to fans and we'd love to see a lot of Longhorn fans out there." I also highly encourage Longhorn fans to get out to Morris Williams to see the team compete and to also see the renovated course and new club house. I haven't been out there yet, but I've heard good things about the course and club-house since Morris Williams re-opened months ago. "After the Morris Williams invitational, we will play in the Big 12 Championship April 22nd - April 24th. And then the NCAA Championship play starts mid-May. Only time will tell as far as how we finish the season. We have work to do and need to take it one shot at a time." According to golfweek.com, as of March 10th, Texas was ranked 4th in the nation. Brax did mention that since then they may have slipped to 6th, but the ranking can also obviously change dependent on the Longhorns' results from the Schenkel Invitational this weekend. I really appreciate Brax giving me as much information and insight as he did. Collegiate golf has a lot of great talented men and women within it's ranks who are all striving to be the next great players in the professional golf world. I'd love to see more college golf tournaments televised and more information and coverage accessible to the public in the near future. But until then, get out to Morris Williams soon and show some support for a Longhorn team that recently won a National Championship for Texas.
  20. After being suspended for 23 games, Myck Kabongo will see his first action of the season and start Wednesday vs. Iowa State. Today Kabongo released a statement commenting on his suspension and the remaining games: Statement from University of Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo - TexasSports.com - Official website of University of Texas Athletics - Texas Longhorns Though he won't be a "cure-all" for the Longhorns, Myck Kabongo's return will undoubtedly help improve the struggles on offense. Currently the offense is built almost entirely on jump-shots that are often contested. Because of this, it's no surprise the Longhorns are 8th in the Big12 in scoring offense, 7th in field goal percentage, and last (10th) in 3-point percentage. But Myck Kabongo has the ability to improve these stats. Unlike anyone on the roster, Kabongo can get into the lane, attack the basket, and finish at the rim. And his success finishing plays like these will greatly effect whether or not Texas elevates it's play towards the end of the season. Texas has no one the turn to as a reliable option in the post. We've seen flashes form Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh, and a few of the other post players. But there isn't one big-man who can be a consistent scoring threat in the paint for the Longhorns right now. Because of this, Texas is forced to rely on their guards. Unfortunately, none of their guards possess the ability to consistently get into the lane. Which then molds the Texas offense into a jump-shooting attack. I'm not a huge fan of a team that relies heavily on jump shots but it can work. The key hinges on finding open shots and higher-percentage shots, rather than simply passing on the perimeter and jacking up off-balance or contested shots. Kabongo's ability to attack the rim can change that. If he is successful at getting into the lane, he can either go up and finish at the rim, dump the ball off to an open post player (who's man has shifted over to help on Kabongo), or pass the ball out to one of the guards who are set to take a jump shot if their defender has also shifted inwards to help on Kabongo. Attacking the lane with a legitimate threat to score at the rim opens up the offense and creates better opportunities for the shooters. Though Felix has done a great job with his given circumstance, Kabongo also brings speed to the open court that will help Texas get easier bucks on fast breaks. And Texas needs buckets any way they can get them right now. There are still other problems, such as rebounding, that Texas needs to address. Kabongo's return will not fix all of the Longhorns' woes. But if coach Barnes can put Kabongo in a position that uses his quickness and athleticism to the Horns' advantage we may see a Texas team that can capitalize on it's above-average defense and actually find a way to score more points than the other team. Hook'em
  21. Junior Day 1 is here, today, and the action is sure to get things in motion for the 2014 class. We already heard Dallas Carter Linebacker Cameron Hampton has committed, and there are a ton of other guys that are on campus today. Guys that should be or could very likely be on campus today for JD1: Demetrius Knox (commit) Daniel Gresham (commit) Lorenzo Joe (commit) Duke Catalon (commit) Cameron Hampton (commit - TODAY) Jamal Adams - SAF, Lewisville Hebron Jovan Pruitt - OG, Dallas Bishop Dunne Solomon Thomas - DE, Coppell Ty Barrett - OT, Dallas Skyline Roderick Bernard (commit) - ATH/WR, Houston Sharpstown Jerrod Heard (commit) - QB, Denton Guyer Derick Roberson (commit) - DE, San Antonio Brennan Nick Watkins - DB, Dallas Bishop Dunne I'm sure there are a ton more including some 2015 prospects and we will post here when we find out more. Expect a few more commits by the end of the day or sometime tomorrow. #HOOKEM
  22. Watching Texas try to do anything on offense is one of the more frustrating efforts of offensive basketball I've seen in a long time. The team really reminds me of my Rec team's offense. Which is dribbling around a little bit, making a pass or two, and jacking up a contested shot... Which is basically the only offense that exists in my Rec league... But this is D1 basketball and it pains me to watch Texas rely on a contested jump shot every offensive possession. From the looks of it, Texas needs at least more of an interior presence (if not scoring inside) if they want to have better shots for the shooters. The post players really cannot be relied upon consistently because they haven't shown they are capable scorers inside enough to be consistent threats. So the next option is having someone drive into the lane. The only person who can really handle the ball in that fashion is Javan Felix. But his lack of size really hinders what he can do, other than fade away/pull-up jumpers. So I'm asking you. If you were in charge of this team with these same players, what changes would you make on offense?
  23. I'll be around updating all the signing and other news as it comes in so check back here often tomorrow for the latest on National Signing Day. Also be sure to follow us on twitter at @HornSports if you want the info via twitter. Should be a great day - hopefully full of a surprise for Texas. Either way we will post it as it comes in. #HOOKEM
  24. An article came out on CBS that featured Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds and Head Coach Mack Brown where they basically stated they still have the drive and burn to win. My question to you all, are you convinced that Mack and DeLoss still have the necessary drive and burn to push the football program (and athletic program, for DeLoss) to perform at the elite level the programs are capable of and expected to be playing at? I'll leave my commentary until later, but I will say I've been impressed with Mack and his coaching staff's recruiting efforts this off-season because I think the efforts are finally on their way back to a level where it should always be at each year. Texas AD: 'The burn stays' for struggling Longhorns football - CBSSports.com
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