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    • No Jones returns when they expect a possible fake or know it’ll be a fair catch. So all punts from around midfield or 4th and short. He can better break up a possible fake. Jake Smith is returning when they think they will have a return. 
    • Bill Haisten: Mike Gundy savors a sign of defensive progress as Longhorns loom   Last week, Joel Klatt designated Oklahoma State as the No. 1 sleeper team in college football. “(The Cowboys aren’t) even ranked yet,” the Fox Sports television analyst tweeted, “but they will be soon.”   During the first period of Saturday’s Oklahoma State-Tulsa game at Chapman Stadium, the Cowboys looked like an underrated dynamo. In bolting to a 17-0 lead, they averaged 8 yards per play. After the hot start, however, OSU wasn’t a sleeper. OSU was sleepy. During the entirety of the second period and some of the third, OSU was outplayed by the Golden Hurricane. The Cowboys trailed 21-20 at halftime with plenty of bad to go around. There had been shoddy tackling. There had been a terrible play-call (a 2-yard pass in a third-and-5 situation). There had been a spectacularly conspicuous failure in coverage — a mistake that resulted in a wide-open Keylon Stokes collecting a 39-yard TD pass from TU quarterback Zach Smith. Neither of OSU’s safeties was within 10 yards of Stokes. OSU fans and Mike Gundy recognized an unsettling, obvious truth: the Cowboys’ poor second quarter bore a striking resemblance to OSU’s sorry 2018 performances at Kansas State and Baylor. The road favorite each time — and in spite of talent advantages — OSU lost in both of those games. The Oklahoma State of Saturday’s second period would have no chance of beating Texas in next week’s Big 12 opener at Austin. Texas would truck the second-quarter Cowboys. However, the Oklahoma State of the second half has a chance to win in Austin — for the sixth consecutive time. After spending 20 halftime minutes in the sweatbox that qualifies as a visitors’ locker room, the Cowboys returned with substantially better defense against TU. During the second half of a 40-21 Cowboy victory, Tulsa was scoreless. Hurricane QBs Smith and Seth Boomer were 10-of-22 passing. The Golden Hurricane run game amounted to 32 yards on 21 attempts.       TOP ARTICLES1/5READ MOREOSU visits TU, OU travels to UCLA:Find all our college coverage here     Before halftime, TU averaged 5.7 yards per snap. After halftime: 3.2. Gundy praised playmakers Chuba Hubbard, Tylan Wallace and Spencer Sanders after the game, but OSU’s coach seemed most pleased with his defensive coaches. With 10 minutes left to play and TU trailing by 12 points, Philip Montgomery left his offense on the field for a fourth-and-5 gamble from the OSU 6-yard line. Gundy himself called for a safety blitz. Kolby Harvell-Peel bolted into the backfield for a 9-yard sack of Smith. “That was a really, really good job by our (defensive staff) — making adjustments at halftime, and then our players taking the information from the locker room to the field to shut (TU) down,” said Gundy, who as an OSU quarterback, assistant and head coach is 10-4 against the Golden Hurricane.   “And, obviously,” Gundy added, “we rushed the ball pretty well.” Oklahoma State rushed for 337 yards. Hubbard, who solidified his status as an elite tailback, carried 32 times for 256 yards and three TDs. In his past seven games, Hubbard has run for 947 yards and 12 TDs. If that 135-yard average were sustained over a 13-game season, it would result in 1,755 yards. In Oklahoma State football history, only Barry Sanders, Terry Miller, Ernest Anderson and Thurman Thomas have gotten single-season rushing totals of at least 1,755 yards. With gold-medal track speed and amazing balance, Hubbard is off to a 521-yard, three-game start this season. He and Wallace give Oklahoma State a chance to compete in every game, but to actually contend in the Big 12, OSU consistently needs the type of defense it executed during Saturday’s second half. Last year, OSU was dogged by stupid penalties. Against TU, while trailing on the road and in need of something positive with three minutes left in the third period, the Cowboys got a third-down stop — and then got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. TU was given a fresh set of downs near midfield. If the bad penalties are eliminated and if the Hubbard-Wallace big plays are bundled with the sort of defense seen during Saturday’s second half, OSU would be positioned to steal another road win in Austin. Also, Klatt would gain some traction with his contention Oklahoma State is a national “sleeper” to watch.   https://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/college/osu/bill-haisten-mike-gundy-savors-a-sign-of-defensive-progress/article_a9933b65-8592-56c0-bcf9-6ed312b792c6.html
    • Commitment 101: Three-star running back Ty Jordan is a versatile weapon Posted September 15th, 2019 Mike Craven Hookem.com staff  mcraven@hookem.com Advertisement The Longhorns added an all-purpose back to the 2020 recruiting class on Sunday night when three-star West Mesquite product Ty Jordan became Texas’ 19th commitment of the cycle. Tom Herman’s program is inching towards another top-10 class after a slow start. The Longhorns currently hold the Big 12’s top recruiting class. Jordan held 25 offers and picked Texas over strong pitches from USC and Tennessee.    427 people are talking about this         Texas plans to couple Jordan with five-star running back commit Bijan Robinson. While Robinson is a three-down option with the size to carry a heavy workload, Jordan is a scat-back with the potential to play running back, slot receiver, and in the return game. Jordan is a two-time all-district selection.  Jordan rushed for 1,236 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, adding 169 yards and two touchdowns on 14 receptions. He’s the No. 11-ranked all-purpose back in the nation and a top-60 prospect in Texas, per 247Sports composite rankings.  Skill set: Jordan is a modern offensive weapon not defined by position. He’ll play all over the field for Texas. Jordan is a potential third-down specialist at running back with the ability to play slot receiver, threaten defenses on jet-sweeps, and contribute in the return game on special teams. The three-star considers his versatility the strength of his game.  “The one-dimensional back that just runs isn’t valued anymore,” said Jordan at the Under Armour camp in Dallas during the spring. “Coaches want backs who are dynamic and are three-dimensional with running, blocking and receiving. It’s a mismatch for a defense. I can go out in the slot and we don’t need to change personnel and that’s an advantage against defenses.” He’s not big enough to handle every-down running back duties at 5-9, 181 pounds, but he doesn’t need to be in order to fulfill his future role in Austin. Jordan is the type of playmaker Texas missed out on in Mookie Cooper and Ronald Moore. The Longhorns hope he can bring that type of excitement to the offense. He’s the type of player who can create big plays for an offense that lacked those in 2018.  Immediate impact: Jordan should provide Texas an immediate option on special teams and are certain offensive packages. Don’t expect him to enroll on campus and compete for a spot in the two-deep with the likes of Keaontay Ingram, Jordan Whittington, and potentially Derrian Brown. That’s not mentioning Robinson arriving in the same class. That doesn’t mean he can’t carve out a role with a limited number of plays, especially with the new rule allowing participation in four games without losing eligibility.  Fitting into the program: The next step for Texas’ offense is the big play. The Longhorns hope to address that issue on the recruiting trail and Jordan is another swiss-army knife type weapon for Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck to slowly work into Texas’ offense. Jordan’s work ethic and a love for the game should translate well into Herman’s blue-collar program.  Recruiting at the position: Texas’ coaching staff, specifically running back coach Stan Drayton, needed a big year recruiting the position in the 2020 cycle. Drayton overachieved by landing Robinson and Jordan, a duo built for Texas’ future offensive plans. The Longhorns couldn’t have done better considering in-state five-stars Jase McClellan and Zachary Evans didn’t join the class. Instead of fans talking about the in-state misses, the duo of Robinson and Jordan give Texas building blocks for the future.  Texas' 2020 recruiting class A list of Texas commitments in the 2020 recruiting class. PLAYER POS. SCHOOL STARS COMMITMENT DATE Hudson Card QB Lake Travis 4 May 25 (2018) Logan Parr OG San Antonio O'Connor 4 Oct. 28 (2018) Jake Majors OG Prosper 4 Jan. 24 Jaylen Garth OT Port Neches-Groves 4 Feb. 17 Jaden Hullaby ATH Bishop Dunne 3 March 30 Ja'Quinden Jackson QB/ATH Duncanville 4 June 3 Kitan Crawford CB John Tyler 4 June 21 Prince Dorbah OLB Highland Park 4 July 9 Vernon Broughton DT Cy Ridge 4 July 17 Van Fillinger DE Canyon Court (Utah) 3 July 18 Andrej Karic OT Southlake Carroll 3 July 24 Bijan Robinson RB Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.) 5 Aug. 2 Ethan Pouncey CB Winter Park (Fla.) 4 Aug. 6 Jerrin Thompson S Lufkin 4 Aug. 11 Princely Umanmielen DE Manor 4 Aug. 12 Xavion Alford S Alvin Shadow Creek 4 Aug. 16 Quentin Johnston WR Temple 4 Aug. 17 Joshua Eaton CB Aldine Macarthur 4 Aug. 23 Ty Jordan RB West Mesquite 3 Sept. 15 https://www.hookem.com/story/commitment-101-three-star-running-back-ty-jordan-versatile-weapon/        
    • Ty already got his Kate appearance. 
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