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  1. The University of Texas landed its 11th commit in its 2021 football recruiting class. In a move that’ll likely go under-the-radar Texas landed a commitment from Australian punter, Isaac Pearson. Pearson is currently unranked in the 247Sports rankings but is the latest punter to come out of the ProKick Australia pipeline. In 2015 Texas landed Australian punter Michael Dickson. By his junior season, he was a unanimous All-American, the Ray Guy Award winner for the nation’s best punter, and the 2017 Texas Bowl MVP. He’s now a member of the Seattle Seahawks where he already has a Pro Bowl and a First-Team All-Pro appearance to his name. In 2017, Texas landed the next in the ProKick line in Ryan Bujcevski. After early-season struggles in 2018 Bujcevski turned it on in the second half of 2018 and continued that success into 2019. Now, Texas lands the next great Australian punter in Isaac Pearson. Pearson made the announcement this morning via his twitter saying “I can’t wait to get to Austin and build on the legacy of fellow Aussies Michael Dickson and Ryan Bujcevski, and get to work in front of 100,000 of the best fans in all of the sport!” Player Information Name: Isaac Pearson Position: Punter High School: ProKick Australia Home Town: Newcastle, Australia Measurables Height: 6’2 Weight: 215 Summary The signing of Pearson gives the fans and coaches at Texas a sense of security. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Michael Dickson and Ryan Bujcevski have provided the Longhorns with some of the best special teams talent in the nation. The commitment of Isaac Pearson, who hails from the same pipeline as those two, will keep the status quo when it comes to the Texas punting game. Special teams often get overlooked but are undeniably just as important as offense or defense. Pearson ensures that Texas won’t struggle in that area. Final Verdict Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware strikes gold again. If Dickson and Bujcevski are any indications of what’s to come then Longhorns fans are in great hands behind the foot and leg of Pearson. At 6’2 and 215 pounds, Pearson is slightly bigger than Dickson who himself already had quite a big frame for a punter. Once Bujcevski moves on from Texas, Pearson should easily be able to slide into that role without skipping a beat. The post Commitment Spotlight – Isaac Pearson appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  2. Jackson is currently in the process of rehabbing a partially torn left ACL that he sustained in a playoff game against Rockwall and is expected to return to action later this year. Despite the injury, Jackson’s success will go down in the history books as he led the Duncanville Panthers to back-to-back title game appearances. In addition to being a four-star prospect, Jackson is also the 5th ranked quarterback and 73rd ranked player nationally for the entire 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. Jackson became the second class of 2020 quarterback to announce his commitment to the Longhorns (the first being Hudson Card) when he did so in June of 2019. Senior Season Statistics (Via: The Dallas Morning News) Passing: 1,711 passing yards and 21 passing TDs. Rushing: 1,030 rushing yards and 16 rushing TDs. Strengths: Jackson’s insane athleticism is something worth watching and then replaying about 50 times. He possesses track speed, which is readily apparent as soon as he sees a gap in the defense as he glides past defenders with ease. In addition, Jackson often showcases his strength by frequently running over linebackers and dragging defensive backs with him when carrying the ball. Jackson has a strong throwing arm and has no problem with airing it out downfield. Needs Improvement: While Jackson has no problem showing off his arm strength, it’s important for him to work on his accuracy as his passing game has been inconsistent. However, Jackson will have an entire year to progress under head coach Tom Herman and newly minted offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, the latter of whom is coming off of a season coaching Heisman finalist, Justin Fields, at Ohio State. What I See: Ja’Quinden is a one of a kind talent that easily dominated the high school gridiron. He has the potential to be a game changer for the Longhorns, in addition to being an NFL Draft pick. In Jackson’s game, you can see glimpses of Longhorn greats such as Vince Young’s effortless speed and Sam Ehlinger’s run you over strength. Luckily for Ja’Quinden, he will have plenty of time to recover from his injury and become acclimated to the Longhorns system before he is actually needed at the quarterback position. However, after rising senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger graduates, Jackson will have to prove his worth in a quarterback competition to be named the starter for the 2021 season. If all else fails, Jackson has the athleticism to excel for the Longhorns at other positions. The post 2020 Football Signee Ja’Quinden Jackson Highlights appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  3. Over the course of the 2020 recruiting cycle, the depth of the quarterback position has seen growth for the Longhorns with the additions of Hudson Card and Ja’Quinden Jackson. Card, an Austin native and early enrollee, was the first athlete to join the 2020 Longhorns recruiting class when he announced his commitment in May of 2018. He is a four-star prospect who is the 4th ranked quarterback and 57th ranked player nationally for the entire 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. Career Statistics (Via MaxPreps): Passing: 6,428 passing yards, 80 passing touchdowns and a quarterback rating of a 130. Rushing: 1,391 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Strengths: Card has an electric arm and is able to fit his passes into tight windows and find receivers downfield. Card’s athleticism stands out and allows him to get outside of the pocket with ease. He runs with fluidity and has broken a fair share of his defenders’ ankles with well-timed jukes. In addition, he spent his sophomore season at the wide receiver position while being the backup to (now TCU Horned Frog) quarterback Matthew Baldwin at perennial powerhouse Lake Travis High School. Needs Improvement: Card is decently sized, listed at 6’2″, however he needs to add weight in order to protect himself from the rigors of college football. I believe that this won’t be a problem as Card spends more time at the University of Texas with the Longhorns coaching staff. What I See: Quite frankly, I see a quarterback with NFL Draft potential. Card has the intangibles needed at the quarterback position, however it will be up to him to solidify his name among the Longhorn legends. He must do everything that he can to soak up knowledge from Sam Ehlinger, someone who knows what it’s like to be an Austin kid playing quarterback for the Longhorns, and then must prepare himself for the test of a quarterback competition. Lastly, what I learned from my two years of covering Hudson is that he is a class act. Every coach wants their best players to be their best leaders and Card was just that at Lake Travis. The post 2020 Football Signee Hudson Card Highlights appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  4. The University of Texas continued its recruiting streak with another commitment, this time from Port Arthur Memorial High School’s Jordon Thomas. Thomas becomes the third UT commit in the past week, following 2021 tight end Landen King who committed on April 26 and 2020 cornerback Jahdae Barron who committed on April 30. Thomas is the second true defensive commit that Texas has landed for the 2021 class joining fellow four-star commit and outside linebacker, Derrick Harris Jr. Unfortunately, Thomas missed all of the 2019 season due to a lower leg injury. In 2018 though, he accumulated 32 tackles with five sacks. Thomas is a four-star recruit via the 247Sports Composite. For his class, he’s ranked as the 15th best weak-side defensive end and 36th best overall player in the state of Texas. Thomas announced on April 8 via his twitter that his top two had been narrowed down between Texas and Texas A&M. He now becomes the sixth four-star commit or better to commit to The University of Texas’ 2021 recruiting class. Player Information Name: Jordon Thomas Position: Defensive End High School: Memorial City, State: Port Arthur, TX Measurables Height: 6’3 Weight: 240 Film Three Best Traits Great Build – Thomas is already 6’3 and 240-pounds. With him still being in high school, he has the ability to put on even more weight in the coming months as well. Thomas has the frame to pretty much play any position in the defensive line. Whether it’s a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme he can be anywhere pushing tackles into the backfield. Size and Speed – As a sophomore Thomas compiled 32 tackles for five sacks. Who knows how much those numbers would have improved in his junior season. As a sophomore, he’s already shown to display elite levels of size and speed. He’s big enough to push anyone he wants back while also having a great step out of the blocks to manhandle them any which way he wants to. Expect Thomas to do big things for Memorial his senior season. Potential – While still being raw, Thomas has immense potential. He’s had a year to sit back and learn and study the areas in which he needs improvement. His tape as a sophomore alone made him a four-star prospect. Thomas, if he were to play his junior year could be closer to five-stars. He hasn’t come close to reaching his maximum potential yet. That bodes well for UT. Areas for Improvement Injury Concern – Thomas was an absolute machine on the field in his sophomore season. He showed the ability to get by some of Texas’ elite tackles with ease despite being only a sophomore. A leg/ankle injury kept Thomas sidelined though his entire junior season. A whole year that could’ve been used as a way for Thomas to hone his craft and work on his technique was taken away to sideline his injury. With the right trainers and coaches to help improve his technique, this issue can hopefully be resolved. Raw – With the aforementioned injury keeping Thomas out of action for a whole year, Thomas is still raw with his technique at the position. He has the build and speed to be successful now and in his senior year. When he moves up to Big-12 level competition that won’t always cut it. Another year at the high school level, plus his junior year of studying film should be enough to combat this and lead Thomas to a successful. Summary With this signing, Jordon Thomas joins Harris Jr. as the second true defensive commit for the 2021 class. He possesses the frame and speed to be a quarterback nightmare at the next level. He has the strength out of the blocks to push elite tackles back while also possessing the quickness the chase down some of the best dual-threats in the country. Thomas is going to be a fantastic addition to Chris Ash’s unit. Final Verdict Despite missing his junior year, Thomas has shown enough from his sophomore tape for fans to be elated with his commitment. With the recruitment of Jordon Thomas and Derrick Harris Jr., Tom Herman and company have laid the groundwork for an astute defense once they take the field. Couple these two signings with the amazing secondary that Texas recruited in the 2020 class and it’s shaping up to be one of the better defenses the Longhorns have fielded in quite some time. The post Commitment Spotlight – Jordon Thomas appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  5. It's not football, but it's a virtual tailgate happening today to celebrate University of Texas Athletics. You can watch the events via Facebook or YouTube. SCHEDULE 6 a.m.: Texas Soccer vs. Washington (9/23/2019) [LHN] 8 a.m.: #MyTexas Tailgate Kickoff 8 a.m.: My Texas Tailgate Virtual 5K powered by Longhorn Run 8 a.m.: Texas Men’s Tennis vs. Stanford (2/28/2020) [LHN] 8:35 a.m.: Texas Soccer Coach Angela Kelly goes head-to-head with Julia Gross on the Women’s World Cup @TexasSoccer [Twitter | Facebook] 8:45 a.m.: Serving up aces with Coach Bruce Berque, Steven Bryan, Yuya Ito, and Eliot Spizzirri @TexasMTN [Twitter | Instagram | Facebook] 9 a.m.: Home Workout with Coach Andrea Hudy @TexasMBB [Twitter | YouTube] 9:15 a.m.: Breakdown with Women’s Basketball Head Coach Vic Schaefer @TexasWBB [Twitter | Instagram | Facebook] 9:25 a.m.: Women’s Swimming & Diving -- Claire Adams Writing Workshop @TexasWSD [Twitter] 9:30 a.m.: Getting fit with Texas Athletics Performance Coaches -- a stay-at-home workout for all fitness levels @TexasAP [Twitter | Instagram] 9:30 a.m.: Bevo XV Live Cam @TexasMascot [Twitter] 9:40 a.m.: Coach Ryan Murphy on motivational books @TexasWGolf [Twitter | Instagram] 9:50 a.m.: Stay-at-home “Point Texas” Match with Coach Elliott @TexasVolleyball [Twitter | Instagram] 10 a.m.: Texas Volleyball vs. Baylor (10/23/2019) [LHN] 10 a.m.: Best of Texas Football Raw: The 2019 Season @TexasFootball [Twitter | Instagram | Facebook] 10 a.m.: Learn with the Longhorns: Children’s Books read by Texas Student-Athletes @TexasSAAC [Twitter] 10:20 a.m.: Coach Joffe and his dog Sodapop @TexasWTN [Twitter] 10:45 a.m.: Pitching Lesson from Texas Softball Coach Mike White @TexasSoftball [Facebook | YouTube] 10:50 a.m.: Chris Del Conte Coloring Contest presented by H-E-B @TexasFanFirst [Twitter] 11 a.m.: Baseball Coach David Pierce’s “Routines” @TexasBaseball [ Twitter | Instagram | Facebook] 11:30 a.m.: Texas Baseball vs. Cal State Fullerton (3/8/2020) [LHN] Noon: Join us in singing The Eyes of Texas all across Longhorn Nation 12:05 p.m.: Coach Herb Hand Tailgating Tips @TexasFootball [Twitter | Instagram | Facebook] 1 p.m.: Longhorns Got Talent Submit your most talented videos using the hashtag #MyTexas for a chance to win great prizes! 1:35 p.m.: Freestyling with Texas Softball’s MK Tedder @TexasSoftball [Twitter | Instagram | Facebook] 1:50 p.m.: Texas Rowing Dance Party! @TexasRowing [Twitter | Instagram] 1:55 p.m.: Texas Football vs. Texas Tech -- Through the lens of Texas’ creative team @TexasFootball [Instagram | Facebook] 2 p.m.: Softball vs. Louisiana (2/25/2020) [LHN] 2:35 p.m.: Men’s Golf’s Coody vs. Coody Ping Pong match for twin supremacy @TexasMGolf [Twitter | Instagram] 3-3:30 p.m.: Coaches Calls: Longhorn coaches recreate some of the most memorable radio play calls in Texas Football history originally called by Craig Way 3:50 p.m.: Track & Field’s “Don’t Rush” Challenge @TexasTFXC [Instagram] 4 p.m.: Texas Women’s Basketball vs. Stanford (12/22/2019) [LHN] 4:10 p.m.: Where In The World is Texas Women’s Tennis? @TexasWTN [Twitter | Facebook] 4:30 p.m.: Going for Gold Olympic Roundtable [YouTube] 5 p.m.: Virtual Bevo Parade presented by Texas Farm Bureau Insurance @TexasLonghorns [Twitter | Facebook] 5:30 p.m.: Catching Up with the Clemens @TexasBaseball Twitter and Instagram 5:35 p.m.: Best of Texas Football Raw: The Alamo Bowl edition @TexasFootball [Twitter | Instagram | Facebook] 5:45 p.m.: Men’s Basketball G.O.A.T. Roundtable @TexasMBB Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook 6 p.m.: Longhorn City Limits presented by ATX The Brand [YouTube | Facebook] 6 p.m.: Texas Men’s Basketball at Oklahoma (3/3/2020) [LHN] 7:58 p.m.: Coach Eddie Reese flips the switch! @TexasMSD [Twitter | Instagram | Tik Tok] 8 p.m.: 2019 Valero Alamo Bowl: Texas Football vs. Utah [LHN] 8 p.m.: Follow @TexasFootball for Alamo Bowl commentary [Twitter | Instagram] 8 p.m.: Light The Tower!
  6. Texas wide receiver Collin Johnson was selected with the 165th pick in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Johnson was the last of three members of the Texas Football team that were drafted, following defensive back Brandon Jones (3rd Round, Miami Dolphins) and wide receiver Devin Duvernay (3rd Round, Baltimore Ravens). Johnson struggled with injury last season, catching 38 passes for 559 yards and three touchdowns. He started 29 games and played in 45 in his time with the Longhorns and finished his collegiate career with 188 receptions for 2,624 yards and 15 touchdowns. His receiving yards make him 5th all-time in reception yards at Texas. Johnson hasn’t spent time in Florida, but is confident he will enjoy his time in the Sunshine State. “… It looks like that’s going to be my new home for the next few years. I don’t know much right at the moment, I have to do my research on the franchise, but I know it will be a great place to play and they have some exciting players on offense like Gardner Minshew. More importantly, I know that’s the team that gave me an opportunity, so I’m excited.” Texas head Coach Tom Herman had this to say about Johnson’s abilities on and off the field. “With Collin, you’re getting a guy that’s obviously a Longhorn Legacy, a captain and a guy that’s got tremendous length. He really worked hard in his time here at Texas to add strength and speed to that length, and did a phenomenal job. He can high-point the football as well as anyone I’ve been around and has got great body control and ball skills. He’s a really improved route-runner for a guy who is 6-foot-6. He can get in and out of his cuts, and is a ferocious blocker, too. He swallows people up with his size and length.” ESPN analyst Louis Riddick on Collin Johnson “This is a good compliment to (Jaguars’) second-round pick Laviska Shenault out of Colorado, (Johnson is) a much different type of player – a long, angular player, 6-5, 222 pounds, who is just an absolute high riser on the outside. He will go and take the ball off the top of the backboard, let alone the top of the rim. He’s a jump ball expert, you see it over and over again in the 50-50 catch situations. I was down in San Antonio and watched Texas play against Utah in the Alamo Bowl, and on the first play of the game they threw him a jump ball in the middle of the field, and he went up and got it. And he’s got deceptive speed. He may not time in the 4.4s or 4.3s, but he plays plenty fast, has tremendous body control, and again, this is a nice complimentary piece to Laviska Shenault to add to the group down there in Jacksonville. (Quarterback) Gardner Minshew should be sitting there thinking, “I’ve got some pretty good guys to throw the football to here. Let me see if I can raise my game.” No question about that.”
  7. Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay was the second member of the Texas football team to hear his name called in the third round of the NFL Draft on Friday. Following defensive back Brandon Jones’ selection by the Miami Dolphins with the 70th overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens selected Duvernay with the 92nd overall pick. Duvernay started in 30 games for the Longhorns and played in 52. His on-field production earned him a place in the Texas record books, as he finished 8th in school history with 176 receptions. He amassed 2,468 yards and 16 touchdowns as a Longhorn, and had eight 100-yard games which is best for 6th all-time among former players. Duvernay was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team selection and was a five-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Duvernay has never been to the city of Baltimore, but he’s eager to join his teammates in his new city. “I’m looking forward to getting to know it (Baltimore) a lot better. The Ravens are a great organization and were one of the best teams in the NFL last year. They have a lot of dynamic playmakers including Lamar Jackson, so I can’t wait to get started.” Texas head coach Tom Herman had this to say about what the Ravens are getting in Duvernay. “This a guy who I describe as someone that plays angry. He would rather run through you than around you. He’s got elite speed and is a former 100-meter dash state champion in high school, a guy that led the country in the regular season in catches. He has extremely strong hands. I think he had only one drop in his four-year career. Which is amazing considering the number of catches that he had. He’s a team captain, a tremendous leader with great work ethic, and he’s extremely versatile.” ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper on Devin Duvernay “You saw the improvement this year in terms of his hands and his concentration. He became much more consistent catching the football out of that slot. You think about (current Ravens) Miles Boykin needs to step it up, you’ve got Hollywood (Marquise) Brown, now you add that 4.39 speedster, and can catches that short pass. That’s what I love about Duvernay – he gives you everything he has, he’s a great kid, picks up a lot of yards after contact, excellent hands. This year he showed after having a guy who you thought might be inconsistent during his career, his production was off the charts.
  8. Brandon Jones was the first draft eligible Longhorn to hear his name called in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 70th pick in the third round. Jones, a Nacogdoches native, started in 35 games and played in 46 during his tenure with the Longhorns. He led the Longhorns in tackles last season with 86 and was a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Jones has never visited Miami and has only spent time in Florida when he played in the Under Armour All American game as a high school player. “I haven’t been to Miami before. I know it’s awesome and the weather will be amazing. I’m excited for sure. I really don’t know what to expect, but I’m just excited to get started.” Texas head coach Tom Herman thinks the Dolphins are getting an exceptional player that is fast, and knows the game. “In Brandon, they’re getting a remarkable young man who has a heart of gold and is very smart and instinctual,” Texas head coach Tom Herman said. “He is the best open-field tackler that I’ve ever coached. He gets them on the ground one way or another. He can come downhill and hit you in the run game, but can also roam center field and is extremely fast. I think in one play a couple years ago, we tracked him right at 23 miles-per-hour on a play where he knocked the running back out of bounds on a 4th & Goal from the 2-yard line. He’s very versatile at safety. He can play center field and can play in the box. He’s physical and will hit you. He’s one of our captains, and is a great leader.”
  9. In honor of the two schools the late coaching legend Augie Garrido won national titles with, Friday night’s series opener featured Texas and California State Fullerton. The matchup saw both Longhorns and Titans arms hashing it out in a pitcher’s duel early. The Longhorns’ Bryce Elder did a great job through the first 4 innings, allowing only 4 runners on base. His 5th inning was a bit more unstable, as Elder gave up 2 walks and 2 singles. Luckily for Elder, just one of those runs scored, as Fullerton left 3 runners on base. Holding Fullerton to just 1 run played a pivotal role in keeping Texas in the game at this point, as it could have opened up quickly. Even though Elder did not have his best stuff, he was able to battle and keep his team in the game. After the game Coach Pierce said, “He didn’t feel good, but gosh… he just does that (performs well). Every time he comes out he just battles…. I am just proud of him for going out there and doing what he does.” Fullerton’s Tanner Bibee was equally if not more impressive the first 6 innings. Just a hit and a walk separated Bibee from a perfect 6 innings. His team did not provide much run support though, as the Titans were only up 1-0 after the 6th inning. Bibee’s strong suit was that he could located his pitches well. Texas was able to put good swings on some of them, such as the line-out from Trey Faltine. Despite Bibee’s success, Texas continued to press and apply pressure. Each starter ran out of steam in the 7th inning, beginning with Elder, who was just shy of 7 complete innings. Instead he finished with 6 and 2/3rds, throwing 112 pitches in the process. His final line saw him accumulate 5 strikeouts while giving up 3 walks, 2 HBPs and 5 hits, all translating to just 1 earned run. Fullerton’s starter Tanner Bibee’s 7th inning started with a Zach Zubia single to center field. After a well placed sacrifice bunt by Cam Williams, Texas strung together 6 more consecutive quality at bats, including 5 more hits and one impressive walk (from Trey Faltine). This forced Bibee out and the first reliever Evan Adolphus out. Once the 7th inning was over, Texas had scored 6 runs to give themselves a commanding 6-1 lead. This offensive surge in the 7th inning was impressive to see, as the team batted through the order for the second time of the season (first time came against Arkansas last weekend). While batting around, Texas put together 8 consecutive quality at-bats, including 6 hits, 1 walk and 1 sacrifice bunt. This resulted in 6 runs for the Longhorns, and was a great sign of seeing the team feed off each other’s energy. The inning was highlighted by a full-count 2-run HR from DJ Petrinsky, who caught the ball really well. The Longhorns were collectively seeing the ball better in the 7th. After Stehly broke up the no-hitter in the 6th inning, the pressure on the team was lifted. Petrinsky spoke on this after the game, stating that, “Whether you say there was pressure or not, it was a good feeling when he (Stehly) got that hit.” Friday night’s 7th inning showed Coach Pierce what he team was capable of. “That entire inning was just impressive…. (Cam Williams was) very unselfish; (he) just went to work and got the bunt down. Then we just pieced it together from there. I thought Trey’s base-on ball was really big, (especially) as a freshman. (He) Got a line drive (in the at-bat) before; he is a kid that is not getting a lot to show for what he is doing offensively, but he is just hitting the ball hard. It reminds me a lot of (David) Hamilton his freshman year. And for him to just go up and stay patient in his at-bat was (great),” Said Pierce. Pierce thought it was especially important to focus on the bunt and the walk, showing how important the small pieces of rallies are. Small ball and intentional at-bats are important for the team, and will continue to be important moving forward. Texas showcased their strength in this game through a strong pitching performance by Elder, a huge offensive showcase in the 7th inning, and solid relief and closing efforts by both Dawson Merryman and Donny Diaz, respectively. After this 6-1 win, the Longhorns will look to continue their success in Game 2 of the series. The Longhorns’ second game of the series against Fullerton kicks off at 12 PM Saturday. You can watch the game on the Longhorn Network or listen on 104.9 FM The Horn. For play-by-play, follow along with @joeywa_44. The post Texas Has Huge 7th Inning in Augie Series Opener, Win 6-1 Against CSU Fullerton appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  10. Following the team’s first under-.500 weekend, the Longhorns looked to bounce back against the 7-4 Arizona Wildcats. The Longhorns’ starter Owen Meaney came in looking to build on his 3.0 perfect innings pitched earlier this season. Unfortunately he did not have the same success, lasting for 0.1 inning after 22 pitches (10 strikes, 12 balls). In this time he walked 1 batter, hit 2 batters, and allowed 1 hit for a total of 1 run allowed. Cole Quintanilla came in to relieve Meaney, successfully holding the Wildcats to 1 run in the 1st inning (23 LOB). His form did not continue though, as he allowed 2 walks and a 3-run home run in the 2nd inning. The Longhorns’ pitching struggles did not end there, as the next reliever, Jared Southard, allowed 2 runs on 0 hits, 1 walk and 2 HBPs. Kamron Fields, coming off a great performance, struggled as well, allowing 2 runs in 1 inning of work on 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 wild pitch. These pitching struggles only moved the game through 4 innings but accumulated 118 pitches. At this point Texas had fallen behind 8-0, but only allowed 3 hits. This became a game where Pierce wanted to see some of his pitchers work, which saw Sam Walbridge, Dawson Merryman, Austin Wallace, Tristan Stevens and Pete Hansen make appearances. The most efficient of these was Hansen, who threw for 1.2 innings, striking out 2 batters and throwing only 17 pitches. Hansen, who has been solid thus far for the Longhorns, is someone who is thought to be a potential rotation guy down the line. When asked about his work Tuesday night, Pierce said “We didn’t start him for the simple fact that (a possible rotation mix this weekend) is what we are considering, and we know we may throw him in a short outing. He wasn’t going to pitch until we made it close ballgame. So (we) kept him in there to give us a chance in the 8th or 9th.” With Hansen giving Texas a chance to stay close and compete, he is looking like a likely contributor this weekend against Fullerton. Offensively, the Longhorns battled back, taking after Arkansas’ performance Saturday. “I credit our offense for continuing to play,” said Coach Pierce about the batters continuing to compete. Following an 8-run deficit, Texas began to add runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, as Eric Kennedy’s single to center-field scored Cam Williams and Zach Zubia. The team added 4 more runs to their total in the 7th inning with a Cam Williams 2-run RBI single and an Eric Kennedy 2-run RBI single. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, they could not do much after this point. Texas finished the game with 8 runners left on base, which would have helped them in their efforts to complete the comeback. The clear offensive impact player was Eric Kennedy, who finished the day batting 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs. His recent surge of success has been a light in the midst of the team’s rough stretch. If he is able to continue hitting this well, he will work his way up the lineup to make an impact during both midweek games and weekend series’, which will be especially important as the team heads into conference play. Overview The Longhorns struggled on the mound early Tuesday, and it showed. While it was nice to see the offense not fold and concede the game by making it close in the end, Texas’ pitchers need to work to prevent walks and free-90’s given away. Texas allowed 8 walks and 4 HBPs, which is the main thing issue need to address. This resulted in Arizona ending with 8 runs on 4 hits. This is an eye-opening feat for this team, and they need to work on getting through innings making opponents earn their base-runners. Texas opens their home series weekend against Cal. State Fullerton on Friday at 6:30 PM, and the game will be televised on the Longhorn Network. You can listen to the game by tuning into 104.9 FM The Horn, or you can follow along with play-by-play by following @joeywa_44 on twitter. The post Texas Unable to Overcome Pitching Struggles, Loses 8-6 to Arizona appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  11. Despite winning their previous 4 games, the Longhorns desperately needed a road win against Oklahoma to strengthen their resume in hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. In a game that featured poor offensive performances by both teams, Texas somehow found a way to keep their season alive, with Matt Coleman banking in a 3-pointer with .4 seconds left to give the Longhorns a 52-51 victory over the Sooners. Here are some thoughts from a game that reminded us all that March Madness is here: It was the Matt Coleman show all evening for Texas. The Longhorns struggled to get other guys going offensively, forcing Coleman to take over in crunch time. The junior guard finished with a game-high 21 points and took every big shot down the stretch. Looking at the box score, it is hard to believe Texas was able to escape Norman with a win. The Longhorns shot a total of 2 (!!) free throws the entire game, with both coming following a flagrant foul by Austin Reaves that sent Andrew Jones to the line. While the lack of free throws could be chalked up to a number of different reasons, the primary one was the fact that Oklahoma did a good job all evening of limiting the Texas guards from getting to the rim. Kristian Doolittle made his presence known throughout the game. The senior, who seemed to be at Oklahoma forever, finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but he also missed a pair of free throws with 5 seconds left that gave Texas a chance to go for the win. It was another excellent game for Brock Cunningham. The redshirt freshman finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds, but was his typical self on both ends of the floor all night, diving for loose balls and making the little plays that don’t show up on the stat sheet. He is the glue that is holding the Longhorns together right now on both ends of the floor. Royce Hamm had another very solid game on the boards, grabbing 11 rebounds and having a spirited battle with Doolittle for most of the game. With the Longhorns down to 8 healthy scholarship players, Shaka Smart is having to count on everyone to play meaningful minutes. Will Baker has had hot and cold shooting nights since he’s seen his minutes increase, and he finished Tuesday’s game 0-2 from the field, with both misses coming from beyond the arc. If the Longhorns hope to do any damage in the Big 12 and NCAA Tournament, they will need Baker to provide scoring off the bench. What’s next? Texas will wrap up the regular season on Saturday against Oklahoma State at the Frank Erwin Center. A victory over the Cowboys would put the Longhorns at 20-11 and 10-8 in Big 12 play. Assuming Kansas defeats Texas Tech, the Longhorns would enter the conference tournament as the number 3 seed. Joe Lunardi said tonight immediately following Texas’ victory that as it currently stood, the Longhorns were in his projected NCAA tournament field. A win on Saturday and an additional win in the Big 12 Tournament would go a long way in helping Texas hear their name called on selection Sunday. The post Coleman’s heroics give Texas 5th straight victory appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  12. After Friday night’s loss to LSU, the Longhorns came out on Saturday with a vengeance. Their opponent, Arkansas, was the recipient of this in the first few innings. Saturday vs. Arkansas Texas came out on fire, putting up 8 runs in the first 3 innings against the Razorbacks. This would usually be enough to secure a win for a team, right? Well, not quite. The Longhorns’ fiery start on offense could not be complete without Ty Madden’s solid performance on the mound. Madden made it through 4 complete innings without allowing a run, but the Razorback hitters were able to open up scoring in the 5th inning. Nonetheless, Madden finished with 6.o innings pitched, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7. This was Madden’s worse performance this season, but the Texas hitters did just enough for the team to give Madden his 3rd win. The nervousness began to rise following Madden’s final two innings, which saw Arkansas score 3 runs. Following Madden was Cole Quintanilla, who allowed 2 runs in the 7th inning, bringing the score to 8-5. Arkansas was staging a comeback after going down 8-0 in the 2nd inning. To make matters even more precarious for Longhorn fans, closer Andre Duplantier allowed two runs in the 9th inning, an inning which he allowed 2 hits and a walk. Luckily for Texas, they were able to avoid the complete collapse, and finished the game with a 8-7 win. The hitters for Texas were great through the first two innings, as they forced Arkansas’ starter Patrick Wicklander to be forced out after 1.0 inning of work. He finished the inning with 6 runs allowed (4 earned), 5 hits and 1 walk. The next pitcher, Denton, was only slightly better for the Razorbacks. In his 1.0 inning of work he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) and 3 hits (1 home run). Texas hitters Austin Todd and Zach Zubia did the most with their at bats early, as Todd went 2 for 5 and Zubia hit 3 for 4. Zubia had a booming home run and 3 RBIs to cap off his performance on the night. The Texas 4 through 8 hitters (Williams, Faltine, Petrinsky, Ardoin, Hodo) each had hits as well, indicating success for the bats early in the game. Texas seemed to have Arkansas’ number, but after the second inning they only had 2 hits and 2 walks. While 8 runs is a lot, the team will look to continue to put up crooked numbers throughout the game, as comebacks are always a threat in games like these. Arkansas was able to gain momentum once they caught up with Madden’s pitches, and built on it from there. The Razorbacks’ 3 through 5 hitters (Kjerstad, Goodheart, Opitz) were the biggest beneficiaries of getting in their groove. These three provided 3, 1 and 2 hits respectively for Arkansas and had 5 RBIs. Luckily for Texas, Arkansas fell just short of a comeback. When asked about how the guys came out following their loss to LSU, Texas head coach David Pierce was quick to compliment his guys. “This team is a group that is playing for the right reasons. (They are) Playing for the University of Texas, but really playing for each other,” said Pierce. Pierce’s belief in his guys and their resilience, even in slightly ugly games, was showcased after Saturday’s win. Despite struggles, the team put together a win, which is what was important. Sunday vs. Missouri For Sunday’s game, Texas was looking to win its series against SEC opponents. With a loss to LSU and a win against Arkansas, the Longhorns had a split going up against Missouri. Coy Cobb was the starter for Texas, and he pitched well in his 5.0 innings of work. Simply looking at the box score may lead you to think otherwise though. Cobb finished with 75 pitches, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk and 6 hits, but allowed 3 runs. There was only 1 earned run against Cobb in his 5 innings of work though. This was due to the previously-consistent defense, which was asleep in the first half of this game. The defense committed 5 errors on Sunday, which was uncharacteristic for the Longhorns. After falling behind 3-1, Texas came back to claim the lead in the bottom of the 5th inning, going ahead 4-3. But the Longhorns were unable to maintain this lead, as they immediately allowed Missouri to extend their lead in the 6th inning. Kolby Kubichek was in to relieve Cobb in this inning, but was only in for 0.1 inning. In this time he had 12 pitches and gave up 3 hits, 1 wild pitch and 4 runs (3 earned). Kubichek was not the only one who struggled, as Tristan Stevens came in and could not log an out. Stevens faced 3 batters, and allowed 1 walk, 2 hits and 1 run in 11 pitches without logging an out. Even Donny Diaz struggled on the mound, as he allowed a run in the 9th inning, allowing 2 hits before being relieved after 0.2 innings. These rough performances overshadowed the effective pitchers of the evening, which were Sam Walbridge, Kamron Fields and Mason Bryant. Between the 3.0 cumulative innings of work among these 3 pitchers, 0 hits and o runs were allowed. Walbridge’s 1 walk and 1 wild-pitch were the only flaws among these 3. Their performances across the board were eye opening, both for fans and the coaches. After the game on Sunday, Pierce knew that through this performance he understood who “the guys” are for his team. “I know who our best players are. (And) Right now I know who are the most reliable guys out of the bullpen up to this point,” said Pierce when discussing what he had learned. Early season struggles are revealing for teams, especially young teams such as Texas. Texas offense did have some success; Austin Todd finished with 3 hits, Zach Zubia had 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 HBP, and Cam Williams had 1 hit with 3 walks. These three had 1, 2 and 2 RBIs respectively. Additionally, each batter in the 1 through 8 spots had at least 1 hit, a sign of overall hitting success. But if the team is not playing great defense and they aren’t pitching well, you won’t win the game. The game transpired in this manner, as Texas lost 9-8. Overview An undefeated Texas team came into the weekend looking to make a statement. Instead, it provided them with a wakeup call and a learning experience. The team has a lot to work on; from how to face great pitchers through their experience against LSU, to learning how to eliminate extra outs and making good pitches during pressure situations against teams like Arkansas and Missouri. Coach Pierce has a lot to break down after this weekend, but he also has a lot of positives to glean from. He is able to see the negatives as well, but does not want to focus on those negatives to where it will affect team mentality. “We did not get it done today, and we are going to look at it as that; as opposed to trying to dissect it to the point where it is going to affect mentality,” said Pierce. He continued on, stating, “(We) Will evaluate it and will definitely learn from it. But we are not going to beat it up so bad that it is going to affect our play on Tuesday.” Pierce is looking to build the team after these losses, which is exactly what needs to happen, focusing on Tuesday’s matchup against Arizona at Disch-Falk. Texas will look to bounce back on Tuesday evening against the Arizona Wildcats. The game will take place at UFCU Disch-Falk Field and will start at 6:30 PM. Catch the game on Longhorn Network, listen in on 104.9 FM The Horn, or check out @Joeywa_44 on Twitter for play-by-play coverage. The post Texas Baseball Wins 8-7 Saturday, Loses 9-8 Sunday appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  13. The Texas Longhorns (10-2, 0-0) didn’t fare as well as they hoped over the weekend, losing two of three to SEC teams in the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic in Houston. FRIDAY On Friday night the #11 LSU Tigers got the best of starting pitcher Bryce Elder and Texas, defeating the Longhorns 4-3 and giving the team their first loss of the season. Elder pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs and one unearned run, striking out 10 in the losing effort. Texas managed just four hits on the night, all against Tigers starting pitcher Cole Henry, one of which was a home run by catcher DJ Petrinski. Texas held a 3-2 lead headed into the bottom of the 6th inning, but LSU’s Daniel Cabrera connected for a two-run homer off Elder to give the Tigers the lead which they would hold for the remainder of the game. LSU closer Jaden Hill relieved Henry in the 7th and shut down Texas, striking out 6 of the 10 batters he faced. SATURDAY Zach Zubia’s four-hit day at the plate on Saturday helped propel the Longhorns to a 8-7 win over #6 Arkansas. Texas scored six runs in the second inning, including a deep shot by Zubia into the left-center field stands, which extended the Longhorns’ lead to 8-0 over the Razorbacks. Arkansas tried to mount a comeback in the 5th, scoring in every inning except the 8th and cutting the lead to 8-7 in the 9th inning. Andre Duplantier II struck out the final two Razorback batters to end the game in favor of Texas 8-7. Starting pitcher Ty Madden won his third straight game to improve to 3-0 on the season. Patrick Wicklander took the loss for Arkansas. Texas amassed 10 hits in the game, and used Cole Quintanilla, Peter Hansen and Andre Duplantier II in relief on the mound. The Longhorns will next host the Arizona Wildcats at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 PM and will be televised on Longhorn Network. The post RECAP: Longhorns finish 1-2 at Shriners College Classic in Houston appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  14. A run-happy 5th inning propelled Texas Baseball to their 9th win of the season. After a slow start offensively, a 5-hit, 4-run 5th inning gave the Longhorns a 4-1 lead. Sam Houston State, Texas’ best opponent yet according to RPI, provided Texas with a formidable challenge as the team heads into the Shriner College Classic in Houston. Freshman Pete Hansen got his first start of the season for the Longhorns’, performing well in 5 innings. When asked about Hansen, head coach David Pierce said, “(His pitch count) was right around 60 to 70 (pitches). (There was) cool weather, he had a little bit of stress in the 1st (inning), but outside of that he got locked in, and was really good.” Pierce’s pitching staff has thus far proven to be the reliable aspect of the team along with defense. As Hansen continues to get healthier following his preseason mono sickness, he will be able to last longer, possibly elongating his appearance lengths to make him a starting option. Hansen’s 6-strikeout, 2-hit and 1-walk performance over 70 pitches was an encouraging sign that he can move in that direction. The offense was stumped by two-way player (pitcher/hitter) Jack Rogers for the Bearkats, as Rogers stormed through the Texas batters over the first 4 innings. The 5th inning changed the entire script for the Longhorns though, as a 5-hit, 4-run inning played out for them. This was highlighted by Zach Zubia’s 2-run RBI single, which made his season RBI total a team-high 13. Eric Kennedy continued his offensive success, with 2 hits and a walk a run scored on the day. When asked about his adjustments recently at the plate, Kennedy said, “(I have been) slowing the game down; my swing needed adjustments so I did that.” Austin Todd had another strong game swinging, with two hits and 1 RBI, adding to his already strong start to the season (.324 average coming into Tuesday night). Duke Ellis did not have as much success, as his error in the first set the tone for his night. Look for him to bounce back out of that slump Friday against LSU. The Texas defense was off to a rocky start (error by Duke Ellis in the 1st inning), but reverted back to their strong form by the 2nd inning. From that point on they were reliable, making all the plays to prevent Sam Houston State from scoring more than 1 run in the 1st inning. The Longhorns’ defense will need to be solid every inning this weekend, as their opponents will capitalize on small mistakes. Texas faces off against #11 LSU Friday night at 7 PM CST, the opener to their Shriner College Classic weekend in Houston. If the Longhorns’ continue to be effective pitching-wise and defensively sound, they should be competitive in every game at Minute Maid Park. Tune into AT&T Sportsnet Southwest on Friday night to catch the action. You can also listen to the gave on Texas Sports’ free streaming audio (link below). Texas Sports Free Streaming Audio The post 4-Run 5th Inning Pushes Texas Past Sam Houston State, 4-1 appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
  15. A bad week for the Texas basketball program got worse on Saturday afternoon, as the Longhorns were blown out on the road against lowly Iowa State, a team that entered the contest with only 3 wins in Big 12 play. Texas knew they would be without big man Jericho Sims, who will likely miss the rest of the season with a back injury. Without Sims, the Longhorns had no answer inside for the Cyclones. Royce Hamm entered the starting lineup in place of Sims and proceeded to quickly pick up 2 fouls, setting the tone for what would be a long day for Texas. Michael Jacobson and Solomon Young combined for 38 points and 18 rebounds for Iowa State, allowing the Cyclones to cruise to a 81-52 win. What little hopes the Longhorns had at making a run at the NCAA tournament are certainly evaporated, and the questions surrounding Shaka Smart’s future will only intensify in the coming weeks. It was a dreadful afternoon for the Longhorns on the offensive end of the floor. Texas shot 29.3% from the field and 25% from deep. The lone bright spot was Courtney Ramey, who was the only Texas player to reach double figures with 21 points. Freshman Brock Cunningham and Will Baker both saw extended action with Sims’ absence and Hamm’s early foul trouble. The duo had a tough game, combining to go 1 for 11 from the field. The first half saw Iowa State jump out to a 37-26 lead that they took into halftime. What little hope Texas had of a comeback was quickly dashed when the Cyclones began the second half with a 9-0 run to extend the lead to 20 points. The Cyclones ended the game shooting an impressive 57.1% from the field and 40% from deep, along with attempting 25 free throws. The loss drops Texas to 4-8 in conference play and 14-11 overall. The Longhorns will return to action on Wednesday when they host TCU at the Frank Erwin Center. The post Texas drops 4th straight in blowout loss to Iowa State appeared first on HornSports. View this article on HornSports
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