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  1. New UT Baseball Volunteer Assistant Coach Troy Tulowitzki and Coach Pierce make an appearance at UT football practice today. I really like the support that each of the coaches and programs give to one another.
  2. http://collegefootball.ap.org/poll LSU (6,) Texas (9,) and ags (16,) with largest jumps (+5) Go Cougs at #10
  3. VIA UT AUSTIN, Texas – Kickoff times and television selections for three of Texas' contests in the 2018 season were released on Thursday. Longhorn Network will air the home opener versus Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. CT, while home match-up against USC on Saturday, Sept. 15 will be on FOX at 7 p.m. CT, and the game at Kansas on Friday, Nov. 23 will be on FS1 at 11 a.m. CT. Longhorn Network will also televise an additional game this season with further details to be announced at a later time. Since its launch in 2011, LHN has televised 16 Texas Football games, with the games against Tulsa and a to-be-determined opponent serving as the 17th and 18th, respectively. The 2018 season marks the eighth year LHN has exclusively televised select Texas Football games. Texas GameDay, a two-hour pre-game show, and Texas GameDay Final, an hour-long post-game show, will once again supplement LHN's Texas Football telecasts. Further details on both the game telecasts and the pre-and post-game coverage will be announced at a later date. The game against Tulsa will mark the first-ever meeting between the Longhorns and the Golden Hurricane, while the contest against USC will be the seventh all-time between the two storied programs, but the first in Austin since 1966. The game at Kansas will be the first between the schools to be played on a Friday in 18 series meetings, and the first time they have met around the Thanksgiving holiday.
  4. By Daniel Seahorn If you couldn’t tell by now, Texas running back coach Stan Drayton values versatility in his meeting room. Being able to tote the rock is one thing, but when you can be an asset as a pass blocker in blitz pickup and or as a receiver out of the backfield or split out wide then you really set yourself apart from the pack in evaluations. Running backs Daniel Young and Toneil Carter have certainly shown in flashes that they possess these traits and incoming freshman back Keaontay Ingram has shown on tape consistently that he can be that kind of back as well. The thing these three players have in common? They will all be underclassmen when the 2018 season kicks off this fall and they could probably benefit from some veteran experience in the rotation. That’s where former Cal running back Tre Watson enters the picture. Watson possesses the traits mentioned previously and he was setup for a breakout year as the lead back in Berkley in 2017 before suffering a season ending injury. Watson got the Wally Pipp treatment, as his replacement Patrick Laird experienced a breakout season of his own as he tallied over 1400 yards from scrimmage . With that transpiring, Watson opted to go the graduate transfer route and look for a new home. Watson looks to have found what he was looking for in his new home in Austin, Texas. After officially visiting Texas over the weekend and thoroughly enjoying himself for the spring game festivities, Watson decided to call Austin home for the next year and become a Longhorn. Film Analysis Player InformationName: Tre Watson Position: RB High School/ College: Centennial/ Cal- Berkley City & State: Corona, CA Measurables Height: 5’11 Weight: 205 40-yard: N/A Shuttle: N/A Vertical: N/A Statistics 2014: 25 carries, 94 yards, 1 TD, 1 reception, 1 yard, 20 kick returns, 407 yards, 1 punt return, 4 yards 2015: 88 carries, 494 yards, 3 TDs, 10 receptions, 106 yards, 1 TD, 2 kick returns, 44 yards 2016: 143 carries, 709 yards, 4 TDs, 21 receptions, 241 yards, 4 TDs, 12 kick returns, 206 yards 2017: 17 carries, 83 yards, 5 receptions, 31 yards ** ** Suffered a season ending injury Film 2015: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWuSOjeUMoI 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxwl50ssIy4 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGry4SIXHVE Pros: Battle tested veteran. Tallied just under 1800 yards from scrimmage during his time in Berkley. Brings a diversified skill set to the table. Can be effective as a receiver out of the backfield and can also be split out wide. Possesses solid size for the position at 5’11, 205 pounds. Possesses good vision and runs decisively. Sticks his foot in the ground and goes without much hesitation and shows good up-field burst. Shows to have a good feel and patience for inside and outside zone as well as the power run game. Has the speed to get the corner of the defense and rip of yards in chunks. Not the biggest guy, but runs with some subtle power and runs behind his pads when anticipating contact. Has some wiggle and can make defenders miss in close quarters and in the open field. Will be a big asset in the screen game in Austin just like he was in Berkley. Possesses a reliable set of hands as a receiver. Could be an asset in the return game. Cons: Suffered a season ending lower body injury in 2017. Will have to be sure he has fully recovered from that injury without any setbacks. Returning from a lower body injury makes me wonder if he will have the same decisiveness and burst as he did pre-injury. Was easily replaced after going down with an injury. Product of a plug and play system? Can he BYOB (be your own blocker) with the state of the Texas offensive line? Shows a lot of good on tape, but I have questions about how he holds up as a pass protector. He’s a one year band-aid for the position that is young and struggled a bit this spring with ball security. Will likely steal carries from one of the young backs, which could be both good and bad. Summary Tre Watson is a former three year lettermen with the California Golden Bears. Watson participated in 37 games and logged 8 starts before going down with a season ending lower body injury in the second game of season in 2017. Prior to the injury in 2017, Watson displayed the makings of a player that could be an asset in three different phases of the game (as a runner, a receiver, and returner). As a runner, Watson displays good feel for both the zone (inside and outside) and power run game. He shows good vision, and patience as he lets the play and blocks develop in front of him before showing off his up-field burst and exploding to the second and third levels of the defense. At 5’11, 205 pounds, Watson has solid size for the position and does a good job of running behind his pads and show good tackle breaking ability both through finesse and at times through pure strength from his lower body. Watson has some wiggle to his game and is capable of making defenders miss in close quarters as well as the open field and particularly showed off this facet of his game as a receiver in the screen game. As a receiver, Watson proves to have reliable hands in the screen game or even flexed out wide in empty sets. Watson possessing this ability only adds to his value due how Texas likes to utilize their running backs outside of just turning and putting the ball in their belly. Watson being a reliable target in the passing game gives Watson the opportunity to potentially be a three down back during his time in Austin, which would be a change a pace from the game of musical chairs the position experienced in 2017. During his time in Berkley, Watson also logged snap both as a kick and punt returner, and while he didn’t put any points on the board as the return man, he does bring that experience the table and give the coaches another option back there going forward. Final Verdict The more I watch Watson, the more I really like this pickup for Texas. Does him coming off a lower leg injury worry me? Yes. Does he likely take carries away from two young backs that showed promise last year? Yep. Does the Texas offensive line still need to be able to open up consistent running lanes for him to be successful? You would be correct about that. In regards to the young backs, I don’t think the Texas coaches would be going down this avenue if they felt 100% comfortable with their stable after concluding spring practice. We’ve already covered the staff’s concerns about ball security and we saw that issue in the spring game with Toneil Carter putting the ball on the ground. And while many are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Keaontay Ingram in the summer, it would be nice if the staff didn’t have to rely heavily on a true freshman for the second year in a row at the running back position. Watson may be a one year rental, but he could prove to be a very valuable asset in the Texas backfield in 2018 with the skill set he brings to the table and he takes the pressure off of Keaontay Ingram to have to provide meaningful snaps from Day 1.
  5. Texas reeled in their first defensive back commit of the 2019 class with the verbal pledge of 4-star Kenyatta Watson. The Georgia product is ranked as the 11th best safety in the country (187th overall), according to the 247composite rankings. After signing an historic defensive back class in 2018, Texas had the opportunity to be selective on whom to take in the 2019 class. Watson was offered back in November while he was committed to Florida State. The commitment did not last though, as Watson de-committed from the Seminoles in January, and proceeded to visit Austin in late February. In early March, Watson named a final two of Texas and Notre Dame, with Texas set to host him on an official visit the weekend of April 27th. Following the official visit, Watson ultimately chose to shut down his recruitment and pledge to the Longhorns, giving Tom Herman another key piece of the 2019 class. Player Information Name: Kenyatta Watson Position: CB,S High School: Grayson City & State: Loganville,GA Measurables Height: 6’2 Weight: 187 40-yard time: 4.50 Shuttle: 4.12 Vertical: 45″ Statistics No stats available. Film Kenyatta Watson Junior Season Pros: Plays very physical. He is not afraid to get up close to the scrimmage and disrupt the timing and rhythm of a receiver. In the run game, Watson shows a good nose for the football and isn’t afraid to fight through blockers Reliable open-field tackler. Shows the ability to tackle in space and take good angles to the ball carrier. His tape shows him reading several screen plays well and making an open field tackle Possesses quick hips and good length as a corner. Stays with receivers well and rarely gets beat deep Very athletic and multiple. Watson has the speed to play sideline to sideline, while having the athleticism to play pretty much anywhere in the secondary. Impressive special teams player. Played on both punt block and field goal block, where he used his speed off the edge to disrupt kicks. Will almost assuredly be a special teams contributor early in his career. Cons: Needs to show a little better awareness with the ball in the air. There were times where balls that should have been picked off ended up as PBU. There are questions about whether he is a safety or a corner. He probably has the frame to tack on a couple extra pounds, which could lead to his future being at safety. Summary The first thing that stands out about Watson when turning on his film is his length. At 6’2, he uses his length both at the line of scrimmage and in coverage. Watson is no stranger to press coverage, and he isn’t afraid to get physical with receivers, re-routing them at the line and throwing off their timing. In the run game, Watson shows the ability to make open field tackles and be a solid run defender. The biggest question for Watson has he heads into college is what position best suits him long term. Texas appears to be recruiting him as a corner, and he has the skills to be successful, but his best long term position may end up being safety. Regardless of where he ends up, his quick hips, good length and physicality help him profile well at any of the defensive back positions. Final Verdict The 2019 defensive back class in the state of Texas is not as strong as the 2018 class, so it is not surprising Tom Herman opted to look at some out-of-state players. Watson’s father mentioned early in the process that current Texas TE Reese Leitao is cousins with Kenyatta, so it certainly did not hurt to have a family tie to Austin. Many pegged Watson as a Notre Dame lean early in the process, but Tom Herman once again worked his magic. The Longhorns now have 2 big out-of-state commits, with Watson joining California LB De’Gabriel Floyd.
  6. Texas has made a huge splash in the recruiting world today, securing a commitment from elite California LB De’Gabriel Floyd. Floyd becomes the first linebacker commit in the Longhorns 2019 class and ranks as 40th best player in the country (3rd ranked LB), according to the 247composite rankings. The addition of Floyd fills a huge need at the linebacker position, a position Tom Herman and Todd Orlando knew they needed to address in the recruiting cycle. On January 28th, Floyd was extended an offer. In Mid-February, he attended junior day and said afterwards that he was blown away and said the Longhorns were very high on his list. Floyd returned a month later during his spring break in March, and ultimately chose to commit to Texas, giving the Longhorns their highest ranked player so far in the 2019 class. Player Information Name: De’Gabriel Floyd Position: LB High School: Westlake City & State: Westlake Village, CA Measurables Height: 6’2 Weight: 220 40-yard time: 4.78 Shuttle: 4.51 Vertical: 35.6″ Statistics No stats available. Film De’Gabriel Floyd Junior Season Pros: From the moment you turn on the film, the first thing that stands out is Floyd’s willingness to hit. The first play of his HUDL is him blowing up a running back trying to pass protect and then slinging the Quarterback to the ground Floyd spent time on offense, defense and special teams during high school, and excelled in every well. On defense, he spent time at linebacker and DB. Plays very well in space. Takes good angles to the balls and diagnoses plays well. Definitely a guy who knows what he is doing in pass coverage Shows good patience in the run game. Chooses gaps wisely and rarely plays timid when attacking a running lane Not afraid to mix it up between the tackles. Takes on offensive lineman willingly and will knock them on their backside if they aren’t ready. Football savvy. Shows good instincts and high football IQ. Cons: Loves to lower the shoulder to deliver the big hit, which worked out for him a lot in high school, but he will need to become more reliable as a tackler at the next level. He shows the ability to wrap-up and drive a ball-carrier, he just needs to do it consistently Since he played all over the field, he will probably need at least a year to adjust to the ins and outs of playing college LB. Testing results shows a lack of straight line speed, which is worrisome, but his play speed seems adequate on tape. Have some questions about his coverage ability, but certainly seems athletic enough in space to be competent. Depending on how the roster shakes out, he could be counted on early, but could benefit from a redshirt. Summary Watch the first play of Floyd’s HUDL, and you will be sold. Tom Herman often times talks about how he wants physicality to be a trademark of his program, and Floyd fits that category. The California native shows tremendous athleticism on film. At junior day, he talked about how Todd Orlando had been discussing the Rover role with him, and it’s easy to tell why. Floyd possesses the ability to play between the tackles and serve as a run stuffer, while also having the speed to play in space. Against the pass, he has the ability to both rush the passer and play in coverage. Unlike some recruits, he doesn’t need to bulk up too much or add a lot of weight. Overall, Floyd has all the tools and traits coaches drool over at the linebacker position, and it’s easy to see why Texas made him a priority target early in the process. Final Verdict Entering the 2019 recruiting cycle, there were some questions about where Texas was going to turn for linebackers. The LB depth in-state was not outstanding, but the Longhorns still had glad a glaring need that needed to be filled. Tom Herman and Todd Orlando deserve a lot of credit for building a relationship with Floyd and pulling him out of California when many thought it was not possible. It certainly does not hurt to bring Floyd into the fold with the Longhorns still heavily pursuing elite California CB Chris Steele. With several members of the 2017 signing class hailing from out of state, it appears Tom Herman and company are willing to go wherever they see fit to bring talent to the 40 acres.
  7. According to Tom Herman, Gary Johnson will miss 6 weeks with a groin injury. Also, Cameron Townsend has moved from LB to RB. Sounds like Herman wants some more competition at the position.
  8. Tom Herman confirmed during his signing day press conference that Reggie Hemphill Mapps will transfer from UT. He has not been working out with the team and is currently looking for a potential landing spot. The redshirt freshman caught 32 passes for 328 yards in 2017.
  9. The 2018 recruiting class will officially come to a close as National Signing Day 2 is upon us. Texas inked 19 players during the early signing period in December, but will look to add to that number with a strong finish. Below are the remaining commits and targets, with the time they plan on signing: Committed DL Daniel Carson (SIGNED) DL Moro Ojomo (SIGNED) DL Keondre Coburn (SIGNED) RB Keaontay Ingram (SIGNED) WR Josh Moore (SIGNED) OL Christian Jones (SIGNED) DL Michael Williams (2:40 PM) Targets DL Joseph Ossai (9 AM) LB Andrew Parker (9 AM) WR Lawrence Keys III (10 AM) WR Tommy Bush (10:30 AM) DL Vernon Jackson (TBD) Follow along here at HornSports for live updates throughout the day.
  10. There may be some injury news coming in the next several days that impacts the Texas offense. The injury could be minor, because the player has not had an MRI yet. That's all we can say at this time. We will release more information as it comes to us.
  11. 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.
  12. Kirk Johnson appears to have not been improving from his torn ACL last year. The answer why is now known. Johnson had a slight meniscus tear in his knee, which was hindering his progress. Johnson underwent a minor scope procedure to resolve the issue. I would not be surprised if Johnson medically redshirted this year, but he could also be back later in the season. Tough break for him, but he will be back. Luckily, Texas has three solid RB's in front of him. Rumors are circulating that Patrick Vahe injured his wrist in practice and is in a cast. Before any of you freak out, this is just a rumor for now. Nothing has been confirmed. On the positive side, it is not uncommon for a lineman to play in a cast. If there is any way that Vahe can get out on the field against Cal, he will play. Vahe is key to the Texas run game, and OL coach Matt Mattox wlll not hold him out unless the injury is serious. I will update the thread as more information arrives. Stay tuned.
  13. with 2 months until Texas vs Notre Dame here is my very early depth chart QB: Beuchele,Heard,Swoopes RB: Foreman,Warren,Porter,Johnson (Kirk to me has all the tools to be NFL safety) TE: Blueitt,Beck,Aucoin WR: Burt,Foreman,Joe WR; Johnson,Humphrey,Leonard WR: Duvernay,McNeal,Newsome,Curtis LT: Williams,Delance,Uriquidez LG: Hodges,Hudson,McMillon C: Shackleford,Rodriguez,Cuney RG: Vahe,Perkins,Major RT: Perkins,Nickelson,Okafor, K: No one all 2pt conversions and going for it on 4th down P: Dickinson Fox: Hughes,Hager,Roach if Fowler makes it on team in time he would be 2nd team DT: Boyette,DCG,Nelson,Wilbon DT: Elliott,Ford,Daniels,Southall DE: Omenihu,Cottrell,Fitzgerald,Vasser LB: Jefferson,Cole,Boyd LB: Wheeler,Freeman,McCullouch,Townsend CB: Hill,Boyd,Cuffee CB: D.Davis,A.Davis,Evans NB: Locke,Bonney, SS: Hall,Elliott,Brown FS: Haines,Joes,Vaccaro
  14. Mr. Trotter, After reading your tweets/comments about the “Florida 5â€, and specifically this tweet “@Jake_Trotter: W/ Cecil Cherry leaving, only Davante Davis left from Charlie Strong's touted "Florida 5." Gamble to recruit heavily out of TX backfiring", I decided to respond with an open letter to clear the air. To insinuate the “Florida 5†could end up as the “Florida 1†due to the recruits/athletes not being from the state of Texas, or “in-state†recruits, is laughable and a weak argument at best. But before I go further, I’d like to be clear. I completely agree that each year the majority of the athletes on the Texas Longhorn football roster should be from the state of Texas. A) As a state, Texas has the best recruits year in and year out. That’s why many major college football programs usually have at least a few recruits from Texas sprinkled throughout their roster. C ) A recruit from Texas likely will be more familiar with the Longhorns and the other football programs within the state, as well as with the coaches that are recruiting them during their high school years. And C) an in-state recruit will still be close or reasonably close to home. Those are just a few reasons why I agree the Longhorns should always build their roster/recruiting classes with mostly athletes from Texas. But to try to argue that the recruitment of the “Florida 5†has backfired simply because they are not from Texas is false. Let’s take a look at the evidence to understand why. 1) Tim Irvin – (Palmetto Bay, Florida) - Auburn: Irvin was the first of the 5 to change course. Leading up to National Signing Day, Irvin decided to flip to Auburn largely in part to unite with former Florida defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, who he had developed a close relationship with according to reports. There’s much more to this story of Irvin’s flip than the simple fact that he is not from Florida. Oh and Auburn isn’t in Florida either… Just sayin’. 2) Gilbert Johnson – (Homestead, Florida/Georgia Prep Sports Academy)/Devonaiire Clarington – (Miami, Florida): Let’s take a look and both Johnson and Clarington together. Johnson was unable to attend Texas because he did not qualify academically. And Clarington, who has been on his own academic journey in an attempt to qualify academically, is waiting to hear back from the NCAA on whether he has clearance to join the Longhorn roster. Would being an “in-state†recruit change anything academically? No. 3) Cecil Cherry – (Frostproof, Florida): There is a number of different reasons that have been stated as to why Cherry is leaving the Texas program just days into fall practices. The main reason seems to be that he initially went against what his father wants for Cherry (which is sad in itself that his father is calling the shots for him). Another reason is that he did not get the jersey number (#3) he wanted and instead received #52. At this point, It’s unclear exactly where Cherry will end up (he very well could end up at a school in Florida). But at the end of the day, it sounds like Cherry (though he’s denied this notion) and his father realized he would play behind fellow freshman Malik Jefferson during his UT days as long as Malik was on roster if Cherry and Malik both stayed at MLB. Was not being an “in-state†recruit the main reason why Cherry left? No. Though I will admit it may play a small role into his departure. But main reason? No. As for the remaining out-of-state recruit from the “Florida 5â€, Davante Davis, reports have been positive for the freshman during the first few days of fall practices. And only time will tell whether he will step into a game this season or not. Oh, and as a bonus point (because who doesn’t love bonus points?), freshman wide receiver John Burt (Tallahassee, Florida) has also been receiving positive reviews during fall practices. And there’s increasing momentum to the notion that he has the skills and athleticism to contribute right away during his freshman campaign. As I stated earlier, I agree Longhorn coaches need to keep “in-state†recruits as their main focus when recruiting. The state is consistently oozing with talent year-after-year-after-year. And if Texas can improve its win/loss record, it will be easier and easier to recruit the top-talent in the state to the 40 Acres. But adding some top recruits from outside of the state isn’t certain death for Texas… Ricky Williams says hey… More importantly, though, to use these specific 5 players as evidence for the argument that “[strong’s] gamble to recruit heavily out of TX [is] backfiring†is weak evidence and paints the wrong picture as to the real reasons of why 3, and possibly 4, of the “Florida 5†are not on the 40 Acres right now for fall practices. - Some chump with a perspective, Wes Crochet
  15. Hi newbie here, so forgive me if I'm crossing any lines, but I recently read the 2015 Texas Longhorn Football Prospectus: Thinking Texas Football and it's really good preview of the 'Horns, our opponents and the Big 12. It's thorough, well-written with an entertaining writing style. Maybe everyone already knows about it, but I wanted to pass on a rec. Hook 'em!
  16. Mike Roach did an excellent job of previewing the Texas defense - DOMINATING DEFENSE This is the first part of a four piece in-depth preview of the team. Let's talk football!
  17. Interesting day with coaches & players. Read about it HERE.
  18. Here is my preview of the Horns' first game under Charlie Strong - UNT Mean Green
  19. This week's edition of Questions Answered! Reactions? Comments?
  20. Here's this week's Questions Answered! Good stuff this week - you got us to disagree on a few things.
  21. This week's Horns Up discusses the retirement of Vince Young. What do you think?
  22. Coleman Feeley's 'Breakdown' piece that was part of Crossfire every week was so popular that we're going to make it a standalone article each week. This also provides a better forum for y'all to chat with Coleman about the topic (instead of having those responses buried in the Crossfire discussion). Here's this week's edition of Chalk Talk: 1-on-1's
  23. In his weekly article, Chris Flanagan ponders what starting Jerrod Heard would do for Charlie Strong - HORNS UP!
  24. Here's the next installment in Chris Flanagan's series - The Countdown
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