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Duke beats Texas 5-2

http://image.cdnllnwnl.xosnetwork.com/pics7/400/GD/GDHQGBIQQWGECIF.20070408200737.jpgAfter taking two from the Blue Devils yesterday the Texas Longhorns were not able to pull off the sweep today at Disch-Falk.  Freshman pitcher John Curtis made his starting debut in a Longhorn uniform and made it through 3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits.  Ricky Jacquez pitched a solid 5 innings and gave up 4 hits with no runs.  The Longhorns couldn't get the bats going until the 8th inning, when Kevin Lusson hit a two run homer leaving Texas training Duke 3-2 as they headed to the top of the 9th inning.  Down by only one run in the 9th, it looked like Texas would have a shot at tying or winning the game but Duke scored 2 runs in their at-bat while Texas went 3-up and 3-down.
 
 
 
The Longhorns (2-1) resume play against the Mavericks of UT Arlington (2-1) on Tuesday at Disch-Falk Field in Austin.

Over at the Disch, Horns take two from Blue Devils

http://collegebaseball360.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Milner.jpegFriday night's ferocious rain in Austin forced the season opener for both ball teams to be postponed.  We took the Bevoball.com party over to the bar at the Westin Hotel at the Domain and talked about how good a double header on Saturday would be.  Turns out Longhorn fans had plenty to be happy about.   With Sam Stafford out for the season Nathan Thornhill started game 1 for Texas.  Thornhill notched the win 4-0 and pitched well, but it was second baseman Brooks Marlow that stole the show, homering in both the 4th and 5th innings.  Marlow was responsible for three of the Longhorns' four runs while the other came courtesy of a Mark Payton RBI triple in the 6th.  Rain forced a slight delay in the 6th inning but play resumed shortly afterward.
 
 
 
Fort Worth Paschal High School product and left-hander Hoby Milner started game two of the double-header.  Milner and Texas fell behind 2-0 in the second inning after a series of events which included hitting Will Piwnica-Worms with a pitch followed by a double by Jordan Betts.  After a throwing error and a bit more craziness, Texas came to bat in the bottom of the second trailing Duke 2-0.   The Longhorns regained the lead after scoring three runs in the second and held on to beat Duke 5-3.  Milner had a few issues early but pitched 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits.  Parker French relieved Milner in the 6th and pitched 3 scoreless innings before Cory Knebel closed out the game on 11 pitches.
 
 
 
#13 Texas looks to sweep Duke when the Longhorns and Blue Devils meet at Disch-Falk today at noon.

Over at the Disch, Horns take two from Blue Devils

http://collegebaseball360.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Milner.jpegFriday night's ferocious rain in Austin forced the season opener for both ball teams to be postponed.  We took the Bevoball.com party over to the bar at the Westin Hotel at the Domain and talked about how good a double header on Saturday would be.  Turns out Longhorn fans had plenty to be happy about.   With Sam Stafford out for the season Nathan Thornhill started game 1 for Texas.  Thornhill notched the win 4-0 and pitched well, but it was second baseman Brooks Marlow that stole the show, homering in both the 4th and 5th innings.  Marlow was responsible for three of the Longhorns' four runs while the other came courtesy of a Mark Payton RBI triple in the 6th.  Rain forced a slight delay in the 6th inning but play resumed shortly afterward.
 
 
 
Fort Worth Paschal High School product and left-hander Hoby Milner started game two of the double-header.  Milner and Texas fell behind 2-0 in the second inning after a series of events which included hitting Will Piwnica-Worms with a pitch followed by a double by Jordan Betts.  After a throwing error and a bit more craziness, Texas came to bat in the bottom of the second trailing Duke 2-0.   The Longhorns regained the lead after scoring three runs in the second and held on to beat Duke 5-3.  Milner had a few issues early but pitched 5 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits.  Parker French relieved Milner in the 6th and pitched 3 scoreless innings before Cory Knebel closed out the game on 11 pitches.
 
 
 
#13 Texas looks to sweep Duke when the Longhorns and Blue Devils meet at Disch-Falk today at noon.

Longhorns add Robinson, Hicks to '13 commit list

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/103/1031548.jpgYou could say things are really looking up for Mack Brown and the Longhorns in the 2013 recruiting process.  Most of the headlines last week with respect to Texas' first Junior Day referenced "zero" recruits, as if it was a total failure.  Then came Jake Raulerson's verbal to Texas, which was somewhat of a catalyst for other recruits to follow.  After Raulerson's pledge, 4-star wide receiver Jake Oliver and 5-star quarterback Tyrone Swoopes both verbally committed to the University of Texas.   Yesterday, Arlington Heights High School (Ft. Worth) DT/OT A'Shawn Robinson surprised Texas with a verbal commitment.  Robinson indicated from his Junior Day visit that he would take his time and make the right choice for him and his family.  He didn't have to think long, as Robinson became the 4th 2013 commit for Texas.
 
 
 
Tonight, the Texas commitment trend continued with the verbal of Arlington Martin High School running back product Kyle Hicks.  Hicks has received a ton of interest from schools such as Notre Dame, Michigan, Arkansas and Texas A&M.  It is the fourth straight day that the Longhorns received a 2013 verbal commitment.
 
 
 
With the 2nd Junior Day scheduled for February 25th, Texas is sitting pretty.  After all it's quality, not quantity that matters...  and Texas has received commitments from nothing but the finest thus far.

Longhorns add Robinson, Hicks to '13 commit list

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/103/1031548.jpgYou could say things are really looking up for Mack Brown and the Longhorns in the 2013 recruiting process.  Most of the headlines last week with respect to Texas' first Junior Day referenced "zero" recruits, as if it was a total failure.  Then came Jake Raulerson's verbal to Texas, which was somewhat of a catalyst for other recruits to follow.  After Raulerson's pledge, 4-star wide receiver Jake Oliver and 5-star quarterback Tyrone Swoopes both verbally committed to the University of Texas.   Yesterday, Arlington Heights High School (Ft. Worth) DT/OT A'Shawn Robinson surprised Texas with a verbal commitment.  Robinson indicated from his Junior Day visit that he would take his time and make the right choice for him and his family.  He didn't have to think long, as Robinson became the 4th 2013 commit for Texas.
 
 
 
Tonight, the Texas commitment trend continued with the verbal of Arlington Martin High School running back product Kyle Hicks.  Hicks has received a ton of interest from schools such as Notre Dame, Michigan, Arkansas and Texas A&M.  It is the fourth straight day that the Longhorns received a 2013 verbal commitment.
 
 
 
With the 2nd Junior Day scheduled for February 25th, Texas is sitting pretty.  After all it's quality, not quantity that matters...  and Texas has received commitments from nothing but the finest thus far.

Tyrone Swoopes gives Texas his verbal

http://images.maxpreps.com/site_images/editorial/article/4/c/2/4c224d36-9327-e111-beac-002655e6c45a/0db5dc4b-cc27-e111-beac-002655e6c45a_original.jpgThere is a football god and he lives in Austin. He toyed with us by giving us Garrett Gilbert and then laughing at our hopes of landing that huge Missouri wide receiver, who shall be held nameless. Now all that is but a distant memory with the announcement that Tyrone Swoopes, 6'4" quarterback from Whitewright has given a verbal commitment to become a Longhorn in 2013.
 
 
 
This brings to four the number of recruits that have committed to Texas and they are all 6'4". He also gives Texas the franchise quarterback they have been looking for since Garrett Gilbert bombed in Austin.
 
 
 
Word is Tyrone will be asked to take a leadership role in recruiting the offensive side of the ball. His best buddy, Ricky Seals-Jones, the Sealy WR/TE whose commitment was thought to be coming before Tyrone's. It may well turn out he was waiting for Swoopes to announce first. He would stop the trend for 6'4 players, he is 6'5. OK so we would then have every recruit 6'4 or over.
 
 
 
Here are some observations on #11 ranked Swoopes by Scout.com:
 
 
 
Strengths: True spread quarterback with the ability to make the big play much like Vince Young, Pat White or Terrelle Pryor. Has great physical size combined with breakaway speed.
 
Weakness: While Swoopes shows a strong arm there is still work in the finer points from a technical standpoint. Work on progression is a must as Swoopes ofter throws to his first receiver.
 
Overall: Swoopes is a game changer opponents fear to face. He sits in the shotgun and makes quick reads going to the first receiver almost every play.
 
 
 
Swoopes was recruited by Bryan Harsin and it indicates he is willing to commit to a spread formation based on speed and using a dual-threat QB that is capable of running a red zone offense and the option offense. Simply put this guy gives the co-offensive coordinator more options than he has ever had in a quarterback. With Tyrone we might see the offensive mad scientist that used to pull the strings at Boise St.
 
 
 
The kid is raw and there is some worry by some of his level of talent he played against in high school. My answer to that is the list of team recruit this talented kid. With teams like Notre Dame, yes Doug Notre Dame(forgive inside joke), OU, Stanford, Alabama and nearly every top school in the country. It doesn't assure success, see Garrett Gilbert, but it is a good place to start.

Tyrone Swoopes gives Texas his verbal

http://images.maxpreps.com/site_images/editorial/article/4/c/2/4c224d36-9327-e111-beac-002655e6c45a/0db5dc4b-cc27-e111-beac-002655e6c45a_original.jpgThere is a football god and he lives in Austin. He toyed with us by giving us Garrett Gilbert and then laughing at our hopes of landing that huge Missouri wide receiver, who shall be held nameless. Now all that is but a distant memory with the announcement that Tyrone Swoopes, 6'4" quarterback from Whitewright has given a verbal commitment to become a Longhorn in 2013.
 
 
 
This brings to four the number of recruits that have committed to Texas and they are all 6'4". He also gives Texas the franchise quarterback they have been looking for since Garrett Gilbert bombed in Austin.
 
 
 
Word is Tyrone will be asked to take a leadership role in recruiting the offensive side of the ball. His best buddy, Ricky Seals-Jones, the Sealy WR/TE whose commitment was thought to be coming before Tyrone's. It may well turn out he was waiting for Swoopes to announce first. He would stop the trend for 6'4 players, he is 6'5. OK so we would then have every recruit 6'4 or over.
 
 
 
Here are some observations on #11 ranked Swoopes by Scout.com:
 
 
 
Strengths: True spread quarterback with the ability to make the big play much like Vince Young, Pat White or Terrelle Pryor. Has great physical size combined with breakaway speed.
 
Weakness: While Swoopes shows a strong arm there is still work in the finer points from a technical standpoint. Work on progression is a must as Swoopes ofter throws to his first receiver.
 
Overall: Swoopes is a game changer opponents fear to face. He sits in the shotgun and makes quick reads going to the first receiver almost every play.
 
 
 
Swoopes was recruited by Bryan Harsin and it indicates he is willing to commit to a spread formation based on speed and using a dual-threat QB that is capable of running a red zone offense and the option offense. Simply put this guy gives the co-offensive coordinator more options than he has ever had in a quarterback. With Tyrone we might see the offensive mad scientist that used to pull the strings at Boise St.
 
 
 
The kid is raw and there is some worry by some of his level of talent he played against in high school. My answer to that is the list of team recruit this talented kid. With teams like Notre Dame, yes Doug Notre Dame(forgive inside joke), OU, Stanford, Alabama and nearly every top school in the country. It doesn't assure success, see Garrett Gilbert, but it is a good place to start.

Texas Gets Second 2013 Commitment

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/90/905124.jpgTexas got a big commitment from Jake Oliver. The 6'4" WR from Dallas Jesuit is son of  Gary Oliver who played at Texas A&M and coached at Bishop Lynch of Dallas.  He soured on the Aggies by the way they treated outgoing coach Mike Sherman.  Their loss is our gain.
 
 
 
During half time of games he sat with his father and watched his dad doing X's and O's. He was 4 years old at the time.
 
 
 
Growing up with a father who played and coached in the high school and college level helped him develop into one of the top wide receivers in the 2013 class.
 
 
 
"He grew up on the sideliines at Bishop Lynch," Gary Oliver said. "I think it's helped him a lot, learning the little nuances of the game like running precise routes,hand placement on the defensive back and things like that. When you talk to him about the little things, it's all very natural to him.
 
 
 
Jake finished his sophmore year with 85 catches for 1,302 yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed up with a junior year in which he 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 200 pound receiver is getting better.
 
 
 
He is not a speed burner but can fight for the ball and has good jumping ability. He also is very fluid and a precise route runner. Even when not getting separation the kid usually comes down with the ball.
 
 
 
Hook Em Horns.

Texas Gets Second 2013 Commitment

http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/90/905124.jpgTexas got a big commitment from Jake Oliver. The 6'4" WR from Dallas Jesuit is son of  Gary Oliver who played at Texas A&M and coached at Bishop Lynch of Dallas.  He soured on the Aggies by the way they treated outgoing coach Mike Sherman.  Their loss is our gain.
 
 
 
During half time of games he sat with his father and watched his dad doing X's and O's. He was 4 years old at the time.
 
 
 
Growing up with a father who played and coached in the high school and college level helped him develop into one of the top wide receivers in the 2013 class.
 
 
 
"He grew up on the sideliines at Bishop Lynch," Gary Oliver said. "I think it's helped him a lot, learning the little nuances of the game like running precise routes,hand placement on the defensive back and things like that. When you talk to him about the little things, it's all very natural to him.
 
 
 
Jake finished his sophmore year with 85 catches for 1,302 yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed up with a junior year in which he 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 200 pound receiver is getting better.
 
 
 
He is not a speed burner but can fight for the ball and has good jumping ability. He also is very fluid and a precise route runner. Even when not getting separation the kid usually comes down with the ball.
 
 
 
Hook Em Horns.

Longhorns defeat Sooners in Norman 69-58

Last night's win in Norman brings the Texas Longhorns' winning streak to 4 games.  The Longhorns haven't won this many games in a row since the Southland Conference portion of their schedule early.  This year's Texas team is doing something a Rick Barnes team hasn't done in a long time.  It's peaking at the right time.  Last year's team peaked at the beginning of Big 12 play, the 09-10 team peaked at the beginning of the season, and the 08-09 team peaked towards the end of non conference play.  For all the early season headaches this year's team has given Longhorn fans, it seems as if they are finally becoming a good basketball team.
 
 
 
Last night's game started the same way most of Texas' games on the road have started this season, with Texas' opponents shooting a high percentage from the field, and the Longhorns struggling to score.  Lon Kruger's zone worked early on, and Texas fell behind early.  The encouraging thing about the slow start was that Texas wasn't settling for long, contested 3s like they have been doing against zones the entire season.  Instead, the Texas guards were attacking gaps in the zone and were being aggressive going to the basket.  Texas quickly closed the OU gap, but quick run saw OU break the game open late in the 1st half.  The Sooners opened up an 8 point lead, but a Sheldon McClellan 3 point play to end the half saw the Longhorns go to the break only down 5.  True to form, Texas came out on fire in the 2nd half.  J'Covan Brown found his jumpshot and hit 3 straight 3s to put the Longhorns ahead for good.  The birthday boy, Brown finished with 19 points after a slow start.  Texas used timely steals and good free throw shooting to keep their lead down the stretch.  Brown, Holmes, Kabongo and McClellan were all perfect from the free throw line.  Even though the final margin was 11, Texas needed every 1 of its made free throws, as late misses could have ignited the crowd and given life to OU.
 

What Lies Ahead for Texas:
 
The 2nd game of Oklahoma week in Stillwater against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  Stillwater has proven to be one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12 this year, as the Cowboys have knocked off 2 of the Big 12's top 4 teams in Stillwater this year.  Texas will need to start faster than they have been starting this season.  A strong 2nd half might not be enough to overcome a poor 1st half in Stillwater, as the crowd will already be behind the Cowboys at that point.
 

Keys to Success for Texas:
 
- Start fast: Texas cannot afford another slow start in Stillwater on Saturday.  Oklahoma State is a different team in Stillwater.  Texas will need to come out at their best if they want to win.
 
 
 
- Make shots: Texas only shot 39% from the field and 26% from 3 last night against Oklahoma.  The Longhorns will need to shoot a higher percentage on Saturday and the rest of the season.  The low shooting percentage against Oklahoma was disappointing because the Longhorns missed so many easy shots around the basket.  They need to fix that moving foward.
 
 
 
- Stay hungry: 4 in a row is good, but 5 in a row is better.  Texas still isn't squarely in the tournament.  Every win makes the Longhorns' resume a little bit more attractive.
 

Game Notes:
 
- Myck Kabongo paced the Longhorns with 13 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds
 
 
 
- J'Covan Brown scored a game high 19 points '
 
 
 
- Sheldon McClellan added 13 points and 5 rebounds off the bench

Longhorns defeat Sooners in Norman 69-58

Last night's win in Norman brings the Texas Longhorns' winning streak to 4 games.  The Longhorns haven't won this many games in a row since the Southland Conference portion of their schedule early.  This year's Texas team is doing something a Rick Barnes team hasn't done in a long time.  It's peaking at the right time.  Last year's team peaked at the beginning of Big 12 play, the 09-10 team peaked at the beginning of the season, and the 08-09 team peaked towards the end of non conference play.  For all the early season headaches this year's team has given Longhorn fans, it seems as if they are finally becoming a good basketball team.
 
 
 
Last night's game started the same way most of Texas' games on the road have started this season, with Texas' opponents shooting a high percentage from the field, and the Longhorns struggling to score.  Lon Kruger's zone worked early on, and Texas fell behind early.  The encouraging thing about the slow start was that Texas wasn't settling for long, contested 3s like they have been doing against zones the entire season.  Instead, the Texas guards were attacking gaps in the zone and were being aggressive going to the basket.  Texas quickly closed the OU gap, but quick run saw OU break the game open late in the 1st half.  The Sooners opened up an 8 point lead, but a Sheldon McClellan 3 point play to end the half saw the Longhorns go to the break only down 5.  True to form, Texas came out on fire in the 2nd half.  J'Covan Brown found his jumpshot and hit 3 straight 3s to put the Longhorns ahead for good.  The birthday boy, Brown finished with 19 points after a slow start.  Texas used timely steals and good free throw shooting to keep their lead down the stretch.  Brown, Holmes, Kabongo and McClellan were all perfect from the free throw line.  Even though the final margin was 11, Texas needed every 1 of its made free throws, as late misses could have ignited the crowd and given life to OU.
 

What Lies Ahead for Texas:
 
The 2nd game of Oklahoma week in Stillwater against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.  Stillwater has proven to be one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12 this year, as the Cowboys have knocked off 2 of the Big 12's top 4 teams in Stillwater this year.  Texas will need to start faster than they have been starting this season.  A strong 2nd half might not be enough to overcome a poor 1st half in Stillwater, as the crowd will already be behind the Cowboys at that point.
 

Keys to Success for Texas:
 
- Start fast: Texas cannot afford another slow start in Stillwater on Saturday.  Oklahoma State is a different team in Stillwater.  Texas will need to come out at their best if they want to win.
 
 
 
- Make shots: Texas only shot 39% from the field and 26% from 3 last night against Oklahoma.  The Longhorns will need to shoot a higher percentage on Saturday and the rest of the season.  The low shooting percentage against Oklahoma was disappointing because the Longhorns missed so many easy shots around the basket.  They need to fix that moving foward.
 
 
 
- Stay hungry: 4 in a row is good, but 5 in a row is better.  Texas still isn't squarely in the tournament.  Every win makes the Longhorns' resume a little bit more attractive.
 

Game Notes:
 
- Myck Kabongo paced the Longhorns with 13 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds
 
 
 
- J'Covan Brown scored a game high 19 points '
 
 
 
- Sheldon McClellan added 13 points and 5 rebounds off the bench

West Virginia reaches settlement with Big East, will join Big XII in July.

West Virginia University received a bit of love today as the university announced a settlement deal with the Big East which will allow the team to join the Big XII Conference officially in July.  Reportedly the Big East will receive $20 million as a result of WVU's departure, with the Big XII conference chipping in as much as half of the tab.  With WVU's legal wrangling settling down the Big XII can now focus on football schedules, which should be announced sometime today.   Stay tuned for additional details.

West Virginia reaches settlement with Big East, will join Big XII in July.

West Virginia University received a bit of love today as the university announced a settlement deal with the Big East which will allow the team to join the Big XII Conference officially in July.  Reportedly the Big East will receive $20 million as a result of WVU's departure, with the Big XII conference chipping in as much as half of the tab.  With WVU's legal wrangling settling down the Big XII can now focus on football schedules, which should be announced sometime today.   Stay tuned for additional details.

Texas downs Kansas State 75-64

The Texas Longhorns went into the half down 40-27, and it looked as if Kansas State was going to run away with the game.  Kansas State's defense was doing quite the job.  They held Texas without a field goal for the final 8:56 of the first half, and their offense had put the Longhorns in foul trouble.  Texas was down, but not out.  No way would the Longhorns would not allow their NCAA tournament hopes to slip away that easily.  They battled back and dominated the 2nd half, outscoring the Wildcats 48-24.  The 2nd half charge was led by Alexi Wangmene, who recorded his first career double double.  Wangmene finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.  The Longhorns also got strong performances from J'Covan Brown, Myck Kabongo, Sheldon McClellan, Julien Lewis and Jonathan Holmes in the 2nd half.  Lewis' defense on Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez was key in the Longhorn comeback.  Brown, Holmes and McClellan provided timely baskets during the big 2nd half run.  The win puts Texas in a tie with Kansas State for 5th place in the conference.  The win also gives Texas another win over a top 50 opponent, making the Longhorns tournament resume a little stronger.
 

What Lies Ahead for Texas:
 
A trip to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas should win this one of paper, but Norman has been a difficult place to play for big 12 teams this year. The Longhorns need to go into the game prepared, and not take Oklahoma lightly.
 

Keys To Successs for Texas:
 
- Limit Pledger: OU has other good players, but as he goes they go. Julien Lewis has emerged as one of the top on ball defenders in the big 12.  I anticipate he'll get the assignment.  He will need plenty of help though, as Pledger isn't a one trick pony.  He can shoot as well as get to the basket.
 
 
 
- Make shots: I say this every game, but it really is a problem for Texas.  The Longhors went 10 minutes without making a field goal yesterday against Kansas State.  When they started to make shots, they were able to pull away.
 
 
 
- Stay hungry: 3 in a row is good, but 4 in a row would be better.
 

Game Notes:
 
- J'Covan Brown led the way with a game high 23 points
 
 
 
- Alexi Wangmene scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds
 
 
 
- Myck Kabongo scored 13 points and handed out 3 assists
 
 
 
- Sheldon McClellan scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Texas downs Kansas State 75-64

The Texas Longhorns went into the half down 40-27, and it looked as if Kansas State was going to run away with the game.  Kansas State's defense was doing quite the job.  They held Texas without a field goal for the final 8:56 of the first half, and their offense had put the Longhorns in foul trouble.  Texas was down, but not out.  No way would the Longhorns would not allow their NCAA tournament hopes to slip away that easily.  They battled back and dominated the 2nd half, outscoring the Wildcats 48-24.  The 2nd half charge was led by Alexi Wangmene, who recorded his first career double double.  Wangmene finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.  The Longhorns also got strong performances from J'Covan Brown, Myck Kabongo, Sheldon McClellan, Julien Lewis and Jonathan Holmes in the 2nd half.  Lewis' defense on Kansas State point guard Angel Rodriguez was key in the Longhorn comeback.  Brown, Holmes and McClellan provided timely baskets during the big 2nd half run.  The win puts Texas in a tie with Kansas State for 5th place in the conference.  The win also gives Texas another win over a top 50 opponent, making the Longhorns tournament resume a little stronger.
 

What Lies Ahead for Texas:
 
A trip to Norman to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas should win this one of paper, but Norman has been a difficult place to play for big 12 teams this year. The Longhorns need to go into the game prepared, and not take Oklahoma lightly.
 

Keys To Successs for Texas:
 
- Limit Pledger: OU has other good players, but as he goes they go. Julien Lewis has emerged as one of the top on ball defenders in the big 12.  I anticipate he'll get the assignment.  He will need plenty of help though, as Pledger isn't a one trick pony.  He can shoot as well as get to the basket.
 
 
 
- Make shots: I say this every game, but it really is a problem for Texas.  The Longhors went 10 minutes without making a field goal yesterday against Kansas State.  When they started to make shots, they were able to pull away.
 
 
 
- Stay hungry: 3 in a row is good, but 4 in a row would be better.
 

Game Notes:
 
- J'Covan Brown led the way with a game high 23 points
 
 
 
- Alexi Wangmene scored 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds
 
 
 
- Myck Kabongo scored 13 points and handed out 3 assists
 
 
 
- Sheldon McClellan scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

‘Horns Ace Stafford Out for the Season

New York Yankees draftee and Longhorn pitcher Sam Stafford will miss the 2012 baseball season in its entirety due to a lingering shoulder injury.  Reports surfaced yesterday that an MRI revealed issues with Stafford’s shoulder, and surgery would be needed.   The 6’4 195 left-hander was primed to be the Longhorns’ Ace this year after Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green turned pro and signed with major league teams after last season.  The news of Stafford’s injury comes only a week after Longhorn outfielder Cohl Walla tore his ACL in practice a few weeks ago.
 
 
 
The Longhorns open the season against Duke on February 17th at Disch Falk Field in Austin.

‘Horns Ace Stafford Out for the Season

New York Yankees draftee and Longhorn pitcher Sam Stafford will miss the 2012 baseball season in its entirety due to a lingering shoulder injury.  Reports surfaced yesterday that an MRI revealed issues with Stafford’s shoulder, and surgery would be needed.   The 6’4 195 left-hander was primed to be the Longhorns’ Ace this year after Taylor Jungmann and Cole Green turned pro and signed with major league teams after last season.  The news of Stafford’s injury comes only a week after Longhorn outfielder Cohl Walla tore his ACL in practice a few weeks ago.
 
 
 
The Longhorns open the season against Duke on February 17th at Disch Falk Field in Austin.

The 2013 Texas QB Targets

Those that follow the recruiting efforts of  The University Texas know the team notched an extremely successful recruiting class on National Signing Day last week.  Just about every position in need was covered, including two promising quarterbacks in early signee Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet.   With that being said the football staff over on the 40 acres is right back on the recruiting trail for 2013.  The first Junior Day for 2013 recruits is this weekend in Austin and brings with it high school players that will commit to play football for a particular school a year from now.
 
 
 
Jake Raulerson became the first junior commitment for Texas, and Mack Brown and company will more than likely receive more commitments this weekend during the visit.   All the guys visiting this weekend have potential, but one guy is drawing comparisons to a Longhorn legend.  Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas) is a 5-star quarterback recruit that is receiving praise for his athleticism, ability to gobble turf and on-field presence.  He is the nephew of former Texas Tech and Houston Comets women’s basketball star Sheryl Swoopes, who is a four time WNBA Champion.   Scouts and recruiters alike think he resembles former Longhorn quarterback Vince Young, as he possesses a 6’5” 225 lb. frame and an incredible ability to run the football.
 
 
 
Swoopes has received offers from schools like Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas A&M, and the list goes on and on.  The upside on this kid is downright sick, but there is an active and live debate amongst fans as to whether Texas is best suited with a dual-threat or drop-back passer at the quarterback position.  Enter JT Barrett and Kenny Hill, the other 2013 quarterback recruits who will make the second Junior Day visit to Austin later this month.
 
 
 
JT Barrett (Wichita Falls, 6’1” 210 lbs.) is a dual threat quarterback with excellent passing skills. He has offers from Nebraska and Texas Tech and has a strong interest in playing at many other Big XII schools.  Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll quarterback (6’2”, 205 lbs.) has great passing skills but can also beat you with his legs if he needs to.  He has received offers from Baylor, A&M and Texas Tech but has also expressed interest in playing for Stanford.
 
 
 
So who’s the better prospect of the three?  From a rankings perspective Swoopes is.  Texas seems to be in hot pursuit and it is possible Swoopes commits this weekend.  Even so, a commodity like Swoopes will be pursued relentlessly by other schools in hopes of a de-commitment.   Barrett is no slouch either.  Same for Hill.  Assuming Swoopes commits this weekend, which is possible, Texas will have David Ash, Case McCoy, Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet ahead of him.  While this may seem like overkill, it really isn’t.  The unknown when it comes to college quarterbacks is alive and well.  Texas had two qb’s transfer to other schools last season, one of which was the starting quarterback in Garret Gilbert.
 
 
 
Recruiting is basically a one-sided science that boils down to trust.  If Swoopes commits to the Horns this weekend will Mack Brown go easy on Barrett and Hill?  Probably.  Should he?  Probably not.  We saw Gunner Kiel’s flop from Indiana to LSU to Notre Dame and how it left LSU in a pickle.  Texas needs a future quarterback and Tyrone Swoopes, JT Barrett and Kenny Hill are all worthy candidates.  Who will ultimately sign with Texas?  We’ll find out a year from now.

The 2013 Texas QB Targets

Those that follow the recruiting efforts of  The University Texas know the team notched an extremely successful recruiting class on National Signing Day last week.  Just about every position in need was covered, including two promising quarterbacks in early signee Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet.   With that being said the football staff over on the 40 acres is right back on the recruiting trail for 2013.  The first Junior Day for 2013 recruits is this weekend in Austin and brings with it high school players that will commit to play football for a particular school a year from now.
 
 
 
Jake Raulerson became the first junior commitment for Texas, and Mack Brown and company will more than likely receive more commitments this weekend during the visit.   All the guys visiting this weekend have potential, but one guy is drawing comparisons to a Longhorn legend.  Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas) is a 5-star quarterback recruit that is receiving praise for his athleticism, ability to gobble turf and on-field presence.  He is the nephew of former Texas Tech and Houston Comets women’s basketball star Sheryl Swoopes, who is a four time WNBA Champion.   Scouts and recruiters alike think he resembles former Longhorn quarterback Vince Young, as he possesses a 6’5” 225 lb. frame and an incredible ability to run the football.
 
 
 
Swoopes has received offers from schools like Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas A&M, and the list goes on and on.  The upside on this kid is downright sick, but there is an active and live debate amongst fans as to whether Texas is best suited with a dual-threat or drop-back passer at the quarterback position.  Enter JT Barrett and Kenny Hill, the other 2013 quarterback recruits who will make the second Junior Day visit to Austin later this month.
 
 
 
JT Barrett (Wichita Falls, 6’1” 210 lbs.) is a dual threat quarterback with excellent passing skills. He has offers from Nebraska and Texas Tech and has a strong interest in playing at many other Big XII schools.  Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll quarterback (6’2”, 205 lbs.) has great passing skills but can also beat you with his legs if he needs to.  He has received offers from Baylor, A&M and Texas Tech but has also expressed interest in playing for Stanford.
 
 
 
So who’s the better prospect of the three?  From a rankings perspective Swoopes is.  Texas seems to be in hot pursuit and it is possible Swoopes commits this weekend.  Even so, a commodity like Swoopes will be pursued relentlessly by other schools in hopes of a de-commitment.   Barrett is no slouch either.  Same for Hill.  Assuming Swoopes commits this weekend, which is possible, Texas will have David Ash, Case McCoy, Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet ahead of him.  While this may seem like overkill, it really isn’t.  The unknown when it comes to college quarterbacks is alive and well.  Texas had two qb’s transfer to other schools last season, one of which was the starting quarterback in Garret Gilbert.
 
 
 
Recruiting is basically a one-sided science that boils down to trust.  If Swoopes commits to the Horns this weekend will Mack Brown go easy on Barrett and Hill?  Probably.  Should he?  Probably not.  We saw Gunner Kiel’s flop from Indiana to LSU to Notre Dame and how it left LSU in a pickle.  Texas needs a future quarterback and Tyrone Swoopes, JT Barrett and Kenny Hill are all worthy candidates.  Who will ultimately sign with Texas?  We’ll find out a year from now.

Longhorn legend Ricky Williams announces NFL retirement

Former Heisman Trophy Winner and 40 Acres Legend Ricky Williams has informed the Baltimore Ravens he will retire from football.  The 34 year old running back recently became the 26th player in NFL history to rush for 10,000 yards and ends an 11 year career in the NFL that included stints with the New Orleans Saints, the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens.  Williams had one more year left on a 2-year deal he signed with Baltimore last season.
 
 
 
While at Texas, Ricky amassed an incredible 6,279 yards, including a senior year that was capped off with a 2,327 yard performance and a Heisman Trophy.  Williams broke the all-time NCAA rushing record in 1998 which had previously been held by Tony Dorsett since 1976.  Ron Dayne broke Williams’ record the following year.  He was a consensus All-American in 1997 & 1998 and won the Doak Walker and Jim Brown Trophies in each of those years.   In 1998 he added the Walter Camp, Maxwell and AP College Player of the Year Awards to his already impressive college resume.
 
 
 
Ricky Williams is a special talent and a special Longhorn.  He joined Earl Campbell as the only two Texas players to win the Heisman Trophy.  Equally as important, Williams brought a bit of swagger back to a Texas program that lay somewhat dormant for many years.  His performance in a Longhorn uniform undoubtedly helped the future recruiting efforts by Mack Brown, who replaced John Mackovic as head coach in 1998.
 
 
 
Everyone knows Ricky had his share of off-the-field challenges in the NFL and that’s part of his story.  The more noteworthy piece is that Ricky Williams is happy with himself as a person and as an athlete.  He retires from football as a world-class athlete and one of the greatest players to ever wear a burnt orange jersey.  We look forward to great things from Ricky post-retirement.  Thanks for the memories Mr. Williams and run Ricky, run.

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