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  1. The Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0) look to win their fourth straight against Matt Wells and the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0, 0-0) on Saturday, as Steve Sarkisian makes his Big 12 debut as head coach in Austin. The Red Raiders bring a revamped defense and new quarterback into the fold this season in Oregon transfer Tyler Shough, while Texas QB1 Casey Thompson starts under center in his first conference game. Texas' rushing attack has had success through three games this season, but Texas Tech yields just 50 yards on the ground to opponents per game. Big 12 play opens for both teams and it is critical for the Longhorns to fire on all cylinders if they want to send Texas Tech back to Lubbock with a loss. What: Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs.# Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) Venue: Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium Location: Austin, TX When: Saturday, Sept. 25th, 2021 Time: 11:00 a.m. (CST) TV: ABC On the Call: (Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill) All-Time Series: Texas leads, 53-17 Last Meeting: Texas defeated Texas Tech 63-56 OT (9/26/2020) Relevant Information: Depth Chart: Texas vs. Texas Tech Game Nuggets: Red Raiders Eye 4-0 Start Scouting Report: Texas Tech Red Raiders Staff Predictions: Texas vs. Texas Tech Four Keys to Saturday's Texas vs. Texas Tech Game Texas_Football_Depth_Chart (3).pdf
  2. Texas (1-1, 0-0) and Rice (0-2, 0-0) square off for the 96th time in history on Saturday with the Longhorns hoping to right the ship after a disastrous performance in Fayetteville last weekend. The Owls are still in search of their first win of the 2021 season and hope to pull off the big upset over Texas, who has won 14 straight against Rice. Will Texas fall prey to the Owls? Does Rice have the firepower to win for the first time at DKR since the 1965 season? The HornSports Staff weighs in with their thoughts on the outcome of Saturday's 7:00 PM game which will be televised on Longhorn Network. Aaron Carrara (1-1) Texas has issues to work on in all phases of the game, which was apparent last week in Fayetteville. For Sark, Flood and Kwiatkowski, Saturday's game offers a chance to clean up a lot - schemes, personnel and an overall game plan. Sarkisian knows Rice coach Mike Bloomgren from time spent in the Pac-12 (Sark with Washington and USC and Bloomgren with Stanford), and Rice's offensive strategy should come as no surprise. The Owls would have to play a perfect game to pull off the upset at DKR but that is not going to happen. Even with the Longhorns' challenges they will easily handle Rice to improve to 2-1 before conference play starts next week. Bijan Robinson gets back on track with another 100+ yard game and the defense forces three turnovers en route to a blowout victory. Score Prediction: Texas 48, Rice 10 Jameson McCausland (1-1) Texas has a lot of clean up on Saturday evening. Offensively, they need to re-establish the running game and find schemes that the offensive line is comfortable with. Bijan Robinson was a complete non factor in Fayetteville and that can not continue to happen with conference play right around the corner. Defensively, this is a game where Texas simply needs to dominate. Rice has shown they struggle mightily to throw and run the ball and their offensive line should be no match for what the Longhorns have on the defensive line. This is a game Texas should win handily and I think they do exactly that. I expect Casey Thompson to have a good game and for Hudson Card to be able to get back out on the field to get some confidence back after a rough performance a week ago. Score Prediction: Texas 42, Rice 10 Devon Messinger (1-1) On Saturday, the Longhorns will look to bounce back with a win over Rice after losing in an absolutely demoralizing game against Arkansas. You would be hard pressed to find a position group that had a solid night against the Hogs last Saturday, however this loss will add fuel to Texas's fire. For Rice, redshirt freshman Luke McCaffrey got the nod at quarterback last week and had a rather lackluster game against Houston, throwing for 86 yards and 3 interceptions. In order to stay competitive with Texas, McCaffrey will have to have a clean game under center and Owls freshman running back Khalon Griffin will have to lead Rice's offense. Look for the Longhorns to play angry on Saturday, leaving no doubt. Score Prediction: Texas 45, Rice 3 TFloss32 (1-1) I don’t think anyone saw Texas falling flat on their face against Arkansas in Week 2, including one of the worst OL performances in years. Rice is coming to town at a great time with the team needing a solid bounce-back game and Casey Thompson getting the first start of his career. To put it bluntly, this game shouldn’t be close and any struggles or sloppy play would be deflating indicators right before conference play begins. Rice has an offense that Charlie Strong and Shawn Watson think is bad, and their defense is undersized. The good guys should be able to win convincingly as roughly 25-point favorites, and gain some confidence heading into the Tech game. Score Prediction: Texas 45, Rice 13 Tristan Larsen (1-1) It seems as if we all took Arkansas a little too lightly. It was a great lesson on the competition to come in the SEC. Now, Texas gets to regroup against a Rice program that the Longhorns have beaten 14 consecutive times. It’ll be Casey Thompson, not Hudson Card, getting the start as the offense looks to find it’s groove again. On paper this is a total mismatch. If Texas somehow loses this game it would be cause to pull the fire alarm immediately. Rice does have a former 4-star prospect at QB with Christian McCaffrey’s younger brother, Luke. His playmaking and athleticism should keep Texas on it’s heels for the most part. The latest spread from ESPN is Texas -26, for Longhorns everywhere to feel good about entering Big-12 play look for Texas to cover that massive spread. Score Prediction - Texas 45, Rice 13 Mitch Lovell (1-1) This week’s game is more about Texas than their opponent. After the massacre in Fayetteville the Longhorns need to get back to basics and dominate in the trenches. Rice was leading 17-7 vs Arkansas with 10 minutes left in the game so Texas needs to come ready to play. This game may be too close for comfort for Texas fans but the Longhorns pull away in the 3rd quarter and notch the win. Score Prediction: Texas 38, Rice 21
  3. The Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) rekindle their rivalry with former Southwest Conference Rival Arkansas (1-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday night in Fayetteville. Saturday's contest marks the 79th these two teams have played one another, the first time since 2014 and only the sixth time in the last 30 years. The stakes are high for Steve Sarkisian's team which has high expectations this season, and a road win over a quality opponent would keep things moving forward for the Longhorns. What: No. #15 Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs.# Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0, 0-0 SEC) Venue: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Location: Fayetteville, AR When: Saturday, Sept. 11th, 2021 Time: 6:00 p.m. (CST) TV: ESPN On the Call: Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Katie George All-Time Series: Texas leads, 56-22 Last Meeting: Arkansas defeated Texas 31-7 (12/29/2014 AdvoCare Texas Bowl) Relevant Information: Depth Chart: Texas vs Arkansas Hog Notes headed into Game Week Scouting Report: Arkansas Razorbacks Staff Predictions: #15 Texas vs. Arkansas Four Keys to Saturday Night's Game in Fayetteville Inside the 40 Podcast: Post-Louisiana, Pre-Arkansas
  4. The #15 Texas Longhorns (1-0, 0-0) will face former Southwest Conference rival, the Arkansas Razorbacks, on Saturday evening at 6:00 PM in Fayetteville. The Longhorns have had success against the Hogs in their home stadium, winning the last three at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. In fact, the last time the Longhorns lost there was in 1981. Both teams won their season opening contests at home, with Texas defeating Louisiana 38-18 and Arkansas besting Rice 38-17. Redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card will face his first true road test as the starter for the Longhorns, and Steve Sarkisian and company look to improve to 2-0 as a staff during their time in Austin. Texas is favored by a touchdown and Arkansas will be without starting LB Bumper Pool for the first half due to a targeting call against Rice. The Hogs will also be without starting DE Dorian Gerald who suffered a leg injury in practice this week. Do the Longhorns have the game plan, mental and physical conditioning to go into enemy territory and pull off a win? The HornSports Staff give their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's big game. Aaron Carrara (1-0) Both teams are coming off wins at home but I expect Saturday’s matchup to be a prime time slugfest. I like the Longhorns on paper, but Hudson Card will have his hands full on the road. Bijan Robinson and Jeff Banks’ special teams unit will win this for Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns leave Fayetteville with hard-fought victory. Score Prediction: Texas 34, Arkansas 24 TFloss32 (1-0) The first thing that comes to mind for this match-up is Fayetteville potentially being an environment unlike any other the current Texas players have faced. If they can stay even-keeled and ride out the initial jolt that stadium will provide, I like the good guys to eventually walk out with a victory. The evidence we have for both teams is limited, but Arkansas simply didn’t put together a good performance against Rice at home last week. I expect the game plan to be similar to that of Week 1 with a heavy dose of Bijan Robinson opening up other opportunities for the offense, and Kwiatkowski’s defense keying on KJ Jefferson’s legs forcing him to throw down field. More solid special teams play, with Dicker being consistent, and keeping the turnovers in check will go a long way. Score Prediction: Texas 27, Arkansas 20 Jameson McCausland (1-0) Saturday night is a big test for Texas and Steve Sarkisian. The Longhorns opened the season with a solid showing against Louisiana, but traveling to Fayetteville and defeating Arkansas would be huge from a momentum standpoint for the program. I expect this game to be close. The Razorbacks looked sloppy week 1, especially on offense, but I expect Kendal Briles to fully unleash KJ Jefferson's running ability and have him carry the ball 15-20 times. The difference in the game will be Bijan Robinson. I wouldn't be surprised to see him get close to 30 touches and Sarkisian will find a way to get him the ball in open space. As long as Hudson Card takes care of the football, Texas should leave Fayetteville with a victory. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Arkansas 21 Devon Messinger (1-0) Bijan Robinson, Hudson Card and Jordan Whittington all had solid games for the Longhorns last weekend and will now look to beat Arkansas on the road in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks have a plethora of talent, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, headlined by preseason All-American Jalen Catalon at safety. However, the game can be won and lost by the Longhorns on the trenches. Can the Longhorns force the Hogs to rely on quarterback KJ Jefferson's arm? Additionally, can Texas's offensive line bounce back from a shaky performance last week and create opportunities for Card and Robinson? If so, Texas will be in the driver's seat against the Razorbacks. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Arkansas 21 Tristan Larsen (1-0) After taking down top-25 Louisiana by 20 points, Sarkisian makes his SEC return against Arkansas in what could be a preview of a rivalry to come for Texas. This will be just the fifth meeting between these schools since 1992 and the first time Texas has traveled to Fayetteville in 17 years. A lot is going in the Longhorns' favor this Saturday. Bijan Robinson looked excellent as he was awarded the Big 12 and National Player of the Week. Hudson Card in his first start looked the part of the next great Texas QB. The defense as well was much improved as Sarkisian’s new and improved coaching staff seems to be a bright spot for the program. Arkansas themselves is coming off of a 38-17 victory over Rice as they look forward to going 2-0 against Texas schools this year. However, the Longhorns on paper are simply a better team than the Razorbacks at this moment. With a lot of the top name quarterbacks struggling in Week 1 another great Robinson performance could mean all gas no brakes toward Heisman consideration. Parlayed with the fact that Sarkisian embarrassed Arkansas last season 52-3, I think Texas easily takes care of business here. Score Prediction: Texas 31, Arkansas 21 Mitch Lovell (1-0) This game will be close early on as the crowd will be a factor for Hudson Card making his fist start on the road. Card will settle down, rely on Bijan to run the ball and the Longhorns will cruise in the second half. Hogs QB KJ Jefferson struggled vs Rice throwing the ball and Texas will be well-prepared on defense for the Razorback offense. Score Prediction: Texas 42, Arkansas 17
  5. The Texas Longhorns will head north to Fayetteville, Arkansas this week for their first true road game of the season when they take on the Arkansas Razorbacks. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium has a sold-out crowd for the first time since the 2017 season, and the Longhorns will play in front of a hungry, hostile crowd in a primetime matchup that will be televised on ESPN. Texas improved its record to 1-0 with an season-opening 38-18 home win over a ranked Louisiana team. Arkansas defeated former Southwest Conference foe Rice 38-17 in Fayetteville to give Sam Pittman's team a 1-0 start. HornSports will have more on the matchup as the week progresses, but here are a few notes to get Game Week started. Notes: The Razorbacks will host Texas in Fayetteville for the first time since 2004 Texas and Arkansas will meet for the 79th time in the historic rivalry that dates back to 1894 Texas owns a 56-22 lead in the series and has won 21 of the last 30 meetings Arkansas has won four of the last six games Last meeting between these two teams: Arkansas defeated Texas 31-7 at the 2014 Texas Bowl on Dec. 29, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston Hogs quarterback KJ Jefferson (sophmore) is 6'3" and weighs 245 lbs. He threw for 128 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in the win over the Owls last Saturday, and also rushed for 89 yards and 2 TD's. Texas will have to contend with a big, mobile quarterback Despite Arkansas being unranked, the Longhorns could be in for a close game. The 'Horns and Hogs have played 33 games decided by 10 points or less, and 6 of the last 12 games have been decided by 4 points or fewer Arkansas RB Trelon Smith, an Arizona State transfer and the Hogs’ leading rusher last season, ran for 102 yards and a touchdown against Rice. Smith has scored six rushing touchdowns in his last five games and averaged 97.8 rushing yards in those five games Wide Receiver Treylon Burks is an athletic, speedy wideout that has receptions in 21 straight games. He will likely be Jefferson's top-target on Saturday Mansfield Legacy (Mansfield, TX) product and defensive back Jalen Catalon, registered 11 stops and two interceptions against Rice last weekend. He is the only player in the country to have 10+ tackles and two interceptions in a game this season Depth Chart for the Longhorns: Arkansas Head Coach Sam Pittman on Texas: Texas head Coach Steve Sarkisian talks Arkansas: Here's a clip from Texas legends that played in the '69 shootout in which the Longhorns were subsequently crowned National Champions:
  6. The Texas Longhorns will begin their 129th season on the gridiron on Saturday as they host the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns. The Cajuns will serve as new head coach Steve Sarkisian's debut in Austin, with the Longhorns looking to improve to 3-0 against Louisiana. Saturday's matchup is the first that sees both teams ranked in the Top-25. The Louisiana program is on the rise under 4th year head coach Billy Napier who is looking to improve his coaching record to 2-1 in season openers against Power 5 Conferences. What: No. #19/21 Texas Longhorns (0-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs.# 23/23 Louisiana (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) Venue: Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium Location: Austin, Texas When: Saturday, Sept. 4th, 2021 Time: 3:30 p.m. (CST) TV: FOX On the Call: Tim Brando (play-by-play), Spencer Tillman (analyst) All-Time Series: Texas leads, 2-0 Last Meeting: Texas defeated Louisiana 60-3 (9/3/2005) Relevant Information Depth Chart - Texas vs. Louisiana Scouting Report: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Five things to Look for When Texas Takes on Louisiana Staff Predictions:  #21 Texas vs #23 Louisiana
  7. The #21 Texas Longhorns open the season with a new quarterback and a new head coach as they host the #23 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns on Saturday. These two programs have met twice before with the Longhorns winning both contests by a combined score of 112-13. Will Steve Sarksian notch his first win with the Longhorns by beating a ranked Louisiana team? The HornSports Staff give their predictions on the outcome of Saturday's matchup at Darrel K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Aaron Carrara It's the first game of the season with new coaches and a new quarterback - there will be growing pains, especially on offense. With that being said, I'm excited to watch the play of the defense as I think they have an opportunity to be special this season given the overall depth and experience in Pete Kwiatkowski's unit. Louisiana is a formidable opponent but Texas has too much talent to allow an upset by the Ragin' Cajuns and should win this game despite the close proximity in rankings. I like the defense to force a turnover or two and Bijan Robinson to rush for the century mark while Hudson Card and Casey Thompson dust off the cobwebs to lead this team in the post-Sam Ehlinger era. Sark starts 1-0 in Austin and learns more about what this team is capable of and needs more work on in-game before a nasty trip to Fayetteville next week. Score Prediction: Texas 34, Louisiana 17 Jameson McCausland Texas is going to need to come out with a sense of urgency to start the Steve Sarkisian era. Louisiana returns pretty much everyone from a season ago when they went 10-1. The biggest concern for the Longhorns will be getting the new offense to click against a strong Ragin' Cajuns defense. I believe Sarkisian will be able to scheme up some stuff in the passing game while getting a strong performance from Bijan Robinson, which should be enough for a Texas victory. Score Prediction: Texas 27, Louisiana 17 Tristan Larsen Welcome to the Sarkisian era. While this is just Sarkisian’s first year in Texas, it’s still one that faces massive expectations. A potential sec move looming potentially in a year, an all new coaching staff, the start of Hudson Card, and the Bijan Robinson Heisman Hype train is All Gas, No Brakes. Texas opens this new season with a top-25 matchup against the upstart Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns. After a 10-1 year during the pandemic, Louisiana is a household name now they’re ready to stay there as they return 90% of the roster that led to success already. Unfortunately, that huge win that the program needs will have to wait a little longer as Texas will open up with a win in a game that should hit the over easily. Card and Robinson do their thing as the defense shows one of their more inspiring efforts in recent memory. Score Prediction: Texas 38, Louisiana 27 Devon Messinger At last, it is here. On Saturday, Billy Napier's Ragin' Cajuns will travel to Austin to try to do something that Texas fans are all too familiar with - an opening day upset. Napier's squad is incredibly experienced, returning 20 starters from last season, and will look to use this to their advantage at DKR. The two keys for the Longhorns in Saturday's game will be Bijan Robinson and their defensive front. With inexperience at quarterback, Robinson will have to take pressure off of Hudson Card and begin this season with a bang. On the other side of the ball, Texas's defensive line will have to plug up Louisiana's running lanes and force quarterback Levi Lewis to beat the Longhorns with his arm. Score Prediction: Texas 34, Louisiana 24 TFloss32 Week 1 predictions can be about as worthless as Tom Herman’s infamous binder, but I’m a fan of the good guys in this one. It’s understandable if any Texas fans are uncomfortable knowing what the Ragin’ Cajuns did to Iowa State this time last year, but all should be well sans any major special team gaffes and the multiple turnovers which occurred in Ames. It shouldn’t surprise if a brand new offense and a QB with zero starts struggles at times, but I expect Bijan to be Bijan and the best player on the field while Kwiatkowski’s defensive unit does everything it can to make an inefficient passer in Levi Lewis uncomfortable. Louisiana-Lafayette doesn’t go easy due to being one of the most experienced teams in the country, but Sark covers the spread and notches his first victory in Austin. Score Prediction: Texas 34, Louisiana 20 Mitch Lovell Louisiana is a good, sound football team but without starting LT Carlos Rubio, life could be difficult in front of a packed crowd at DKR. Louisiana has had struggles stopping the run in the past and that’s not a good recipe to stop the Bijan Robinson-led offense. Texas finally has the blue-blood coaching staff they have wanted and that will be the difference on Saturday. Score Prediction: Texas 35, Louisiana 21
  8. Bo Davis and the Texas Longhorns bolstered the defensive line on Monday, as 4-star defensive line prospect Jaray Bledsoe committed to the Longhorns. Bledsoe is 6-5 and weighs 275 lbs. and played both running back and on the defensive line at Bremond High School last season (Bremond, TX). He transferred to Marlin High School (Marlin, TX) for his senior season but will ultimately be unable to play for the Bulldogs this year as he was ruled ineligible due to the transfer. He took his official visit to Austin in mid-June, two weeks after his official visit to College Station. Bledsoe followed up his OV to Texas with an unofficial to Aggieland. Bledsoe's services were in high demand, but he ultimately chose the longhorns over Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Oregon among others. His commitment vaults the Longhorns to #7 in the 247Sports Team Rankings. He becomes the 19th commit in the Class of 2022 and joins Kristopher Ross (Texarkana, TX), Aaron Bryant (Southaven, MS) and Zac Swanson (Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix, AZ) as defensive line commits for the Longhorns.
  9. It feels GREAT to say that it is finally GAME WEEK! #21 Texas will open their season against #23 Louisiana at 3:30 PM this Saturday at DKR (Game will be televised on FOX). And with it, the Steve Sarkisian era officially begins in Austin. It's an exciting time for Texas Football, and it's an exciting time for HornSports as a site as we are offering some different options to our members, guests and lurkers, only for the duration of football season to enhance your experience as a member in our community and on our site. Why? HornSports will always be FREE - we pay the bills through advertisements via the USA TODAY Sports Network. But, we've had some folks reach out over the years with suggestions, ideas and thoughts about making the site ad-free, etc. So we created some options - which are, dare we say CHEAP but allow you to support the site while getting an enhanced experience on the site. These options will only be available through the duration of football season. Options: Plus Membership - $5.60 for the football season Premium Membership - $20.21 for the football season There will be no rebilling after the season is over. There is no obligation for anyone to purchase/upgrade to a season membership if you like what you get in HornSports now! If you choose to upgrade, we appreciate your support - it allows us to increase and enhance the services we provide our members. Thanks again to ALL OF YOU for making our community a solid, respectful one. Click the link below to learn more about each season subscription option. https://www.hornsports.com/membership_options/
  10. Photo: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports With just over two weeks remaining before the season opener against #23 Louisiana, University of Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian met with reporters after the team's practice on Tuesday evening to talk about the team's progress and answer questions. Highlights from the availability are below. After Saturday's scrimmage, Sarkisian didn't sound too impressed with the effort or performance of his players. His comments tonight about the two days since the scrimmage was that the players were taking the coaching they received and applying it, which was a positive. He says the rest of the week provides an opportunity to put in more work towards this effort before the team scrimmages again on Saturday. On scrimmages and their impact on the depth chart, Sark says they try not to make scrimmages anymore than what they are - opportunities to do the things that the players are trained to do in practice. He does say that some players treat scrimmages differently than practice and that can cause anxiety for some. The overarching component the staff is trying to instill is mental toughness in scrimmages, so that the gameday atmosphere isn't a surprise or any different for them. QB Hudson Card took reps again with the first-team today, leaving folks assuming he has the advantage at the QB1 spot. Is there teeth to it? Perhaps, but not according to Sarkisian. "No, we've been rotating the guys pretty good with the ones in the twos and trying to get them in different scenarios, right, whether it's a two minute whether it's a fastball period, whether it's third down Blitz read area, there's a lot of aspects that make up the game, obviously. And so trying to give everybody ample opportunities to play in the various scenarios put them in some tough situations to see. I think our team in general recognizes that both guys work or book their tails off." Since he doesn't have a clear starter at quarterback to-date, he was asked if he had a timeline in which he will make his decision. "No, I haven't, I haven't put a haven't put a I haven't put a timeline on it. I kind of thought about that. And I always talk to these kids in recruiting, they're going to make a commitment on this date in recruiting, right. But then that date comes in, they're not ready to assign, but they've already made that that, hey, this is the date I'm making my commitment, I don't really know where they're going to go. And then they make a irrational decision. So going with your gut means when it feels right, and, you know, for me that the actual date is the first game, somebody's got to run out there on September 4, to take the stats with the starting offense, when we take the field. Ideally, I'd like to make a decision before then. But there's no exact date on that for that to happen, that's when it's gonna feel right in. And then when it when it's that time, we'll talk to both guys, and we'll we'll go after it. Sarkisian says the team's tackling is going well and they are gradually improving. They continue to work on fundamentals and techniques. OL Junior Angilau has been working at the center position on the line. Sarkisian says that he and Flood never want to start a season with just two individuals that have taken snaps. Angilau joins Jake Majors and Derek Kerstetter as the third center option for Flood's position group. On another note, Sark reiterated again that he and Flood look for the the top 8 guys that can provide a variety of combinations on the offensive line. Sarkisian was asked about the development of the younger QB's. He said true freshman Charles Wright has "made really good progress" and true freshman Cole Lourd is "drastically improving." On if Roschon Johnson is available to play QB in an emergency situation should it arise. "He's a very smart player. He's, he really understands the offense. He's versatile. He's tough. I think that's why he does so well on special teams. He's kind of a Swiss Army knife for us so I wouldn't rule out him being an emergency guy for us if it got to that. Hopefully we... knock on wood. We don't ever get put in that situation. But yes, I would say he is an option." The team will start shifting their focus to the opener against Louisiana mid-week next week, which will give them a week and a half to prepare for the Ragin' Cajuns. After watching the tape from last Saturday's scrimmage, Sarkisian said the thing that disappointed him most in his quarterbacks was he doesn't think that they trusted their preparation and their training to get to the scrimmage. "You know, they performed really well for that first week of camp. And then when the scrimmage came, they kind of veered off from just some of the fundamentals techniques reads, decision making that had gotten them to that point. And that was probably the biggest thing for me that was a disappointment was just trusting what you had done to build for that moment and then continue to do it." Sarkisian followed that up by saying that the last two days of practice have been the best two days for Thompson and Card so far at camp.
  11. On Monday the Associated Press released its preseason Top-25 Poll and the Longhorns find themselves ranked at #21 in the poll. The season kicks off for new head coach Steve Sarkisian's team on September 4th at 3:30 PM when they host #23 Louisiana. This is the fifth-straight preseason Top-25 ranking for Texas in the preseason AP Poll. Complete Top-25 AP Poll RANK SCHOOL POINTS PREVIOUS RECORD 1 Alabama (47) 1,548 1 0-0 2 Oklahoma (6) 1,462 6 0-0 3 Clemson (6) 1,447 3 0-0 4 Ohio State (1) 1,393 2 0-0 5 Georgia (3) 1,364 7 0-0 6 Texas A&M 1,223 4 0-0 7 Iowa State 1,160 9 0-0 8 Cincinnati 1,014 8 0-0 9 Notre Dame 1,009 5 0-0 10 North Carolina 999 18 0-0 11 Oregon 968 NR 0-0 12 Wisconsin 743 NR 0-0 13 Florida 728 13 0-0 14 Miami (FL) 663 22 0-0 15 Southern California 660 21 0-0 16 LSU 631 NR 0-0 17 Indiana 549 12 0-0 18 Iowa 513 16 0-0 19 Penn State 456 NR 0-0 20 Washington 449 NR 0-0 21 Texas 350 19 0-0 22 Coastal Carolina 232 14 0-0 23 Louisiana 208 15 0-0 24 Utah 176 NR 0-0 25 Arizona State 125 NR 0-0
  12. Photo: © Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The USA TODAY Sports AFCA Preseason Coaches Poll was released on Tuesday morning and the Longhorns are ranked at #19 in the poll. The Big 12 Conference has four teams in the Top 25, with Oklahoma holding the #3 spot, Iowa State at #8, Texas at #19 and Oklahoma State at #22. Texas will open its season on September 4th against #23 Louisiana at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. COMPLETE TOP 25 COACHES POLL
  13. University of Texas head football coach Steve Sarkisian met with the media on Thursday, ahead of the team starting Fall Camp on Friday. Sarkisian, who is in his third stint as a head coach at the collegiate level, outlined his plans for camp and talked about the challenges related to the surge in COVID-19 cases and mental health of his players. The Longhorns open their season on September 4th against Top-25 ranked Louisiana at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Notes from Sarkisian's press conference: Sark opened by giving credit to the strength and conditioning staff and players for their hard work over the last eight weeks, putting themselves into position to have a productive fall camp. He emphasized he believes that the team is not a finished product, and the remaining 5 weeks before the season opener to get the team prepared to play to the best of their ability On the quartebacks Thompson and Card, Coach Sarkisian said both guys helped organize and run a total of 16 player-led practices of the summer. He emphasized the leadership aspect and the ability to develop the trust and confidence of fellow players and coaches in situations like this. REGARDING THE QUARTEBACK BATTLE - "At some point, like I've said before, you know I'm going to have to go with my gut here. I don't know if either guys is just going to relinquish the job to the other guy. That it is going to be such a drastic gap. At some point I'm going to have to do what's best for the team, but I do believe we are going to need both these guys this fall." On the SEC, Sark says he has complete faith in the leadership at UT. Says when the team gets to that point of playing in the SEC then they will worry about that. He underscored the fact that Texas has unfinished business in the Big 12 that they want to take care of and this year is the start of it. When asked about the number of touches Bijan Robinson should get each game, Sarkisian said roughly 20. He said he doesn't really have a set number but rather uses the flow and personality of the respective game to determine how many touches Robinson will get. On expectations for the start of camp Sark says everyone will come out excited and fresh and he wants to see retention/ minimal mistakes. Route running, coverage and technique should all be clean. Coach was asked about if he needed to share a message with his players about the reaction of fans on the road. His response: "I didn't take this job blind. When you take a job at The University of Texas, you know we are everybody's biggest game. You have to recognize the elephant in the room." He followed that up by stating that after everything that has happened, their bullseye got a little bigger. It's one thing to recognize the situation and have awareness, but not to let it cloud your focus on executing and playing good football. On the health of his players entering fall camp, RB Gabe Watson and LB Ben Davis will be limited at the start of camp. Nothing serious but they will be monitored. When asked about the linebacker corps, Sark says they are pretty deep at the position. Credits the staff with solidifying the unit. With Overshown back and the transfer portal additions as well as a healthy cadre of returning players who were injured last season, he is excited about the versatility at the position. Says all linebackers will have a role on special teams. When asked if he has a championship roster: "I think we are plenty talented to compete for a championship. Now, what I need to recognize is are we playing at a level to compete for a championship and there's a lot that goes into that. I do believe we have the talent, I think we have the depth to do it, I think we have put in a lot of really good work over eight months and now we have to tie it all together." On recruiting conversations with players and parents regarding the SEC, Sark says it's sort of like recruiting a bit to the unknown and trying to forecast the future. Says its hard to sell it because you don't know when you will be playing your first game there and that they are focused on what they are doing now. Sark says there is a real balance to the staff's approach when it comes to fall camp leading up to the season opener. Says the team will start preparing for Louisiana (Game 1) around a week and a half/two weeks before that game. On what makes Texas different as a program.... Sark says UT is one of the best jobs in America. Says the biggest thing for him here is that there isn't a big competition for professional sports (like in LA & Washington). Says the Longhorns are "that team." A question about support for the mental health of his players was asked. Longhorn Network captured Sarkisian's answer which was spot-on (video is worth watching). With COVID still being a factor, Sarkisian says the team is over 90% vaccinated as a team and hopes to have 100%. The biggest shift for the team is when school starts back up and in-person classes begin. He says he is encouraging the players to mask and be mindful of their spacing. Mentions the testing of non-vaccinated players will continue. Sark likes where the players and staff are right now. Says this is a checkpoint in the journey and they will move onto another checkpoint which presents a new agenda for them to attack during camp to prepare them for the season. 'Horns will likely have two full scrimmages and then more of a situational scrimmage. "The game of football is full of adversity. The team that responds better to that adversity is generally the team that comes out on top. To be the team that we want to be, we have to be the more mentally tough football team every Saturday, and we have to capitalize on the mental weakness of our opponent." -- Steve Sarkisian
  14. Just days after receiving an offer from Steve Sarkisian and staff, 3-star prospect Eoghan Kerry pledged his commitment to the Texas Longhorns. Kerry, a 6-3, 225 lb. outside linebacker from Mater Dei High School (Santa Ana, CA) was offered on July 31st and subsequently named his top five schools on Tuesday night. A half day later, he made his intentions to become a Longhorn solid via social media. Kerry is ranked as the 45th best player in the state of California, the 61st best linebacker in the country and the 587th best player nationally according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Texas beat out UCLA, Arizona, Colorado and Howard for his services. Kerry becomes the 16th recruit in the Longhorns' Class of 2022
  15. We will have an article up shortly about the Select Committee on the Future of College Sports in Texas hearing that went down today.
  16. Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns received their first commitment in more than two weeks, when 4-star target Derrick Brown announced his commitment inside Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Brown, a 6-3, 210 lb. standout defensive end at Texas High in Texarkana (Texas), chose the Longhorns over Baylor after narrowing his Top-2 earlier in July. He held offers from more than 30 programs including Texas A&M, TCU, Oklahoma State, Arkansas and Houston among others. Brown visited Austin the first weekend in June and made it public two weeks later that he would be committing on July 20th. That date was backed up to July 30th, which happened to coincide with Texas hosting a weekend barbecue and pool bash on The 40 Acres. He is ranked as the 46th best player in the state and the 16th best EDGE in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. His commitment is the 15th for the Longhorns and propels the Longhorns to eleventh best class in the Class of 2022.
  17. Photo: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The University of Texas and University of Oklahoma have taken the first step towards leaving the Big 12 Conference, with the schools sending out a joint statement on Monday morning. "The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma notified the Big 12 Athletic Conference today that they will not be renewing their grants of media rights following expiration in 2025. Providing notice to the Big 12 at this point is important in advance of the expiration of the conference’s current media rights agreement. The universities intend to honor their existing grant of rights agreements. However, both universities will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape as they consider how best to position their athletics programs for the future." Both schools are expected to join the Southeastern Conference, but it is unclear when the move will happen. The Big 12 grants of television rights span through 2025, but if the Sooners and Longhorns stick around that long it would be surprising. The Big 12 held a virtual meeting with member institution presidents and athletic directors last Thursday to discuss all options and potential paths forward. Neither Texas or Oklahoma participated. This is a fluid story, and will be updated as more information develops.
  18. Hey guys, @Aaron Carrarais at Big 12 Media Days today. Updates/Streaming Thoughts from AT&T Stadium will be posted here. DAVE ARANDA - BAYLOR Aranda talked about the importance of mental health due to COVID and talked about the importance of relationships. Says he's excited about the Bears being a "running team" and having a good competition at quarterback. When asked about the Bears' quarterback battle, Aranda said he is excited for the competition. He says he is being transparent about where things are at with his guys. Sounds like Aranda will use multiple QB's based on the plays they want to run and opponents they face. On defense - Aranda says there is a lot of pride in the unit and they recognize what great play is. Says it's personal to his defensive players. He was asked about the Oklahoma game last year and Aranda said that OU is such a deep team that is very-well coached. Aranda says if he can so the simple things better, the Bears' defensive unit will be really good. When asked about the defense in this league, Aranda said he sees the Big 12 as a defensive conference. References Gary Patterson's defenses, OU's defense and Iowa State's transformation to a defensive emphasis team. Says the Big 12 has really become more of a Big 10-ish conference in terms of the look of defenses and formations. On offenses, he references more 12-13 personnel looks and the need to run more instead of the spread-offense sets we have traditionally seen. KANSAS - The KU team's plane is grounded and they are currently not at Media Days.
  19. With three players selected during the first two days of the MLB Draft (Ty Madden - 1st Round, Mike Antico & Cole Quintanilla - 2nd Round), four more Longhorns were selected on the final day of the MLB 2021 Draft. Hard-hitting slugger Ivan Melendez went to the Florida Marlins in the 16th Round with the 479th overall pick. Melendez led the team with a .319 batting average last season and finished with 51 RBI's. Pitcher Kolby Kubichek was taken in the 18th round by the New York Mets with the 532nd overall pick. Kubichek who battled an injury during the season, made 12 starts and finished with a 5-3 record and a 3.86 ERA. Catcher Zach Zubia, who led Texas in RBI's last season, was selected by the Florida Marlins with the 599th overall pick in the 20th round. Zubia finished his career at Texas with 30 home runs, 162 RBI's and 140 walks - all Top 10 on Texas' all-time career lists. Complete list of Longhorns selected in the 2021 MLB Draft: CB-A (32) – Ty Madden – Detroit Tigers 8 (241) – Mike Antico – St. Louis Cardinals 9 (263) – Cole Quintanilla – Washington Nationals 16 (479) – Ivan Melendez – Miami Marlins 18 (532) – Kolby Kubichek – NY Mets 19 (559) – Cam Williams – Kansas City Royals 20 (599) – Zach Zubia – Miami Marlins

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