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Harrison Wier

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  1. Herman already remedying the thinning QB room. Saxton is a legit 3-star. Getting him as a PWO is huge and adds depth.
  2. Texas officials confirmed that Cam Rising has left the program and will transfer. With the news that Thompson is likely staying, the blow hurts a little less. Make no mistake, however, Rising was very talented and probably would have taken the reigns once Ehlinger was done.
  3. Casey Thompson is taking his name out of the NCAA Transfer Portal and will remain at Texas. The freshman quarterback is in line to compete with freshman Roschon Johnson for the No. 2 spot behind Sam Ehlinger in 2019. Shane Buechele and Cam Rising still have intentions to transfer. Would be great news for the Longhorns and add depth to a thinning QB room. 1/17 UPDATE: Thompson took to Twitter to announce he has not made any decision, refuting the report. 1/18 UPDATE: Thompson reportedly has informed the staff that he’s staying, per Anwar Richardson. Waiting for an official announcement from Casey. 1/19 UPDATE: a UT spokesman confirmed that Thompson is indeed staying at Texas.
  4. At this point if the staff has any say, I would fight like hell to keep Rising and let Buechele take another opportunity. He deserves it.
  5. Texas quarterback Shane Buechele reportedly informed the Texas staff today that he will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. This would be a big loss to the Longhorns’ quarterback room, as Casey Thompson and Cam Rising are also already in the portal. Buechele would be a graduate transfer and immediately eligible to play. SMU is the perceived favorite, especially with former starting QB Ben Hicks transferring to Arkansas this offseason. The news was first reported by Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods.
  6. The highly-coveted grad transfer from Alabama has decided to take his talents to Norman in 2019. This is an interesting choice, as Hurts does not really fit Riley's offensive scheme. Also of note, Riley told 2019 QB signee Spencer Rattler that he was not going to take any quarterback transfers. Hurts is undoubtedly an update to the QB room after the departure of Kyler Murray, however. The scene from Dallas will be interesting nonetheless in October.
  7. BY TRAVIS HLAVINKA How do you replace a season like Kody Clemens had in 2018? How do you replace a player that was at the top or near the top of the country in average, hits, slugging, home runs and RBI? On top of that, someone who had a .985 fielding percentage at second base and was the unquestioned and undisputed team leader, whose clutch play was the determining factor in so many games? Well, the short answer is you can't. And the long answer is that the production of Clemens will be nearly impossible to replicate. And while you can try, the likeliness of it happening is about the same as the percentage of people that say Clemson had a bad football season this year. The determining factor of who, in fact, will play the position heavily depends on whether or not senior Masen Hibbeler moves back to the infield or stays in the outfield early in 2019. While he's still listed as an infielder, Hibbeler played the majority of 2018 in left field. And after talking to a few people close to the program during the offseason, the team is pretty content with having him play there in 2019. That's not to say he won't end up at second, as there is currently a log jam in the outfield with at least five other players with no infield experience (senior Tate Shaw, junior Austin Todd, junior Duke Ellis, sophomore Kamron Fields and freshman Eric Kennedy) that will need large sums of time somewhere in the outfield. Hibbeler is not unfamiliar with the infield as he came to Texas as shortstop, and only moved to the outfield after the coaching staff made the decision to move Clemens from third base to second. While at Odessa College from 2015-2017, Hibbeler spent time in the middle infield and has said those are the positions that he prefers to play. In the end, the coaching staff may have no choice but to move Hibbeler back to second base, but as of right now, my sources are fairly confident his season will start in left. This, of course, was before the news of David Hamilton's season-ending Achilles injury. Now, the likelihood that Hibbeler will end up in the infield is much higher. If Hibbeler does in fact stay in left, it will leave a pretty barren spot at the position. But I believe head coach David Pierce is comfortable enough with his trio of freshmen middle infielders to give them the reins right away. The first of these freshman will be Lance Ford. The 5'10", 175-pound newcomer out of Kerville Tivy has drawn rave reviews from fall camp, and has been mentioned by Pierce as one of the fresh faces that has earned himself some playing time. However, with the necessity at the position, my guess is that he has earned himself a starting position going into the 2019 season. The second to get a shot should be Bryce Reagan. Hailing from New Hampshire, Reagan is likely the best defender of the three. At a rangy 6'2", 190 pounds, Reagan grew up playing shortstop, but should make an easy transition to second base. The most highly touted of the three, Reagan could find himself in the platoon at second or shortstop. The final of the trio will likely be Alec Carr. Carr is substantially meatier than both Reagan and Ford at 6'0", 200 pounds. At Kempner High School, he led the state of Texas in home runs and showed he can transfer that size into power. The only problem with Carr is that he is probably most natural at shortstop and third base, making second base his tertiary position. I believe he's very well-equipped to play third base and should be junior Ryan Reynolds' backup at the position. However I don't think he quite has the defensive chops or the range of Reagan at this point to play second base, and that's why he gets the bump to third spot. Though I made the claim previously that first base is the most open position, and am sticking by that due to the number of people that can play the position, second base is largely up in the air as well. One thing is for certain, though — there is definitely no shortage of youth at the position. Second base has the makings to be one of the more interesting stories early on in the year and it will definitely be a position worth keeping an eye on in the weeks leading up to the start of the season.
  8. BY TRAVIS HLAVINKA On Saturday morning, Texas baseball sent out a press release stating that junior shortstop David Hamilton would miss the entirety of the 2019 season after a successful surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles. A San Marcos native, Hamilton has been the starting shortstop since his arrival on campus. Though he is mostly seen as a defensive savant, Hamilton’s bat vastly improved in 2018. After a season where he hit for a .307 average, seven doubles, six triples, five home runs and 35 RBI, to go along with 37 walks and 31 stolen bases, Hamilton was a Second Team All-Big 12 selection. Obviously the loss of Hamilton is a devastating blow to a season that hasn’t even started yet, but hope is not all lost as Texas has a player that can make a seamless transition to a full-time role at shortstop. Senior Masen Hibbeler, who split time between second base and left field arrived at Texas with two years of junior college experience playing shortstop. With Hamilton’s injury, Hibbeler will undoubtedly be the one to get first reps at the position. What this also means is that Hibbeler will most definitely not move back to second base. As a result, at least one freshman will start in the middle infield. My guess is that it will be freshman Lance Ford at second base. Freshmen Bryce Reagan and Alec Carr will likely get some reps at shortstop as well, with Reagan possibly also sharing second base with Ford. Throwing combinations together and seeing what sticks will probably be on the menu for a team with a lot more questions as it enters the season. The most puzzling question that looms will be in Texas’ lineup, where Pierce will have to replace either his pick for a leadoff hitter, the No. 5 hole, or the No. 3 hole. Here is what I believed the Texas baseball starting lineup was going to look like prior to Hamilton’s injury: RF Duke Ellis LF Masen Hibbeler SS David Hamilton DH Zach Zubia C DJ Petrinsky 3B Ryan Reynolds CF Tate Shaw 1B Michael McCann 2B Lance Ford With Hamilton’s injury, the area of strength that actually eases its tension is the absolutely stacked outfield. Prior to Friday, one of Texas’ experienced outfielders was on the outside looking in. Following the injury, however, the combination of senior Tate Shaw and juniors Duke Ellis and Austin Todd will probably be your starting outfield, with sophomore Kamron Fields and freshman Eric Kennedy serving as the primary backups. Here is what I believe Texas’ starting lineup will look like now: RF Duke Ellis SS Masen Hibbeler C DJ Petrinsky DH Zach Zubia 3B Ryan Reynolds LF Austin Todd CF Tate Shaw 1B Michael McCann 2B Lance Ford The loss of Hamilton will hurt every facet of Texas’ game. Already the team’s best base stealer and likely top defender, Hamilton was a burgeoning hitter with All-American recognition in his sights. Replacing his production will be a must if Texas plans to return to Omaha in June.
  9. As far as we’ve heard, Buechele is staying at Texas. That could always change.
  10. The saga in the Texas quarterback room just got more interesting. Several weeks ago, Cam Rising and Casey Thompson both entered their names into the NCAA Transfer Portal. Since that time, Tom Herman has worked furiously to keep both in Austin. It appeared that Herman’s efforts were paying off with Thompson, but Rising has elected to explore other options. If Texas wants to keep the talented redshirt freshman in the fold, it will have to start re-recruiting him to stay in Austin. Otherwise, he may move back closer to home. The news was first reported by Alex Markham of UteNation.com.
  11. Each week HornSports members predicted the outcome of games and we calculated using a point system.
  12. @Coot! The race got even tighter from the midpoint, and Coot edged out @HORNfromETX for first place. Here are the top 5 standings and point totals: 1. Coot - 170 points 2. Hornfrom ETX - 160 points 3. @Sirhornsalot - 155 points T4. @drgilbert, @UTfish, @longhorndon, @Grandpa Zorro - 145 points 5. @primal defense - 140 points Coot, message me and we will get you your gift card! Thank you all for participating this year. We hope to make this an annual contest and hope to gain more participants next year!
  13. We’re going to be releasing an article with remaining targets soon.
  14. Unless they brought him on in a QC or administrative capacity, yes. I could see Warehime being re-assigned.
  15. The word "alignment" is thrown around a lot by Texas head coach Tom Herman, and it appears Texas football will remain aligned heading into the 2019 season. Herman reportedly informed his staff recently that each member will be retained for next football season. With former Kansas head coach David Beaty on the market after being fired earlier in the season, there was speculation that Herman would at least fire one staff member to make room for Beaty and his positive recruiting reputation in the DFW area. This news means that the following coaches will be retained: Tim Beck, Todd Orlando, Stan Drayton, Herb Hand, Drew Mehringer, Corby Meekins, Oscar Giles, Jason Washington, and Craig Naivar. Of course, several of these coaches could leave for better opportunities or even be re-assigned to a different role within the football program. Regardless, each member of the football staff has some sense of job security. What that means exactly remains to be seen. This second year staff helped Texas achieve its first 10-win season since 2009 and was the only team outside of Alabama and Clemson to knock off two top 5 opponents in 2018. The news on Herman's decision was first reported by Anwar Richardson of Orangebloods.
  16. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND Texas basketball opened Big 12 conference play with a key win on Wednesday night, cruising past Kansas State 67-47 in Manhattan. The Longhorns turned in several rocky performances en route to a 8-4 non conference record to open the season, but managed to put together one of their best performances of the season against the Wildcats. Texas was led by sophomore Jase Febres, who went 7 of 9 from deep and poured in a team high 23 points off the bench. Kerwin Roach was the only other Longhorn player to reach double figures with 10 points to go along with 4 assists. Matt Coleman added 7 assists and 6 points. Kansas State, who is considered one of the best defensive teams in the Big 12, allowed the Longhorns to shoot 47.9% from the field and 51.9% from three. Texas controlled the game for much of the first half, but the Wildcats used a late surge to cut the lead to 25-22 heading into halftime. The second half was dominated by Texas, and specifically by Febres. The Houston native connected on 5 3-pointers in the final 10:45 and displayed the shooting ability that helped make him a top recruit coming out of high school. In addition to Febres offensive outburst, the Longhorns also stifled the Wildcats offense that was missing star guard Dean Wade. Kansas State managed to shoot only 32.7% from the field and 50% from the free throw line. Makol Mawien led the Wildcats with 13 points. Texas will return to action on Saturday when they host West Virginia in Austin. Tip off will be at 8:00 PM CST and the game will be shown on ESPN2.
  17. Possible just because Herman has worked with him before and they share similar offensive philosophies. They worked very well together when Herman was at the helm in Houston. Could be something to watch, but I wouldn't expect it.
  18. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND Following a loss in the Big 12 Championship, the Longhorns were rewarded with a trip to Sugar Bowl to face SEC runner-up Georgia. If not for a collapse against Alabama, the Bulldogs would have been playing in the College Football Playoff. Head Coach Kirby Smart learned under Nick Saban for years, so it is not surprising Georgia prides itself on great defense, but the Bulldogs offense also presents some unique challenges for the Texas defense. Let’s take a look at the Georgia offense: Quarterback Georgia boasts one of the best young quarterbacks in the country in sophomore Jake Fromm. Fromm started 14 games as a freshman a season ago, and nearly led the Bulldogs to a National Championship. The Georgia native is already widely considered one of the best QB prospects for the 2020 NFL draft. Fromm has thrown for 2,537 yards this season with 27 touchdowns compared to just 5 interceptions. Backup QB Justin Fields has seen sporadic playing time throughout the season, but he is a bit of an unknown heading into Tuesday’s matchup. Rumors began circulating weeks ago that the talented freshman will be transferring following the Sugar Bowl. Kirby Smart told reporters on Thursday that Fields is with the team and practicing, so there is a chance he could see a few snaps as a change of pace QB. Running Back The two-headed attack of D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield leads the Georgia rushing attack. Both backs have gone over 950 yards this year, with Swift leading the way at 1,037 yards. Swift and Holyfield have both benefited from superb offensive line play, but the duo has been able to pound the ball between the tackles all season. Wide Receiver/Tight End While the Bulldogs have some weapons in the passing game, they lack a sure fire go-to receiver. Junior Riley Ridley will be the likely focal point of the Texas secondary. The younger brother of former Alabama standout Calvin Ridley leads Georgia with 9 touchdowns and 498 yards. TE Issac Nauta ranks second on the team in receptions with 29 and has racked up 427 yards. The 6’4, 240-pounder is a matchup nightmare, and the Bulldogs offensive staff will utilize him in a variety of ways. Offensive Line Unfortunately, Texas will be facing another offensive line that is among the best in the country. The Longhorns struggled mightily against Oklahoma’s offensive line in the Big 12 title game, and Georgia’s group possesses similar talent. The Bulldogs start 1 freshman, 1 senior and 3 sophomores. The group manhandled Alabama’s defensive line for the better part of 3 quarters. Texas will have to find a way to generate pressure up front, or Fromm could end up having all day to throw.
  19. BY TRAVIS HLAVINKA A position that hasn't had a preseason sure-fire starter since Kacy "The Mayor of UFCU Disch-Falk Field" Clemens roamed the dirt, first base is yet again up for grabs heading into a new season. While things worked out better than expected for the Longhorns in 2018 after Jake McKenzie took over the position, he and his golden glove, leadership and do-it-all ability currently reside at a natural gas and petroleum exploration company in San Antonio. Nevertheless, Texas baseball must go on and the opening left behind must get filled. In sports, sometimes the filling is done by one person, and other times it is done by committee. Previewing the 2019 season, it looks more likely than not that first base will be occupied by the latter. Outside of a few outings to get a break from working the plate from senior catcher DJ Petrinsky, and a couple of surprise appearances from senior outfielder Masen Hibbeler, virtually no player on Texas' roster has any experience playing the other hot corner. However, there are a few names that head coach David Pierce has thrown around as being in the mix for some playing time. The most logical choice and a name that many expected to get an opportunity in 2018 but never saw, is redshirt sophomore Zach Zubia. Zubia is already a staple in the Texas lineup, where he thrived in 2018 hitting clean-up behind Kody Clemens. At 6'4 and 240 pounds, Zubia has the makeup to be a prototypical first baseman. However, his biggest downfall is his athleticism. He struggled to consistently show the ability to get to balls in scrimmages, and is nowhere near a natural at picking balls in the dirt and will have more trouble stretching from the bag than any of the others vying for the position. But between a redshirt season and a freshman season that saw him work solely at gaining practice reps at the position, he would be the ideal choice for Pierce and company if he shows the improvement they hope he can. Another name thrown around was that of senior backup catcher Michael McCann. There is no doubt that McCann will fill in for Petrinsky to give him a breather, but McCann actually has the opportunity to seize first base if he can show high or even substantial capability to play the position. Not seen as a gifted hitter, McCann has made a living of being a quality backup catcher and a terrific locker room presence. If he gets the chance to show the coaching staff that he can make a somewhat seamless transition and man the position with confidence, there's a chance he can be 2019's version of McKenzie. Two other names also thrown around were those of Hibbeler, and to some surprise, redshirt senior outfielder Tate Shaw. Hibbeler started out last season as the starting second baseman and moved around a bit before finding a home in left field. He performed admirably there and is the front-runner to be the starting left fielder next year. His biggest plus, his gifted bat, makes him a must in the everyday lineup no matter the position. Shaw split time between center and right and flashed the leather countless times in 2018, but left something to be desired at the plate. The reason for the possible first base shake-up for these two really has less to do with them and more to do with getting players like junior Austin Todd and sophomore Kamron Fields more opportunities roaming the field. Add in versatile freshmen Lance Ford and Eric Kennedy, who have drawn rave reviews from their coaches during the fall, and there may be too much of a log jam in the backend of the Texas defense to not at least try and give Hibbeler/Shaw some time at first. The least likely possibility, but a chance nonetheless, is sophomore Sam Bertelson. Outside of Fields, Bertelson was the only other freshman position player to get playing time in 2018. Going into last year, Bertelson was expected to get a decent amount of reps at both corners to fill in for (at the time) third baseman Kody Clemens and (at the time) junior first baseman Ryan Reynolds. After the defensive overhaul, however, that really never came to be, and he was left without much opportunity. In total, he only had 13 at-bats, struck out eight times and never recorded a hit. He did not just forget how to play baseball, though, and may get an opportunity during the spring. Not to discount the freshman completely, but to discount them quite a bit, Peter Geib and Thomas Burbank are the only two new faces that have experience playing corner defense in the infield. Geib was recruited to play third, and Burbank also doubles as a lefty on the mound. Barring injury, expect both to redshirt and be possible options in 2020. Whoever Pierce decides to trot out on opening day will most definitely not be the only player to man the position, and not likely the player to end the year there, either. Whether a quick fix is in store or a rotating door is more likely is yet to be seen, but first base is definitely the position with the largest question mark heading into 2019.
  20. The four-star wideout out of Oklahoma officially backed out of his verbal pledge minutes ago via Twitter. This isn’t that surprising and has been a possibility for a while now. Oklahoma is the team to watch here.

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