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Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: D’Onta Foreman, Chris Warren give Longhorns ground power

D’Onta Foreman has no breakaway speed. Chris Warren III has no side-to-side wiggle. Put ’em on diets. Both 250-pounders are simply too big to be effective, elite running backs. Quick, somebody come up with more bulletin-board put-downs they can … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Is the Big 12 the worst defensive conference in the country? You bet it is

Texas fans know the Longhorns are oh-so close to turning things around. But they also know the Longhorns are oh-so far away when it comes to the defense’s ability or inability to make timely stops at crunch time. Such is life in the worst defensive conference in college football. The … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Kent Perkins offers a sobering apology

Kent Perkins faced the music on Monday. But then, it was Texas’ senior guard who wrote the lyrics when he was arrested early Friday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated after passing out in his Dodge Challenger at a fast-food restaurant drive-through near campus and then wrecking his car, … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Could personnel, not scheme changes help Horns?

What’s so mystifying about the Texas defense is that the quality of secondary play has been a complete departure from Charlie Strong’s historical norm. Go back and look at the Louisville numbers. The Cardinals were ninth nationally in pass defense in 2010, 17th in 2012 and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Charlie Strong and his players are angry, but are they angry enough?

Paul Boyette Jr.’s an angry, young man and said so. Kent Perkins is also an angry, young man and spoke his mind as well on Monday. Charlie Strong’s an angry, older man. He talked, too. Vance Bedford’s likely to be equally angry, especially if he’s demoted from defensive coordinator, but … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls AP ballot: Louisville makes jump; Texas a fall

BERKELEY, Calif. — Many critics of college football blame the preseason polls for their rigidity and refusal to shake things up because by golly a voter has a team pegged in a certain role and won’t budge. But a fluid Top 25 ballot greatly rewards — and penalizes — teams … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Vance Bedford’s defense has a Manny Diaz feel to it

The idea was to beat a Pac-12 team, not become a Pac-12 team. The Texas Longhorns were a sieve on defense at Cal.   Vance Bedford’s group struggled up front but suffered an utter collapse on the back end. The secondary, thought to be a strong unit, was embarrassed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Vance Bedford is holding Texas back from taking that next step

BERKELEY, Calif. — In the span of two short seasons, Charlie Strong might as well have installed a revolving door in the coaches’ office. So many assistant coaches were coming and going, it was amazing they didn’t run into each other. All totaled, seven assistant coaches were either fired, demoted … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Cal’s Davis Webb was the biggest Longhorns fan, until …

For a long time, Davis Webb has been all things Longhorn. In fact, the Cal quarterback desperately wanted to be a Longhorn. He grew up as a Texas fan and adorned his room with everything burnt orange and white. He wore a Colt McCoy jersey and emulated his favorite quarterback. Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Charlie Strong refuses to let seniors get pushed aside

New coaches on all levels of the collegiate landscape face a vexing problem when their program reaches the tipping point. How do you manage your older players that were recruited by the previous coach when there’s an influx of younger players that you recruited? Everybody wants to see the hot-shot … Read More