Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ball placement a key reason why Texas QB Sam Ehlinger eliminating mistakes

Each week, Sam Ehlinger goes back and rewatches last year’s game against that week’s opponent. One particular play against West Virginia last season probably makes him cringe. Facing first-and-goal at the WVU 5, linebacker Dylan Tonkery came through on a blitz and took down the Texas … Read More

Having battled leukemia, Texas guard Andrew Jones’ message: ‘Only the strong survive’

Andrew Jones settled into a chair in the Centennial Room at Bellmont Hall and met reporters on Wednesday for the first time to detail his year-long battle against leukemia. In the same space normally reserved for UT’s biggest announcements, the Texas guard discussed his health, … Read More

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The Whys of Texas: Benching starters isn’t popular, but for Tom Herman, it’s the right thing to do

Let’s dispense with the pleasantries and get right to the point. Texas coach Tom Herman should be applauded for sticking to his guns and benching three starters for the early portion of Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State. No, that’s not popular opinion, as you’ll … Read More

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Texas makes its first appearance in the CFP rankings at No. 17

Four years after the creation of the College Football Playoff system, Texas is finally in the true top-25 rankings that determine the national championship. The Longhorns (6-2, 4-1 Big 12) debuted at No. 17 in the first CFP rankings released by the playoff selection committee on … Read More

Texas notebook: Numbers show Horns’ offensive line is making solid strides in 2018

Two-thirds of the way through this season, Texas coach Tom Herman said he’d grade his offensive line “above-average, which considering where we came from with last season’s group, I think is a drastic improvement.” The numbers would indicate the offensive line play has been substantially better. Read More

Teammates defend Texas corners Kris Boyd, Davante Davis after Oklahoma State suspensions

Several Texas players, including team captains, said Tuesday they supported cornerbacks Kris Boyd and Davante Davis and would not hold Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State against them. Boyd and Davis, both seniors, were suspended for the first quarter in Stillwater, Okla., leaving redshirt freshman Kobe Boyce … Read More

America’s Brightest Orange blasts some sunshine on hidden truths about No. 15 Texas

Never bury the good news. “You know, the sun came up today, as it did yesterday,” Texas coach Tom Herman began his Monday’s press conference. “In fact, I think I saw it come up yesterday, as late as we go home.” The team known … Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorn Confidential discusses the importance of bouncing back vs. West Virginia

American-Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden, Danny Davis and Brian Davis discuss whether Tom Herman did the right thing by suspending three starters and the spotlight on Kris Boyd heading into Saturday’s game against West Virginia. Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman discusses matchup against West Virginia

Texas coach Tom Herman discussed the reasonings for benching two starters against Oklahoma State and began to look ahead to West Virginia during his weekly press conference in Bellmont Hall. Read More

Slow defensive starts have become Texas’ signature, leading to uphill battles

STILLWATER, Okla. — Texas continues to incur delay of game penalties after turnovers or TV timeouts. It’s a cute, somewhat infuriating but ultimately harmless team signature. At this point, it’s almost expected every week. The Longhorns’ inability to start fast on defense is far more serious. Read More

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Texas CB Kris Boyd fires back at ESPN’s Emmanuel Acho on Instagram

ESPN college football analyst Emmanuel Acho, a former Longhorn player, was sharply critical of senior cornerbacks Kris Boyd and Davante Davis after the Oklahoma State game. On Sunday, Boyd fired back. In a pointed message on Instagram, Boyd wrote, “@themanacho keep running your (expletive) mouth. Don’t … Read More

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After Oklahoma State loss, Texas knocked out of top 10, lands 15th in AP Top 25 poll

Making the College Football Playoff was an ambitious goal this season for Texas, but it wasn’t unrealistic. No need to worry about that anymore after Saturday’s 38-35 loss at Oklahoma State. The Longhorns, who were ranked sixth last week, dropped all the way back to 15th … Read More

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Longhorn Minute: Dissecting Texas’ 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State

Texas rallied on Saturday night, but the No. 6-ranked Longhorns came up on the short end of a 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. American-Statesman reporters Brian Davis and Danny Davis dissect an eventful game from T. Boone Pickens Stadium. Read More

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LISTEN: Longhorns Unfiltered breakdown Texas’ 38-35 loss at Oklahoma State

The American-Statesman writers Cedric Golden, Brian Davis and Danny Davis discuss the fallout from Texas’ 38-35 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Read More

Oklahoma State 38, Texas 35: Frustrations were the only things boiling over in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — From the looks of it, the Longhorns must’ve spent the week drinking Austin tap water. The only thing boiling Saturday night at Boone Pickens Stadium was Tom Herman’s blood pressure. Awful pass defense. Lackluster tackling. Big plays wiped out by … Read More

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Texas G Kerwin Roach suspended for season opener vs. Eastern Illinois

Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II will be suspended for UT’s season opener against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 6 for a previous undisclosed violation of team rules. What made the news more interesting on Saturday was that Roach announced it himself on Twitter. Read More

Why did Charles Omenihu stay at Texas? ‘If you’re not honest with yourself, who is?’

Sure, Charles Omenihu could’ve gone pro last season. His 6-6 frame alone merits NFL consideration. Scouts love big guys. If he doesn’t cut it, eh, there’s always another. The Texas defensive end watched last season as multiple teammates were told to stay in school by the … Read More

Feeling healthy, Texas QB Sam Ehlinger will start vs. Oklahoma State while others won’t

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s injured right shoulder was sore at times this week but he practiced all three days and will likely start against Oklahoma State. “I would expect, barring any setbacks, that he’ll be ready to go,” coach Tom Herman said after Thursday’s practice. Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Fueled by football, UT athletics is getting that 2002 feeling again

The question alone mortified Kerwin Roach II. The Texas football team has Oklahoma State this weekend. Snoop, who you got? “C’mon, why would you even ask that?” the Texas senior replied at Big 12 men’s basketball media day Wednesday in Kansas City. Hey, you … Read More

Texas’ Big 12 foes get first look at the new body, new haircut, new Dylan Osetkowski

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dylan Osetkowski pried open a plastic fruit container, surveyed the contents and just huffed. “Do they put the worst fruit possible in here?” Osetkowski asked Wednesday with real frustration. “No strawberries, no grapes, no watermelon, no pineapple?” No pizza, no … Read More