Texas 45, Louisiana Tech 14: Horns throttle Bulldogs with LSU waiting in the wings

Throughout spring practice, Texas focused on one team. “La Tech all the way,” linebacker Joseph Ossai said. When August preseason practice started, “La Tech,” he said. When anyone talked about the season opener, same thing. “La Tech.” “Up until now, it’s been … Read More

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ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ coming to Austin for LSU-Texas matchup

ESPN’s “College GameDay” hasn’t brought its traveling circus to Austin since 2009. It’s taken a decade, but “GameDay” is finally coming to our city. The “GameDay” crew will be in Austin next Saturday to feature the mega-matchup between No. 6 LSU and No. 10 Texas, the … Read More

Staying on schedule: With Louisiana Tech, Texas is going back to formula that led to winning ways

Tick, tock, tick, tock. The wait is excruciating. “I’m just excited to go out and, you know, kind of hit somebody else,” Texas receiver Collin Johnson said this week. The Longhorns trudged through the long offseason, made it through a hot summer and battled … Read More

Capturing Sam: Statesman photographer recalls his summer photo shoot with Texas’ Ehlinger

The last time American-Statesman photographer Ricardo Brazziell was asked to shoot a Texas quarterback for our annual college preview section, Royal-Memorial Stadium was under construction then, too. Colt McCoy, one month before his junior season, donned a construction hard hat and held a football-rigged sledgehammer on … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: There’s not enough Hall of Fame space for all who shaped Longhorns’ history

The doors will swing open Friday, and the public can freely inspect the new Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame. When you do, understand that school officials squeezed as much as they could into 30,000 square feet. The north end zone of … Read More

Whys of Texas: Aside from Sam Ehlinger, who’s the most important Longhorn?

We muddled through the offseason, entertained ourselves during talking season and sweated through the preseason. Come Saturday, it’s football season. Finally. Each August, one of the more popular staples of preseason coverage involves ranking the most important Longhorns. It’s easy, really. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger ranks 1-2-3 … Read More

Texas DE Malcolm Roach wants to elevate his play wearing Cedric Benson’s No. 32

The news broke early that Sunday morning once local news organizations confirmed the worst. It was indeed Cedric Benson and his passenger who had died overnight in a fiery motorcycle crash in West Austin. Tributes to the former Texas running back were immediate, and within hours, … Read More

Once fully stocked in the backfield, Texas is running into real problems at running back

Anybody seen Kyle Porter? Where’s Tristian Houston? Where have you gone, Toneil Carter? The Longhorns had seven scholarship running backs last season, but all the aforementioned able bodies left in the offseason. Porter transferred to Houston, the school. Houston, the athlete, went … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Does Texas have enough healthy RBs for Louisiana Tech?

Texas enters the season opener against Louisiana Tech with multiple injuries at running back. The Statesman crew examines how the Longhorns will fare in their season opener against the Bulldogs on Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman previews the season opener vs. Louisiana Tech

Texas coach Tom Herman discusses the fragile running back depth while naming starters at other positions as the Longhorns begin game week for the season opener against Louisiana Tech. Read More

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Former Texas standout Myles Turner named to Team USA roster for World Cup

Myles Turner was a star at Euless Trinity, then at Texas and now with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Next up: Team USA. Turner got the final roster spot on the United States’ 12-man World Cup roster after it was determined Kyle Kuzma had a left ankle … Read More

Texas teammates, family celebrate Cedric Benson’s ‘unbelievable confidence’ during funeral

Derrick Johnson stood before his Longhorn family on Saturday and spoke from the heart about his old college roommate, Cedric Benson. Long before Johnson and Benson would become All-Americans at Texas and experience lengthy NFL careers, they were just excitable freshmen moving into the Jester East … Read More

Coaching staff consistency an underappreciated secret to Texas’ success

Word came down in January that Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte offered contract extensions to all the football coaching assistants up for renewal. Head coach Tom Herman never even considered that someone might turn it down. Asked if he expected all 10 assistants to … Read More

Texas defensive coaches trying a mix-and-match approach with young cornerbacks

Trying to solidify the pecking order at cornerback isn’t easy. “Nobody has given us any signs that they can’t play at this level,” Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said. So how does the coaching staff narrow it down? Orlando just starts lining up players … Read More

Breaking down the defense: A position-by-position look at Texas’ roster, depth

Here’s where the Texas defense stands in term of roster and depth, by positions: Defensive tackles There are five — redshirt freshman Keondre Coburn, seniors Jamari Chisholm and Gerald Wilbon, junior D’Andre Christmas-Giles and redshirt freshman Moro Ojomo Defensive line coach Oscar Giles has plenty of athleticism at his disposal. Read More

Holding the middle, playing with confidence are two defensive keys to Texas’ season

Perhaps Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s biggest success the last two seasons was damming the end zone. In 2015 and 2016, the Longhorns allowed at least 30 points per game. Those units were two of the worst statistical defenses in school history, right up there … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: This year’s Texas Ten has some not-so-obvious picks on our list of 10 Horns to watch

Your trusted scribe visited Texas men’s basketball practice earlier this month. Chatting with coach Shaka Smart, it was interesting to hear him reflect on the players’ emotions after winning the NIT. As nice as that was, winning the NIT isn’t the goal. “You know, … Read More

Understanding Sam: Family bond, passion for Texas fuels Ehlinger’s rise as the face of the Longhorns

At this point, Sam Ehlinger is tired of the question. But he’s forthright, direct and honest with his answer. Not to mention unfailingly polite. Why did the Texas quarterback grab the microphone on that Sugar Bowl stage and shout, “Longhorn Nation, we’re baaack!” “I … Read More

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Longhorns name five key contributors as team captains for 2019

One way to glimpse inside the locker room is to examine the team captains. Are these truly real impact, game-changers? The five Texas players chosen as team captains for the 2019 season absolutely fit the bill. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger, center Zach Shackelford, receiver … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Remembering Cedric Benson

The news of Cedric Benson’s death stunned the Longhorn family. American-Statesman staff writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis discuss Benson’s life, legacy and impact at Texas. Read More