Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Justin Herbert may end up as No. 8 Oregon’s all-time passer

We’re 40 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We continue with our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th in … Read More

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Snubbed by the Big 12, could Collin Johnson instead become UT’s first Biletnikoff awardee?

On Thursday, Texas senior Collin Johnson was placed on the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award. Since the first Biletnikoff Award was awarded to college football’s best receiver in 1994, no Longhorn has been the recipient. Jordan Shipley was a finalist in 2009. In 13 games last season, the 6-6, 220-pound … Read More

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From Earl Thomas to Calvin Anderson: How do the Texas Longhorns rate in Madden NFL 20?

Who is the top Texas-produced talent in the NFL? According to the newest edition of the Madden video game series, the answer is Earl Thomas. The player ratings for Madden NFL 20 were released earlier this week. The highest-rated Longhorn was Thomas, who earned a 95 rating (on a scale of … Read More

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Watch list watch: Can Keaontay Ingram help Texas break a tie on the Doak Walker scoreboard?

This season, eyes will be on Texas’ backfield as sophomore Keaontay Ingram attempts to place himself in the company of Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson and D’Onta Foreman. Ingram has been placed on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which annually honors the top running back in college … Read More

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‘I love the ring, but that’s last year’s team’: Texas turns the page after receiving Sugar Bowl rings

ARLINGTON — On Tuesday, Texas senior Jeffrey McCulloch wore two rings to the Big 12 media days. One of the linebacker’s rings was earned this past spring when he graduated with a degree in sports management and a minor in business. While eyeing McCulloch’s jewelry, teammate Malcolm Roach stated … Read More

Big 12 media days notebook: Collin Johnson, Brandon Jones discuss their returns to Texas

ARLINGTON — Collin Johnson, Brandon Jones and Malcolm Roach all made it to AT&T Stadium on Tuesday, but after flirting with the NFL draft his past offseason, all three were making appearances in the home of the Dallas Cowboys as representatives of Texas’ football team. In March, Roach told reporters … Read More

Big 12 media days Q&A: West Virginia receiver T.J. Simmons on fatherhood and Horns Down

ARLINGTON — A lot has changed for West Virginia since it wrapped up its 2018 football season in the Camping World Bowl. Neal Brown was hired to coach the Mountaineers after Dana Holgorsen departed for Houston. All-conference quarterback Will Grier is now a Carolina Panther. West Virginia’s four leaders in … Read More

Big 12 media days notebook: Oklahoma State doesn’t have a starting quarterback — yet

ARLINGTON — Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy wasn’t in a headline-making mood on Monday. During last year’s Big 12 media days, Gundy broke the news that Taylor Cornelius would be his starting quarterback. The senior went on to throw for nearly 4,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. One of his … Read More

Big 12 media days Q&A: TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock — the son of a Texas legend

ARLINGTON — One of the players that TCU brought to Big 12 media days on Monday was making up for lost time. TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock, who missed the 2018 season with an Achilles injury, started 14 times as a freshman in 2017. He had two sacks that season, … Read More

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Summer sessions: An update on the Longhorns playing in collegiate wood bat leagues

Instead of the beach or a campsite, some of Texas’ Longhorns are spending their summer vacations at a baseball field. This summer, Texas has sent a handful of its players to participate in various collegiate wood bat leagues across the country. Rising sophomores Kolby Kubichek and Dawson Merryman … Read More

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Ehlinger and Sterns to represent Texas on watch lists for two of NCAA’s top awards

Texas junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger and sophomore safety Caden Sterns were both placed on preseason watch lists on Monday. Ehligher is one of 80 names on the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to college football’s best player. Those wanting to anoint the … Read More

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Report: False start leads to a futile run for Longhorn record holder Jonathan Jones

Perhaps the best run of Texas freshman Jonathan Jones’ life will not count. FloTrack reported on Friday that Jones was one of three runners that did not realize that a false start had been called in a 400-meter race at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco. Read More

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Recent NFL retirees and two trailblazers among the 2019 inductees for Texas’ Hall of Honor

It didn’t take long for three recently-retired Longhorns to get their call to the hall. Brian Orakpo, Brian Robison and Derrick Johnson will all be inducted into the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor, the school announced on Thursday. The Hall of Honor’s Class of 2019 will feature 14 names. The induction … Read More

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Texas makes a notable climb in the Big 12’s preseason poll, but Oklahoma remains the favorite

On Wednesday, there was a silver lining to where Texas found itself in the Big 12’s preseason football poll. With 52 days to go before the start of the 2019 season, Texas was listed second in the projections of the conference standings. Texas earned 696 points from a voting body of … Read More

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Sam Ehlinger among the lauded Longhorns as Big 12 unveils its preseason honor roll

For the first time in a dozen years, Texas will enter a football season with the Big 12’s top offensive player on its roster. Junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been named the Big 12’s preseason offensive player of the year, the conference announced on Tuesday. After compiling votes from media … Read More

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Summer sessions: An update on the Longhorns playing in collegiate wood bat leagues

Instead of the beach or a campsite, some of Texas’ Longhorns are spending their summer vacations at a baseball field. This summer, Texas has sent a handful of its players to participate in various collegiate wood bat leagues across the country. The collegiate wood bat leagues are populated … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 20 Wisconsin — A new QB, but the same great running back

We’re 52 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We kick off our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked 1st, 2nd, 8th and 13th in … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Defense needs to lead the way early for No. 25 Stanford

We’re 57 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We kick off our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked 1st, 2nd, 8th and 13th in … Read More

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Texas bids farewell to two additional softball players as eventful offseason continues

When Texas returns to McCombs Field in 2020, Malory Schattle and Elicia Espinosa will not be on the team’s roster. Schattle will remain at Texas for her senior year of school but will not play softball, a UT spokesperson told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. Texas also confirmed reports by Inside … Read More

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Summer sessions: An update on the Longhorns playing in collegiate wood bat leagues

Instead of the beach or a campsite, some of Texas’ Longhorns are spending their summer vacations at a baseball field. This summer, Texas has sent a handful of its players to participate in various collegiate wood bat leagues across the country. Perhaps no Longhorn is having a better … Read More