Texas-UTEP notebook: Hager’s wild play suiting Horns just fine

Texas sophomore linebacker Breckyn Hager earned his first-ever start on Saturday, and the Westlake product produced a team-high eight tackles and one sack. After the game, teammates and coaches offered up a couple of Hager’s nicknames. Texas coach Charlie Strong referred to Hager and freshman linebacker Malcolm Roach (who had … Read More

Jerrod Heard is catching on just fine at wide receiver

Jerrod Heard turned 21 on Saturday, and more than 92,000 people at Royal-Memorial Stadium — including a quarterback who beat him out for a starting job he once coveted — joined in the celebration. Heard hauled in six catches in the 41-7 blowout of UTEP, including touchdown catches … Read More

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Texas vs. UTEP: A Box Score’s Story

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Texas vs. UTEP: The expanded boxscore

FIRST QUARTER Texas 10, UTEP 0 — Jerrod Heard’s first-ever touchdown catch helped the sophomore celebrate his 21st birthday, and Trent Domingue kicked his second field goal of the season. But it could have been worse; Jacorey Warrick fumbled out of the end zone for a turnover and the Longhorns … Read More

The Eyes of Texas: Three Miners the Horns will be watching

On Saturday night against UTEP, the eyes of Texas will be upon … AARON JONES, RB Following last week’s 249-yard performance against New Mexico State, Jones — who currently leads the country in rushing — sits in sixth place on UTEP’s career rushing list with 2,590 yards (John Harvey’s 3,576 yards … Read More

Texas vs. UTEP: Four questions facing the Horns

Four questions facing No. 11 Texas in Saturday’s game against UTEP: Will Texas top UTEP’s running game? Enough has been written about Texas’ matchup with UTEP running back Aaron Jones, who collected 249 of the 289 rushing yards compiled by UTEP in its season opener. The intriguing questions, though, are … Read More

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Recruiting recap: 2017 Longhorns and Friday night’s lights

Texas football fans are surely interested in present state of affairs on the 40 Acres, but an eye should also be kept on who the team is recruiting. Texas’ 2017 recruiting class has received eight verbal commitments. 247Sports currently ranks the Longhorns’ upcoming group of recruits as the nation’s 42nd-best, … Read More

Take Five: Q&A with a UTEP beat writer

Each week of the season, the American-Statesman will interview the beat writer of Texas’ opponent. This week, the El Paso Times’ Bret Bloomquist offers insight on UTEP. You can find Bret on Twitter at @bretbloomquist. What were your impressions from UTEP’s 38-22 win over New Mexico State? It … Read More

Texas vs. UTEP: Five key matchups

Here are five key matchups to watch Saturday night: Aaron Jones vs. the Texas defense In his first game back after a season-ending injury last year, UTEP junior Aaron Jones rushed 31 times for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, Jones’ performance came against New Mexico State. Still 249 yards … Read More

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McRaven requests that athletes stand during anthem

Bill McRaven, the chancellor of the University of Texas System, has once again asked that athletes stand during the National Anthem. The Texas Tribune’ Matthew Watkins reported on Thursday that McRaven recently sent a memo to the presidents of the eight universities in the University of Texas System … Read More

Notable Number: Texas’ 18-Wheeler — and the number 14

Every week this fall, we’re looking at a number related to Texas football. Today’s notable number is 14. Fourteen is the number worn on the jerseys of Texas defensive back Dylan Haines and wide receiver Kai Locksley. Sophomore Chris Warren III turned 14 carries into 46 yards in Texas’ season-opener. Read More

Texas sports notebook: Cross Country opens with a handful of wins

Texas’ cross country team opened its season on Sept. 2, and the Longhorns ran to a handful wins in Nacogdoches. Texas swept both team titles at the Stephen F. Austin-hosted Lumberjack Opener, and sophomores Pedro Nasta and Alex Cruz both earned individual honors at Pecan Acres City Park. Nasta (15:27.78) … Read More

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Evans completes comeback in Texas’ starting line-up

When Texas senior Sheroid Evans completed his comeback this past weekend, he did so as a starter. Evans started at cornerback in Texas’ 50-47 double-overtime win over Notre Dame on Sept. 4, and he collected a tackle and one of the Longhorns’ four pass break-ups. It was the first game … Read More

No longer a surprise, Texas’ Chris Nelson steps into spotlight

Tuesday was full of surprises for Texas sophomore Chris Nelson. The 297-pound defensive tackle said Tuesday night that he was surprised when he received a text message earlier in the day saying the Longhorns (1-0) were ranked 11th in the Associated Press’ weekly poll. He also was bewildered … Read More

Texas returns to AP poll for the first time since 2013

On Monday, Texas wide receiver John Burt was asked where the Longhorns should find themselves in the national polls this week. Texas entered the season unranked, and Burt was meeting with the media just hours after Sunday night’s 50-47 double-overtime win over 10th-ranked Notre Dame. “That’s not for me to … Read More

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Trio of Longhorns honored by Big 12

The Big 12 took note of the Texas Longhorns’ big win over Notre Dame. Both of Texas’ quarterbacks were honored alongside sophomore defensive tackle Chris Nelson on Tuesday as the Big 12 revealed its first batch of weekly awards. Senior Tyrone Swoopes split the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the … Read More

Texas 50, Notre Dame 47: Five key plays

There were 162 snaps taken in Texas’ 50-47 win over Notre Dame on Sunday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference. 1. Swoopes for six Well, duh. Tyrone Swoopes lifted the Longhorns to victory when he scored on a 6-yard run … Read More

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In overtime, Strong placed trust in Swoopes-led offense

What would have happened had Notre Dame stopped Tyrone Swoopes on a couple of plays in the second overtime of Texas’ 50-47 win on Sunday? Texas would have gone for broke. At his weekly press conference with members of the media on Monday, Texas coach Charlie Strong said his … Read More

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Longhorns secure commitment from Temple’s Taquon Graham

One day after it beat a nationally-ranked team, Texas picked up a win on the recruiting trail. Temple defensive end Taquon Graham announced on Monday that he had given a verbal commitment to the University of Texas. Graham becomes the eighth member of Texas’ 2017 recruiting class, which also … Read More

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Texas WR John Burt bounces back after dropped pass

On Sunday, Texas receiver John Burt got a pep talk from his new quarterback. In the first quarter of a duel with Notre Dame – 83 points and many minutes before the Longhorns’ 50-47 win was decided in a second overtime – Burt dropped what would have probably been an … Read More