Kirk Bohls

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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Will it be the Texas defense to the rescue … or the regression? In Todd, we trust

Tom Herman was kidding. We think. On Monday, when a reporter asked the Texas head coach to elaborate on his defense’s perplexing tendency to get off to slow starts, having allowed points on opponents’ first possessions six times in eight games, Herman couldn’t resist. “I don’t know, it’s funny you … Read More

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Bohls: So, just which Texas player has the rowdiest parents as fans?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On the rowdiest parents of Texas football players: Longhorns guard Patrick Vahe said that when it comes to rowdy parents, his are clearly … Read More

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Bohls: Discipline, standards can’t be compromised at Texas — whatever the cost

Kris Boyd and Davonte Davis didn’t start. They didn’t play until the second quarter. They were suspended. Lil’Jordan Humphrey sat out the first series of the game. He, too, was suspended. Breckyn Hager bulldozed into an Oklahoma State receiver blocking on a kneel-down play by the victorious Cowboys and nearly … Read More

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Bohls: These five Longhorns deserve All-Big 12 honors

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: Who makes the All-Big 12 football team at this point: To this point, I’d nominate these five Longhorns for All-Big 12 honors: wide … Read More

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Bohls: To play Sam Ehlinger or to sit him? That’s the question facing Tom Herman

Tom Herman has some decisions to make. Some tough ones. For now, they all revolve around his quarterback. Make that quarterbacks. Because it looks clear since starter Sam Ehlinger went down that the Longhorns may need two — or more — quarterbacks to get through this season. Hey, that hasn’t … Read More

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Bohls: In need of relief, Texas went to Plan B — and B is for Buechele

Nearly everyone knew the physical, risk-taking Sam Ehlinger would get hurt at some point this season, but no one knew when. When came Saturday. But Shane Buechele came up large. Well, large enough. With the injury to Ehlinger early in the Baylor game, Texas had to formulate a new plan … Read More

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Bohls: Post-Maryland Texas is letting the chips fall where they may

Derek Warehime came up with the idea. A light bulb went off for the Texas tight ends coach as he was looking for a way to galvanize a potentially fractured football team. For sure, the fan base was broken. Coaches have been coming up with gimmicks to motivate their players … Read More

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Bohls: Who voted Texas higher — the Horns’ own coach or yours truly?

So here’s a bit of sports trivia. Who voted Texas higher on his most recent college football ballot, Tom Herman or yours truly? You’d probably guess wrong because the Longhorns were No. 9 on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot this week and only No. 11 on Herman’s ballot for … Read More

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Bohls: Resounding win over OU propels Texas back into national relevance

DALLAS — Texas beat Oklahoma. And then Texas beat ’em again. This game was so sweet for its long-suffering fan base, Texas actually won this game twice. Sounds better that way too since the Sooners had won six of the last eight meetings and basically own the Big 12. The … Read More

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Bohls: Baker Mayfield’s out, Kyler Murray’s in … and Oklahoma may be better?

Here’s what’s really scary. Texas lost to Baker Mayfield a year ago. As we all know, he was good. Real good. Heisman Trophy good. First pick of the NFL draft good. College Football Playoff semifinalist good. Lots of records good. But he’s gone. Now the Longhorns get to face another … Read More

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Bohls: Help wanted — Sam Ehlinger can’t do it alone on the ground, nor should Texas want him to

Sam Ehlinger cannot be Texas’ leading rusher on Saturday. Well, he can. But Tom Herman will have to find another playmaker on the ground to complement his sophomore quarterback if the Longhorns are to stand a reasonable chance of upsetting seventh-ranked Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl. Ehlinger can’t do it … Read More

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Bohls: Dallas tight end and former Longhorn Geoff Swaim scores first NFL touchdown

ARLINGTON — Geoff Swaim’s not sure what he’s going to do with the football. But he knows he’s not giving it back. “I hung onto the ball,” he said. And why wouldn’t he want the keepsake after the Dallas Cowboys tight end scored for the first time in his 32-game … Read More

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Bohls: Longhorns on the rise on my ballot

Five weeks into the college football season and the Longhorns are on a steady rise up the polls. Well, kinda. After being ranked 23rd in the preseason poll but falling out after the loss to Maryland on the road, Texas has gradually made its way back up the Associated Press … Read More

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Bohls: So how hot is Shaka Smart’s seat? Not very, according to his boss

So we’ll just cut to the chase. Now that Tom Herman is safely out of the woods, we turn our attention to Shaka Smart, who just so happened to show up for his preseason press conference at Bellmont Hall on Monday. So, Shaka, just how hot is your seat? “I … Read More

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WATCH: Longhorn Minute: Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls talk after Texas defeats TCU during Big 12 opener

Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls talk after Texas defeats TCU during Big 12 opener on September 24, 2018. Read More

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Bohls: Texas very deserving of new Top 25 ranking

Texas is back. In the Associated Press Top 25, at least. And that’s a start. The Longhorns returned to the AP Poll, showing up at a worthy No. 18 after thumping 17th-ranked TCU 31-16 by scoring the final three touchdowns of the game. Texas beat a ranked team for the … Read More

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Bohls: Texas stuns TCU, the latest hint that the Longhorns are rising again

The best team won. How long has it been since we’ve written that about the home team on a big stage? But it’s the unvarnished truth as Texas bested TCU and in dominating fashion at that. There was nothing fluky about this one.     Starving for relevance, unranked … Read More

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Bohls: Big, bad TCU is back here to pick on little ol’ Texas — has anything changed?

Sound the alarms. Get the women and children off the streets. Prepare the white flags. The bullies are coming to town. You heard right. The big, bad Horned Frogs are on their way to Austin, and to make matters worse, they’re fighting mad. Make no mistake. They have ugly intentions. Read More

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Bohls: To play or redshirt? Texas’ Tom Herman juggles decisions on his backup quarterbacks

From all reports, Robert Downey Jr. remains a bit lukewarm about reprising his role of Tony Stark in the Iron Man movie series after three editions so far. So in the event he declines, Sam Ehlinger’s ready and able to step in for “Iron Man 4.” After all, out of … Read More

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Bohls: Will this win over USC spark a Texas turnaround? It’s a start

Texas won a big game Saturday night. Simple as that. Nothing less, nothing more, but the Longhorns’ pulsating 37-14 victory over 22nd-ranked Southern Cal represents distinct progress for the home team. On every front. Especially for a team that hasn’t won all the little games. Better to be a work … Read More