Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Michael Dickson has made a Texas career of making fourth down fantastic

Tom Herman still won’t call him by name. He won’t, even though Michael Dickson has made such a big name for himself that some NFL team might even call his name early. Early as in next spring. That’s how good this junior All-American punter for Texas is. Like maybe the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: Texas’ defense, running game are planting the seeds for the future

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The checklist was on overdrive for an aspiring Longhorns football team as a chilly, rain-drenched Saturday in the West Virginia mountains gave way to royal blue skies at dusk. Texas won on the road. Check. Texas beat a Top 25 team. Check. Texas became bowl-eligible. Check. Texas … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Dylan Osetkowski is making a name — or names — for himself

By now, he’s already heard it all. But the rugged junior forward for the Texas basketball team figures he’s going to hear plenty more, too. Because of his all-around game. Because of his just out-of-the-woods looks. Because of his tough style of play. That’s OK. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski’s already … Read More

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Bohls: As football limps along at .500, it’s been a solid fall for Texas’ other programs

They paraded ‘em out one after another, one Longhorns coach followed by the next in Bellmont Hall on Monday morning, speaking about their teams. Their winning teams. Teams you don’t always hear or see or read about as much. But teams that sweat as much, sacrifice as much, work as … Read More

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Bohls: Canes top my AP Top 25 ballot

We ask for chaos. We get chaos. As many as four of the college football teams ranked among my top nine and seven of my top 17 fell on Saturday, several of them in blowouts. And I’ve got the Canes No. 1. My top four are Miami, Alabama, Oklahoma and … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ future includes a possible bowl, but definitely some more work

I smell the Cactus Bowl. Or is it the Liberty Bowl? Texas Bowl? Hard to tell because all those minor bowls look and taste and smell alike, but the 5-5 Texas football team inched ever closer to qualifying for its first bowl game in three years even though it’s beaten … Read More

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Bohls: Bowl game for Texas would be a (modest) improvement

The question was straightforward. The answer? Uh, not so much. So, Tom Herman, if your struggling Texas Longhorns play well enough to qualify for a bowl game — and that’s no longer a given in these hard times — is that enough to consider your first season in Austin a … Read More

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Bohls: Notre Dame in my top 4; Big Ten falters

It was definitely Shakeup Saturday. Seven of the teams ranked in the top 18 on my last week’s Associated Press college football ballot fell, but then four of them were playing teams I’d ranked higher. I’ve bumped Notre Dame up from ninth to fourth and probably should have had the … Read More

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Bohls: Finally, there are signs of real life coming from the Texas offense

Yes, it was Baylor. With that qualifier out of the way, let us at least concede that the much-maligned Texas offense has shown signs of life. There is a pulse. And that, my friends, is a noticeable improvement and yet another measuring stick for a program trying to field a … Read More

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Georgia’s my new No. 1. For now.

Georgia’s at the top. Well, on my ballot anyway. I bumped the impressive Bulldogs from third to first on my Associated Press Top 25 ballot after they crushed Florida in the Jim McElwain Buyout Bowl, slipping them ahead of idle Alabama because of the strength of Georgia’s victories this season. Read More

Bohls: Don’t read this if you belong to the Tim Beck Hater Club

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 Texas offense: Don’t read this item if you belong to the Tim Beck Hater Club. This is not to excuse the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: It’s true or false time for Tom Herman’s Texas Longhorns

With a winning season and a bowl game for the 3-4 Texas football team in peril and an upcoming date with equally imperiled but winless Baylor, it’s time to address some of the Longhorns’ shortcomings as well as their longcomings. So, answer true or false to the following: 1. Texas’ … Read More

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Bohls: Top teams hold on; Cyclones make a move

What was looking like Upset Saturday in college football faded away as most of the ranked teams simply flexed their muscles and survived another week. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Miami all won in the end after major scares from Kansas State, Texas  and Syracuse to keep their CFP hopes alive. Read More

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Bohls: Texas is playing inspired defense, but not enough to will the offense to points or wins

It’s fitting that Texas stumbled in its first game past the halfway point of the season because it’s painfully obvious that Texas has half a team. And the bad half got the Longhorns beat Saturday. The other half played not just winning football, but championship-caliber football as the Longhorns wowed … Read More

Legendary Texas golf coach George Hannon dies

Legendary Texas golf coach George Hannon, one of the most successful coaches in the country who counted among his pupils major champions Ben Crenshaw and Tom Kite, died Thursday night. He was 93. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jo, who died last week at age 91. Graveside … Read More

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Bohls: Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy is still quirky, but dressed for success

Mike Gundy promises to be on his best behavior Saturday. And that’s a shame. We prefer the full-throttle, uninhibited, he-did-what Mike Gundy. Unlike he did recently at an Oklahoma State homecoming pep rally, however, the quirkiest coach in college football insists he’ll keep his shirt on when he coaches his … Read More

Bevo Beat

Bohls: Rhinos, receivers and kicking for three – loves and hates of the Texas season so far

What I love and hate about this Texas football season so far: I love the fact Tom Herman has the guts to demote stud receiver Collin Johnson for not being physical enough The post Bohls: Rhinos, receivers and kicking for three – loves and hates of the Texas … Read More

Bohls: Rhinos, receivers and kicking for three – loves and hates of the Texas season so far

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns and the Big 12. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On what has been right and wrong this football season for Texas: What I love and hate about this … Read More

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Bohls: Playing in a bowl game should be Tom Herman’s standard for first-year success

Texas could be in trouble. And not just because Oklahoma State and its top-ranked offense are coming to town. But at 3-3, the Longhorns are in jeopardy of not having enough wins to qualify for a bowl game. Any bowl game. A bowl appearance should always be the absolute minimum … Read More

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Bohls: OU on the rise; Aggies in the mix

Shakeup Saturday came early. Three of my top 10 teams fell and fell hard. Clemson was a no-show in Syracuse, Washington State was an even bigger no-show against Cal and Washington never got its offense clicking against Arizona State. Lucky for Chris Petersen it was a late night game, and … Read More