All signs suggest Texas’ QB battle is a two-man race

Though it was just one practice, it looks as if Texas’ quarterback battle is now a two-man race and returning starter Jerrod Heard has fallen behind the co-leaders. Heard worked mostly with the third team on Saturday, leaving the first-team reps to Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes. Read More

With arrival of freshmen, Charlie Strong’s team passes the eye test

Charlie Strong arrived this preseason looking buffer than usual, his veiny arms bursting out of his short-sleeved shirt. Yet on Day One, the Texas football coach had to swallow some pride, unveiling a freshman class whose physiques put his 56-year-old frame to shame. Staying … Read More

Charlie Strong had four summer roster needs — and filled them all

How’s this for prescience? To close spring ball, Charlie Strong says he told his coaching staff that Texas looked fine but could use a kicker, two offensive linemen and an inside receiver. Without free agency or a draft to fill those gaps, Strong appeared … Read More

Kent Perkins gets his wish to play guard — but how does that impact the rest of Texas’ line?

Suggesting not long ago that he prefers playing guard to tackle, Texas big man Kent Perkins is about to get his wish. The most seasoned player on the team with 24 career starts — 12 at guard, 12 at tackle — Perkins will start out on … Read More

Are Dylan Haines, Jason Hall in danger of losing their jobs? Nah, probably not

A vocal segment of the Texas football fan base has been waiting for the day when younger safeties will step forward and dethrone maligned starters Dylan Haines and Jason Hall. Folks, keep on waiting. There are no plans to tinker with the back end of … Read More

The veterans vs. the rookies — five key battles as Texas camp opens

Like last season, Texas will rely a good amount on its freshman class to fill in depth and even to fight for starting spots. Newcomers like Shane Buechele, Brandon Jones and Jordan Elliott will enter preseason camp fighting for starting jobs, yet proud veterans at their positions will put up resistance. It’ll make … Read More

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Texas an overwhelming favorite to win Big 12 volleyball title

As if there was ever any doubt, Texas enters another volleyball season as the favorite to win the Big 12 title. For the sixth year in a row, the Longhorns sit atop the league’s preseason poll, which the Big 12 released on Thursday. Expected to dominate, this is the fifth straight … Read More

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Texas’ depth chart — eight newcomers crack our projected two-deep

The nation’s seventh-ranked recruiting class from this past year should pay immediate dividends at Texas, which, by our count, could open the season with eight true freshmen on the two-deep. Quarterback, receiver, both of the lines, and the secondary will rely on fresh faces to fill in depth, if not … Read More

Beauty and the Beast: Natasha Hastings’ secret weapon — Texas’ Pat Moorer

Pressed for time, Natasha Hastings fired off a text message and requested a location change for a recent scheduled media interview. The new venue? A nail salon in north Austin. Hastings, who’s about to try to advance her decorated running career with a second … Read More

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Five Longhorns earn Big 12 preseason volleyball honors

For the ninth time in league history, Texas will enter a volleyball season with the conference’s preseason freshman of the year after middle blocker Orie Agbaji received the honor on Wednesday. Agbaji, the nation’s No. 4 recruit from Kansas City, Mo., apparently has the attention of Big 12 coaches, who also placed four … Read More

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Texas suspends WR DeAndre McNeal before fall camp

Two days before the team is due to report for preseason camp, Texas announced it has suspended wide receiver DeAndre McNeal. A team spokesman said McNeal, a sophomore who was expected to add depth on offense, violated team rules. There is no timetable for his return. Orangebloods was first to report on … Read More

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After pushing for Houston, Dan Patrick now wants Big 12 to also take SMU

If Dan Patrick has his way, the Big 12 will expand with a couple of Texas schools. A couple of weeks after he lobbied on behalf of Houston to join the conference, Texas’ Lt. Governor is now doing the same for SMU. On Tuesday, Patrick released a statement to the media saying … Read More

Shane Buechele offers poise and promise — but also freshman question marks

It took Charlie Strong all of last preseason before finally getting around to announce Tyrone Swoopes as his starting quarterback the Monday of Notre Dame week. Yet anyone with even modest reasoning skills knew long before of Strong’s choice. Glorifying Swoopes every time he stepped to a … Read More

Embracing an NCAA rule change, Charlie Strong is retweeting recruits

Charlie Strong opened the week with some serious social media stalking. Don’t worry, Texas fans: Your football coach was compliant and abided by NCAA rules when he dug deep into Twitter’s basement on Monday and resurfaced year-old announcements from recruits Sam Ehlinger and Walker Little. Read More

Who needs practice? Ashley Spencer will hurdle — not sprint — at the Olympics

Though technically accurate, the story circulating in track and field circles about Ashley Spencer coming out of nowhere to make the U.S. Olympic team warrants some clarification. Spencer, by most standards, is a novice in the 400-meter hurdles and an unknown on the world stage. She had competed … Read More

David Pierce’s goal for Texas baseball: Get to the regional

It’s becoming apparent the many differences between new Texas baseball coach David Pierce and his predecessor. Pierce plays for the home run. Augie Garrido famously said that, given the chance, he’d bunt with Babe Ruth. Whereas Pierce speaks on the intricacies of the game, Garrido, the Zen Master, was something of a … Read More

Texas baseball notebook: David Pierce has renovation plans — for the team and the stadium

At long last, the outfield walls at Texas’ baseball stadium could be moving closer to home plate. This is reason for a home run celebration for run-starved Longhorns supporters, whose new coach, David Pierce, is pushing for a modification of cavernous UFCU Disch-Falk Field because “we … Read More

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Texas lands commitment from TCU pledge Josh Thompson

Days after extending an offer, Texas picked up a commitment from Nacogdoches three-star cornerback Josh Thompson. Thompson, the No. 53 player on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55, had been committed to TCU for more than a month but changed his mind in the wake of an offer from Texas that … Read More

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David Pierce says it’s time to bring in the fences at the Disch

In a move that would please run-starved Texas fans, new Longhorns baseball coach David Pierce says he wants to bring in the fences at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. It won’t happen this year, but Pierce told reporters on Wednesday that shortening the playing field is being discussed by himself and his administration. Read More

The American-Statesman’s Top 25: No. 5 Michigan

Sure, it’s just July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our eighth annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last season’s four College Football Playoff semifinalists were rated Nos. 3, 6, 13 and … Read More