At 4-7, Texas coach Charlie Strong can look ahead to 2016

Now that Texas has guaranteed a second straight losing season, what happens against No. 7 Baylor in next week’s season finale is largely irrelevant. There’s no substantive difference between a 4-8 record and 5-7 in the history books. Texas coach Charlie Strong can now begin thinking about 2016, a make-or-break … Read More

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Texas recruiting trail: 2016 commits enter next round

There are 76 days until players join Charlie Strong’s next recruiting class on national signing day, and Texas recruits have entered the postseason nationwide. Newcomers: Andrew Fitzgerald, defensive end, Flower Mound Marcus (Texas) Andrew Fitzgerald, a three-star recruit from Flower Mound Marcus, committed to Texas earlier this month. Read More

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Texas recruiting trail: 2016 commits enter postseason

There are 85 days until national signing day, and of the 10 committed football players Texas has, six are from the state of Texas. The Lone Star state is well-known for high school football and this week is one of the most exciting weeks of the season as the UIL … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Charlie Strong’s recruiting philosophy requires leap of faith

Texas coach Charlie Strong’s old-school recruiting philosophy requires a real leap of faith in today’s #lookatmeworld. Other schools gobble up commitments from high school juniors going into their senior seasons. Strong wants to see how their senior years play out. He believes some recruits are simply “making reservations” with no … Read More

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Bullard TE Major Tennison commits to Texas for 2017

Bullard’s Major Tennison, a 6-foot, 6-inch tight end, has orally committed to Texas for the 2017 recruiting class, Horns Digest reported late Wednesday. Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were also pursuing the three-star athlete. Tennison becomes the third player in the 2017 class for UT coach Charlie Strong. considers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Oklahoma’s Mayfield is settling down, settling scores

The platitudes about Baker Mayfield come in as big a rush as the free-wheeling Oklahoma offense. “He’s just got that look in his eye,” one Mayfield fan said. “He’s got that fire.” “He’s just a gamer,” said another admirer. And those are heart-felt testimonials from Longhorns. Texas pitcher Connor Mayes, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: More than 45 years later, it was still a ‘nice catch, Pasqually’

Don’t look for his name in the Texas record book. Randy Peschel’s name won’t be there. Most touchdown receptions in school history? Roy Williams leads with 36. Best he can remember, Peschel had one. And it wasn’t even thrown by a quarterback. It came on a split end reverse pass … Read More

Texas’ 10 most impressive freshmen — so far

As expected, Texas has relied heavily on its freshmen during a 1-2 start through non-conference play. A top-10 recruiting class, plus the redshirts who rolled over from last season, have combined for 20 starts, five touchdowns and 65 tackles. Twenty-two freshmen in all have logged game action. Entering Big 12 play against … Read More

Excitement over Jerrod Heard dampened by Texas’ run defense

Malik Jefferson feels so positive about Texas’ future, he’s unafraid to poke fun at its past. Last week, with Longhorn Network cameras rolling, the freshman linebacker said it’s time to look beyond Vince Young. It’s not that Jefferson is disrespectful. But he wonders will new players come in and make … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sonny Dykes is Cal-smart, not Cali-crazy

Sonny Dykes was born in Midland. He played baseball at Lubbock Coronado and Texas Tech. He coached at Monahans and Richardson Pearce and Navarro. His father coached as an assistant under Darrell Royal at Texas. He lived in places like Big Spring and Alice and so many spots that, by … Read More

Charlie Strong, Texas fans expect change in home opener vs. Rice

Anybody miss Greg Davis yet? Public Enemy No. 1 among many Texas fans might be welcomed back with open arms these days. What about Bryan Harsin or Major Applewhite? Those heroes got turned into heels, too. Calling plays at Texas — or monitoring what’s said about the guy doing it … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Time for freshmen to take over Longhorns

Nationally-televised blowouts make for delectable catnip for those recruiting against Texas. Three in a row is practically a Godsend for those in Waco, Fort Worth and, of course, College Station. It doesn’t help when those wearing burnt orange lose faith. “I remember when (Notre Dame) first scored,” senior receiver Daje … Read More

UT pledge will try soon to fix test problem

Texas signee Devonaire Clarington will be allowed to retake the ACT exam possibly as early as next week — and if all goes well, he could enroll this fall, a source with knowledge of the situation told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. Clarington’s ACT test score was initially flagged by the … Read More

Westlake star QB commits to Texas for 2017

Texas fans simply couldn’t believe their eyes as one local quarterback after another spurned – or got ignored – by their hometown team and went on to become a star elsewhere. Sam Ehlinger grew up wanting to be a Longhorn, and to him, there’s no place else he’d rather be. Read More

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Ash out for spring with a broken foot

David Ash has suffered a broken foot and will have surgery next week, which means he’ll miss the rest of spring football, including next Saturday’s Orange-White Game. The injury was announced this afternoon, by UT trainer Anthony Pass. The injury is a Jones fracture, or a break at the base … Read More

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Invasion of the bonnet snatchers: Aggie-bred maroon flowers appear at UT

Botanical sabotage. That’s a new one. The Houston Chronicle reports that maroon bluebonnets have popped up in the flowerbeds around the University of Texas Tower, and it seems that Texas A&M is suspected culprit. The Chronicle spoke with Markus Hogue, program coordinator for UT Irrigation and Water Conservation, and … Read More

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Aug. 20, 2001): It’s showtime for touted recruiting classes

There was no sparkling trophy given out that February morning three winters ago. Coach Mack Brown wasn’t showered with gallons of Gatorade, nor was he carried off the field on the broad shoulders of his University of Texas football players. But there were a whole bunch of Longhorn assistant coaches … Read More