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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Jerrod Heard will be remembered as a ‘good soul’ and terrific leader

He was the answer to everyone’s prayers. And it took just one game, really. One glorious, jaw-dropping game at Royal-Memorial Stadium when he dazzled against California one September night in 2015, and Jerrod Heard’s name would be on every Longhorns fans’ lips the next morning. He was the dynamic quarterback … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Once red-hot, Todd Orlando’s defense now has fans hot under the collar

Remember when Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was labeled the red-hot assistant that would soon become a head coach? What’s Tom Herman going to do without Orlando in 2019, who will replace T.O. or some such? That was late September, I believe. After back-to-back … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes is flying high, but what of Jericho Sims’ slow start?

Three games into the season, the Texas men are getting nice production from high-flying freshman forward Jaxson Hayes. Hayes says he has toughened up his game by going up against forwards Jericho Sims, Dylan Osetkowski and Royce Hamm during the offseason. Sims was his toughest matchup. “Jericho really dominated me … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas, with all its offensive points and defensive issues, sure passes for a Big 12 team

Don’t look now, but Texas has become the quintessential Big 12 team. High-scoring. No defense. Lots and lots of passing. Doesn’t that scream Big 12? Not that this was Tom Herman’s plan when he got here. Not at all. If anything, this has evolved into the anti-Tom Herman team. After … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Sam Ehlinger loves clutch moments, and Texas loves Sam Ehlinger in the clutch

LUBBOCK — Sam Ehlinger was asked what he’d said to Lil’Jordan Humphrey the moment after the wide receiver out-wrestled the smaller Texas Tech defensive back for the ball and the winning touchdown in the closing seconds. “That I love him,” the beaming Texas quarterback said, “because it’s true.” What’s not … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart is banking on Matt Coleman’s maturation as Texas’ floor general

Defense wins championships, but the eyes of Texas will be on Shaka Smart’s offense this season. Attention, Matt Coleman. This means you. Smart said his team played 15 minutes of good basketball in Tuesday’s season-opening 71-59 win over Eastern Illinois and that sounds about right since his newcomers showed some … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ten years later, Blake Gideon refuses to let one play define his Longhorns career

Sam Ehlinger has never been to Lubbock. He’s heard a lot about it, though, and can’t wait for Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium. “I always think back to the 2008 game, of how wild that was and how wild that environment was,” Ehlinger said. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Is Texas better than last year? Getting to eight wins is the minimum mark to show progress

Eight is enough. At least it was for a TV comedy in the late ’70s. And now eight is essential. That number of victories would be enough to show progress for a Texas football team that’s struggling to return to national prominence. That should be the minimal amount necessary. Anything … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas wasn’t done in on a wing or a prayer, but by the Mountaineers’ dare

West Virginia won on a dare. Not with a wing or a prayer. That said, Texas now needs a supplication or two for some help if it’s to climb back into the Big 12 race. Dana Holgorsen gambled late and walked away with a 42-41 win. And then acted like … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: ‘Close’ doesn’t count for Texas, not with a road trip to Lubbock coming up

After that tough loss at Oklahoma State last week, It was imperative for Texas to bounce back Saturday at home. Show some resilience. Answer the bell. Texas didn’t get there. The ol’ college try was not good enough. The 42-41 loss to 13th-ranked West Virginia before a Royal-Memorial Stadium crowd … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Ball placement a key reason why Texas QB Sam Ehlinger eliminating mistakes

Each week, Sam Ehlinger goes back and rewatches last year’s game against that week’s opponent. One particular play against West Virginia last season probably makes him cringe. Facing first-and-goal at the WVU 5, linebacker Dylan Tonkery came through on a blitz and took down the Texas … Read More

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: In Acho vs. Boyd, a Texas ex tackles the loyalty vs. business quandary at ESPN

When does love for one’s football program trump paying the bills? It’s a question that Texas ex Emmanuel Acho has probably asked himself several times over the last few days. Acho, in his first year as a college football studio analyst at ESPN, has a job to do. But sometimes … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: A Herman blowup and a failed comeback equals growing pains in Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — So long, Top 10. It was nice knowing you. Those CFP dreams? Fun while it lasted. The enduring image of Texas’ three-week stay among the national elite came with its fate all but sealed at a raucous Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday night. Defensive end Breckyn Hager … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Fueled by football, UT athletics is getting that 2002 feeling again

The question alone mortified Kerwin Roach II. The Texas football team has Oklahoma State this weekend. Snoop, who you got? “C’mon, why would you even ask that?” the Texas senior replied at Big 12 men’s basketball media day Wednesday in Kansas City. Hey, you … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas should beware Stillwater’s atmosphere, crowd and ‘paddle people’

Oklahoma State is having a down year. Coach Mike Gundy has somehow been unable to stack wins similar to the ones created by superstars Mason Rudolph and James Washington, who have taken their acts to the NFL. The Cowboys are 4-3 overall and losers of three of their last four … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas basketball, throw Gregory Gym a non-conference bone

Bring hoops back to Gregory Gym. We’re not talking about the four-on-four pickup games across the hall, but something along the lines of the NCAA variety witnessed by the estimated 1,000-plus that braved the weather to watch  the campus squads Wednesday night in the Texas Tip-off. Our grandparents remember when … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: No Maryland? Then no problems on the 2019 schedule, right?

Texas coach Tom Herman hates to look beyond next week. So let’s skip ahead to next year. The Longhorns’ 2019 schedule was finalized on Thursday by the Big 12 office. A cursory check reveals there are no Maryland Terrapins in sight, so things are already looking … Read More