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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Drama-free Longhorns? Winning brings about first calm stretch in years

Colt McCoy’s sage advice still rings true today about living in the Austin fishbowl. Texas is an incredible place when you’re winning. But it’s hell on losers. These last four weeks have been as smooth and drama-free as the Longhorns have enjoyed in … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: When it comes to comparing Texas and Oklahoma receivers, size matters

For Texas to get it done in Dallas, its best receivers don’t have to outshine that more heralded duo on the other sideline. Just be more physical. Bigger could be better. Physicality. It’s one thing 6-6, 220-pound Collin Johnson and 6-4, 225-pound Lil’Jordan Humphrey bring to the party. They’re larger … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: New play caller Tom Herman, Horns break the Snyder House Rules

MANHATTAN, Kan. — For the first time this season, we can assume we knew who called the plays in a Texas football. His name? Tom Herman. Final grade? ‘W.’ It’s the only letter that matters. It wasn’t pretty, but the result will go under the “Desired” list. Texas 19, Kansas State … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: No need to chase Kelly Bryant, the Horns are building with Sam Ehlinger

For those who don’t follow Clemson football, a nuclear bomb went off on Wednesday. Quarterback Kelly Bryant started the last 18 games for the Tigers, including last season’s CFP semifinal tilt against Alabama. But last Sunday, coach Dabo Sweeney informed Bryant that he would take a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ big win over TCU proves that with this team, it should all start with defense

Congratulations, Longhorn Nation. Your four-year TCU nightmare has finally come to an end. The Texas Longhorns just beat the Horned Frogs with a belly-rubbing, ball-hawking defense leading the way.   Todd Orlando’s pupils tackled in bunches. They played free-wheeling, aggressive football with no signs of that uncertainty we witnessed … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Coaches can preach about it, but confidence comes only from within

The self-help industry is saturated with gurus and know-it-alls telling you how to build confidence. The know-it-alls in the newspaper are here to help with everything else. Skip those quick-read books, podcasts or weekend seminars and just heed this advice. When it comes to developing a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Momentum? Fauxmentum? Whatever you call it, Texas had it and needs to build off it

Tom Herman believes the concept of momentum isn’t real. “It’s an illusion,” he has said on more than one occasion. Well, whatever the Longhorns got their hands on after overcoming an early 11-point deficit against No. 22 Southern Cal before a record crowd at Royal-Memorial Stadium on … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Yeah, they’re both 1-1, but Texas vs. USC remains one helluva college football rivalry

Texas-USC. The mere mention suggests something magical. Glitter. Bright lights. National buzz. Lots on the line. Hollywood-worthy, if you will. Goosebump Central as rivalries go, like Ohio State-Michigan or Alabama-Auburn. Well, nowadays maybe more like Army-Navy in terms of actual significance. Great theater but smaller impact. Texas-USC. Two heavyweights of … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Standing first-and-goal at the 1, why do the Longhorns make it so hard?

Tom Herman hated the question back in April, and it likely burns him up now. When faced with first-and-goal at the 1-yard line, why can’t the Texas Longhorns simply line up, smash someone and score? With this team, it’s always an adventure. In the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: One year later, Sam Ehlinger is bigger, faster, more mature … but is he smarter?

Sam Ehlinger, one year later. Bigger. Stronger. Faster? But is he smarter? As the USC Trojans roll into the 512 this week, the roles have been reversed. This time, Ehlinger is now the grizzled old veteran of eight career starts while USC freshman JT Daniels will be making just his … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Fans are waiting for more than just Bevo to come out of the fog

Just two games into this college football season, Texas is preaching patience. Over performance. Apparently. Both have been very thin so far in the early going as the Longhorns have struggled to find some consistency in matchups with lesser teams Maryland and Tulsa. After holding off the Golden Hurricane 28-21 … Read More