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DeShon Elliott to turn pro
Jim Thorpe Award finalist DeShon Elliott will skip the Longhorns bowl game and prepare for the NFL draft, he announced on Thursday. The junior safety had 6 interceptions this season. He joins left tackle Connor Williams among players declaring for the draft. The safety credited former coach Charlie Strong and current coach Tom Herman for the opportunity and the success he’s had at Texas.
A stern Shaka Smart has the right idea
Columnist Kirk Bohls, along with a room full of media members, noticed Shaka Smart was hoarse after the Wednesday win over Florida A&M. The reason? He just laid into his team after they won a game by 24 points. Bohls writes that Smart was correct in giving his team a verbal notice they weren’t playing to an acceptable level. Smart will need to be authentic, angry and all in if Texas wants to be better than last season’s 11-22 record, Bohls says.
On Second Thought: Episode 81
American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden welcome Texas beat writer Brian Davis as they talk about Tom Herman’s first year on the 40 acres. They talk about the up-and-down nature of the season and how Texas will respond to losing a lot of big names. The columnists also talk with Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com national college football writer, to talk about Championship Weekend and the College Football Playoff.
Volleyball team not looking for another silver
The Texas volleyball team has made the Final Four five years in a row. It hasn’t won the NCAA title since 2012, however. In 2016, Texas fell to Stanford in the final. In 2015, Texas lost to Nebraska in the championship. The Longhorns will look to make their sixth straight Final Four, starting with a match against Fairfield on Friday, but this time the seniors know they won’t have a ‘next year.’
Longhorns earn postseason honors
Malik Jefferson, Poona Ford and Michael Dickson each earned honors from the Big 12 Thursday. Jefferson made 110 tackles and had 10 tackles for loss to earn the co-defensive player of the year award. Ford won the Big 12 defensive lineman of the year award after making 30 tackles and clogging up the middle for Texas. What more can you say about Dickson, who proved to be a big weapon for the Longhorns. Dickson averaged 48.4 yards per punt to earn the Big 12 special teams player of the year award.
Guide for watching Texas commits in regional semifinals
Nine future Longhorns are still alive in the Texas high school playoff regional semifinals. Just two of the in-state commits didn’t make the playoffs this season. One out-of-state player is still alive in his state playoffs, Rondale Moore of Trinity in Kentucky. Recruiting writer Mike Craven has you covered if you want to track all of these high school stars committed to playing for Texas.
Other Longhorns headlines
- Women’s basketball team tops Louisiana Tech Thursday night
- Texas extends offer to JUCO tackle Jahmir Johnson
- Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins on national basketball watch list
- 12 things about Big 12 basketball
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