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Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Missed tackles are nothing new around here, but Todd Orlando’s got to stop it

Todd Orlando won’t share his secrets, but it’s clear he’s been losing weight since the season began. The 1993 Wisconsin roster listed the 6-foot linebacker at 225 pounds. He’s bound to be well under that now. On Wednesday, Orlando met reporters with multi-day scruff poking out … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Hudson Card’s injury, interviewing Princely Umanmielen and spotlighting Jared Jones

It’s Thursday, so it’s time to talk recruiting with the American-Statesman’s Danny Davis and Mike Craven. A foot injury has altered the senior year of 2020 recruit Hudson Card, and we examine what this all means for the future Texas quarterback. (This podcast was recorded … Read More

The Dotted Line: Week 8 guide to watching Texas commits in the 2020, 2021 class

Three of Texas’ 20 commitments in the 2020 class are not in action this week as Kitan Crawford and his Tyler John Tyler teammates get a late open week, while Hudson Card and Jaylen Garth are out for the season with injuries. The other … Read More

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Red River Rivalry Radio — a recap: 7 days of Texas-Oklahoma interviews and historical audio content

Last week, Gatehouse Media, along with partners at the Austin American-Statesman and The Oklahoman launched its initial Red River Rivalry Radio, a pop-up radio station that focused on the annual Texas-Oklahoma football game. Listeners were able to listen to past game recaps and columnists chiming in on the State Fair … Read More

Former Texas recruiting coordinator Ken Dabbs dies at 84

Ken Dabbs, the first Westlake head football coach and the University of Texas recruiting coordinator who was responsible for bringing eventual Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell to the school, died Wednesday night after a lengthy hospital stay. Dabbs, 84, was considered the best Longhorn recruiter in school history. He worked … Read More

Whys of Texas: Longhorns should expect to see more exotic blitz looks going forward

Texas coach Tom Herman said the offensive line would shoulder some of the blame for Oklahoma’s nine sacks last Saturday, “but they are not to be blamed entirely.” He’s right. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger held the ball too long on some plays. The “hot” receiver, Ehlinger’s quick … Read More

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Jerrod Heard among a quintet of former Longhorns taken in the XFL Draft

Four years after Jerrod Heard quarterbacked Texas to a win over an Oklahoma team coached by Bob Stoops, the two will join forces in the XFL. Heard was selected by the Dallas Renegades in the XFL Draft on Wednesday. The Renegades are coached by Stoops, the longtime … Read More

Autopsy: Cedric Benson had low blood alcohol level, THC in system at time of fatal crash

Former University of Texas football star Cedric Benson had a blood alcohol level of 0.02 and tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in his system at the time of a crash that killed him and his motorcycle passenger in August, according to an autopsy and toxicology report released by the Travis County Medical … Read More

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Bohls: What about a 4-man front for Texas D with Joseph Ossai as edge rusher?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items: On potentially how to fix Texas pass rush and other items: In the last two meetings with OU, Ehlinger has been sacked 12 times. Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas wide receiver commit Quentin Johnston is ready to be a Longhorn

TEMPLE — Quentin Johnston prefers to make his noise on the football field. The four-star wide receiver from Temple is a quiet kid. He’s not a teenager glued to his cell phone. In fact, coaches struggled to reach him throughout the recruiting process. Not because … Read More

Horns at the halfway point: Injuries, inconsistency aside, Texas still has fighting chance to win Big 12

Here at the turn, the Longhorns have so far done exactly what oddsmakers figured they would. Texas won the four games in which it was favored. The Horns lost two games against top-10 opponents when they were underdogs. Texas (4-2, 2-1 Big … Read More

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Golden: Is Texas football leadership in the right mental space?

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a Bevo-related item. Here is his take: On what questions Tom Herman answered Monday: Contrary to popular belief in the ATX, the 2019 season isn’t over. Not even close. Despite the gut-wrenching fallout from the loss to Oklahoma, the … Read More

Texas notebook: Longhorns prepare for Jayhawks’ new offensive coordinator’s debut

As Texas prepares for the Kansas Jayhawks, film study this week also may involve some Wildcats. Kansas fired offensive coordinator Les Koenning on Oct. 6, turning the offense over to Brent Dearmon, who had been working as an offensive consultant for Jayhawks coach Les Miles. Last year, Dearmon was the … Read More

Lake Travis quarterback and Texas commit Hudson Card out for season with injury

Following one of his best performances in last week’s 26-25 win over rival Westlake, Texas recruit and Lake Travis quarterback Hudson Card learned that a foot injury suffered Friday night will require surgery that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the season, Cavaliers coach Hank Carter confirmed … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Princely Umanmielen shows off versatility in win

LEANDER — Texas couldn’t score a victory over Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown, but it did earn one back in August when Manor defensive end Princely Umanmielen pledged to the Longhorns over a host of suitors, including the Sooners. The four-star is … Read More

Big 12 football power poll: Bowl-eligible Baylor takes over No. 2 spot

1. (Prev: 1) Oklahoma (6-0) The Sooners continue to outclass the Big 12 conference under the leadership of Lincoln Riley. Oklahoma bullied Texas on both lines of scrimmage, hinting at an improved defense. The offense continues to roll, scoring 10 more points a game than any other team in the … Read More

In wake of Oklahoma loss, Texas coach Tom Herman ‘obviously disappointed in everything’

Coaches are supposed to remain even-keeled, be the waters choppy or calm. But there’s a mad scramble for life jackets after any Red River capsizing. Texas coach Tom Herman kept his head above water during a 27-minute news conference on Monday where he indicated that “everything’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ goals remain intact — if those goals don’t involve winning national titles, that is

“The sun came up,” Tom Herman insisted in his introductory remarks Monday afternoon. Did it? Technically, it did and the world didn’t spin off its axis, a devastating loss to Oklahoma notwithstanding. The world didn’t stop, but Texas’ shot at a College Football Playoff berth did. In falling by the … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: Unpacking the Oklahoma loss and wondering about Texas’ future

On Longhorn Confidential, American-Statesman writers Kirk Bohls, Cedric Golden and Brian Davis discuss the stunning loss to Oklahoma, how the wheels shot off UT’s wagon and whether the Longhorns can turn it around for a run to the Big 12 championship in Arlington. Read More

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With a starter suspended, Texas’ defensive line to likely turn to Bimage or Sweat for the first time

Due to NCAA rules, Texas will likely have a first-time starter on its defensive line this weekend. Senior defensive end Malcolm Roach will sit out the first half of UT’s home game against Kansas on Saturday. This past weekend, Roach was penalized for targeting on a tackle … Read More