Football Archives

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: What does being ‘back’ even mean these days for the Longhorns?

Nothing saps one’s energy like the annual ritual of wondering whether “Texas is back.” Ugh, just reading those three words is draining, bordering on debilitating. Yuck. Alas, it was the topic du jour at Big 12 media days. At least, it was when people … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Is Sam the man? No. 9 Texas is counting on it

We’re 41 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We continue with our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th in … Read More

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Snubbed by the Big 12, could Collin Johnson instead become UT’s first Biletnikoff awardee?

On Thursday, Texas senior Collin Johnson was placed on the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award. Since the first Biletnikoff Award was awarded to college football’s best receiver in 1994, no Longhorn has been the recipient. Jordan Shipley was a finalist in 2009. In 13 games last season, the 6-6, 220-pound … Read More

Commitment 101: Texas adds more potential at defensive end with Van Fillinger

Texas’ 10th commitment of the 2020 cycle is out-of-state defensive end Van Fillinger. The 6-3, 250-pound product of Utah is the first non-Texan to pledge to the Longhorns in the 2020 cycle. He’s the second defensive linemen, joining four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton, who pledged … Read More

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Texas adds three-star out-of-state defensive end Van Fillinger

Texas’ strong recruiting week along the defensive line continued with the commitment of three-star defensive end Van Fillinger. The 6-3, 250-pound prospect out of Corner Canyon (Utah) held 18 offers and picked the Longhorns over programs like Oregon, Michigan, and Ohio State. He’s the second commitment along the defensive line … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: How Feleipe Franks’ season goes, so does No. 10 Florida’s

We’re 42 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We continue with our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th in … Read More

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From Earl Thomas to Calvin Anderson: How do the Texas Longhorns rate in Madden NFL 20?

Who is the top Texas-produced talent in the NFL? According to the newest edition of the Madden video game series, the answer is Earl Thomas. The player ratings for Madden NFL 20 were released earlier this week. The highest-rated Longhorn was Thomas, who earned a 95 rating (on a scale of … Read More

The Dotted Line: Three questions facing Texas on the recruiting trail

The 2020 recruiting cycle is proving tricky for Texas despite its 10-win season in 2018 and consecutive No. 3 classes. The problem isn’t talent. Texas’ average recruit ranking is still among the nation’s elite. It’s quantity that is lacking for the program, … Read More

Commitment 101: Four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton provides Texas with size, upside

Texas landed its biggest defensive target, literally and physically, on Wednesday when four-star Cy Ridge defensive tackle Vernon Broughton picked the Longhorns over Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Ohio State. The 6-5, 286-pound prospect is ranked eighth on the 2020 Fabulous 55. He held 25 offers … Read More

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Longhorns land four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton

Texas’ coaching staff scored a recruiting victory over Texas A&M on Wednesday by landing the commitment of four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton. The Cypress Ridge product also took official visits to Ohio State and Arkansas. The Longhorns won out for the 6-5, 286-pound prospect who … Read More

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Texas A&M lands four-star quarterback Haynes King

Texas landed its 2020 quarterback early in the cycle when Lake Travis four-star Hudson Card pledged to the Longhorns before his junior season. Texas A&M got its man a year later with the commitment of Longview four-star Haynes King. Both were among the top quarterback performers at … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Is Jim Harbaugh’s seat at No. 11 Michigan heating up?

We’re 43 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We continue with our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th in … Read More

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Watch list watch: Can Keaontay Ingram help Texas break a tie on the Doak Walker scoreboard?

This season, eyes will be on Texas’ backfield as sophomore Keaontay Ingram attempts to place himself in the company of Ricky Williams, Cedric Benson and D’Onta Foreman. Ingram has been placed on the preseason watch list for the Doak Walker Award, which annually honors the top running back in college … Read More

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‘I love the ring, but that’s last year’s team’: Texas turns the page after receiving Sugar Bowl rings

ARLINGTON — On Tuesday, Texas senior Jeffrey McCulloch wore two rings to the Big 12 media days. One of the linebacker’s rings was earned this past spring when he graduated with a degree in sports management and a minor in business. While eyeing McCulloch’s jewelry, teammate Malcolm Roach stated … Read More

The Dotted Line: Commitment Q&A with 2021 Texas tight end pledge Lake McRee

Lake Travis tight end Lake McRee became Texas’ second commitment of the 2021 cycle, joining four-star wide receiver Quay Davis of Dallas Skyline. It was an obvious and easy decision for McRee, who has grown up minutes from Texas’ campus and has been a … Read More

Big 12 media days: Our staff’s Day 2 takeaways, from the week’s winners to UT’s hydration chart

We sent five staffers to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for this year’s Big 12 media days — columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden and writers Brian Davis, Suzanne Halliburton and Danny Davis. Here are their takeaways from Day 2, which included coaches and players from Texas, Baylor, West Virginia, Kansas State … Read More

Texas QB Sam Ehlinger may be the star, but Tom Herman eager to spread it around offensively

ARLINGTON — Almost 30 reporters and a dozen cameras crowded around a small platform Tuesday where Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was scheduled to appear at Big 12 media days. Baker Mayfield never drew this kind of crowd. This was Vince and Colt-level hysteria, for those ink-stained … Read More

Big 12 media days notebook: Collin Johnson, Brandon Jones discuss their returns to Texas

ARLINGTON — Collin Johnson, Brandon Jones and Malcolm Roach all made it to AT&T Stadium on Tuesday, but after flirting with the NFL draft his past offseason, all three were making appearances in the home of the Dallas Cowboys as representatives of Texas’ football team. In March, Roach told reporters … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Can Baylor keep its quarterback clean in 2019? (Didn’t happen in 2017 or 2018)

ARLINGTON — Former Texas coach Mack Brown would always come up with some catchy slogan before every season. In 2005, he used “Take Dead Aim,” which was an ode to golf coaching legend Harvey Penick. The Horns took aim at a return trip to the Rose Bowl and walked away … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ young defense will be the key to the program’s continued ascension

ARLINGTON — Like any smart coach interested in defusing outrageous expectations from the hungry fan base and the ever pesky media, Tom Herman recalled on Tuesday that success doesn’t always come instantaneously. Dabo Swinney, for example, won his first national championship in his seventh year at Clemson, Herman pointed out, … Read More