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Former Texas star, Olympian Johnny ‘Lam’ Jones passes away after cancer battle

Johnny “Lam” Jones, one of the most celebrated athletes in University of Texas history as both a football and a track star, died Friday morning after a decades-long fight with myeloma cancer. He was 60. He was known more for his track exploits as an Olympic gold medalist on the … Read More

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With starters injured and John Burt hurdling, young receivers step into the spring’s spotlight

While in town last week to speak on a SXSW panel, former NFL receiver Chad Johnson noted that he was staying near the Texas campus. So, Johnson went on Twitter to see if any of the UT football players wanted to get a workout in. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger saw … Read More

The Dotted Line: Who’s the best offensive lineman in Texas for the 2021 class?

Texas has already identified its five targets along the offensive line in the 2020 class. Linemen Jaylen Garth, Logan Parr and Jake Majors are already committed, and the Longhorns are closing in on four-star tackles Chad Lindberg and Damien George. Landing all … Read More

With no QB competition expected at Texas, Sam Ehlinger adjusting to new role as elder statesman

At the end of his media availability on Wednesday, Texas center Zach Shackelford was asked if it was weird that he hasn’t yet been quizzed about quarterbacks. Shackelford replied in the affirmative. Then, perhaps by habit, the soon-to-be senior shifted to the coachspeak that has been commonplace during recent offseasons … Read More

The Dotted Line: An early look at the Big 12’s other 2020 recruiting classes

Texas’ recruiting class sits at four members after the loss of four-star athlete Mookie Cooper. The 2020 recruiting class ranks second in the Big 12, trailing only Oklahoma, which holds two more pledges than Texas. It’ll be another race to the top of the rankings … Read More

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Report: Ex-Texas talent Jordan Hicks to join the Arizona Cardinals as a free agent

Former Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks’ next tackle will reportedly be made as an Arizona Cardinal. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Tuesday that Hicks plans on signing with Arizona as a free agent. Hicks will receive a four-year contract worth $36 million. That contract includes $20 million in … Read More

The Dotted Line: Trio of five-star defenders among out-of-state targets for Texas

Texas signed 12 prospects from outside of the Lone Star State in 2019. Add the late addition of JUCO offensive lineman Willie Tyler and grad transfer offensive lineman Parker Braun and the Longhorns are adding 14 new faces from outside of Texas … Read More

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Nathan Vasher, UT’s all-time interceptions leader, returns to Austin as a volunteer coach

One of DBU’s star pupils has returned to teach at his alma mater. Nathan Vasher has joined the Longhorns as a volunteer coach, Texas coach Tom Herman revealed on Monday. “It’s good to have him back around,” said Herman of Vasher, who spent last season as an … Read More

Plenty to see in Texas’ first spring practice as Longhorns welcome newcomers

Did quarterback Sam Ehlinger make it to Texas’ first spring practice workout on Monday? Check. Did he look good? Well, it’s tricky. Players wore helmets, jerseys and shorts, so it’s difficult to tell. Even coach Tom Herman himself says what the Horns did Monday “is not … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: What we saw on the first day of Texas spring practice

The Hookem.com staff got its first look at the 2019 Texas Longhorns on Monday. Who looked good? What should be coach Tom Herman’s goals this spring? Which freshmen made a strong first impression?   … Read More

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Patrick Hudson to find other ways to contribute at Texas after stepping away from football

After a series of injuries, Texas junior offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has decided to retire from the sport of football. Texas coach Tom Herman made the announcement about Hudson following the first practice of UT’s spring camp. Herman told reporters that Hudson will remain a part of … Read More

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Three observations from Texas’ first practice of spring camp

Texas held its first practice of the spring on Monday morning, and the media was granted access to around 20 minutes of drills. Here are three observations: 1. The class roster at DBU looked a little different on Monday. Kris Boyd and Davante Davis, who were UT’s starting cornerbacks this last … Read More

The Dotted Line: Options for Texas to replace four-star athlete Mookie Cooper

Texas’ 2020 recruiting class consists of four members now that four-star athlete Mookie Cooper de-committed and is expected to wind up at Illinois. Cooper fit a role in the cycle for the Longhorns that is now open. He was a hybrid running back-wide receiver who … Read More

Texas spring storylines: Searching for big plays, hungry linemen and some running backs

For all the excitement generated during Texas’ 10-4 season, there weren’t many big plays to shout about. The Longhorns didn’t have a single offensive play longer than 48 yards. In fact, there were only two plays that went more than 50 yards — D’Shawn Jamison’s … Read More

Texas spring preview: Position-by-position look at the Longhorns’ spring roster

The 2019 Texas spring football roster looks somewhat odd without Jerrod Heard’s name anywhere on it. Same is true for Shane Buechele. Alas, time marches on, and so do the Longhorns. The spring roster just released offers plenty of names and questions. For example, … Read More

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Former Texas star Vince Young fired from part-time job at UT

The University of Texas fired former star quarterback Vince Young from his part-time job for poor work performance and “failing to maintain standards of conduct suitable and acceptable to the university,” according to school documents. Young, who was making $50,000 annually as the Neighborhood Longhorns development … Read More

Sam’s the man, but who’s No. 2? QB Casey Thompson moves into backup spot at Texas

As one who bleeds crimson and cream, Oklahoma-raised Charles Thompson truly epitomizes the university’s fight song: Sooner born, Sooner bred and when he dies, he’ll be Sooner dead. It might kill him to turn those Horns right-side up. But if Thompson’s son, Casey, … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas wants them, but Ja’Quinden Jackson, Brennon Scott in no hurry to pick a college

Duncanville’s Ja’Quinden Jackson keeps his recruitment close to his shoulder pads. The four-star dual-threat quarterback doesn’t talk much. He’s a football player. Plain and simple. Jackson — the No. 2-ranked player on the 2020 Fabulous 55 and one of the top-ranked … Read More

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Four-star athlete Mookie Cooper de-commits from Texas

Texas’ recruiting class fell to four members in the 2020 cycle on Friday morning when four-star athlete Mookie Cooper de-committed from the Longhorns. The 5-11 wide receiver was the highest-rated commit in the 2020 class when he pledged to Tom Herman’s program at junior day on Feb. Read More

The Dotted Line: National recruiting expert Barton Simmons discusses Texas’ momentum

It’s hard to deny tangible progress. Texas football coach Tom Herman took over a program reeling after losing to Kansas and missing out on a bowl game in 2016. He’s since signed consecutive top-three recruiting classes and is fresh off a Sugar Bowl victory over … Read More