Football Archives

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Retaining players, cherry-picking grad transfers is now Roster Management 101

Let’s start today with the cold, unvarnished truth for all the recruits, no matter the sport. What exactly is recruiting all about? Coaches are paid to find someone better than you. If you’re ranked No. 1 on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55, congratulations! We’ll make a big to-do about it. We’ll … Read More

The Dotted Line: Our annual Big 12 of the Big 12, the conference’s best dozen players

Twenty-one Big 12 players were selected in the 2020 NFL draft, the fewest of any Power Five conference. But highly regarded prospects from the major programs within the league, led by a pair of offensive linemen, hope to change that next spring. Here is our initial Big 12 of the … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas bans tailgating and sidelines its band ahead of the 2020 football season’s kickoff

No tailgating. No Bevo Boulevard. No band. As it prepares to get a football season going during a pandemic, Texas announced on Wednesday that a series of changes will impact the atmosphere at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Texas is set to open its season with a home game … Read More

The Dotted Line: Running back LJ Johnson includes Texas in top four; Landon Hullaby update

Texas wants a second running back for the 2021 recruiting class. The leading candidate is four-star Houston Cypress-Fairbanks product LJ Johnson, who recently listed the Longhorns among his top four schools alongside Texas A&M, LSU and Oklahoma. The 5-10, 204-pound playmaker holds 40 offers. Read More

Texas announces salary cuts for coaches, 70 positions eliminated as a result of COVID-19

University of Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte announced Tuesday he was slashing the department’s work force by 17.9%, cutting coaches’ salaries and eliminating bonuses after COVID-19 wrecked the Longhorns’ finances. The day many inside the athletic department feared came on the first day of a new fiscal year. The … Read More

Bevo Beat

Times announced for Texas’ 2020 showdowns with UTEP, Texas Tech and Oklahoma

Texas will open its 2020 football season in prime time. The Big 12 Conference announced on Tuesday that the kickoff for Texas’ season opener against UTEP has been set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. The home game for UT will be televised on the Longhorn Network. Texas is 5-0 … Read More

The Dotted Line: Oklahoma overtakes Texas for lead in Big 12 recruiting race

After a busy August, Oklahoma jumped Texas into first place in the Big 12 recruiting rankings for the class of 2021. The Longhorns claimed the previous four Big 12 recruiting titles. Baylor remains in third place in what will be … Read More

Texas doesn’t have a quarterback controversy in 2020, but what is the Longhorns’ backup plan?

To be clear, Texas has a starting quarterback. Full stop. Period. End of discussion. Sam is still the man. Sam Ehlinger enters his senior season with 33 starts, 8,870 career passing yards and 68 touchdown tosses. Only Colt McCoy has thrown for more yards and touchdowns at Texas. But who’s … Read More

Bevo Beat

Longhorn Confidential: Reporting on recruiting and high school football in 2020

The American-Statesman’s Danny Davis and Mike Craven are joined by Thomas Jones to talk about what access and coverage will look like at high school games this fall. Thomas also breaks down his list of the 100 best football players from the Austin area and two local products who are … Read More

Texas starts new ‘Leverage’ program to help athletes monetize their name, image, likeness

Texas officials are getting ahead of the unstoppable locomotive involving name, image and likeness rule changes by starting a new program to help athletes monetize and maximize their personal brand. A new program called Leverage is “designed to equip Longhorn student-athletes with the knowledge and tools necessary to maximize their … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Jonathon Brooks starts season; JD Coffey readies for action

Hallettsville running back Jonathon Brooks was the lone Texas commit to start his season in August when his squad took on Shiner on Friday night. His team lost, but the three-star put up an impressive performance to start the year, rushing for 142 yards … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas sophomore Jared Wiley’s roles in 2020 to include catching, blocking and maybe kicking

This season, sophomore Jared Wiley will likely see his name twice on Texas’ depth chart. Wiley’s appearance among the tight ends is expected. Wiley played that position as a true freshman, and he will battle senior Cade Brewer, redshirt freshman Brayden Liebrock and converted receiver Malcolm Epps for playing time … Read More

As UTEP draws closer, Texas coach Tom Herman still juggling a variety of topics, not just football

You try being a college football coach these days. One’s ability to juggle chainsaws is every bit as important as blowing a whistle. Texas’ Tom Herman was at it again Sunday, handling questions about the backup quarterback situation as easily as those about social injustice issues.The Longhorns are now less … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas’ Josh Thompson explains why Longhorns spent Thursday discussing ‘how to better our society’

Two days after Texas players opted to skip practice and discuss social issues, defensive back Josh Thompson posted an explanation on Twitter and outlined measures the Longhorns want to take going forward. “With the recent shooting of Jacob Blake and the continued display of racial injustice in America, many players … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Welcome back, college football, to ‘very stormy seas’ and an uncertain future

Hello, college football. Good to see you again, old friend. Just hoping we’ll recognize you since you may barely resemble your old self. No bands marching at halftime. Very few fans, if any, in the stands. Some stadiums capped at 25% capacity. The only student body left may be on … Read More

The Texas Ten: Bijan Robinson, Greg Brown, Skylar Fields all ready to shine for Longhorns

The pandemic has upended college athletics across the nation, forced major conferences to cancel fall sports and prompted university presidents to weigh the ethics of sending 18- to 22-year-old athletes into competition. The athletes themselves? They just want to play. The Big 12 marches on, and so will Texas athletics. Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas expected to sign Arizona WR Brenden Schooler as grad transfer

Texas continues to work the grad transfer market and expects to add a Pac-12 castoff in receiver Brenden Schooler, a source familiar with the situation told the American-Statesman. Schooler spent most of his career at Oregon, piling up 43 catches for 521 yards and four touchdowns from 2016-19. He transferred … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas players cancel practice Thursday, hold ‘open discussion’ about ongoing social issues

The Texas football team called off its scheduled practice Thursday in light of ongoing social issues, a team spokesman said. Players had an “open discussion” about events instead. UT’s decision not to practice followed moves made by other teams around the nation in other sports. Three NBA games were postponed … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas commit Quinn Ewers, five-star corner Denver Harris headline The Next 25

The 2022 recruiting cycle is loaded with talent in the state of Texas. Five-star prospects Quinn Ewers and Denver Harris headline our updated Next 25, a ranking of the state’s best 25 prospects for 2022. The 2021 class is ranked in the … Read More

Texas expected to sign Sioux Falls RB Gabriel Watson, bolstering depth at key position

Texas is expected to sign one of the best Division II running backs on the grad transfer market in Gabriel Watson from Sioux Falls, according to a team source. Watson’s paperwork is not finalized just yet, but the school is likely to announce something in the coming days. Originally from … Read More