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Whys of Texas: By giving him veto power, Texas coaches bring Sam Ehlinger fully into the game plan

The season’s first month has truly revealed how much Texas’ Sam Ehlinger has improved as a quarterback. And he’s now revealing how much the coaches trust him on the field and in the film room. The statistics indicate the obvious. In three games, the junior from … Read More

The Dotted Line: Examining the current status of Big 12 recruiting classes

The Big 12 suffers from a perception problem that there is a huge talent gap between the top two programs and everyone else. That is illustrated in the current 2020 recruiting rankings. Texas’ class ranks fifth in the nation, while Oklahoma checks in at 11th. Iowa State is … Read More

Texas notebook: No longer ‘worried all the time,’ Texas DT tackle Keondre Coburn feeling confident

There’s a huge disconnect between thinking you can play college football and knowing you can play college football. Confidence bridges the gap. “It takes time. It certainly takes time,” said Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who started six games as a freshman in 2017. “I think some … Read More

Building blocks: Texas uses coaching, patience and and motivation to mold its offensive line

Even in an alternate universe, Derek Kerstetter would still be playing football at Royal-Memorial Stadium this week. Kerstetter, Texas’ junior offensive lineman, will start Saturday’s Big 12 opener against Oklahoma State. But had things played out differently — say, Charlie Strong beats Kansas on that November afternoon in Lawrence in … Read More

The Dotted Line: Four-star LJ Johnson impresses; closer look at 2021 running back options

CYPRESS — Texas’ 2020 recruiting class is nearly wrapped up. Head coach Tom Herman admitted as much Monday at his weekly press conference when he stated that the 2020 cycle wouldn’t be a full 25-man class. Herman’s reasoning was a lack of attrition. Another possible reason … Read More

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Big 12 football power poll: TCU’s D moves Frogs up; Cyclones continue to disappoint

1. (Prev: 1) Oklahoma (3-0) Lincoln Riley continues to toy with defenses no matter who starts at quarterback. Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts has accounted for more touchdowns (13) than incompletions (12) through three games. The defense looks mildly improved, which could be enough for Oklahoma to run the table. 2. Read More

Texas legend Jordan Shipley welcomes comparisons to freshman standout Jake Smith

Granted, it’s early. But Texas fans, your spider senses could be absolutely right about this one. The Jake Smith comparisons to Jordan Shipley feel so spot-on accurate, it’s uncanny. Even Shipley, the best receiver in Texas history, will co-sign that undeniable feeling. “You can … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas looks poised to snap its home losing streak to Cowboys — here’s why

Texas hasn’t beaten Oklahoma State in Austin since … wait for it … since 2008. It’s been a minute. Seems longer. That was two UT head coaches ago. That was two presidents ago. That was at least two Mike Gundy hair-dos ago. That was too, too long ago. The last … Read More

Texas notebook: Forecast for a trio of key injured starters looks sunny ahead of Big 12 opener

With Texas set to battle Oklahoma State’s Cowboys this weekend, some burnt-orange reinforcements could arrive just in time. On Monday, Texas coach Tom Herman designated center Zach Shackelford, receiver Collin Johnson and linebacker Joseph Ossai as probable for Saturday’s Big 12 opener. Shackelford (foot) and Ossai (sprained shoulder) were … Read More

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Longhorn Confidential: On Oklahoma State’s firepower, visiting with Shane Buechele, Charles Omenihu

On this week’s Longhorn Confidential, American-Statesman staff writers talk about Oklahoma State’s eye-popping offense that’s coming to Austin this weekend and weekend visits with former Longhorns Shane Buechele and Charles Omenihu. Read More

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Tom Herman, on Texas’ pass defense: ‘We are what our stats say we are’

Tom Herman’s Oklahoma State game-week press conference has come and gone.   What you need to know: 1. Injury updates: Three key Horns are injured but all are considered probable for Saturday. Center Zach Shackelford (sprained foot) will be “fairly limited” in practice today, linebacker Joseph Ossai (sprained shoulder) won’t … Read More

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LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman gives optimistic injury update, talks Oklahoma State

Texas coach Tom Herman talked about the team’s optimistic injury situation going into the Big 12 opener against Oklahoma State this Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Read More

The Dotted Line: Donovan Jackson provides update; a look at the 2021 offensive line cycle

HOUSTON — The state of Texas is full of beef in the 2021 class. And there are more than a handful of four-star talents, and a couple of five-star prospects, in the state for 2021. Texas landed the first punch when it gained a commitment … Read More

Commitment 101: Three-star running back Ty Jordan is a versatile weapon

The Longhorns added an all-purpose back to the 2020 recruiting class on Sunday night when three-star West Mesquite product Ty Jordan became Texas’ 19th commitment of the cycle. Tom Herman’s program is inching towards another top-10 class after a slow start. The … Read More

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Three-star Ty Jordan running back pledges to Texas over USC, Tennessee

The Longhorns added an all-purpose back to the 2020 recruiting class on Sunday night when three-star West Mesquite product Ty Jordan became Texas’ 19th commitment of the cycle. Tom Herman’s program is inching towards another top-5 class after a slow start. The … Read More

Big 12 showtime: No. 12 Texas begins league play against Oklahoma State ready for battle

HOUSTON — Three weeks into the season, the Big 12 has a combined record of 22-5. That’s an .815 winning percentage, a rather impressive total compared with the Big Ten (.763) and the SEC (.707), where it just means more. “I’ve been focused on our game … Read More

No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13: Five key plays

There were 124 snaps taken in Texas’ 48-13 win over Rice at NRG Stadium on Saturday night. Here are five that ended up making a big difference: 1. First start, first down Tom Herman won his 32nd coin toss in five seasons as a head coach, but … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shane Buechele is making some new memories with his 3-0 SMU Mustangs

DALLAS — Shane Buechele was far from perfect Saturday night, and that works well if the numbers add up favorably on the scoreboard. SMU’s graduate transfer quarterback brings confidence, experience and that extra bit of moxie that’s ideal for the position. He made big plays against Texas State. He also … Read More

No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13: Longhorns have a field day, build confidence in blowout win

HOUSTON — For all those fans who never get to attend a Texas football practice, Saturday night’s blowout win over Rice was basically the same thing. The 12th-ranked Longhorns drove the seven-man sled disguised as the Rice Owls up and down NRG Stadium. There was a … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Why does Texas play Rice? Well, because it’s easy

HOUSTON — JFK had it backward. When the president adlibbed during his ambitious 1962 speech at Rice Stadium about going to the moon, he slipped in a catchy phrase on the fly and posed the question, “Why does Rice play Texas?” The president should have queried, “Why does Texas play … Read More