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Commitment 101: Longhorns add star potential in 2021 quarterback Jalen Milroe

Tom Herman continued his tradition of nabbing his quarterback prospect a year before the start of their junior season when Katy Tompkins four-star Jalen Milroe picked the Longhorns on Sunday.  Roschon Johnson and Hudson Card committed the summer before their junior seasons. Milroe becomes the third member of … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 7 Notre Dame’s schedule has CFP flavor

We’re 39 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

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Justin Herbert may end up as No. 8 Oregon’s all-time passer

We’re 40 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want to know why Iowa State is a Big 12 contender? Check out the offensive line

ARLINGTON — The top two Big 12 teams in the preseason media poll are Oklahoma and Texas. Makes sense. The Sooners seemingly are always winning the title. The Longhorns, after a 10-4 year and a Sugar Bowl victory, are trying to return to their spot as … Read More

Big 12 media days Q&A: West Virginia receiver T.J. Simmons on fatherhood and Horns Down

ARLINGTON — A lot has changed for West Virginia since it wrapped up its 2018 football season in the Camping World Bowl. Neal Brown was hired to coach the Mountaineers after Dana Holgorsen departed for Houston. All-conference quarterback Will Grier is now a Carolina Panther. West Virginia’s four leaders in … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 12 Texas A&M has a loaded schedule to navigate

We’re 44 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

The Dotted Line: Predicting the destinations of Texas’ top targets

As of Tuesday morning, Texas’ recruiting class remains at eight members after the commitment of four-star Arlington cornerback Jahari Rogers to Florida and the postponement of four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton’s decision, which could still come this week. Texas is in a battle with … Read More

Big 12 media days: Our staff’s Day 1 takeaways, from Horns Down to the transfer portal

We’ve 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 1, which included coaches and players from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU … Read More

A show of hands: Big 12’s most dazzling stars could be a trio of wide receivers

  ARLINGTON — There could be a lively debate that says the best returning players in the Big 12 are the guys who catch the ball. OK, we concede the fact that Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who hoisted the Sugar Bowl MVP trophy on New Year’s … Read More

Big 12 media days notebook: Oklahoma State doesn’t have a starting quarterback — yet

ARLINGTON — Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy wasn’t in a headline-making mood on Monday. During last year’s Big 12 media days, Gundy broke the news that Taylor Cornelius would be his starting quarterback. The senior went on to throw for nearly 4,000 yards and 32 touchdowns. One of his … Read More