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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas-Rice notebook: With one flip of the coin, Tom Herman makes history

HOUSTON — At the start of Texas’ 48-13 rout of Rice on Saturday night, Longhorns head coach Tom Herman did something he had never done before. After winning the coin toss with a call of heads, Herman opted to receive the ball to start the game. This is the first … Read More

Texas 48, Rice 13: Our five questions for Texas — answered

Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Longhorns ahead of Texas’ 48-13 win over Rice on Saturday night. Here’s how they played out: 1. Which Houston-area Longhorn shined the brightest? Easy. D’Shawn Jamison. And that’s saying something. Texas is loaded with playmakers from the Houston area, including left … Read More

No. 12 Texas 48, Rice 13: The expanded boxscore

How it all happened Saturday night: First quarter Texas 14, Rice 0. Texas’ first two drives started at its own 18- and 10-yard lines. The Horns rattled off 82- and 90-yard scoring drives. Roschon Johnson’s first career touchdown capped a first drive that saw UT convert three third downs (third-and-2, … Read More

The Dotted Line: Six in-person scouting reports on Texas commits from 2019 season

Texas’ 2020 class consists of 18 members and ranks sixth in the nation. The 2021 class already has eight members. The recruiting machine at Texas is cooking following consecutive top-three classes in Tom Herman’s first two full cycles. The high school season is a few weeks in, and … Read More

Texas vs. Rice: Five questions facing the Longhorns

Five questions facing Texas on Saturday night against Rice: 1. Which Houston-area player shines the brightest in his homecoming? Texas has gobbled up plenty of Houston-raised talent over the years. In fact, seven of the Longhorns who started last week against LSU were recruited out of the Houston area. Will … Read More

Texas vs. Rice: Five key matchups to watch

Five key matchups in the Texas-LSU game to keep your eye on Saturday night: Texas WR Devin Duvernay vs. the Rice secondary After two weeks, Duvernay’s 21 receptions trail only the 24 catches recorded by Purdue sophomore Rondale Moore on the national leaderboard. After catching 11 footballs in the second … Read More

The Eyes of Texas: Four players to watch in Saturday’s Longhorns-Owls game

The 12th-ranked Longhorns will meet Rice at Houston’s NRG Stadium on Saturday (7 p.m., CBS Sports Network). The eyes of Texas will be upon … Ayodele Adeoye, Texas linebacker In 15 games with head coach Mike Bloomgren, Rice has run on 57.2 percent of its offensive snaps. That philosophy may … Read More

The H-Town takeover: Tom Herman is now using Houston-area firepower to stockpile Texas’ talent

The “H-Town Takeover” wasn’t just Tom Herman’s catchy recruiting slogan during his two years coaching Houston. It was a mindset. It was his brand. “This is our town. This is our city,” Herman said at a UH preseason news conference in August 2015. “And we embrace … Read More

Texas injury news is good, iffy and bad in Thursday practice before Rice

The Texas injury news was good, iffy and bad after Thursday’s practice, according to coach Tom Herman. Running back Daniel Young, who suffered a high ankle sprain during preseason camp, was cleared to start practicing on Wednesday. That’s a huge help for a position group that’s … Read More

Texas’ notable number: Collin Johnson at NFL stadiums — and the number 24

Each week this fall, we’re looking at a specific number that’s tied to Texas football. This week’s notable number is 24 — the jersey number that has been assigned to UT freshmen Marques Caldwell and Derrian Brown.  The longest run against Texas through two games was LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 24-yarder last … Read More