Posted August 31st, 2016
The football season is approaching fast, and Texas fans are getting excited. Counting today, there are 5 days until the start of the football season. To help celebrate, we’re counting down five things every day until the start of the season.
For almost as long as the Texas Longhorns have been playing football, the Austin American-Statesman and its deep, talented pool of photographers have been roaming the sidelines taking photos. Just look at this shot by Ralph Barrera from a decade ago:
I’m not sure what Ronald Curry is doing there, but Cory Redding looks like he’s flying.
Yes, the equipment has changed, but quality hasn’t. Last year was no exception as Statesman photographers shot every game but one, the Iowa State game, and that was just because of weather and flight complications.
Usually two photographers are assigned to a game and start generating photos before kickoff that you can see during the game with our live, constantly updating gallery on the Game Day Pages. About 150 to 200 photos, or more, will make up our Texas Game Day Gallery. Multiply that by 11 games, and that’s a lot of photos to remember. Here are some shots we remember, some were even selected by the photographer themselves:
Here are five photos taken by Austin American-Statesman staffers to remember from 2015:
5. Oh. He missed it
Nick Rose’ missed extra point cost the Longhorns a chance to tie California last season. Texas made a valiant comeback against the Bears in Austin, but fell one point short. Rodolfo Gonzalez, a longtime Statesman photographer captured Rose’ anguish perfectly seconds after he missed the extra point.
4. Look at those hops… then look at that sadness
The next week, Texas played Oklahoma State at home. For a large portion of that game, the Longhorns looked in control and were having fun against the Cowboys. Now, this game too would end in heartbreak, but not before Jay Janner snagged one of his admitted eight favorite photos from last season in the above shot. However, another one of Janner’s eight favorite photos happened at the end of this game:
3. Wait, is he posing?
Janner’s eight favorite photos didn’t include what could be one of the best photos you’ll ever see of a freshman linebacker scoring a touchdown in his first home game and essentially cementing his place in”Yeah, that guy is awesome” parts of Longhorn fans’ minds. Welcome to Royal-Memorial Stadium, Malik Jefferson. The endzone is that way:
We’re pretty sure he’s looking at the camera. We’re not sure if he winked at the camera though.
2. Chris Warren’s 91-yard run
Statesman photographer Deborah Cannon captured one of the longest runs in Longhorn history, a 91-yard touchdown romp by Chris Warren III against Texas Tech. Looking at just one, you think “Oh, that’s a cool shot.”:
But then Statesman video journalist Kelly West and Cannon teamed up on this nifty little slide show that showcases Cannon’s sequence of shots on the play:
Yes. Those are photos.
1. It’s the No. 1 slot on the photo countdown, and OU still…
Yes, after the epic wipe out against TCU, not many people were expecting the Longhorns to beat a top-10 ranked team in Oklahoma. But they did. And Ricardo Brazziell was there for the epic postgame celebration shot:
Brazziell also landed a few more from this game, which would be the biggest highlight of the season for Texas: