Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:
On Shane Buechele bulking up, doesn’t know if he’s won over Tom Herman:
There was a Shane Buechele sighting this week. And even though we’d seen him practice several times in camp, this marked the first time the Texas quarterback met with the media since last season. He was his usual self. Confident. Poised. Sharp. He’s also put on almost a dozen pounds on a frame that now carries 207 pounds. And he’s presuming nothing. Asked if he was the starting quarterback, Buechele said, “You guys know more than I do.” Asked when he won over new coach Tom Herman, he said, “I don’t know if I have won him over.” Buechele said he’s worked on being a more vocal leader than he was as the freshman who started all 12 games last season, and he drew confidence from being named the top man among about 50 quarterbacks at the Manning Passing Academy this summer. He’s clearly the starter even if Herman hasn’t named him as such, but Texas should play freshman Sam Ehlinger against Maryland — preferably in the first half — and in other contests to get him college-ready. Buechele made no guarantees about the postseason, save one. The Texas Rangers “will make the playoffs,” said the son of Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele.
On UT golfer Doug Ghim and Longhorn golf team’s title chances in 2018:
Doug Ghim lost a two-hole advantage with two holes remaining to fall short in his bid for the U.S. Amateur championship, but the Longhorns senior-to-be deserves immense credit for shooting 67-68 in the 36-hole final against Clemson sophomore Doc Redman before bowing out on the first extra hole. Just to force a playoff, Redman holed a 60-foot eagle putt on No. 17 and birdied No. 18. Ghim was hoping to become the third Longhorn to win the event, matching Justin Leonard and David Gossett. Curiously, Ghim wore Chicago Cubs gear and no UT clothing during the historic match at Riviera. He will take a ton of confidence away from the tournament and has earned entries into the Masters and the U.S. Open come 2018. “No time to be down,” Longhorns men’s coach John Fields said. “Turning the page to new opportunities. The goal is to win the 2018 national championship,” which will be held at Karsten Creek, Oklahoma State’s home course. Finishing runner-up at the U.S. Amateur didn’t exactly hurt the careers of Tom Kite and Ben Crenshaw. Those two combined for three majors and both are in the Golf Hall of Fame after piling up 19 PGA wins apiece. When I kidded Fields about Ghim not wearing any Longhorns attire, the coach said Ghim wore Cubs stuff because his dad, Jeff, a teaching pro who was on his bag, is a huge Cubs fan, and Doug was born in Chicago. His mom is a United flight attendant, and his sister graduated from Harvard. ““No worries,” Fields said. “The coverage gave UT golf a hundred kudos. We control uniforms during the season. Love the exposure.”
On another wide receiver besides Colin Johnson starring this year:
Collin Johnson isn’t the only oversized Longhorns receiver getting attention. Buechele and Herman have raved about Dorian Leonard, the 6-foot-5 senior who put up 29 of his 30 career catches last season. “He was a really good playmaker toward the end of last season,” Buechele said. “He’s made great strides.”
For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on AP preseason polls, whom to draft in fantasy football and an update on former Longhorn kicker Phil Dawson, click here.