Texas’ offensive hopes fall on Shawn Watson, his quarterbacks

Shawn Watson told reporters earlier this month that he’s had to “forget everything that I knew for 34 years” in order to implement Texas’ new spread offense. It’s presumed he held on to the good stuff. Like when Watson sat through Ray Dempsey’s class on becoming a college football coach … Read More

From Mack to Strong, a review of Texas’ past five seasons

TEXAS: THE PAST FIVE YEARS A look at the five years since the Longhorns’ last national championship game appearance at the end of the 2009 season. Since then, Texas is 36-28 overall, 23-21 in Big 12 games and 2-2 in bowl games: 2014: Charlie Strong’s first year. Texas went 6-7, … Read More

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A guided tour of Texas’ roster, position by position

QUARTERBACKS: Competition was promised, but Jerrod Heard hasn’t provided much of it to incumbent Tyrone Swoopes, whose poor first season as the starter had some critics believing his time is already up. Swoopes excelled on the handful of occasions the offense went up-tempo, as he seemed liberated by the free-flowing pace that will be more constant this season in Shawn Watson’s revamped spread system. Freshman Matthew Merrick is headed for a redshirt year, but fellow newcomer Kai Locksley could push Heard for snaps. Read More

Four keys to Texas’ season

TEXAS: KEYS TO THE SEASON 1. Establish some kind of quarterback consistency. The Texas football program will wander in the darkness until this riddle is solved. In many respects, it doesn’t matter who excels, either. Tyrone Swoopes, Jerrod Heard, Kai Locksley or Matthew Merrick — someone, anyone — must step … Read More

If it truly does start up front, how is Texas’ O-line set up for 2015?

Joe Wickline stood in silence during the final moments of last season’s opener against North Texas, dismayed by the shaky effort put forth by the Texas offensive line. No one dared approach Wickline, the surly new line coach of the Longhorns, but had anyone mustered up the courage, he probably … Read More

A burnt-orange youth moment? Texas could go all-in with freshmen

Before August practices even started, Texas linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary told reporters this coaching staff is willing to go all-in with freshmen. Just by eyeballing the roster, it appears anywhere from 15 to 17 players could make their Texas debut. That includes quarterback Jerrod Heard, linebacker Malik Jefferson, offensive tackle … Read More

Texas volleyball preview: Chiaka Ogbogu aiming for new heights

Before they took on Texas in last year’s NCAA volleyball tournament, Northwestern State practiced against snow shovels. Coaches raised the shovels high above the net to simulate the disparity in length their hitters would face against the stretched-out Longhorns. Chiaka Ogbogu has a chilling effect on opponents. Texas recently measured the vertical jump of each of its players, and no one was … Read More

Texas safety Jason Hall wants more hits in 2015

Heading into his second season, safety Jason Hall is the Texas football team’s equivalent to the folks who recorded the Macarena. Or “Ice, Ice, Baby.” Or “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Which is to say he’s something of a one-hit wonder. Like those ubiquitous jams from yesteryear, Hall’s vicious spear … Read More

All eyes on Johnathan Gray

In early August, Johnathan Gray offered a welcome diagnosis. “I feel great,” the Texas senior running back said. He repeated it for emphasis. “I feel great,” Gray said. “My body feels better than ever, and I just want to go out and help my teammates any way possible.” After years … Read More

Make a wish: Transfer Ebony Nwanebu comes home

June 5 was an eventful day in the life of Ebony Nwanebu. On her 20th birthday, Nwanebu announced she was coming home to finish her volleyball career at Texas. “I wanted my birthday to be memorable,” she said. Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Baylor

DEC. 5: AT BAYLOR McLane Stadium, Waco Two years ago, Texas and Baylor met in Waco in the regular-season finale to decide the Big 12 championship. The Bears blew open a 3-3 game at halftime with an explosive second half, sounding the death knell for Mack Brown’s tenure as Longhorns … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Texas Tech

NOV. 26: TEXAS TECH Royal-Memorial Stadium, 6:30, FS1 Texas is 34 games over .500 on Thanksgiving and 34 games over .500 all-time against Texas Tech. Last year, the Longhorns recorded their first individual 100-yard rushing game of the season against the Red Raiders. In game nine, Malcolm Brown rumbled for … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: West Virginia

NOV. 14: AT WEST VIRGINIA Mountaineer Field, Morgantown, W.Va. If not for West Virginia, Texas would have gone Charlie Strong’s entire first season without a win over a Top 25 opponent. The Longhorns were dialed in that afternoon, taking a 24-3 lead into halftime and winning 33-16. Strong ended up … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Kansas

NOV. 7: KANSAS Royal-Memorial Stadium Kansas’ David Beaty is the only first-year coach on Texas’ schedule. He’ll try to do better than his predecessor, Charlie Weis, who was fired one day after getting shut out by the Longhorns in last year’s Big 12 opener. Duke Thomas picked off a couple … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Iowa State

OCT. 31: AT IOWA STATE Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa The Cyclones went winless in the Big 12 last year, but keep in mind that they were set to take Texas into overtime before the Longhorns hit on a couple of deep passes and kicked the winning field goal with … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Kansas State

OCT. 24: KANSAS STATE Royal-Memorial Stadium After an off week, Texas hosts Kansas State, a team that’s hard to project. Going into last year’s regular-season finale, the Wildcats were ranked ninth in the country. Yet they were picked only seventh in this year’s Big 12 preseason poll. The feeling is … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Oklahoma

OCT 10: OKLAHOMA Cotton Bowl, Dallas Texas probably feels it owes the Sooners — the Longhorns fell into an early 17-3 hole last year thanks to a pick-six and a blown kickoff coverage. The Sooners escaped 31-26 despite being outgained in total offense 482-232. Lake Travis product Baker Mayfield has … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: TCU

OCT. 3: AT TCU Amon-Carter Stadium, Fort Worth You’ve got to assume that TCU, which opens with Minnesota, Stephen F. Austin, SMU and Texas Tech, will be 4-0 at this point and possibly even ranked as high as No. 1, depending on what preseason favorite Ohio State has done against … Read More

Breaking down the schedule: Oklahoma State

SEPT. 26: OKLAHOMA STATE Royal-Memorial Stadium Texas’ Big 12 opener kicks off a critical stretch of the schedule — three of the Longhorns’ next four games will be away from DKR, including matchups at TCU and against Oklahoma in Dallas. Texas is 14-4 against Oklahoma State when they play in … Read More