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The Dotted Line: Texas target Quentin Johnston prefers low-key approach to recruiting

TEMPLE — Four-star wide receiver Quentin Johnston is as hard to catch off the football field as he is when he’s racing past defenders on the gridiron, the track or on the basketball court. Johnston is more concerned with improvement than attention. The 6-4, 192-pound … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas pledge Jaylen Garth transformed from David to Goliath

HOUSTON — Four-star offensive tackle Jaylen Garth entered Port Neches-Groves High School as a freshman who couldn’t do a single pushup or bench 95 pounds. Now, the 6-5, 280-pound Texas commit is going through spring practices as a junior and leader of his program. It’s … Read More

With its margin for error dwindling, Texas uses Lance Ford’s new bat to snap its losing streak

Ask Texas pitcher Ty Madden about teammate Lance Ford, and he’ll tell you that “little kid’s got juice.” The stats might beg to differ. Over the first 110 at-bats of his freshman year, UT’s 5-foot-10 second baseman had yet to hit a homer. He had eight RBIs to his name. Ford … Read More

Unable to hold off West Virginia, Texas has its losing streak extended to six games

This story had been written before. With two outs in the ninth inning Saturday, Duke Ellis stood at the plate with a chance to help Texas cap a comeback. Ellis, a junior outfielder, had been involved in five of the last six walk-off wins at UFCU Disch-Falk … Read More

Late West Virginia homers push Texas into last place in the Big 12’s standings

UT’s recent run of bad luck continued in a 3-2 loss to No. 17 West Virginia on Friday night. The Big 12’s regular-season champion in 2018, Texas (24-20; 5-10 Big 12) was dropped into a last-place tie with Kansas in the conference standings. The Longhorns are mired in a five-game losing … Read More

‘I’m not defying death for nothing’: Alexandra Watson shows Texas toughness in return to rowing

In her bedroom, Alexandra Watson has a trove of treasure that she’s earned as a member of Texas’ rowing team. There she keeps the necklace that Texas adds pendants to whenever it wins a Big 12 championship. The junior also recently picked up an honor at the athletic department’s awards … Read More

The Dotted Line: Bryson Washington discusses his final choice between Texas, Oklahoma

HOUSTON — Bryson Washington wasn’t keen on the move to safety the spring of his freshman season when head coach Derek Fitzhenry took over the job at C.E. King. Washington was a life-long offensive weapon who fancied himself a contender to win the starting job at … Read More

Now on the postseason bubble, Texas looks to correct its flaws with No. 17 West Virginia in town

Following last week’s three losses at Oklahoma State, Longhorns coach David Pierce reminded his team that there may only be 13 games left this season. That may sound like a weird thing to say after last year’s trip to the College World Series, but the NCAA postseason is no longer … Read More

As the NFL’s best-paid kicker, Justin Tucker happy to have tasted success and failure

Justin Tucker, a Houston native who moved to Austin and played at Texas, grew up like so many in the Lone Star State do. Which is to say, he played football and he loved the Dallas Cowboys. In 2012, after Tucker had finished up his Longhorns career and went undrafted, … Read More

The Dotted Line: Teammates Zach Evans, Damieon George discuss recruiting, Texas

HOUSTON — Galena Park North Shore teammates Zachary Evans and Damieon George reaffirmed their intentions to commit to the same football program as spring practice began for the defending Class 6A Division I state champions. Evans and George starred for the Mustangs in a thrilling … Read More

The Dotted Line: A closer look at the 2020 recruiting classes for Texas, rest of Big 12

It’s still early in the 2020 recruiting cycle, but the process has sped up in recent years with the advent of the early signing period and the ability of juniors to take official visits in the spring. Oklahoma is over 25 percent done with its … Read More

Texas blows three-run lead in the ninth, falls 7-6 to Texas State in walkoff loss

SAN MARCOS — Texas took a three-run lead into the ninth inning, but lost to Texas State in dramatic walk-off fashion Tuesday night, 7-6. It was only the second time the Bobcats have beaten Texas in San Marcos. After Texas State’s Will Hollis’ second home run of the game — … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas will add star potential when rest of 2019 class arrives in June

Texas signed 24 recruits in a 2019 class that ranked third in the nation, trailing only Alabama and Georgia. Ten of those pledges enrolled early and took part in spring practice. Four-star inside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd was ruled out for the season, leaving 14 new … Read More

The Dotted Line: So far, Texas, Texas A&M are losing recruiting battle to out-of-state programs in 2020

If a recruiting cycle is a 12-round boxing match against the elite programs in the country, out-of-state programs are up on the scorecards as May approaches. The 2020 Fabulous 55 already contains 22 commits with only seven pledged to in-state programs. Four are committed to … Read More

Top-ranked Oklahoma sweeps Texas, but ‘there’s a lot to learn from playing this team’

After surviving two close calls against Texas, Oklahoma left little doubt about who has the upper hand in the Red River Rivalry. The top-ranked Sooners blasted two home runs and closed out a sweep of the 11th-ranked Longhorns with a 9-2 win at McCombs Field on Saturday afternoon. The win … Read More

The Dotted Line: Texas targets Princely Umanmielen, Tahj Brooks embrace recruiting pressures

The uptick in Austin football talent is undeniable. The 2019 class was highlighted by wide receivers Garrett Wilson, Jaylen Ellis and Elijah Higgins. The 2020 cycle contains elite prospects like Manor’s Tahj Brooks and Princely Umanmielen. It’s a privilege … Read More

Top-ranked Oklahoma upends No. 11 Texas to extend its Red River winning streak to 16 games

Doomed by a fifth-inning error, Texas dropped a 3-1 decision to Oklahoma in the opener of a three-game series at McCombs Field on Thursday evening. The loss was UT’s 16th straight to a Red River rival it last beat in 2014. Ranked 11th in the NFCA poll, Texas is now … Read More

The Dotted Line: What’s Texas’ recruiting plan at the linebacker position in 2020?

Recruiting is cyclical. Sometimes Houston possesses more talent than Dallas-Fort Worth. Sometimes it’s the other way around. Sometimes a class is loaded at one position and void of elite talent at another. That’s the case in 2019 with linebackers. Texas needs to sign a solid class at the … Read More

Batter Up: Janae Jefferson hitting all the right notes as No. 11 Texas hosts No. 1 Oklahoma

If you listen at McCombs Field this weekend, you’ll be able to hear Janae Jefferson’s softball story played out. Like her teammates, Texas’ sophomore second baseman is accompanied to every at-bat with songs of her choosing as she walks to the plate. The Longhorns will need Jefferson’s soundtrack played on … Read More

Ex-UT swim star Madisyn Cox claims tainted vitamin triggered suspension, lawsuit says

Insisting she’s a victim and not a cheater, former University of Texas standout swimmer Madisyn Cox filed a lawsuit on Monday saying her six-month suspension from the pool last year was the result of a multivitamin that was contaminated with a banned substance. Cox, the 2017 world … Read More