Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s Wednesday, April 25th.
How ’bout them Horns?
There are only two Big 12 schools left — Oklahoma State and Kansas — who haven’t yet played or canceled their spring games. Both the Cowboys and Jayhawks play theirs this Saturday.
On Tuesday, conference coaches held a teleconference to put a bow on the spring season. As expected, Tom Herman declined to name a starter. That competition between Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele will heat back up in August. Brian Davis’ UT story ($) dealt with the quarterbacks and also the Longhorns’ prospects of landing Lake Travis wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who appeared leaning toward Ohio State but has delayed his announcement after Saturday’s Orange-White game. When spring football began, Suzanne Halliburton previewed it by asking some key questions for Big 12 teams. On Tuesday, she revisited them ($) and updated how things have worked out. The Oklahoman wrote about the shoes that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has to fill on his roster, and there are several. Developing leadership in the wake of the departures of Baker Mayfield and Orlando Brown and others, the Sooners boss has his work cut out for him.
Here’s a brief rundown of Big 12 schools’ spring games:
- Baylor: QB Charlie Brewer played only three series (2-7-75, 1/0) and 6 of Baylor’s top 7 WRs missed the game.
- Iowa State: The Cyclones canceled their spring game because of weather.
- Kansas: The Jayhawks’ spring game is on Saturday.
- Kansas State: Freshman WR Chabastin Taylor was the star — 5 catches for 118 yards and 2 TDs. Both QBs vying for the starting job played well (Skylar Thompson was 15-22-204 with 2 TDs, Alex Delton was 21-28-201 with 3 TDs).
- Oklahoma: The Sooners’ extravaganza included a Trace Adkins concert, six weekend commitments. But RB Trey Sermon went down with a leg injury. Top performers were DB Miguel Edwards (interception), RB Kennedy Brooks (11-109) and TE Grant Calcaterra (3-59-1).
- Oklahoma State: The Cowboys’ spring game is on Saturday.
- TCU: A good day for the defensive line, but not so much for the offensive line. Frogs QBs threw three picks.
- Texas: As expected, the defense outshined the offense which is still a work in progress at QB and offensive line. WRs Collin Johnson (6-91-1) and Lil’Jordan Humphrey (7-100, 2 rush TDs) stood out.
- Texas Tech: The defense produced 3 turnovers and 4 sacks. QBs McLane Carter (11-19-139), Jett Duffey (11-15-89) and Alan Bowman (7-12-76) will take their battle into August.
- West Virginia: The Mountaineers canceled their spring game because of weather.
OTHER NEW FROM TUESDAY:
Clemens pledges $1 million: Roger Clemens and his wife Debbie has pledged $1 million toward a $9 million baseball facility enhancement project — providing support to the baseball program and helping fund an indoor baseball training facility.
UT Tower lighting: The UT Tower will be lit up burnt-orange on Wednesday to recognize the women’s golf team’s Big 12 championship won on Sunday.
Men’s golf in third: No. 15 Texas is tied for third entering today’s final round of the Big 12 championship in Tulsa. Senior Doug Ghim shot an even 70 to remain at even par for the tourney and climb into a share of the individual lead. The Horns are tied with Oklahoma State, six shots off Oklahoma. “A 281 on this course was a solid round for sure,” UT coach John Fields said. “Absolutely it at least gives us a chance tomorrow.”
Baseball beats Houston: No. 19 Texas trailed 3-0 early and managed only four hits all night, but took advantage of four walks, four hit-by-pitches and a key Houston error in the third and fourth innings, cruising past the Cougars 9-4 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Here’s Danny Davis’ game story ($).
Men’s tennis lauded: Texas placed three first-teamers and two second-teamers on the Big 12’s academic all-conference team. To make it, they needed to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and participate in 20 percent of their team’s scheduled matches. First-teamers were Colin Markes, Adrian Ortiz and Leonardo Telles; second-teamers were Rodrigo Banzer and John Mee.
Women’s tennis lauded too: There were five Longhorns on the Big 12’s women’s all-academic tennis team. All were first-teamers — Dani Wagland, Katie Poluta, Petra Granic, Anna Turati and Bianca Turati. It was the third time Waglund has been selected.
Around the Horns
Baseball: No. 19 Texas (29-15) plays at West Virginia this weekend.
Women’s golf: The NCAA golf championships selections/field will be revealed today at 4:30 p.m. on the Golf Channel. Texas, ranked No. 7 in the country, will be one of four regional hosts (May 7-9, UT Golf Club).
Softball: Texas (27-18) hosts Texas Southern today (6 p.m., LHN, 105.3) at McCombs Field. Also on tap is $3 general admission tickets, a T-shirt giveaway and a post-game autograph session. Oh, it’s also “double play concession day.”
Around the Big 12
TCU baseball, looking at a critical Big 12 series with Texas Tech this weekend, snapped a three-game losing streak Tuesday with a 15-5 win over Stephen F. Austin; those 15 runs are a season high. No. 3 Texas Tech, meanwhile, fell 5-1 at Arkansas; the Razorbacks struck out 17 Red Raiders. … and the Waco Tribune-Herald wrote about Baylor receivers coach Frisman Jackson, whose high-energy, vocal style appears to be reaching Bears players.
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