• DeSean Hales skipping senior season to focus on academics

    Senior wide receiver DeSean Hales is foregoing his final year of eligibility to focus on completing his degree, Texas announced on Saturday.

     

    Hales caught 13 passes for 87 yards in his first three years playing for the Longhorns after redshirting in 2008. He was the 53rd-best prospect in the country coming out of Klein Oak High School, according to Rivals.com, and the nation's best 93rd-best prospect, according to ESPN. As a junior, Hales played in only five games, making two catches for 10 yards.

     

    He caught twice as many passes in this year's Orange-White Scrimmage April 1, catching four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. But he decided to not play football this fall, instead serving the team as a student coach while taking the three classes he needs to pass to graduate.

     

    "Football doesn't last forever," Hales said. "Coming to this decision wasn't easy, but I've talked to my family and have decided that it would be best for me to focus on my degree and my career for the future... I always knew that eventually I would like to work with young people, whether it's coaching or training or in some other way, and this will give me the experience of doing that."

     

    Hales' departure leaves Texas without one of its only senior wide receivers. Marquise Goodwin flew back from London earlier this month after competing in the long jump at this summer's Olympics. Fellow senior and track teammate, D.J. Monroe, is moving from running back to wide receiver.

     

    "We appreciate the effort and work DeSean has put in over his four years as a player here," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "We understand his decision and look forward to him staying involved with the team and being a positive influence, especially to the young receivers."

     

    Texas brings back all three of its starting wideouts in sophomore Jaxon Shipley, junior Mike Davis, and Goodwin. The Longhorns welcome a trio of talented freshmen receivers in Cayleb Jones, Marcus Johnson, and Kendall sanders while running back Daje Johnson can also play the position. Sophomore Miles Onyegbule is recovering from a torn left pectoral and sophomore John Harris is getting over a broken foot.

     

    Hales joins a long list of players that have left the Longhorns football program for various reasons, including wide receivers Darius White, Chris Jones, Greg Timmons, Malcolm Williams, and Brock Fitzhenry.

  • [UPDATED] Source: Texas RHP John Curtiss has serious elbow injury, reportedly likely out for season

    Longhorns sophomore right-hander John Curtiss could miss the beginning of this upcoming season with an elbow injury, a source close to the situation told the Daily Texan on Thursday. Curtiss was 2-3 with a 3.50 ERA in 22 appearances, including four starts, during his freshman campaign. He started the season in the starting rotation, losing to Duke and Stanford before being sent to the bullpen. He returned to the rotation for the Longhorns' regular season finale against Baylor, giving up one run in 4 2/3 innings of a 2-1 win over No. 7 Baylor May 19 and allowing four runs in six innings of what eventually became a season-ending, 4-2 loss to Kansas in the Big 12 tournament May 24. His status for a potential NCAA tournament alpearqnce was up in the air as he reportedly suffered a mild strain in his right elbow. But Texas missed out on the postseason for the first time since 1998. Now, there is a chance he will not be available for the beginning of next season as he has not yet recovered from his elbow injury. [UPDATE] Orangebloods.com's Dustin McComas is reporting that Curtiss has undergone successful Tommy John surgery, meaning he will likely miss all of next season.
  • Nadia Taylor to use fifth year of eligibility to play basketball

    After spending four years on the Longhorns softball squad, Nadia Taylor will try her hand playing for the Texas women's basketball team.

     

    NCAA guidelines allow student-athletes to have five years of eligibility, provided at least one of them is used on a different sport. Taylor, a four-year starter for Connie Clark's softball team, will now play for recently hired head women's basketball coach Karen Aston, who expressed her excitement to having Taylor join her squad.

     

    "Nadia loves competition and wants to contribute in any manner she can. Anytime you can welcome someone to your team with an inherent sense of Texas pride, it's a plus," Aston said. "As a fifth-year student athlete, she has been able to help the young players adapt to Texas and understand what it means to be a part of the Texas legacy. In our situation, we're looking for leadership and Nadia will immediately add that to the team."

     

    Taylor started 231 of a possible 234 games during her four seasons as the Longhorns' third baseman, posting a career batting average of .337 with 32 home runs and 132 RBIs. She lettered three times in basketball during her sophomore year at Humble High School and the last two years of her high school career at Atascocita, earning all-district honoros as a junior and senior. Taylor led her team in scoring and rebounding her senior season.

      

    Taylor will be joining a team that loses three starters in guard Ashleigh Fontennete, guard Yvonne Anderson, and post Ashley Gayle, the program's all-time blocks leader. Aston is bringing a pair of highly-touted high schoolers in, 6-foot-7 center Imani Stafford and guard Empress Davenport, along with junior college transfers, guard Ashley Roberts and Lithuanian forward Gigi Mazionyte.

  • Olympic Rundown: August 2

    A quick look at current and former Longhorns competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, updated throughout the games.

     

    August 2:

     

    - Kevin Durant scored 14 points and handed out six assists in Team USA's 156-73 win over Nigeria. Yes, you read that right. Durant was 4-for-7 from three-point range. Team USA returns to the court Saturday against Lithuania at 8:30 a.m., central time.

     

    August 1:

     

    - Troy Dumais, a seven-time NCAA champion, captured his first Olympic medal Wednesday, picking up the bronze in the 3m synchornized diving with partner Kristian Ipsen.

     

    “It was so great to see him today, in his fourth Olympiad at the age of 32, perform with Kristian (Ipsen) at this high level and win a bronze medal,” Texas men's and women's diving coach Matt Scoggin said in a statement. “This day and performance was all about hard work and finding a way to finally get on that medal platform. Everyone in Longhorn Nation and in the United States should be so proud of Troy.”


    - Kathleen Hershey swam a career-best 2:05.78 in the 200m butterfly to finish in fourth-place, a bit of a "disappointment" considering she clocked the top time in Tuesday's semifinal heats.


    - Destinee Hooker continues her roll with the U.S. women's volleyball team, now 3-0 after a sweep of China. Hooker leads the women's competition in kills (58) and poinst (66) and holds a 5.27 kills-per-set average.


    “Destinee is playing lights-out volleyball right now,” Texas head volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott said in a statement. “She is playing with a lot of confidence and dominating on the court.”


    July 31:


    - Kevin Durant recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as Team USA beat Tunisia 110-63 in the second game of Preliminary Round Groupu A action Tuesday night.


    - Ricky Berens earned his second relay gold as part of the winning 4x200m freestyle relay team for the United States.


    July 29:


    - Brendan Hansen earned a bronze medal in the 100m breastroke Sunday, finishing in 59.49 seconds. Hansen came out of retirement in 2011.


    - Rickky Berens and Jimmy Feigen also medaled, receiving silver for their participation in the 4x100m freestyle relay.
     

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