• Longhorns prepare to face Bears’ attack

    Vance Bedford is known to say the unexpected. 

    Last week he said Texas should be ranked No. 50, even though the Associated Press put Texas at No. 11. Texas’ defensive coordinator relayed more ear-opening comments at his weekly press conference on Wednesday.

    Bedford said that nobody on the Longhorn defense has exceeded his expectations despite the team jumping out to a 2–0 start. Instead, he gave credit for the perfect start to the other two phases of the team.

    “And our punter right now … [sophomore, Michael Dickson’s] done a great job,” Bedford said. “And when you have a punter that can pin them back like he’s pinned them back and an offense that can score points, you should be sitting at 2–0.” 

    Bedford complimented California quarterback Davis Webb on Wednesday, saying the senior is an excellent quarterback that can make throws other quarterbacks can’t. Webb currently sits at No. 2 in the nation in passing yards per game with 481.5, and has thrown for nine touchdowns through two games. 

    “I think the kid is a special talent,” Bedford said. “I think he brings something special to Cal’s offense. So we are going to have our hands full.” 

    Bedford said the Texas defensive line needs to get its hands up to tip passes against Webb. But keeping him at bay is mainly the secondary’s responsibility. He said Texas will play as many defensive backs as it takes to contain Webb. 

    “If they make the trip, they’re all going to have to play,” Bedford said. “When you play these types of offenses, if you think you’re going to go out there and play one set of defensive backs you’re in trouble.”

  • Rookie quarterback Shane Buechele named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for second week in a row

    Texas quarterback Shane Buechele was named the Big 12 Conference’s Newcomer of the Week for the second consecutive week Monday. 

    The award comes after Buechele’s impressive performance against UTEP on Saturday night. He completed 22 of his 27 pass attempts for 244 yards and four touchdowns while also adding 34 yards on the ground.

    Buechele’s efforts helped lead the Longhorns to a 41-7 victory over the Miners, giving Texas its first 2-0 start since 2012. 

    The freshman has six passing touchdowns through two games, a number that already ties the record for most touchdown passes by a true freshman quarterback at Texas. With the start against UTEP, Buechele also became the first true freshman Texas quarterback to start the first two games of his career.

    Buechele has also climbed the Big 12’s statistical leaderboards in his first two starts. He ranks second in the conference in passing efficiency and first in completion percentage. He boasts a quarterback rating of 188.3 and has completed over 71 percent of his passes.

    The Texas signal caller will go for his third straight Newcomer of the Week honor when the Longhorns travel to Berkeley this Saturday to take on California.  

  • Falcone wins freshman of the week

    Freshman forward Kyra Falcone earned the first accolade of her collegiate soccer career Tuesday, winning the Big 12 Freshman of the Week award. 

    The San Antonio native scored two goals in Friday’s 7-0 victory over Sam Houston State, tying her for second on the team. Both goals came in rapid succession, with each scored within a minute of each other. In addition to her goal-scoring prowess, Falcone has impressed with her passing ability. She ranked No. 3 among the Longhorns in total points with four. 

    Texas now sits at 4–2 on the year after six consecutive home matches to start the year. But the Longhorns will be tested in their next match as they head to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 19 Ohio State. The Buckeyes currently sit at 5–1 on the year.