• Injuries plague Longhorns in the 2016 NFL season

    With only five games left in the regular season, the NFL playoffs are lurking around the corner. Longhorns in the league are buckling down for the last leg of the season. And many have already made headlines this season.

    Texas legend Justin Tucker — who kicked the game-winning field goal in the program’s final game against Texas A&M in 2011 — continued his impressive NFL career on Sunday. A Pro Bowler in 2013, Tucker went 3/3 on kicks against the Cincinnati Bengals, including a season-long 57-yard boot. He has now made all 27 field goals attempted this year. 

    Linebacker Jordan Hicks of the Philadelphia Eagles has been on fire in recent weeks, pulling down two interceptions  and 30 tackles since the end of October. His division rival Keenan Robinson, a linebacker for the New York Giants, has also racked up 59 combined tackles this season.  

    However, injuries have piled up for several former Longhorns.

    Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas missed his the first game in seven seasons this weekend after injuring his hamstring against the Philadelphia Eagles the week prior. 

    Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams also remains sidelined after injuring his neck against the Miami Dolphins in October; he will miss remainder of the season. Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim will also miss extended time after tearing a pectoral muscle. 

  • Foreman to make decision on NFL soon

    Running back D’Onta Foreman still has one year of collegiate eligibility at his disposal. But the junior has yet to make a decision on whether or not he will return to don the burnt orange for one last season. 

    According to his father, Derrick Foreman, D’Onta’s decision could come at any time this week. 

    “Everyone wants to know when D’Onta’s official announcement will come,” Derrick Foreman tweeted on Tuesday morning. “[I] Don’t know exact day but it will be before or by Friday at the latest.” 

    Derrick Foreman also said that reports this week about D’Onta already signing with an NFL agent are false. D’Onta spoke with his father, his brother Armanti, his mother and newly appointed Texas head coach Tom Herman this week about his looming choice. 

    Should Foreman return, the future looks bright on the 40 Acres. He rushed for 2,028 yards this season on a team that stumbled to a 5–7 record. Herman promised championships for Texas, and an invigorated squad could lead to more individual accolades for Foreman. 

    But if he decides to test the NFL waters, Foreman should still be in good shape at the next level, too. ESPN’s Todd McShay said earlier this month that Foreman could wind up getting selected in the first round of the draft.

  • Report: Texas to hire Herman as new football coach

    Texas’ coaching carousel is moving quickly.

    The Longhorns are expected to name Houston head coach Tom Herman as their new coach as early Saturday, according to ESPN’s Heather Dinich.

    The move comes after athletic director Mike Perrin announced the firing of head coach Charlie Strong Saturday morning. Strong was dismissed after the team’s 31-9 loss to TCU, which marked his third losing seasons in as many years at Texas.

    Herman is 22–4 in two years as the Cougars’ head coach. He led the team to a one-loss season and a Peach Bowl victory over Florida State in his first year at the helm. Houston also has marquee wins over No. 8 Oklahoma and then-No. 5 Louisville this season.

    Herman won a National Championship in 2014–15 as offensive coordinator at Ohio State under head coach Urban Meyer. He coached as a graduate assistant at Texas from 1999–2000.

  • D'Onta Foreman, Michael Dickson named individual award finalists

    A pair of Longhorns were named finalists for two of the nation’s highest honors on Monday, as running back D’Onta Foreman was named a finalist for the Doak Walker Award and punter Michael Dickson was one of three players to qualify for the Ray Guy Award.

    Foreman’s selection as a finalist comes on the heels of his 51-carry performance against Kansas on Saturday. He currently leads college football in rushing yards, compiling 1,863 yards in 10 games. His 2016 campaign places him third all-time in Longhorn history in rushing yards in a single season.

    If the junior from Texas City were to win the award, he would join Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson as the only Longhorns to ever win the award. Williams paired his Doak Walker Award in 1998 with a
    Heisman Trophy.

    Dickson’s path to Ray Guy consideration has been far from smooth. He struggled last year in his first season with the burnt orange, often flustered by defenses rushing at him as he prepared to kick.

    But the Australian has adjusted quite well in 2016, booming 22 punts over 50 yards on the year. He has averaged over 47 yards per punt, good for No. 4 in the nation.

    Both the Doak Walker and Ray Guy awards will be given after the season on Dec. 8 at The Home Depot College
    Football Awards. 

    Until then, Foreman and Dickson will have one more opportunity to impress voters on the field, facing off against TCU on Friday. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 pm from Darrell K Royal–Memorial Stadium in Austin.

  • Report: Strong to be fired in wake of loss to Kansas

    Update (6:30 p.m.): Athletic director Mike Perrin denied reports of Strong's firing in a statement. He said Strong is preparing to coach against TCU on Friday. 

    “There are a number of rumors out there about the status of Coach Strong," Perrin said in his statement. "I’ve said it all along, we will evaluate the body of work after the regular season. We have a game to get ready for against TCU on Friday, and I hope our fans will come out and support our team. We’ll discuss where things stand after that.”

    Update (6:26 p.m.): Strong will coach the team's final regular season game before stepping down, according to the Brian Davis at the Statesman and ESPN.

    Original story: Texas will fire head coach Charlie Strong before the team’s final game, according to the Austin American-Statesman. However, the announcement may not come until Monday, according to the report.

    The decision comes after the team fell 24-21 to Kansas on the road, the biggest upset loss against the spread in program history.

    Strong entered the 2016 season with pressure to turn the program around after finishing 6–7 and 5–7 in his first two years, respectively. However, the team fell short of expectations with a 5–6 record with one game to play. The loss to a one-win Jayhawk team — Kansas hasn’t beaten an FBS team since November 2014 — puts Texas in danger of missing a bowl game for the second straight season.

    Strong will finish with a 16–20 record in just under three seasons as Texas’ head coach.