• Longhorn players rack up Big 12 honors

    In addition to picking up a big win over No. 8 Kansas on Saturday, two Longhorns also received individual awards for their performances last week. 

    Freshman outside hitter Micaya White earned a Big 12 Freshman of the Week title while junior outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu claimed Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. 

    Texas went 2-0 last week with wins over West Virginia and the Jayhawks, and White and Nwanebu were integral pieces of the Longhorns’ success. 

    White recorded 40 kills in the two matches while Nwanebu registered 33. The two players rank No. 1 and No. 2 on the team in total kills this season — White has 184 and Nwanebu has 157. 

    It’s White’s third time to win the conference’s freshman of the week award in the last four weeks. She leads the Longhorns in two important offensive categories: points and kills. 

    Despite the freshman’s success, White also leads the team in a negative offensive category — attacking errors. She racked 51 errors in 42 sets played. Nwanebu has committed 33 attacking errors in 36 sets played. 

    White’s errors are likely to decrease as she gains more experience. Her offensive acumen currently outweighs her occasional slip up and could potentially lead to more awards before season’s end. 

  • Sophomore tennis player wins singles title, junior golf player competes in world tournament, women's golf wins tournament crown

    Scott picks up singles title for men’s tennis

    Texas sophomore Harrison Scott rallied from a set behind to win the singles title at the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic.

    Scott’s victory came over the highest-ranked opponent he’s faced in his career, No. 15 William Bushamuka of Kentucky. 

    After dropping the first set, Scott forced the tiebreaker in the second set, but found himself down to Bushamuka 4-0 in the third set. Scott claimed the next seven points to win the set and went on to grab the victory.

    “It really was a great tournament and tremendous effort from Harrison this weekend,” head coach Michael Center said.  “He beat one of the best players in the country today, and I think he showed everybody around the country what kind of competitor he is.”

    Prior to Sunday’s victory, Scott’s top win came against No. 45 Hugo Di Feo of Ohio in the third round of the 2016 NCAA championships.

    Next weekend the team will compete in two events. The Rice Invitational begins Friday in Houston, while the pre-qualifying draws of the ITA All-American Championships start in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    Men’s golf’s Scheffler competes in international tournament

    Junior Scottie Scheffler finished 31st in the World Amateur Team Championship in Riviera Maya this week. Held at Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club, the tournament showcased amateur talent from 71 different countries.

    The Dallas native was one of three college players from the United States selected to compete in the event. The American team consisted of Scheffler, Oklahoma’s Brad Dalke and Stanford’s Maverick McNealy.

    Scheffler finished with a 284 total against 212 players from around the world. His score helped the United States finish in a tie for sixth place.

    Hoffman leads women’s golf to first tournament crown in five years

    Led by freshman Emilee Hoffman, the Longhorns took home their first tournament crown since 2011 at the Lady Paladin Invitational at Furman University Golf Course. Hoffman shot a 286 in the third round to secure first place in the tournament and Texas’ victory. 

    “It feels great to get my first collegiate win,” Hoffman said. “I was just trying to stay patient today and play my own game. I’m really excited about our team win, too!”

    Junior Sophia Schubert also finished in the top five, finishing 2-under par for the event.

    The Longhorns return to action on Oct. 9 at the Jim West Invitational at the Carlton Woods Golf Club. 

  • Longhorns to hold open tryout

    Texas basketball will hold walk-on tryouts on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Cooley Pavilion. The tryouts are scheduled for 7 a.m. and all players must be full-time students. 

    In order to try out, players must pick up and submit paperwork at the Men’s Basketball office on the seventh floor in the north end zone of Darrell K. Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium. 

    In addition to the necessary paperwork from the basketball office, players must submit a completed physical, health insurance card and sickle-cell test result before stepping on the court.

    The Longhorns went 20–13 in 2015-16 in head coach Shaka Smart’s first year leading the program. They notched upset wins over Oklahoma and North Carolina during the regular season, but fell to Northern Iowa in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

    Texas currently has two walk-on players on its roster, senior forward Ryan McClurg and junior guard Joe Schwartz. 

  • 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.