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Don’t sleep on the Spurs

April 19, 2012

The San Antonio Spurs are the team to beat in the NBA’s Western Conference. Sure, the Oklahoma City Thunder are loaded with young talent, the Dallas Mavericks are the defending champions and the...

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Gibbs will transfer, Ridley to sign with Texas today

April 11, 2012

Gibbs announces he will transfer A crowded Texas backcourt claimed its first victim Tuesday. Freshman point guard Sterling Gibbs announced plans to transfer at the end of the semester. “I’ve...

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National champs Kentucky put one-and-done issue in spotlight

April 3, 2012

There’s a growing debate in college basketball about what to do with so-called “one-and-done” players — those select few athletes who leave college after one season for a big payday...

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Ash stands out in Orange-White game

April 2, 2012

Quarterback David Ash and the Longhorns starters did what they were supposed to do in the spring game: beat the back-ups. Texas’ first-team offense wasn’t challenged by the second-team defense...

Ridley reaffirms commitment, will sign with Texas next month

March 28, 2012

Texas recruit Cameron Ridley will sign his letter of intent and play for the Longhorns next season, Ridley told ESPN’s Dave Telep. Ridley is a 6-10, 230-pound center from Bush High School in Fort...

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One and not done, Kabongo will return

March 27, 2012

Myck Kabongo veered from the path set forth by his predecessors and will return for his sophomore season. The Longhorns’ starting point guard announced Monday that he would bypass the 2012 NBA Draft...

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Source: J’Covan Brown to enter NBA Draft

March 22, 2012

Editor's Note: This story has been updated at 2:32 a.m. in response to J'Covan Brown's tweets. J’Covan Brown’s spin move caught the attention of NBA scouts and Big 12 defenders...

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Texas season ends with another close call

March 19, 2012

NASHVILLE, TENN. — The Longhorns struggled all season to win close games, and that’s why Texas will watch the rest of the NCAA Tournament from home. The Longhorns’ season ended Friday...

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Longhorns upset bid falls short once more

March 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, TN--Even in the NCAA Tournament, Texas couldn't escape its biggest weakness: winning close games. The eleventh-seeded Longhorns lost to sixth-seeded Cincinnati, 65-59, on Friday at...

Brown looks to help Texas navigate tourney

March 16, 2012

J'Covan Brown wasn't sure the Texas Longhorns would be back in the NCAA tournament before the season started. He's glad he was wrong. Brown, a junior guard, was one of three returning...

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State of Texas has yet to win Big 12 crown in 15 seasons

March 9, 2012

No team from the state of Texas has ever won the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. That’s right, the state with the most teams in the conference has never had a school crowned tournament...

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Cyclones, White stand in way of tournament bid

March 8, 2012

Texas is in unfamiliar territory entering the Big 12 Tournament. Since Rick Barnes arrived in 1998, the Longhorns have locked up a bid to the NCAA Tournament prior to playing in the conference tourney....

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Horns seeking upset over top ranked Kansas

March 2, 2012

The Longhorns may have done enough to secure an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with Wednesday’s win over Oklahoma, but a victory at No. 3 Kansas on Saturday would all but assure the Longhorns...

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Freshman steals show on senior night

March 1, 2012

Leave it to a freshman to salvage senior night for the Longhorns. On an evening when Texas honored seniors Clint Chapman and Alexis Wangmene, rookie swingman Sheldon McClellan exploded for a career-high...

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Big 12 Basketball Notebook

February 29, 2012

Kansas secures eighth straight Big 12 Championship The Kansas Jayhawks are Big 12 champs. Again. KU wrapped up the program’s eighth consecutive Big 12 regular season title on Monday night with...

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Longhorns escape Lubbock with win

February 27, 2012

The Longhorns' NCAA tournament hopes are still alive thanks to a timely steal from J'Covan Brown. Brown knocked the ball loose from Texas Tech's Javarez Willis and saved it from going out...

Texas hopes to avoid letdown at Texas Tech

February 24, 2012

The Longhorns basketball team hasn’t learned how to close out games yet. They’ll get another chance on Saturday, though, when Texas travels to Texas Tech for a game against the Big 12’s...

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Longhorns lose another close one to Baylor

February 21, 2012

The Longhorns didn’t have an answer for Quincy Acy down the stretch as No. 14 Baylor rallied to end UT’s hopes for an upset. Acy scored eight points in the final 4:45 to help Baylor overcome...

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Longhorns look to get another win in Oklahoma

February 17, 2012

The Longhorns are going back to Oklahoma this weekend for the second time in five days with a chance to further expand their NCAA tournament resume. Texas visits Oklahoma State on Saturday looking to...

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Texas comes back in the second half once again to defeat Oklahoma

February 15, 2012

The Longhorns are a better team in the second half. Texas rallied to beat Oklahoma, 69-58, on Tuesday night in Norman, Okla. to extend its winning streak to four games. UT (17-9) overcame a five-point...

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Longhorns look to lock down Sooners

February 14, 2012

The hallmark of a Rick Barnes team has always been a stifling defense. Now, two-thirds of the way through Big 12 play, the Longhorns are finally becoming a defensive menace. Texas has won three straight...

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Longhorns fight back, down Wildcats from the line

February 12, 2012

The free throw line was the Longhorns' best friend in a game they desperately needed. Texas made more free throws (35) than field goals (18) and engineered another second half comeback to beat...

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Men’s basketball finally finding rhythm

February 10, 2012

The Longhorns are starting to peak at the right time. The same holds true for Kansas State, though. Texas hosts the Wildcats Saturday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center and look to extend its winning...

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Texas picks up much-needed road win over rival Texas A&M

February 7, 2012

Texas won the last scheduled game against rival Texas A&M, 70-68, at one of the Big 12’s loudest venues, Reed Arena, on Monday night. The Longhorns hadn’t won a game away from Austin since...

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Longhorns cruise past Red Raiders to end losing streak

February 6, 2012

The Longhorns figured out one way to avoid their late-game woes: blow out the other team. Texas cruised past Texas Tech, 74-57, on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center. After weeks of crushing defeats...

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Longhorns break losing streak, take down Tech

February 5, 2012

The Longhorns figured out one way to avoid their late-game woes: blow out the other team. Texas cruised past Texas Tech, 74-57, on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center. After weeks of crushing defeats...

Signing Day report card

February 2, 2012

The Longhorns signed 28 recruits on Wednesday and were able to fill nearly all of the holes Texas had in 2011. Here’s our grade report on Mack Brown’s 15th recruiting class at UT. Quarterback:...

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Barnes needs to shoulder blame

February 1, 2012

Basketball head coach Rick Barnes has dished out plenty of blame in recent weeks as the Longhorns continue to plummet towards the cellar of the Big 12 conference. Texas has dropped five of its last...

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Horns’ second-half comeback attempt falls short

January 31, 2012

The Texas Longhorns didn’t have an answer to Missouri’s Michael Dixon, and the No. 4 Tigers thwarted another late comeback attempt by UT. Dixon ended a furious second-half rally by Texas with...

Longhorns still searching for consistency

January 30, 2012

WACO — There wasn't much for the Longhorns to take away from another road loss, except for J'Covan Brown rediscovering his shooting touch. Texas didn't execute down the stretch, the...

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Jones’ return poses challenge for Longhorns

January 27, 2012

The Baylor Bears got their swagger and their best player back this week. That’s bad news for Texas and the rest of the Big 12. The No. 6 Bears (18-2; 5-2 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak...

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Supporting cast steps up, helps offset Brown’s bad night

January 25, 2012

The Longhorns proved they could beat a quality opponent even when J’Covan Brown can’t find his shot. Texas got enough strong play from its role players and bench to overcome a rough shooting...

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Brown picking up slack for struggling Kabongo

January 24, 2012

Rick Barnes expected J’Covan Brown to be the Longhorns’ leading scorer this season. But the coach didn’t envision Brown becoming the team’s de facto point guard. That duty was supposed...

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Longhorns’ late-game struggles continue

January 23, 2012

 Texas couldn’t overcome a slow start against the Kansas Jayhawks, and then fell victim to poor execution in the final possessions after giving the Big 12’s best team all they could handle. The...

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Texas drops a close one to Big 12 top dog Kansas

January 22, 2012

The Longhorns gave the Kansas Jayhawks all they could handle, but UT fell just short in a bid to upset the Big 12's top team. The Longhorns rallied for another furious second half comeback, their...

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Longhorns fall to Wildcats on the road

January 19, 2012

Texas lost the ball, and then the game. The Longhorns’ 16th turnover of the night squandered a furious second-half comeback and led to Kansas State’s final basket as UT lost, 84-80, on Wednesday...

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Big 12 conference among country’s best

January 18, 2012

The current Big 12 format will be in place for this season only, a shame considering the conference is among the most competitive nationally from top to bottom. The Big 12 is the only league with three...

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NCAA tourney berth still within reach

January 17, 2012

While most students packed up and headed home for the holiday break, the Longhorns played seven games. Texas went undefeated at home, beating Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Rice and Temple. Still, the...

New coaching staff a warm welcome

January 17, 2012

Originally posted on Jan. 2, 2012 The Longhorns welcomed six new coaches in 2011 and they helped bring a three-win improvement to the program: from 5-7 to 8-5. Texas played some of its best ball in California--a...

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Longhorns drop another road game to Tigers, 84-73

January 15, 2012

J'Covan Brown dazzled individually for the Longhorns, but Missouri collectively outplayed Texas and the hot-shooting Tigers continued UT's road woes.   Brown put on an offensive display...

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Lewis leads Texas to victory over Aggies

January 13, 2012

Julien Lewis made the most of his lone opportunity to play Texas A&M at home. The freshman guard broke out of a shooting slump and poured in a team-high 16 points to lead Texas (12-4; 2-1 Big 12)...

Longhorns overcome poor half, take down ‘Pokes

January 8, 2012

It wasn't pretty, but Texas held off Oklahoma State, 58-49, Saturday in the Longhorns' Big 12 home opener. Both teams struggled from the field in the first half, including a five-minute drought...

Longhorns trample Bears in Holiday Bowl victory

December 29, 2011

SAN DIEGO--The opportunities kept coming for the Texas Longhorns, and when they finally capitalized on a takeaway, UT ended its season in dominating fashion. Texas forced five California turnovers, including...

Teams with testy history to meet in Holiday Bowl

December 26, 2011

Texas isn't on California's nice list. Cal hasn't forgotten its painful Bowl Championship Series snub in 2004, which saw Texas accept a Rose Bowl bid after the Golden Bears slid from fourth...

Bowl prep will allow team to invest in future

December 8, 2011

After a disappointing end to the regular season that saw Texas lose three of its last four games, the Longhorns need as much practice time as they can get. With an invitation to play California in the...

Bowl prep will allow team to invest in future

December 7, 2011

After a disappointing end to the regular season that saw Texas lose three of its last four games, the Longhorns need as much practice time as they can get. With an invitation to play California in the...

Quandre Diggs inspired by brother

December 6, 2011

Quandre Diggs is used to following in his brother’s footsteps. The freshman cornerback came to Texas a decade after his older brother, Quentin Jammer, starred with the Longhorns as a defensive back....

Texas loses to Baylor 48-24

December 4, 2011

Editor's note: updated 12/04/11 at 11:00 p.m. WACO — It wasn’t the ending Texas envisioned. The Longhorns needed to limit their turnovers. They couldn’t. They wanted to contain...

Texas’ defensive leaders thrive in bend-don’t-break philosophy

December 2, 2011

The Texas defense has made a habit of forcing field goals in the red zone this year, and the Longhorns will need that trend to continue. UT’s red zone defense was instrumental last week against...

Case and point: Sophomore limits turnovers

December 2, 2011

The Longhorns hope Case McCoy still has some magic left. The sophomore quarterback, who will make his second start in a row in the season finale, always seems to come up big for Texas when it matters...

McCoy named starter against Baylor

November 29, 2011

 For the first time in months, the Longhorns won’t need a quarterback battle in practice to determine Saturday’s starter. Case McCoy gets the call in the regular season finale against...

Texas defense stifles opponent once again

November 28, 2011

The Texas defense saved the day again. The crowd at Kyle Field was in a frenzy, and the Longhorns had just blown a coverage allowing Texas A&M to score the go-ahead touchdown late in the fourth quarter....

Longhorns entering final game of rivalry without reliable offense

November 23, 2011

The Longhorns know what they’ll eat on Thanksgiving. They’re not exactly sure how they’ll score points in the last rivalry game against Texas A&M. The Texas offense is stuck in park...

Quotes to Note: Week 12

November 23, 2011

Emmanuel Acho: “We know that the scoreboard is going to remembered and we want to make it a good memory.” Blake Gideon: “It is going to be the last A&M game for a while but this...

Young signal caller struggling, unable to rack up passing yards, avoid costly turnovers this year

November 23, 2011

With 12 weeks gone in the regular season, the Longhorns have yet to identify a reliable quarterback. Mack Brown joked during the preseason that if he couldn’t find a quarterback by Thanksgiving,...

National Notebook: Week 12

November 22, 2011

The Longhorns defense has done its job over the past two games. The same can’t be said about the offense. Texas has allowed 17 points in each of the two last weeks, but the offense has scored just...

Press Box Observations: Texas falls to Kansas State

November 21, 2011

Seniors play well The senior class didn’t get the results they wanted in their final home game Saturday, but they performed well individually. Cody Johnson rumbled for a 55-yard gain in the fourth...

Wildcats outlast Texas, 17-13

November 20, 2011

The Texas Longhorns just can't figure out Kansas State. The No. 16 Wildcats outlasted Texas, 17-13, to win their fourth in a row in the series and spoil senior night for the Longhorns on Saturday...

Longhorns dealing with emotions involved in final home game of careers

November 18, 2011

The Longhorns senior class will take the field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the last time on Saturday, and they couldn’t have picked a better opponent for their send off. Kansas...

Senior’s injury leaves Texas seeking replacement

November 18, 2011

The Longhorns have some big shoes to fill. A season-ending knee injury to Fozzy Whittaker last week leaves a gaping hole in the Texas offense, but the senior’s leadership will also be missed. Whittaker...

Live Chat crew talks Kansas State, Fozzy’s injury

November 17, 2011

Editor’s note: Missed our double coverage live chat? Here are a few highlights, but make sure to join us next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at bit.ly/dt_chat. Sameer Bhuchar (Daily Texan): I’m Sameer...

Longhorns going back to drawing board this week

November 16, 2011

The Longhorns are going back to the drawing board this week. Texas looked like a team on the rise two weeks ago, but Saturday’s 17-5 loss to Missouri and a season-ending knee injury to Fozzy Whittaker...

Texas falls to Mizzou, 17-5

November 13, 2011

COLUMBIA, MO — The Texas Longhorns entered Faurot Field bruised and battered. They left in even worse shape. Playing without their leading receiver and top two rushers, the Longhorns lost senior...

Longhorn run defense will have its hands full against prolific Tiger offense

November 11, 2011

The Longhorns can run the ball. That much is clear. But can they defend it? While Texas’ run defense has improved its national ranking over the last two weeks, the results speak more about the teams...

Confidence, maturity play a role in Ash’s success

November 11, 2011

Mack Brown noticed something different about his quarterback last week against Texas Tech. Confidence. David Ash didn’t play like a true freshman making just his third career start. Instead, he...

Byndom lets his play do the talking

November 11, 2011

Carrington Byndom isn’t much of a talker. But the cornerback sure knows how to listen. Of course, it helps to be around people who know what they’re talking about. Byndom’s postion...

Sports Briefly: Longhorns sign eight recruits, bolster young pitching staff

November 10, 2011

Texas bolstered its baseball team on Wednesday as the Longhorns received National Letters of Intent from eight of the top high school recruits. “Once again, Tommy Harmon, our recruiting coordinator,...

Former Angleton teammates will reunite on Saturday

November 10, 2011

Talk about a reunion. Angleton High School will be well-represented at Faurot Field on Saturday when Texas visits Missouri. Longhorns cornerback Quandre Diggs and tailback D.J. Monroe grew up in Angleton...

Texas dominates Texas Tech

November 7, 2011

The Longhorns didn’t skip a beat without their leading rusher and receiver. Joe Bergeron rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries as Texas manhandled Texas Tech up front en route...

Longhorns manhandle Red Raiders

November 6, 2011

The Longhorns didn't skip a beat without their leading rusher and receiver. Joe Bergeron rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries as Texas manhandled Texas Tech up front en route to...

Texas’ bevy of backs add to rush attack

November 4, 2011

There are plenty of carries to go around. The Longhorns average roughly 50 rushing attempts per game, and four tailbacks have at least 24 carries this season. Yes, Texas has reverted to its traditional,...

Poehlmann providing needed push up front

November 4, 2011

The Longhorns have a new tight end. A big one. Luke Poehlmann, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound junior, moved from the offensive line to tight end prior to last week’s win over Kansas. With Texas desperately...

Diggs to see more returns

November 2, 2011

Teams simply won’t kick to Fozzy Whittaker any more. Quandre Diggs is okay with that. Diggs returned two kickoffs for 33 yards on Saturday against Kansas, who decided to let someone other than Whittaker...

Bergeron runs past Kansas

October 31, 2011

 It was worth the wait. After not carrying the ball in a game for more than six quarters ­— a span of three weeks — Joe Bergeron exploded for 136 yards against Kansas on Saturday....

Whittaker embraces superhero persona

October 28, 2011

It doesn’t take long to figure out who Fozzy Whittaker’s favorite super hero is. The red, white and blue shield that hangs above his bed gives it away. It’s Captain America. Whittaker...

Return game emerges as unexpected bright spot

October 28, 2011

Fozzy Whittaker is the nation’s leading kick returner. But his journey to the top was about as unorthodox as it gets. Whittaker started on the front line of the kick return unit as a blocker, and...

Mack Brown earns high honor

October 27, 2011

 Texas football head coach Mack Brown has been voted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Brown and nine others constitute the 2011 class, which includes Masters champion Fred Couples and Chicago...

Quarterback play to determine result against Jayhawks

October 27, 2011

Editor’s note: Missed our double coverage live chat? Here are a few highlights, but make sure to join us next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at bit.ly/dt_chat. Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar: Dear...

Texas running game carrying load

October 26, 2011

The Longhorns running game doesn’t look like it’s slowing down any time soon. Texas rushed for 231 yards in its last game against Oklahoma State, the second highest total this season. Malcolm...

Cardinals pose major threat to Rangers’ title hopes

October 19, 2011

Editor’s Note: Austin Laymance covered the St. Louis Cardinals for three months during his summer internship with MLB.com. The Cardinals are no strangers to the World Series. But this might be their...

Daily Texan 2011 Midseason Awards

October 18, 2011

The Longhorns are halfway through their 12-game schedule and several players have caught our attention. Here are The Daily Texan’s midseason awards. MVP: Fozzy Whittaker Whittaker has been the...

Texas offense struggles

October 17, 2011

The start of the David Ash era at quarterback didn’t offer much improved results for Texas. The Longhorns lost to No. 6 Oklahoma State, 38-26, on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal-Memorial Stadium in...

Mack Brown to put perfect post-rivalry record to test

October 14, 2011

Mack Brown knows how to get the Longhorns to forget about the Oklahoma game and move on. He’s never lost a game following the Red River Rivalry in his 13-plus years at Texas. Brown said he learned...

Texas DBs need to regroup after worst outing of the season

October 14, 2011

Defensive backs have short memories. That will come in handy this week. The Longhorns don’t have any time to sulk over last week’s implosion against Oklahoma. Not with the No. 1 scoring...

Texas looks to get Marquise Goodwin more involved in offense

October 12, 2011

Goodwin looking to get more involved Marquise Goodwin is nowhere to be found in the Texas offense, and head coach Mack Brown would like to change that. The junior receiver has not recorded any statistics...

Cotton Bowl collapse

October 10, 2011

DALLAS — The Longhorns had more than just the eyes of Texas watching them. But against Oklahoma before a national television audience, with ESPN College GameDay on hand and 94,000 fans packed into...

Turnovers plague Longhorns

October 10, 2011

DALLAS — After going two games without a turnover, the Longhorns had more than two games’ worth at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Texas turned the ball over five times, including three fumbles...

OU exposes weaknesses in Texas’ offensive line

October 10, 2011

The young Longhorns cornerbacks were abused by the Oklahoma receivers on Saturday, allowing 367 passing yards — 305 in the first half — and three touchdowns. The Sooners veteran wideouts took...

Chance to play for Texas in game a dream come true for some

October 7, 2011

The Red River Rivalry has a special place in the heart of each Longhorn. For some, it’s a game they’ve dreamed about playing in since they were kids. To others, it’s an opportunity to...

‘Wild’ scheme gives Horns added edge

October 7, 2011

Fozzy Whittaker is running wild. Literally. The senior tailback has thrived in the Longhorns’ version of the wildcat formation, which Texas has simply dubbed “wild.” Whittaker has scored...

Cornerbacks continue NFL tradition

October 6, 2011

Saturday isn’t the only time to watch Texas defensive backs in action. They also shine on Sundays. The Longhorns have 47 players on NFL rosters, the most of any program in the nation. And 10 of...

Hiccups and starts for Saturday’s OU game

October 5, 2011

Safety out indefinitely Frustrating season continues for Scott. Christian Scott’s senior campaign isn’t going the way Texas had hoped. The safety injured his right wrist against Iowa State...

Longhorns take down Iowa State, prepare for Sooners

October 3, 2011

The Longhorns are playing their best ball at the right time. Texas turned in its most complete performance of the season on Saturday and easily handled Iowa State, 37-14, to remain unbeaten heading into...

‘Money Makers’ playing harder, faster, stronger

September 30, 2011

The cornerbacks are young, but don’t call them that. The most productive unit on the Texas defense this season is also the least experienced. Go figure. “They don’t play young,”...

Tight end role expanded in Texas’ passing attack

September 30, 2011

The tight ends are back. For the past three seasons, the Longhorns’ offense had a steady decline in production from the tight end position. That’s all changed in 2011. Blaine Irby and D.J....

Live chat crew talks Iowa State

September 29, 2011

Editor’s note: Missed our double coverage live chat? Here are a few highlights, but make sure to join us next Wednesday at 4 p.m. at bit.ly/dt_chat. Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar: What...

Tight ends make mark on offense

September 28, 2011

The tight ends finally had something positive to celebrate. As soon as D.J. Grant crossed the goal line for a 45-yard touchdown reception on Texas’ sixth play of the game against UCLA, all six Longhorn...

Horns look for a win over Iowa State

September 27, 2011

It’s time for Texas to get back to business. The Longhorns took advantage of their bye week, getting a few days off to recover and prepare for the start of Big 12 Conference play, which begins on...

Texas not concerned about pass rush, sacks

September 22, 2011

The sacks will come. At least, that’s what the Texas coaching staff believes. While the Longhorn defensive ends have the potential to be some of the more dominant pass rushers in the nation, junior...

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