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All content by David Leffler

Going, going, gone

David Leffler May 2, 2014

Let’s be honest, few people can sum themselves up or explain their college experience in roughly 500 words. I’m no different. For the record, I tried to freestyle my response rather than write...


Column: Could this year be Augie Garrido’s last as Texas baseball head coach?

David Leffler April 29, 2014

After a couple of embarrassing seasons, 2014 has been better for head coach Augie Garrido. In the past three months, he has become the winningest college baseball coach of all-time and instilled a renewed...


Column: Arrival of Charlie Strong provides golden opportunity for defensive tackle Malcom Brown

David Leffler April 22, 2014

In large part because of monster seasons by defensive ends Jackson Jeffcoat and senior Cedric Reed, the defensive line was a clear area of strength for the Longhorns last year. With Jeffcoat now gone and...


Column: Despite fall, Jordan Spieth still emerges as rising star

David Leffler April 15, 2014

Alongside the rest of the golfing world, Jordan Spieth was forced to watch Bubba Watson sink putt after crucial putt en route to a final-round comeback that gave him his second green jacket in three years....


Column: Mark Payton is carving his place in Texas history

David Leffler April 8, 2014

For an average player, two hits over the course of a three-game series would equal a major slump. Fortunately for the Longhorns, senior center fielder Mark Payton is not just any average player. Payton...


Pitching paces Horns’ 2014 revitalization

David Leffler April 2, 2014

After a two-year hiatus from national relevance, Texas baseball has burst back onto the scene thanks to head coach Augie Garrido’s age-old formula of defense and small ball. The Longhorns currently...


Barnes proving worth despite tournament woes

David Leffler March 28, 2014

This season, Rick Barnes proved why he is the most decorated basketball coach to pass through Texas, earning his fourth Big 12 Coach of the Year honor since arriving in Austin in 1998. But once again,...

Column: Underdogs run wild in the big dance

David Leffler March 20, 2014

The NCAA tournament is upon us, and with it comes a welcome dose of chaos. As usual, the big dance was full of surprises last year, including Wichita State becoming the first No. 9 seed to reach the...

Why walk-on athletes deserve respect

David Leffler March 4, 2014

Glory, wealth and fame: These are some of the rewards that drive athletes in the realm of professional sports and act as heavy influences on the culture and motivations of collegiate athletics. For...


Column: Texas men’s basketball lack experience, star power compared to past teams

David Leffler February 25, 2014

Last Monday, the Longhorns were 9-3 and one game behind Kansas in the Big 12 title race. But, after consecutive road losses to Iowa State and Kansas — two teams Texas defeated in Austin earlier this...

Column: Balance highlights Texas men’s basketball success

David Leffler February 18, 2014

Oftentimes, basketball lends its focus to individuals more than to whole teams. A few select players steal the attention deserved by many others, largely because of the small team size, which allows star...


For Charlie Strong, success will be in development more than recruitment

David Leffler February 11, 2014

Head coach Charlie Strong has been unable to escape the topic of recruiting since he replaced Mack Brown as Texas’ football coach. Unsurprisingly, this has only worsened in the week since the Longhorns...


Recruiting future bright for Longhorns

David Leffler February 4, 2014

Wednesday will mark a milestone in Texas football when the Longhorns partake in college football’s National Signing Day without Mack Brown for the first time since the late 1990s. With the nation’s...


Duo drives Horns to AP Ranking

David Leffler January 29, 2014

After nearly three years, the Longhorns men’s basketball team is ranked again. Texas enters a pivotal week ranked No. 25 in the latest AP poll, a number that will improve if they are able to slay...


Stat Guy: Longhorns offense sparks team’s resurgence

David Leffler January 22, 2014

Fresh off an 86-76 victory over No. 8 Iowa State — its first win against a top-10 opponent in three years — and an upset victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night, the Texas men’s basketball...

Seniors lead Longhorns in every phase

David Leffler December 6, 2013

STOCK UP:   DE Jackson Jeffcoat (SR.) Prior to the Texas Tech game on Thanksgiving, Jeffcoat had already logged two multi-sack games en route to a total of seven on the season. Apparently...


Stat Guy: Baylor game last shot at redemption for maligned seniors

David Leffler December 3, 2013

On the heels of a 41-16 trouncing of Texas Tech, the Longhorns enter their regular season final with a feeling of hope. A showdown against Baylor is all that stands in the way of a Big 12 championship...

Case McCoy, Malcolm Brown need to bounce back

David Leffler November 27, 2013

STOCK UP:   S Mykkele Thompson (Jr.) Although the Texas secondary struggled as a unit against Oklahoma State, allowing Clint Chelf to complete 16 of 22 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns,...

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Texas and Texas Tech have opposite styles, but the Longhorns’ match up better

David Leffler November 26, 2013

Texas and Texas Tech could not be more different. Led by its former quarterback-turned-coach Kliff Kingsbury — who may or may not moonlight as Ryan Gosling’s stunt double — the Red Raiders...


Stat Guy: Vince Young has proven he deserves to be on NFL roster

David Leffler November 19, 2013

There’s an age-old cliche in football: next man up. This phrase rings truest at the professional level, where the competition is fierce and the margin for error is zero — especially at the...

Longhorns receivers Davis, Shipley heating up

David Leffler November 15, 2013

STOCK UP:   WR Mike Davis (Sr.) Well, hello there Mr. Davis. Apparently he saw himself on the “Stock Down” portion of last week’s segment and decided to do something about...


Case McCoy, Jaxon Shipley combination comes alive

David Leffler November 12, 2013

For any Texas football fan, the names McCoy and Shipley go together like peanut butter and jelly. But this isn’t the older McCoy and Shipley sibling combination. Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley are...

Led by Whaley and Reed, Longhorns defensive line dominating

David Leffler November 8, 2013

STOCK UP: DT Chris Whaley (Sr.) The big man in the middle of the Longhorn defense has been everywhere lately, returning a third-quarter fumble 40 yards to the house against Kansas on Saturday, his...

Grueling stretch will put Texas to the test

David Leffler November 5, 2013

Five games into their conference schedule, the Longhorns stand in what, a month ago, would have been an almost inconceivable position: They are 5-0 and first in the conference. Texas rebounded from a dreadful...

Explosive sophomore wideout Marcus Johnson turning heads

David Leffler November 1, 2013

STOCK UP: WR Marcus Johnson (So.) After managing a pedestrian six catches over the first five games of the season, Johnson burst onto the scene two weeks ago against Oklahoma, hauling in a 59-yard...


Stat Guy: Texas Longhorns overcome delay, show progress

David Leffler October 29, 2013

Less than two months ago, the Longhorns suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in program history at the hands of BYU following a one-hour 47-minute lightning delay. Fast-forward to Saturday’s...

Offensive weapons Malcolm Brown, Daje Johnson back in a big way

David Leffler October 25, 2013

STOCK UP: RB Malcolm Brown (Jr.) Before last week’s Red River Rivalry game against Oklahoma, Brown had been a ghost, carrying the ball 23 times for 63 yards through the first five games of...


Greg Robinson leads a rejuvenated Texas Longhorns’ defense

David Leffler October 15, 2013

Following the dismissal of Manny Diaz as defensive coordinator, Texas’ team and fans were in desperate need of a change. So naturally, when head coach Mack Brown named Greg Robinson the new defensive...


Cedric Reed, Case McCoy not flashy but effective

David Leffler October 9, 2013

STOCK UP: DE Cedric Reed (Jr.) With Jackson Jeffcoat playing like a man possessed the last several games, it’s easy to forget about Reed, who had been quiet since racking up 14 tackles against...


Stat Guy: For Longhorns, avoiding turnovers, early deficits key against Oklahoma

David Leffler October 8, 2013

The Red River Rivalry is never a game to miss, thanks to the fried food, the State Fair of Texas and a deep-seated hate between Oklahoma and Texas. Well, that is unless you’re a Texas fan trying...

Jeffcoat, Gray lead the way while Ash recovers from injury, Shipley from poor performance

David Leffler October 3, 2013

STOCK UP:  DE Jackson Jeffcoat (Sr.)  Entering the Longhorns’ game against Kansas State, Jeffcoat’s season could be summed up in one word: disappointing. However, the senior...


Texas should weather Cyclones’ attack

David Leffler October 1, 2013

If Texas were ever in need of a winning streak, it’s now. Fresh off their bye week after a 31-21 win over Kansas State, the Longhorns now head to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State. Although few people...


Texas football in for tough Big 12 stretch

David Leffler September 24, 2013

Texas can’t seem to catch a break. Despite opening up their Big 12 schedule with a 31-21 victory over Kansas State — and taking some momentary heat off head coach Mack Brown —...

Gray, Shipley among few bright spots for Longhorns

David Leffler September 20, 2013

STOCK UP: RB Johnathan Gray (So.) Gray was one of the lone bright spots for the Longhorns in Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss, pacing the offense with 91 rushing yards and his first touchdown of...

Texas football on track to being worse than 2010 team

David Leffler September 17, 2013

In 2010, the Texas football team entered the season fresh off a BCS National Championship appearance, ranked fifth in the country. Led by quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who had an impressive showing against...

McCoy must be ready if Ash unavailable, Longhorns linemen have to step up

David Leffler September 13, 2013

QB Case McCoy (Sr.) If David Ash is too banged up to play this week, it’s up to McCoy to lead the Texas offense against the Rebels. While McCoy has had his bright spots in the past, including...


Stat Guy: Manny Diaz saved his worst for last

David Leffler September 11, 2013

“Missed tackle,” “blown assignment,” “another missed tackle” and “touchdown Brigham Young.” For those who suffered through Texas’ loss at BYU this...

Davis must improve against Cougars

David Leffler September 6, 2013

1. WR Mike Davis (Sr.) By most standards, Mike Davis didn’t have a bad game against New Mexico State last Saturday, hauling in five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. However, he did open the...

For Texas offense, a tale of two halves

David Leffler September 4, 2013

The Longhorn offense debuted its new up-tempo offensive attack Saturday against New Mexico State. The team racked up 715 yards of offense and 56 points. The Longhorns were also held scoreless until the...


Cedric Reed among Longhorns that need to step up most this season

David Leffler August 30, 2013

1. DE Cedric Reed (Jr.) With Alex Okafor now in the NFL, Reed is the man expected to fill the void at defensive end for a Texas defense that has plenty to prove this season. Fortunately for the Longhorns,...

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Does Texas’ four-year trend equal another national championship in 2013?

David Leffler August 28, 2013

Texas fans with a deep belief in the powers of statistical trends could logically have three words in mind: national championship game. Since 2005, when the Longhorns won the national championship with...


Life after the Draft for Longhorns

David Leffler April 30, 2013

With the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, the Texas football program can now set its sights on a promising 2013 season. Despite the departure of team captains Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor, the Longhorns...


Does in-season success equate to draft day glory?

David Leffler April 25, 2013

As the bridge from college football to the pros, the NFL Draft is the ultimate measuring stick for prospects entering the world of professional football. The importance of this event has grown exponentially...


Texas’ biggest coaching salaries don’t translate to big success

David Leffler April 16, 2013

Three years have produced only two combined conference titles by Texas football, basketball and baseball teams. For anyone watching, it has become clear Texas athletics are no longer at the elite level...

Texas baseball’s NCAA hopes hanging in the balance

David Leffler April 9, 2013

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That very well may be the theme of this year’s Texas baseball team, which has struggled mightily with the same issues that plagued the 2012...


Hot starts, solid pitching key for Texas

David Leffler April 4, 2013

The Texas baseball team doesn’t always win but when it does, it prefers to jump out to an early lead. Led by a strong pitching staff that features three workhorse starters, the Longhorns have been...


Vaccaro, Okafor headline Texas Pro Day

David Leffler March 26, 2013

Over the past two decades, Texas has established itself as a perennial producer of NFL talent. In fact, it has gotten to the point where not seeing a Longhorn name near the top of the draft board is downright...

Same story, different year

David Leffler March 19, 2013

Amid the news that the men’s basketball team was not even invited to the NIT, the NCAA Tournament’s ugly stepsister, Longhorn fans are having a hard time remaining clear-eyed.  Like...

Stanford too strong for second straight season

David Leffler March 5, 2013

Another year, another disappointing trip to Palo Alto, Calif.  For the second consecutive season, the Texas baseball team was swept by Stanford, casting a shadow of doubt over what appeared to...

Payton, French pair up to pace the Longhorns

David Leffler February 26, 2013

Entering 2013, there were plenty of reasons for the Longhorn baseball team to wipe the slate clean and start over after last year’s disappointing season. Two Texas players have instead used last...

Strong Offense Ignites Texas’ Hot Start

David Leffler February 19, 2013

It may be snowing in New York, but it feels like spring here in Texas. And as any sports fan around will tell you, spring in Austin means only one thing: Longhorns baseball. Returning from its first season...


Longhorns look forward to playing with most complete team to date

David Leffler February 12, 2013

The last time the Longhorns’ basketball team won back-to-back games our calendars still read 2012. Yep, that is the kind of year Texas has had since the season began back in November. With little...

Longhorns’ 2013 recruiting class boasts quality, not quantity

David Leffler February 7, 2013

Another year, another Top 5 recruiting class for Texas football, right? Wrong. After several consecutive subpar seasons under head coach Mack Brown, Texas' recruiting numbers slipped a bit yesterday...

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Horns to be challenged in “The Octagon”

David Leffler January 30, 2013

Fresh off their first conference victory, the Longhorns head to Manhattan, Kansas to face the Kansas State Wildcats. Although Kansas State is ranked No. 18 in the latest Associated Press college basketball...


Familiar fantasy football names take back seat to breakout candidates

David Leffler December 6, 2012

Like great hitters in baseball and sharp shooters in basketball, many fantasy football players go through rough patches and slumps. Although some struggle for extended periods, players tend to have breakout...


49er’s Kaepernick a hot fantasy commodity

David Leffler November 29, 2012

Christmas music playing in every office and holiday commercials hitting us from every angle imaginable can only mean one thing: fantasy football playoffs are almost here. In fact, this is the last week...


Native Texans headline fantasy must-starts

David Leffler November 15, 2012

Did you see that Alabama-A&M game? Yeah, it was weird for me to root for the Aggies. With the NFL and college football in full swing, it’s hard not to bring the two together. With that in mind,...

Women’s track coach placed on paid administrative leave

David Leffler November 13, 2012

The University of Texas women’s track and field head coach Beverly Kearney has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to a University statement released Monday. Since Kearney became...

Jones to Fly High in New Orleans

David Leffler November 8, 2012

On Tuesday, millions of Americans cast their ballots and let their voices be heard in this year’s presidential and congressional elections. In the spirit of election season, here are my top candidates...


Local basketball program breeds hope, solidarity

David Leffler November 2, 2012

Beyond box scores, beyond accolades and beyond championships, sports have the ability to bring people from all backgrounds together to focus on a common goal. More than anything else, sports have the power...

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Texans’ foster set to smash Buffalo

David Leffler November 1, 2012

By now, many fantasy owners have given up because of player injuries or little success. Although things may seem bleak, don’t give up. There is still plenty of time for struggling owners to make...

Stafford roars in Lions’ comeback victory

David Leffler October 30, 2012

Plenty of fans embraced the spirit of Halloween this weekend, showing up to games dressed from head to toe in wacky, ridiculous costumes. The Halloween theme carried over to the field too, as many players’...


Forte Ready to Run Wild in the Windy City

David Leffler October 25, 2012

As October winds down and we enter the eighth week of the NFL season, it’s easy to wonder where the time has gone. In case you missed it, here are a couple of observations from the first two months...

Fantasy football

David Leffler October 23, 2012

With ten games decided by seven points or less, including two that went into overtime, this week’s slate of NFL action had plenty of nail-biters. Consequently, it only makes sense that fantasy football...


Manning proves a giant option for fantasy picks

David Leffler October 18, 2012

This week is stacked with great matchups, including several division rivalry games. The environment of these games is sure to be electric and players will be looking to elevate their performances against...

McCoy a slick pick this week

David Leffler October 11, 2012

With fantasy contenders beginning to emerge in many leagues, the emphasis now is on staying competitive and not falling behind in the standings. Whether the goal is to remain in first place or climb out...

Colston has field day against Chargers

David Leffler October 9, 2012

Week after week, the NFL never fails to prove why it is the pinnacle of sporting competition. At no other level of professional sports is there more unpredictability or frustration for fantasy owners....


RG III shows no signs of slowing down

David Leffler October 5, 2012

Fall is upon us, and so are the early rounds of bye weeks for players. Shuffling a roster to adjust for a key fantasy player’s off week is always difficult, so here are a few suggestions for players...

Hartline blows past Cardinals in record-setting effort

David Leffler October 2, 2012

Another week and another group of players have shocked the fantasy football world, for better or for worse. Although fantasy owners no doubt wish they could have predicted these performances, that is impossible....

Benson leads the pack in fantasy football this week

David Leffler September 27, 2012

As we approach October and cap off the first month of NFL action, there is little certainty in the fantasy football world. Here are a few pointers that should help fantasy owners piece the puzzle together...

Former ‘Horn Charles explodes to lead all fantasy scorers

David Leffler September 25, 2012

The NFL’s third batch of games was filled with surprises, from the Saints blowing a lead at home to fall to 0-3 to the Vikings dominating the 49ers. Sunday’s games provided plenty of fantasy...


Bush a solid fantasy pick

David Leffler September 20, 2012

With two weeks of NFL games in the books, fantasy football frenzy has once again taken over. To ease the stress of creating a powerhouse starting lineup this week, here are a few players to embrace and...

Houston Texans season preview

David Leffler September 7, 2012

Following a 2011 campaign that included a division championship and their first playoff victory in franchise history, the Houston Texans are entering 2012 with high hopes and expectations. Here are some...

Informal classes offer laidback learning

David Leffler August 31, 2012

Two years after they were almost scrapped, UT’s informal classes are thriving once again and gaining popularity. The classes, which are sponsored by the Thompson Conference Center, are part of a...

Board of Regents Approves Plan For McCombs Grad School

David Leffler August 28, 2012

Students looking to pursue a graduate business education at UT may have to look beyond the iconic Red McCombs School of Business on 21st Street and Speedway. To be specific, they may only have to walk...

Plans for UT medical schools progressing

David Leffler August 27, 2012

Although plans for UT medical schools in Austin and South Texas are being carried out simultaneously, each comes with its own set of questions. The UT System Board of Regents announced plans for a new...


Fixtures symbolize UT’s complicated racial past, present and future

David Leffler May 1, 2012

Editor’s note: This story is the fifth in a series exploring race, racism and diversity on the UT campus. A simple stroll around the 40 Acres tells you a lot about UT’s complicated history...


Insect festival provides fun and learning for all

David Leffler April 23, 2012

All kinds of insects, creepy-crawlers and bugs were on display for people to see, touch and learn about on Saturday. Insecta Fiesta, which was held at the UT Texas Natural Science Center’s Breckenridge...


SAC Atrium, Ceremony Celebrate Berry’s Contributions to UT

David Leffler April 16, 2012

After her many contributions to the University, Margaret C. Berry’s presence will now be permanently ingrained on the Forty Acres. On Friday, President William Powers Jr. announced that the ground...

UTPD holding survey, results of which will be used to improve efficiency

David Leffler April 9, 2012

Just as professors ask students to fill out course surveys, the University of Texas Police Department is giving the UT community the opportunity to answer questions about the department’s performance. Through...

Austin-area toll roads increase speed limit

David Leffler April 3, 2012

Drivers in Austin can now more easily satisfy their need for speed with a 5 mph increase to the speed limit on toll roads outside the city. The Texas Department of Transportation implemented a speed limit...


Lecture Explores Israel-Palestine Conflict and Possible Solutions

David Leffler March 29, 2012

Although the conflict between Israel and Palestine has endured since Israel became a state in 1948, there is a possible solution in the foreseeable future, said Norman Finkelstein, author of political...


Local art festival commemorates former first lady, beauty of nature

David Leffler March 19, 2012

The annual Lady Bird Johnson Artists and Artisans Festival allows people to view exhibits and purchase artwork that highlights the beauty of Texas’ environment. Over 20 art vendors and several hundred...


CPR training prepares participants for crisis

David Leffler March 5, 2012

CPR training teaches critical life-saving skills crucial to survival in the face of unexpected medical emergencies. The American Red Cross Club of UT put on their 10th annual mass CPR training on Saturday...


Explore UT inspires next generation

David Leffler March 5, 2012

Explore UT, known as “The Biggest Open House in Texas,” gives prospective UT students a chance to explore the behind the scenes of campus organizations. Thousands of prospective students,...


‘Project’ unites longhorns, communities around the world

David Leffler February 27, 2012

An event organized by numerous University volunteer organizations teamed with the Texas Exes to orchestrate the largest day of community service in UT history. The Project, which took place on Saturday,...


Indian arts showcase focused on Hindu yoga background

David Leffler February 20, 2012

Traditional dance performances and classical Indian music illustrate the deeper meaning and history of yoga beyond the West’s idea that the activity is simply an exercise. The Milan, a classical...


Speaker addresses birth control controversy

David Leffler February 20, 2012

In an effort to raise awareness about birth control and its importance in national politics, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards spoke to a crowd of supporters on campus. Richards,...


‘Mr. McCombs’ pageant presents talent, supports food bank

David Leffler February 13, 2012

A male beauty pageant benefiting the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas featured participants who danced, sang, rapped, wrestled and even proposed as they competed for the title of “Mr. McCombs.” The...


Mandate change provokes religious issue with contraception services

David Leffler February 13, 2012

Federal policy mandating most employers to provide insurance coverage for contraceptive services to women has been altered, exempting religiously-oriented organizations from being responsible for covering...

Japanese photographs, art display cultural importance

David Leffler February 6, 2012

Over the past century, Japanese photographers and artists have captured the devastation caused by earthquakes to their country and the responses elicited by its people. Gennifer Weisenfeld, an associate...

Study shows marijuana use declining, prescription drug abuse skyrocketing

David Leffler January 30, 2012

A recent U.S. government study has revealed a decrease in the use of marijuana and cocaine, in every generation since the 1960s, along with a large increase in the abuse of prescription medication by young...

Upcoming racetrack might start new trend

David Leffler January 26, 2012

As construction continues on the new 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas racetrack being built outside of Austin, promoters are still working to inform Austinites of the sport. David Platt, a senior instructor...

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