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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

All content by Donnavan Smoot

Second-half explosion drives Longhorns’ win over West Virginia

Donnavan Smoot January 7, 2019

Texas was on upset alert early in Sunday’s matchup against West Virginia. The Longhorns went into the the half down by two. Whether it was due to great defense by the Mountaineers or just bad offense,...


Longhorns survive furious Oklahoma State rally

Donnavan Smoot January 3, 2019

The calendar turned to 2019 since the Longhorns last took the floor, but Karen Aston’s squad brought the same suspenseful finishes from its 2018 slate of games. The Longhorns escaped with a 60-51...


Longhorns send off 2018 with rout of Northwestern State

Donnavan Smoot December 30, 2018

Texas sent off the year in one of the best ways possible, defeating Northwestern State 104-66. It was the Longhorns’ first game passing the 100 point mark since November 2017. While the game was...


Longhorns gift fans with win over UT-RGV before Christmas break

Donnavan Smoot December 21, 2018

With finals season coming to an end for most students, the Longhorns had one more test to take before they could relax for the Christmas break — they passed with flying colors. Texas went on the...


Texas drops another at home against Lady Vols

Donnavan Smoot December 10, 2018

After dropping back to back home games to ranked opponents, the Longhorns find themselves in an unfamiliar position. They welcomed No. 9 Tennessee into the Frank Erwin Center and tried to right the wrongs...


Aston challenges team’s effort heading into Tennessee matchup

Donnavan Smoot December 7, 2018

The message was clear after Sunday’s 67-49 loss to No. 6 Mississippi State. “Work,” head coach Karen Aston said. “Go to work.” Aston was concise with her words following...


Warren, White lead Longhorns to win

Donnavan Smoot November 26, 2018

One day after being pushed to the brink by Quinnipiac, Texas came out of the gates with high energy in their blowout win against the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. The Longhorns were able to execute...


Warren seals deal in closing minute against Quinnipiac

Donnavan Smoot November 24, 2018

For most of the country, the day after Thanksgiving is usually filled with leftovers, Black Friday savings and a day of rest. The Longhorns weren’t able to indulge in that luxury as they pulled out...

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Heisman Watch

Donnavan Smoot November 20, 2018

With only one week of regular season football remaining, Kyler Murray continues to close the gap between him and Tua Tagovailoa. With a strong performance against West Virginia, things could get interesting....

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Heisman Watch: Grier returns to Trophy short list

Donnavan Smoot November 16, 2018

The Heisman Trophy race is calming down with the top two spots occupied by surefire candidates. Nonetheless, every player in the race is still polarizing week in and week out. Here’s how they are...


Longhorns look to remain undefeated against McNeese State

Donnavan Smoot November 15, 2018

Texas was engaged in a hard fought battle on Monday night against North Texas, eventually leaving Denton with a 64-54 win. It was only the second game of the season, but it provided its own set of issues,...


Higgs reaches 1K club in Texas win

Donnavan Smoot November 13, 2018

On the same day she was announced to the preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy, Lashann Higgs showed up in Denton ready to prove she was indeed something to watch this season. The senior guard...


Higgs, Littleton power blowout in season-opening win

Donnavan Smoot November 9, 2018

Before tip-off, the Longhorns were looking for two things: an improvement on defense and for Lashann Higgs to be their offensive force. They found both Thursday in a 78-41 win over Duquesne. In the...

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Heisman Watch: Tua puts Trophy on ice

Donnavan Smoot November 9, 2018

While the bottom half of the Heisman race continues to be a revolving door, one name remains at the top: Tua Tagovailoa. With yet another big week of college football ahead of us, here's how the race...


One More: Williams betting on Texas in final year

Donnavan Smoot November 2, 2018

When Danni Williams graduated in May, many of the people who crossed the stage with her were preparing for the next phases of their lives. They were going to move around, get jobs, and most of them were...

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Heisman Watch Week 10: Tagovailoa continues to stand out as frontrunner

Donnavan Smoot November 2, 2018

After yet another big week for the leaders in the Heisman race, the top candidates are now preparing for some of the biggest matchups of the season. Here’s the latest on Tua and everybody else: #13...


Big 12 Notebook: Texas-West Virginia square off with conference title aspirations

Donnavan Smoot October 31, 2018

Texas The week Longhorn fans feared would come finally arrived. The trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma, as the No. 6 team in the country resulted in an lopsided first half and a late-game disappointment. Trailing...

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Tagovailoa maintains lead in Heisman race

Donnavan Smoot October 26, 2018

While the bottom half of the Heisman race continues to be a revolving door, one name remains at the top: Tua Tagovailoa. With yet another big week of college football ahead of us, here's how the race...

Big 12 prepares for home stretch

Donnavan Smoot October 25, 2018

The Big 12 has provided twists and turns throughout the season. With five games left, here is how its top teams are preparing for the last part of the season. Texas After a Week One loss to Maryland...


Aston issues challenge to fans at Texas Tip-Off

Donnavan Smoot October 18, 2018

Fans packed into Gregory Gym on Wednesday night for the 2018 Texas Tip-Off. It was a chance for them to get their first look at both men’s and women’s teams and set their expectations for the...

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Heisman Watch: Tagovailoa separates self in race

Donnavan Smoot October 12, 2018

As the season continues to move forward, a trio of quarterbacks continue to dominate the Heisman conversation, but a pair of outside challengers now have their eye on college football’s greatest...

Big 12 Notebook: Texas, West Virginia jump in polls after wins

Donnavan Smoot October 11, 2018

The outlook of the Big 12 saw a major shift after some big matchups took place over the weekend. Here’s how things are shaking up for the conference’s top teams: Texas The Longhorns are...


Big 12 teams come up on defining moments of season

Donnavan Smoot October 5, 2018

Conference play is starting to heat up in the Big 12. Although it’s early, many teams already have big games coming up on their schedule. Here are where some of them stand right now: Texas The...


Tagovailoa, Murray battle for top spot in Heisman Watch

Donnavan Smoot October 5, 2018

Through five weeks, the Heisman race has boiled down to a few quarterbacks around the country. Here’s how the top candidates performed this past week: #13 Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback, No. 1 Alabama The...

Big 12 teams enter defining moments of season

Donnavan Smoot October 4, 2018

Conference play is starting to heat up in the Big 12. Although it's early, many teams already have big games coming on their schedules. Here's where some them stand right now: Texas The Longhorns...

Routt hospitalized after fainting during practice

Donnavan Smoot October 2, 2018

Freshman guard Shae Routt was hospitalized Sunday after fainting during the first 10 minutes of practice Sunday afternoon. It was the first organized practice of the year for the Longhorns. Routt and...

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Grier continues strong Heisman push with win over Kansas State

Donnavan Smoot September 28, 2018

Conference play is officially underway and some of college football’s brightest stars were on full display this past weekend. Here’s how the frontrunners are stacking up in the Heisman race: #13...

New faces in rankings shake up Big 12 outlook

Donnavan Smoot September 27, 2018

Members of the Big 12 conference experienced an interesting weekend after Week Four concluded last Saturday. From the Texas Christian University’s back-to-back losses to Texas Tech putting the conference...


Murray, Haskins join Week Four edition of Heisman Watch

Donnavan Smoot September 21, 2018

As we enter Week Four of the college football season this weekend, the Heisman race is beginning to see some athletes pull ahead and others fall behind. Here are the top four Heisman candidates...

Big Week Three performances set up conference clashes

Donnavan Smoot September 19, 2018

Texas (2–1) The Longhorns finally provided the performance that fans were begging for. They overpowered then-No. 22 USC, 37-14, in front of a record-setting crowd of 103,507 people. After the...


A history of Texas and USC through the years

Donnavan Smoot September 14, 2018

The long-awaited rematch between Texas and USC is back.  The No. 22 Trojans will come into Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this Saturday for the second game of a home-and-home series with...


Big 12 Notebook: Oklahoma on top, TCU faces its toughest test

Donnavan Smoot September 13, 2018

A lot happened over the weekend in one of the most explosive conferences in the country. Here’s how some of the top teams in the Big 12 fared last weekend: Oklahoma Last year’s conference...

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Tagovailoa enters Heisman race in Week Two

Donnavan Smoot September 7, 2018

As Week Two in college football kicks off this weekend, here's what the Heisman Watch looks like right now: #20 Bryce Love, running back, No. 10 Stanford   Love struggled in his season...


Love, Grier set sights on Heisman Trophy

Donnavan Smoot August 31, 2018

Another year of college football is upon us and with it comes the year-long conversation of who the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner will be. Here are some of this preseason’s top candidates: Bryce...


Bahamian Rhapsody: Pedrya Seymour finishes her career on 40 Acres

Donnavan Smoot May 3, 2018

A native from Nassau, Bahamas, Pedrya Seymour has gone from a lowly coveted recruit to an All-American to an Olympian. Seymour, a fifth-year senior, started her college career at Illinois after a lackluster...

Longhorn track competes in final meet before conference championships

Marcus Krum and Donnavan Smoot April 30, 2018

DMR, javelin pick up wins as Longhorns place fifth to end regular season In a season that has seen a young team with many moving parts, two events of the Texas men’s track team have been nothing...


Track Roundup: Longhorns ready for final stretch of regular season at National Relays

Donnavan Smoot and Marcus Krum April 27, 2018

Momentum, camaraderie the focus in final regular season meet for Longhorn men With the Big 12 Championship meet in its sights, the time is now for the Texas men’s track team. As the entire...


Men and women fine-tune ahead of conference championships

Marcus Krum and Donnavan Smoot April 23, 2018

Distance competition lives up to hype as Longhorns pick up several wins Texas assistant track coach Brad Herbster could only describe it as “the greatest collegiate 1,500 ever.” At the...

Track roundup: Longhorns find success in seniors’ final home meet

Donnavan Smoot and Marcus Krum April 16, 2018

Throwers shine as men’s track fine-tunes in final home meet There’s nothing quite like the comfort of competing at home. For the second competition in a row, the Texas men’s track...


Track roundup: Longhorns gear up for Texas Invitational

Donnavan Smoot and Marcus Krum April 13, 2018

Distance team takes on new tasks in second consecutive home meet Just two weeks ago, Texas men’s distance runners, including senior Logan Emery and freshman Sam Worley, took the track at Mike...


Preiss, Bruckner highlight Texas Relays for Longhorn women

Donnavan Smoot April 1, 2018

Over 7,000 athletes, from 21 countries and 195 colleges, were in Austin this week for the 91st Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. It was an event that helps signify the arrival of the outdoor track and field...


Outdoor season kicks off in Austin

Donnavan Smoot March 28, 2018

Just as spring is getting into gear, the outdoor track and field season is upon the Longhorn women. After a disappointing end to the indoor season two weeks ago in College Station, Texas, the women will...


Women’s track: Longhorns suffer disappointing end to indoor season

Donnavan Smoot March 11, 2018

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Disappointment was the underlying theme over the past two days at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the Longhorn women. They hadn’t been able to get the amount of...


Women’s track: Texas struggles on day one of NCAA Indoor Championships

Donnavan Smoot March 10, 2018

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Athletes from universities around the nation gathered at Texas A&M on Friday to open day one of the NCAA Indoor Championships. Schools sent their best to compete for...


Six Longhorns to compete at NCAA Championships

Donnavan Smoot March 8, 2018

All the chips will be on the line this weekend at Texas A&M’s Gilliam Indoor Stadium, the site of the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Longhorn women will send four individuals and a 4x400-meter...

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Track roundup: Longhorn women return with Big 12 title, men finish second

Marcus Krum and Donnavan Smoot February 26, 2018

Texas women claim fourth Big 12 title in last five years For the fourth time in five years, the Longhorn women can call themselves Big 12 champions. The women pulled out a close, five-point victory...


Track roundup: Texas eyes conference championships in Ames

Donnavan Smoot and Marcus Krum February 23, 2018

Longhorn men seeking back-to-back titles for first time since 2008 and 2009 For the 25 members of the Texas men’s track and field team heading to Ames, Iowa, on Friday, the indoor season comes...


Track roundup: Longhorns compete at USATF events prior to Big 12 Championships

Marcus Krum and Donnavan Smoot February 19, 2018

Bruckner, Daniels lead Longhorn women On Thursday morning, the Longhorns’ track and field team lost its head coach, Mario Sategna, after he “separated from the program.” On Saturday,...


Track roundup: Longhorns tuning up before Big 12 championship

Marcus Krum and Donnavan Smoot February 16, 2018

Longhorn men attempt NCAA qualification in final regular season meet With a week remaining until the Big 12 championship meet, preparation has shifted for the Texas men’s track team. All eyes...


Longhorns set school records in Washington, Arkansas

Donnavan Smoot and Marcus Krum February 12, 2018

Distance-running pair etches names in program record books for Texas men It has not taken long for freshman Sam Worley and junior Alex Rogers to establish themselves as one of the top distance pairs...


Track roundup: Longhorns gear up for big weekend on the road

Marcus Krum and Donnavan Smoot February 9, 2018

Underclassmen lead Longhorn men into Husky Classic, Tyson Invitational Long-distance runner Sam Worley’s 4:03:91 finish to edge UTEP’s Jonah Koech in the mile at the New Mexico Classic on...

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Texas takes major strides in Albuquerque

Donnavan Smoot February 5, 2018

The Longhorn men’s and women’s track teams, fresh off a record-setting performance in Lubbock, went into Albuquerque and took major strides. Texas increased its win total and put itself...

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Longhorns hope to continue momentum in New Mexico

Donnavan Smoot February 2, 2018

The Longhorns will participate in their fourth meet of the new year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this weekend. Both the men and the women will be looking to improve on the one combined win they had last...


Jalen Green ready to make plays for Texas

Donnavan Smoot January 25, 2018

It was late September, the high school football season had just started and the Texas Longhorns were on a bye week. Houston ISD’s Delmar Stadium was packed for a game between Katy Tompkins and...

Former Longhorns have strong showings in Week 13

Donnavan Smoot December 7, 2017

As we enter the fourth quarter of the NFL season, former Longhorns are still performing at high levels on the field. Here is how a few of them did this week. Adrian Phillips Phillips and the Chargers...

Former Longhorns push towards the playoffs

Donnavan Smoot December 1, 2017

With the NFL postseason right around the corner, players league-wide are coming into form to help push their teams to the playoffs. Here are how a few former Longhorns fared on fields across the nation...

Longhorns in the NFL: Marquise Goodwin performs on emotional day

Donnavan Smoot November 17, 2017

Over the weekend, former Longhorns provided several storylines both on and off the field. Here are some of the most memorable performances of the week.  Hassan Ridgeway Ridgeway and the Colts...

Former Longhorns help NFL teams prepare for playoff pushes

Donnavan Smoot November 9, 2017

We are just over halfway through the NFL season and teams are starting to gear up for playoff runs. As we enter Week 10, some former Longhorns are helping their teams in a big way. Here is how they performed...

Old and New Longhorns stand out in Week 8

Donnavan Smoot November 3, 2017

As the NFL entered the midpoint of the season, former Longhorns old and new shined in all three phases of the game. Here’s how former Texas offensive, defensive and special teams players fared in...

Former Longhorns show signs of resurgence

Donnavan Smoot October 27, 2017

Just as the Longhorns have started slow this season, limping to a 3–4 start, some former Longhorns have struggled in the NFL as well. A few, however, rebounded last week with big performances that...

Former Longhorn stars look to jumpstart teams

Donnavan Smoot October 12, 2017

As the Longhorns suited up on Saturday to face off against Kansas State in Austin, numerous former Texas players took the field in the NFL. Here’s how four former Longhorns fared in week five. D’Onta...


Former Longhorns prepare for week five of NFL season

Donnavan Smoot October 5, 2017

With over 20 Longhorns currently suiting up on Sundays in the NFL, the Texas spirit is alive and well throughout the league. Here are a few former Longhorns to keep your eye on in week five of the NFL...

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