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All content by Lauren Giudice

Longhorns defeat Oregon State in Alamo Bowl

December 30, 2012

Though the Longhorns were down by ten points in the fourth quarter, the offense came together just in time and defeated Oregon State 31-27 in the Alamo Bowl. Thanks to a key stop by the defense, Texas...

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Offense struggles, Horns down 20-10

December 30, 2012

The Longhorn offense’s debut with Major Applewhite as the playcaller did not begin as hoped. Texas' first three possessions of the game were three and outs. In Peter Jinkens’ first start...

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Longhorns are lucky they aren’t playing Aggies

December 7, 2012

Oklahoma being left out of the BCS was the best thing that could have happened to Texas. Northern Illinois, with a 12-1 record, will head to the Orange Bowl and the Sooners will take on former Big 12 member...

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Lauren Giudice: Thanks for the memories

December 7, 2012

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting...

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Malcolm Brown leads running backs in Texas loss

December 5, 2012

Last season, Malcolm Brown became the first true freshman to lead Texas in rushing since Cedric Benson. Because of an injury and increased competition, this season hasn’t been quite as monumental...

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Texas heading to Alamo Bowl to take on Oregon State

December 4, 2012

It wasn’t the bowl Texas was hoping for. After Texas’ win over Cal in the Holiday Bowl last year, the Longhorns hoped to find their way back to a BCS bowl this season. Instead, they finished...

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Texas Longhorns fall to Kansas State Wildcats due to turnovers, second half struggles

December 3, 2012

The Longhorns’ regular season is now over and, thanks to Kansas State’s finishing touch, they finished with an 8-4 record. Not exactly the season Texas was hoping for. Even with a new quarterback...

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Texas falls to Kansas State

December 2, 2012

The Longhorns’ regular season is now over and, thanks to Kansas State’s finishing touches, they finished with an 8-4 record. Not exactly the season Texas was hoping for. Even with Case McCoy...

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Kenny Vaccaro honors four-year commitment, says goodbye

November 30, 2012

Last spring, Kenny Vaccaro made a decision. With his first son on the way, he chose to stay at Texas for his senior year instead of entering the NFL draft. Money, fame and security awaited him had he...

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Defense looking to take Heisman from Collin Klein

November 30, 2012

Collin Klein had his first start at Kansas State as a sophomore against Texas in 2010. Mack Brown hadn’t expected him to start. He likely didn’t expect what Klein would do to the Longhorns...

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Alex Okafor ends his time at Texas as a leader

November 28, 2012

When Alex Okafor arrived on campus in 2009, Texas went to the BCS National Championship and its defense ranked third in the country. Things haven’t been quite the same for the Longhorns or Okafor...

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With four turnovers, the Texas Longhorns fall to TCU

November 26, 2012

Why Texas Lost This loss falls on UT’s offense and its turnovers. Texas had four turnovers, three interceptions and one fumble. David Ash’s two interceptions were both in the red zone and...

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Texas falls to Big 12 newcomer TCU

November 23, 2012

In the second half, the Longhorns still struggled to find the end zone and couldn’t figure out how to stop the run.  They lost to TCU 20-13. Though the Horned Frogs started off the half with...

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Texas struggles in first half against TCU

November 23, 2012

Texas, especially its offense, struggled early against TCU, giving the Horned Frogs a 14-3 lead at halftime. After a promising start to Texas’ first drive with Johnathan Gray rushing for 23 yards,...

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Longhorns prepared for new Thanksgiving tradition

November 21, 2012

This Thanksgiving, Texans will experience a new tradition. The rivalry that dominated college football in Texas for over 100 years ended when Texas A&M left the Big 12 for the SEC. Now, the Longhorns...

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Adrian Phillips improves along with the Texas defense

November 21, 2012

Adrian Phillips had big shoes to fill. He followed safety Blake Gideon, who started all 52 games he played in at Texas. But it took Phillips more time than he thought to excel in the starting safety spot. “It...

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Jordan Hicks is officially out for the season, but Longhorns have confidence they can stop the run

November 20, 2012

Mack Brown announced Monday that junior linebacker Jordan Hicks is out for the season and will apply for a medical redshirt. If that had been said five weeks ago, the future of the defense would have been...

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Former UT football head coach Darrell K Royal honored in service at Erwin Center

November 14, 2012

Friends, family, former players and students came together to celebrate the life of former Texas football coach Darrell K Royal at the Frank Erwin Center Tuesday. Head coach Mack Brown, UT President William...

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Texas defeats Iowa State, 33-7

November 12, 2012

The Longhorns wore Darrell K Royal’s initials on their helmets to honor the former coach who died Wednesday. Flags flew at half-mast and it was a somber day at the stadium named after him. But the...

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Texas defeats Iowa State, 33-7

November 11, 2012

The Longhorns wore Darrell K Royal’s initials on their helmets to honor the former coach who died on Wednesday.  Flags flew at half-mast and it was a somber day at the stadium named after him....

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Against Tech, Byndom sets tone for struggling defense

November 9, 2012

Carrington Byndom’s season hasn’t been what many expected, as he has struggled and been inconsistent at times. But against Texas Tech’s No. 12 offense, Byndom had his best game...

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Texas looking to avoid repeat of 2010 season

November 9, 2012

In 2010, the Longhorns had just beaten No. 5 Nebraska and then they came home and lost to Iowa State, 28-21. It solidified what Texas fans had feared. It was going to be a long season. The Longhorns lost...

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Horns D shows improvement

November 7, 2012

It took longer than Manny Diaz had hoped.  But his defense finally played like it had expected to at the beginning of the season against Texas Tech.  It came two losses too late, but better...

Longhorns hit stride on offense and defense

November 5, 2012

Why Texas won  With the help of wide receiver Mike Davis and running back Johnathan Gray, the Texas offense accumulated 427 yards and kept the Tech defense on its heels. David Ash bounced back from...

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Ash’s career depends on how he finishes this season

November 2, 2012

Garrett Gilbert would have been a senior at Texas this year. Case McCoy is a junior. Both stood above David Ash in age and experience at one point. Let’s go out on a limb and say that Ash didn’t...

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Longhorns looking for consistency on both sides of the ball

November 2, 2012

Though the Longhorns are nearing the end of the season with only four games left, they are still looking to find consistency on both sides of the ball. Other than during Texas’ blowout loss to Oklahoma...

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Davis’ role on offense growing despite dropped passes

October 31, 2012

Mike Davis has become David Ash’s go-to guy. He leads the team with 34 catches for 559 yards and four touchdowns but has struggled with dropped passes. He’s averaging 16.4 yards per catch,...

David Ash named starting quarterback despite poor play

October 30, 2012

After being benched and replaced by Case McCoy in the fourth quarter against Kansas, David Ash remains the starting quarterback for the Longhorns. Ash’s success in the past kept him his starting...

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Texas survives Kansas

October 29, 2012

Texas defeated Kansas. But it certainly did not feel like a win. With 12 seconds left, backup quarterback Case McCoy saved Mack Brown from what would have been the worst loss in his tenure at Texas. McCoy...

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Texas defeats Kansas 21-17

October 27, 2012

Texas defeated Kansas.  But it certainly didn’t feel like a win. With fifteen seconds left, backup quarterback Case McCoy saved Mack Brown from what would have been the worst loss in his tenure...

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Harsin and Diaz feel pressures of coaching at Texas

October 26, 2012

Co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz now understand what it’s like to be both criticized and admired by Texas fans. Both sit at 13-7 as Texas coaches. But...

Offense on the right track while defense reboots

October 26, 2012

OFFENSE Offensive line B The offensive line has been relatively consistent most of season, as David Ash has been sacked six times so far for 49 yards lost. The line was dominated by Oklahoma but bounced...

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Ash speaks his heart

October 25, 2012

Last season, David Ash went through something very few people experience: He started at quarterback as a true college freshman at a powerhouse football program. On Wednesday night, he spoke at AFTERdark,...

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Bergeron scores and impresses

October 23, 2012

Joe Bergeron has tunnel vision when he gets the ball near the goal line. He doesn’t see the 100,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. He doesn’t see the opponent’s defense...

UT vs. Baylor: Why Texas won

October 22, 2012

It was not a pretty win for the Longhorns. But thanks to the well-rounded offense, Texas defeated Baylor for the first time in three years. With 10 different players catching passes and the 251 rushing...

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Texas leading Baylor at half

October 21, 2012

It was clear that this match up was going to be high scoring from the start. Texas freshman Daje Johnson ran the ball 84-yards for a touchdown on the first play of the game. The Bears tied the game after...

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Fera begins career as a Longhorn

October 19, 2012

Anthony Fera’s decision to leave Penn State this offseason was more complicated than any other Nittany Lion transfer. While sanctions and controversy were surrounding the University, the kicker...

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Longhorns ready for Baylor’s defense

October 18, 2012

Mack Brown felt his offense and offensive line didn’t merit having most valuable players for their play against Oklahoma. The offense accumulated just 289 yards. But it can breathe a sigh of relief...

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Offense ready for Baylor defense

October 17, 2012

The offense will look to bounce back Saturday against Baylor after its dismal play against Oklahomalast weekend. The Bears sit at the bottom of the Big 12 in both scoring defense and total defense. Longhorn...

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Texas dominated by Oklahoma

October 15, 2012

This time was supposed to be different. The team that lost to Oklahoma last season 55-17 was supposed to be long gone. But it was not different. It was worse. The Sooners dominated the game and they...

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Texas gets dominated by Oklahoma

October 13, 2012

This time, things were supposed to be different.  The team that lost to Oklahoma 55-17 last season was supposed to be long gone. But, it wasn’t different.  It was worse. The Sooners...

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Senior Vacarro steps up

October 11, 2012

Kenny Vaccaro isn’t afraid to call out his teammates. The senior safety has a lot of experience under his belt. With linebacker Jordan Hicks’ hip injury keeping him off the field the past...

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Jeffcoat, Okafor look to continue success

October 10, 2012

Jackson Jeffcoat couldn’t believe how loud Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium was when he scored the first touchdown of his career as a Longhorn. It was the loudest he’d ever heard the...

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Longhorns use last year’s loss to Sooners as motivation

October 10, 2012

Texas’ loss to Oklahoma last year was one of those losses that just never seemed to go away. It wasn’t just another loss. It was clear-cut proof that the Longhorns were nowhere near being...

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Diggs ready for rivalry rematch

October 10, 2012

Quandre Diggs loves to talk trash. But, with talking trash comes the responsibility to live up to it. Diggs believes he is ready to do just that against Oklahoma on Saturday. During the Red River Rivalry...

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Defense allows big red zone plays

October 8, 2012

The Longhorns held Geno Smith to fewer passing yards than any team this year: 268 yards. But it wasn’t enough and once again, the run game did the Longhorns in. Running back Andrew Buie accumulated...

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UT vs WVU second half update

October 7, 2012

Anthony Fera started the scoring off the scoring in the second half by hitting his first field goal as a Longhorn.  The 38-yard field goal put the Longhorns up 31-27.            Geno...

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Monroe shows he’s another weapon for Longhorns

October 5, 2012

D.J. Monroe is one of those players that everyone loves. He’s the kind of guy that everybody roots for. Texas fans, his teammates and his coaches alike have all been pulling for him find success...

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Geno Smith will challenge defense

October 5, 2012

It was like Geno Smith was following the Longhorns around last Saturday. He was there on the bus when they were on the way to Stillwater, Okla., and he was there on the plane on the way back to Austin. By...

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Defense struggles to stop the run

October 4, 2012

During the second play of the game Saturday, Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle took the ball 69 yards for a touchdown. The defense’s struggles to stop the Cowboy’s run game didn’t...

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“Tank” Jackson shows toughness

October 4, 2012

Sophomore defensive tackle Desmond Jackson may not be the tallest player on the defensive line, but he is certainly the strongest. When he arrived on campus in the spring of 2011, his teammates were shocked...

Malcolm Brown not playing Saturday

October 3, 2012

Running back Malcolm Brown will miss Saturday’s game against West Virginia because of a left ankle sprain, UT athletics reported Tuesday. Brown sprained his left ankle the first time he touched...

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Texas tops OSU in thriller

October 1, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. — Against Ole Miss, David Ash was good. Against Oklahoma State, Ash was great. Down by two points with 2:34 left to play, Ash needed to have the drive of his life.  He did...

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Longhorns defeat the Cowboys 41-36

September 30, 2012

Against Ole Miss, David Ash was good.  On Saturday night, David Ash proved that he is ready to lead this offense into Big 12 play. Down by two points with 2:34 left to play, David Ash needed to have...

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Receivers ready to make impact as conference play begins

September 28, 2012

When Mike Davis sees David Ash throw the ball to him, he thinks, ‘Yes, it’s coming. Time to score a touchdown.’ Based on what the Longhorns’ offense accomplished against Ole Miss,...

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Missed tackles continue to haunt Longhorns

September 28, 2012

One wouldn’t expect tackling to be a skill that the Texas players struggle with, but the Longhorns are having difficulty stopping their opponents from gaining big yardage in the early goings of this...

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Seniors want to leave team as they found it

September 27, 2012

Saying that the seniors have seen it all is an understatement. They went from the BCS Championship game to not attending a bowl game at all in less than a year. While going 8-5 last season was a step...

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Injuries could hurt Horns this weekend

September 26, 2012

Although the by week came at a good time for some of the injured Longhorns, it may not have been enough time for them to be ready for the team’s first conference matchup Saturday. Junior linebacker...

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Texas winning turnover ratio

September 20, 2012

The Longhorns have been avoiding costly turnovers this season, capitalizing on gifts from their defense. They have only coughed up the ball once so far this season — a fumbled snap during the their...

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Bergeron brings weirdness to running back room

September 18, 2012

Although it may be an odd sight, don’t be surprised if you see running back Joe Bergeron rollerblading around campus one day. He admits he’s “different,” but that comes with the...

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Ash steps up, defense steps back

September 17, 2012

Last week against New Mexico, David Ash finished the game with 221 yards and two touchdowns.  Against Ole Miss, a team expected to be more of a challenge than the Lobos, Ash showed his improvement...

Slow starts plague Longhorns

September 17, 2012

Slow starts have been holding the Longhorns back during their first two games of the season. Although Texas got wins in both matchups, this trend could pose a big problem for both the offense and defense...

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Dalton Santos fires up team

September 14, 2012

During the Longhorns’ game last Saturday, Dalton Santos saw something he had never seen before. As he was running towards a player about to tackle him, they made eye contact and Santos saw him say...

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Once recruited by Texas, Wallace faces Horns this weekend

September 13, 2012

David Ash is now in the driver’s seat of the Texas offense. But Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace could have been the one starting for the Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium last weekend. Wallace,...

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Boyer goes from Army to Texas football

September 11, 2012

Nate Boyer was living in Los Angeles Sept. 11, 2001, when he got a call from his mom early in the morning. She told him to turn on the television. What he saw on the screen changed his life forever. As...

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Longhorns blank Lobos, 45-0

September 10, 2012

David Ash and the offense have been hoping to improve the passing game and capitalize on big plays. There were some missed opportunities, but the Longhorns did just that in their 45-0 win over New Mexico. Ash...

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Longhorns defeat Lobos 45-0

September 9, 2012

David Ash and the offense had been hoping to improve the passing game and capitalize on big plays. There were some missed opportunities, but the Longhorns did just that in their 45-0 win over New Mexico. David...

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Longhorns look for more explosive offense

September 7, 2012

Texas has become accustomed to its running backs taking over games and scoring most of the points. But that isn’t enough for this year’s offense. Head coach Mack Brown has been pushing for...

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Defensive ends raise expectations

September 7, 2012

When Jackson Jeffcoat was in high school, he and his father, Jim, would watch film of Alex Okafor playing at Texas. “I would say, ‘Man, this guy is good,’” Jeffcoat said. “And...

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Florence, Baylor don’t miss a beat

September 5, 2012

Heisman winner Robert Griffin III’s departure from Baylor left a huge hole in Baylor’s offense. But based on senior Nick Florence’s performance against SMU Sunday, it looks like the Bears...

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Defense starts slow, Vaccaro sparks team

September 4, 2012

After the Texas offense went three and out to start the game, the Cowboys responded with a 56-yard opening drive that resulted in a field goal. During the Cowboy’s second drive, Wyoming quarterback...

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Texas leads at halftime

September 2, 2012

After some defensive struggles,the Longhorns took a 24-9 lead over the Cowboys at halftime. David Ash started for theLonghorns and was at the helm for the entire half.  Joe Bergeron started the scoring...

Longhorns gearing up for Roadrunners

August 31, 2012

Texas is competing in what is arguably the most difficult cross country conferences in the country. The Longhorns, ranked preseason No. 6, will begin the season this weekend when they take on UTSA at Auditorium...

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Offensive line brings back four starters

August 31, 2012

Junior college transfer Donald Hawkins has entered the offensive line brotherhood at Texas. Being the only starter on the line who did not start last year, he had a lot of catching up to do. But with...

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Running backs have depth

August 31, 2012

Major Applewhite has a lot of options on offense. With a group of returning running backs that led the Texas offense last season, and a true freshman who scored 205 touchdowns during his high school career,...

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A look at the defense

August 30, 2012

The Texas defense is trying to not get caught up in the hype. But it must be hard. The group led the Big 12 in rushing, passing and total defense last season. After losing just a few significant pieces,...

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Malcolm Brown is ready to step up in more ways than one

August 29, 2012

Last season Malcolm Brown stepped onto campus as a pupil under veteran running back Fozzy Whittaker. After Whittaker’s season-ending injury during Texas’ loss to Missouri, Brown and the rest...

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The Longhorn Network saga continues

August 6, 2012

Texas is entering this season with many changes within the program and within the Big 12 conference. One thing that hasn’t changed is the Longhorn Network. Remember the Longhorn Network? Probably...

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Title IX provides women with important opportunity

May 3, 2012

Title IX was a controversial amendment passed in 1972 that provided women with equal opportunities in the education system. It reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex,...

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Payton keeps up consistency, vital in comeback victory

May 2, 2012

Mark Payton made it on base at least once during each of Texas’ first 33 games. Although that streak has ended, his consistency and good timing brought the Longhorns back in the game on Tuesday night...

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Three Longhorns drafted

April 30, 2012

Although it took a little while and some patience, three Longhorns were selected in the NFL Draft on Saturday — the final day of the draft. Keenan Robinson, a linebacker, was the first to hear his...

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Andrew Luck heading to Colts

April 26, 2012

The Colts have removed the large banner featuring Peyton Manning outside of Lucas Oil Stadium. Andrew Luck is coming to town. This draft has had more drama leading up to it than others. The seemingly...

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Tucker feels he deserves to be drafted

April 25, 2012

With three seconds left in the final showdown between Texas and Texas A&M, the game was on Justin Tucker’s foot. Texas was down 25-24. Tucker made the field goal — and Texas football...

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Gideon hopes to continue career

April 23, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in an eight-part series about Longhorns hoping to be drafted into the NFL. Blake Gideon has witnessed plenty of ups and downs during his four years at Texas and...

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Acho looks to older brother for guidance

April 19, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the third in an eight-part series about Longhorns hoping to be drafted into the NFL. At about this time last year, former Texas linebacker Sam Acho was eagerly awaiting draft...

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Kheeston Randall is ready for next level

April 18, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the second in an eight-part series about Longhorns hoping to be drafted into the NFL. Kheeston Randall is a workhorse. Next year when he enters the NFL, his need to continue...

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Snow prepares for NFL Draft

April 17, 2012

David Snow has always wanted to be an NFL player. But come draft day on April 26, he won’t be sitting around eagerly watching the television. Instead, he will be out fishing with his friends. “I’m...

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Arkansas’ Petrino fired

April 12, 2012

Compared to the tumultuous child sex scandal at Penn State, Bobby Petrino’s wrongdoings seem relatively minor. But there is no doubt that these wrongdoings are cause for his termination. Arkansas...

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Williams honored with statue, appreciates career at Texas

April 2, 2012

On Sunday, Ricky Williams’ statue was unveiled. Dreadlocks and all. “Close enough,” Williams said laughing about the likeness. Williams saw the statue last summer when it was still...

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10 things we learned from the Orange-White game

April 2, 2012

Texas ended it’s spring season Sunday with the Orange-White game. Here’s what we learned: D.J. Monroe deserves a chance Monroe is often overlooked in UT’s crowded backfield. But Monroe...

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Orange-White Game to show Progress

March 30, 2012

The Orange and White game is upon us. It’s time to see what Mack Brown and the Longhorns have been working on since Texas’ victory at the Holiday Bowl in January. With the offense strongly...

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Vince Young needs a job, where could he land an NFL free agency?

March 23, 2012

Like 8 percent of the American public, Vince Young now knows what its like to be unemployed. Young was the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans, NFL Offensive Rookie of the...

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NFL hopefuls aim to impress scouts at annual pro day

March 21, 2012

Fourteen Texas athletes showed what they have been working toward for the past four years at Texas’ pro day on Tuesday. For Emmanuel Acho, Kheeston Randall and Keenan Robinson, the day was to improve...

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NFL hopefuls prepare for Pro Day

March 20, 2012

Earlier this month, four Texas players had the opportunity to show NFL teams their potential at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. But now they, along with more Longhorn NFL hopefuls, will be able to show...

Harker Heights lineman Darius James commits to Texas

March 6, 2012

This season, Texas’ offense was not one of the team’s strong points. With the twelve prospects the class of 2013 already has, it looks like that may change. Harker Heights’ Darius James...

Ash looks like leader in practice

March 5, 2012

David Ash steps up Although head coach Mack Brown won’t name who the starting quarterback is, his reps at practice this weekend displayed David Ash’s improvement. Maybe it’s Ash’s...

Recruiting picks up steam with more commitments

March 1, 2012

It turns out there was no need to be concerned after Texas’ first junior day. Ten scholarships were offered Feb. 12, but no commits were added. Now, just over two weeks later, the team boasts 11...

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RB Hicks commits to Texas

February 28, 2012

Ever since Kyle Hicks was young, he has been a fan of the Texas Longhorns. Now, he has made the decision to become one. Hicks, a junior running back from Arlington Martin High School committed to Texas...

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Much-improved Randall could go as early as fifth round

February 28, 2012

Kheeston Randall trained for the combine in Scottsdale, Ariz. — about 45 minutes from where Emmanuel Acho trained. The teammates saw each other frequently and both were vital leaders for the defense...

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Philadelphia, Carolina potential destinations for Robinson

February 28, 2012

Keenan Robinson is an aggressive linebacker who can hit hard. He finished this season with 96 tackles, eight of them for a loss, two interceptions and two sacks. A three-year starter at inside linebacker,...

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