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Seniors cap career with bowl victory

December 28, 2017

HOUSTON – As the clock struck zero at NRG stadium on Wednesday night, the Longhorns’ seniors experienced a pair of firsts: a bowl victory and a win in their season finale. In Texas’...

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Column: Future bright after bowl clincher

November 20, 2017

With one game left in the 2017 regular season, former head coach Charlie Strong’s metaphor from a year ago looks to be increasingly prescient.  “The cake has been baked,”...

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Groundwork for 2018 begins at West Virginia

November 17, 2017

As Texas prepares for the penultimate contest of its 2017 regular season on Saturday, it’s become increasingly evident that the Longhorns won’t reach the heights they envisioned in the preseason....

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Column: 2017 same old song barring drastic improvement

November 10, 2017

It’s been three years since former head coach Charlie Strong spoke to reporters following Texas’ fifth loss of the season, telling the media five losses in a year “will never happen in...

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Column: Matchup with TCU opportunity to truly turn tide

November 3, 2017

Head coach Tom Herman stood at his weekly press conference with the media on Monday afternoon and provided some encouraging news for the burnt orange faithful. “My confidence is at an all-time...

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Column: Muddled offensive depth chart raises questions

October 27, 2017

As quarterback Sam Ehlinger rolled to his left on Texas’ final play against now No. 11 Oklahoma State on Saturday, he had three receivers to find in the endzone. The freshman could have flung the...

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Longhorns meet with media prior to battle with Baylor

October 25, 2017

Texas’ players met with the media on Tuesday evening in advance of the Longhorns’ upcoming battle with winless Baylor. The Longhorns enter the matchup sitting at 3–4, 2–2 Big 12,...

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Column: Protection of quarterback necessary for offensive success

October 20, 2017

Texas limped off the field at the Cotton Bowl early Saturday evening with a 29-24 defeat in tow, falling short of Oklahoma after taking a one-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. And while...

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Column: Despite Herman’s wavering, Ehlinger clear answer at quarterback

October 13, 2017

As the Longhorns prepare for their matchup with Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, head coach Tom Herman has been tight-lipped about the question on every burnt orange fan’s mind:...

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Column: Physical identity forming for Longhorns

October 6, 2017

Through the season’s first four weeks, Texas hasn’t looked like a prototypical Big 12 team. The Longhorns won’t throw for miles through the air, and they don’t want to get into...

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Column: Rotation at quarterback recipe for disaster

September 28, 2017

As the Longhorns prepare for Thursday’s matchup with Iowa State, one question lingers over head coach Tom Herman and his offensive coaching staff: Who’s going to get the starting nod at quarterback? Standing...

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Sticking to sports unfair in today’s social climate

September 25, 2017

We don’t know where Colin Kaepernick spent his Sunday afternoon as teams around the NFL kicked off week three of the regular season, but his presence was felt throughout the league. Players on...

Big 12 Notebook: Oklahoma teams stay perfect, Kansas State struggles

September 20, 2017

As the Longhorns traveled west last week for a date with the University of Southern California on Saturday night, the rest of the Big 12 continued its out-of-conference slate in the final week before Big...

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Column: The path to victory against USC? Keep the ball on the ground

September 15, 2017

The last time Texas faced USC back in January 2006, the Longhorns rushed for 289 yards, leaving the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with a 41-38 victory and a national title in tow. And while the circumstances are...

Big 12 Notebook: Oklahoma shines, Bears upset

September 12, 2017

As the Longhorns nabbed their first win of the year against San Jose State on Saturday, five Big 12 teams came away with wins of their own, while three faltered against non-conference opponents. Here’s...

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Column: Protection up-front critical to success of Longhorn offense

September 8, 2017

Shane Buechele spent most of his Saturday at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium on the run. Rather than surveying the field for open receivers, a majority of the sophomore quarterback’s...

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Column: With a new head coach at the helm, why Texas is primed to bounce back in 2017

September 1, 2017

It’s fair for the burnt orange faithful to be skeptical heading into the 2017 season. They’ve been burned time and again over the past three years, with any glimmers of optimism quickly replaced...

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Lessons learned from week one of preseason practice

August 6, 2017

With a little less than a month remaining before opening day, the Longhorns opened preseason practice this week, culminating in an 11-on-11 scrimmage on Saturday morning. Here are three things we...

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Preseason Practice Notebook: Day 4

August 4, 2017

Texas continued preseason practice Thursday, preparing for its first full-padded practice of the season Friday. Here are four takeaways from the Longhorns’ fourth day of fall camp. Longhorns search...

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Preseason Practice Notebook: Day 2

August 2, 2017

Preseason Practice continued for the Longhorns on Tuesday, as Texas once again eschewed pads in favor of t-shirts and shorts for morning drills. Here are four notes from day two of fall camp. Johnson...

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Longhorns kick off preseason practice

August 1, 2017

With 33 days remaining until the Longhorns begin their 2017 campaign, Texas kicked off preseason practice early Monday morning. As the sun slowly rose over the Frank Denius Fields, the burnt orange completed...

Gordon and Burton bring bond past 40 Acres

July 27, 2017

The last time Chrisann Gordon dug her spikes into the track donning burnt orange, she was at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. In the final meet of her collegiate career, Gordon saved her...

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Herman hits reset button at Media Days appearance

July 19, 2017

Head coach Tom Herman held his first meeting with the Longhorns in December, and asked how many players on the team had experienced a winning season in their time with the burnt orange. Just three raised...

Bamba declared eligible by NCAA

July 12, 2017

Incoming freshman center Mohamed Bamba will be eligible to suit up for the Longhorns in 2017-18. Questions regarding his status began in June, when Bamba’s half-brother Ibrahim Johnson made a Facebook...

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Taylor eyes increased role in second season

July 10, 2017

Isaiah Taylor entered July 2016 with an uphill climb ahead of him. The former Longhorn point guard from 2013 through 2016 went undrafted as a rookie, receiving only an invite to the Rockets’ NBA...

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Herman comes ‘home’ to Texas as new head coach

November 28, 2016

Tom Herman didn’t need much of an introduction Sunday as he took the podium at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Herman has been a known commodity on the 40 Acres since 2014, when former...

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Longhorns fall in season finale, end year with losing record

November 26, 2016

Less than half the crowd remained at Darrell K Royal Texas-Memorial Stadium on Friday as the clock hit zero and head coach Charlie Strong trotted into the locker room following Texas' 33-9 loss...

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Live Blog: Longhorns look for bowl eligibility in season finale

November 25, 2016

Final update (6:31 p.m.): Quarterback Kenny Hill and the Horned Frogs went to work again to start the second half. Their first drive of the half went similarly to their first drive of the game. They...

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Longhorns create confusion with Strong situation

November 22, 2016

Why even drag this out? That has been the dominant question over Charlie Strong’s job status beginning at the final buzzer of Texas’ 24-21 loss to Kansas on Saturday, placing a large question...

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Players react to Strong dismissal rumors

November 21, 2016

While the support for Charlie Strong from the Longhorn administration has been questionable over the weekend, Texas’ head coach still seems to have the support of his players. The adulation for...

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Strong denies job rumors, will be evaluated after season ends

November 21, 2016

Charlie Strong denied reports of his dismissal from the program on Monday, telling the media he will coach Texas in its season finale against TCU on Friday. “I’ve been told we will be evaluated...

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Longhorn players threaten to boycott final game

November 21, 2016

The drama surrounding Charlie Strong’s job status reached the Longhorn players over the weekend. According to the Austin-American Statesman, numerous Texas players are “considering boycotting...

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Column: Longhorn loss signals end of Strong era

November 21, 2016

Charlie Strong sat at the podium following Texas’ 24-21 loss to Kansas searching for words.  The Longhorn head coach arrived at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas, earlier in the day on...

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Live Blog: Longhorns look to become bowl-eligible against Kansas

November 19, 2016

Final update (6:28 p.m.): Texas forced a turnover of its own on the first possession of the second half. Linebacker Edwin Freeman picked off Kansas’ pass attempt on third down, giving the Longhorns...

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Johnson rises above defenses in freshman campaign

November 18, 2016

Collin Johnson is nothing short of a matchup nightmare.  Standing at 6-foot-6 inches, the freshman wide receiver has displayed an impressive ability to rise above opposing cornerbacks along with...

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Foreman talks Heisman chances

November 16, 2016

Junior running back D’Onta Foreman has burst onto the Heisman scene with his breakout campaign this season. The junior running back has run wild through opposing defenses, ranking No. 1 in the...

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Longhorns optimistic about Strong’s job security

November 15, 2016

Charlie Strong took the podium Monday following his fifth loss of the season. But unlike the weeks following the Longhorns’ defeats against Oklahoma State, Oklahoma or Kansas State, Texas’...

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Longhorns fall short against Mountaineers, 24–20

November 13, 2016

Texas was in position to win Saturday’s contest against No. 16 West Virginia up until the clock hit zero, as the Mountaineers batted freshman quarterback Shane Buechele's 27-yard heave to the...

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Live Blog: Texas looks to remain unbeaten at home

November 12, 2016

Final update (2:55 p.m.): Howard notched 41 passing yards on his first two throws of the second half. He had the Mountaineers marching down the field. But his third pass attempt of the half didn’t...

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Longhorns regain swagger before facing Mountaineers

November 11, 2016

There is a decidedly different attitude amongst the Longhorns this week compared to two weeks ago.  Texas was reeling in mid-October coming off of a 21-24 road loss at Kansas State. The burnt orange...

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Return of Malik: Jefferson returns to form following sophomore slump

November 11, 2016

Malik’s Jefferson’s sophomore season wasn’t going according to plan. Following a freshman campaign in which he earned freshman All-America honors, the standout linebacker entered 2016...

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Texas offensive line helps fuel Foreman’s rise

November 8, 2016

D’Onta Foreman has garnered nearly all the headlines for the Longhorn offense this year. The junior running back is second in the nation in rushing yards per game and gashed Texas Tech for 341 yards...

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Defense steps up in win against Red Raiders

November 7, 2016

In Texas’ 45-37 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday, there were two Charlie Strongs.  There was the head coach Charlie Strong, who nearly cost the Longhorns the win via a poor display...

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Live Blog: Longhorns look for first road win against Texas Tech

November 5, 2016

Final update (3:25 p.m.): Texas didn’t take much time to score coming out of the locker room, finding the end zone on a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Tyrone Swoopes. The Longhorns went...

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Longhorn receivers bring depth to Longhorn attack

November 4, 2016

Shane Buechele has plenty of options when he drops back to pass.  The freshman quarterback can dump the ball off to Jake Oliver in the flat, or toss it over the middle to Armanti Foreman. He can...

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Longhorns see Swoopes’ future in backfield

November 2, 2016

Texas saw former quarterback Tyrone Swoopes in a new position on Saturday, as the senior shifted from his patented 18-wheeler package to the backfield as a designated running back.  Swoopes...

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Longhorns look to build off of upset win

November 1, 2016

Head coach Charlie Strong and several players took the podium on Monday following Texas’ 35-34 victory over No. 13 Baylor. The Longhorns discussed the team’s win and upcoming matchup with Texas...

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Breckyn Hager apologizes following targeting comments

October 31, 2016

Defensive end Breckyn Hager caused quite the stir on Monday during his meeting with the media. The sophomore responded to a question regarding his mentality going into Saturday’s matchup with Texas...

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Longhorns upset Baylor, get back to .500

October 30, 2016

Saturday’s matchup with Baylor wasn’t the first time Charlie Strong’s back has been against the wall. Texas’ head coach heard the rumors regarding his job security following...

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Live Blog: Texas takes on No. 8 Baylor

October 29, 2016

Final update (8:46 p.m.): Texas came out firing in the second half. D’Onta Foreman rattled off a 40-yard carry on Texas’ first drive of the half, but the Longhorns settled for a field goal...

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Longhorns ignite rivalry with Baylor

October 28, 2016

It’s safe to say there’s no love lost between Texas and Baylor.  What once was an afterthought — Baylor finished below .500 every year from 1994–2009 — on the Longhorns’...

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Sophomores shrink through seven games

October 28, 2016

Despite the Longhorns’ 5–7 record in 2015, there were still glimmers of hope to be found as the team headed into the offseason. Texas found a way to knock off then-No. 10 Oklahoma in the Cotton...

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Longhorns fail to capitalize off turnovers

October 25, 2016

Through the season’s first four weeks, the central criticism of the Longhorn defense stemmed from its inability to force turnovers.  Texas failed to take the ball from opposing offenses,...

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Longhorns’ road woes continue

October 24, 2016

Of all the indictments against Charlie Strong in his time on the 40 Acres, perhaps the harshest is his road record. Texas’ head coach is now 14–18 overall with the Longhorns, and a measly 4–8...

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Live Blog: Texas looks for first road win

October 22, 2016

Final update (2:35 p.m.):  The second half looked to have the same narrative as the first, as Kansas State drove deep into Texas territory on its first drive after halftime. But running back Charles...

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Duvernay flashes for Longhorn attack

October 21, 2016

There’s not much sense in trying to outrun Devin Duvernay.    Nobody has been able to do it in college football this year, not opponents, and certainly not his teammates. The freshman...

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Gilbert aims to build on offensive output

October 19, 2016

Offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert met with the media on Tuesday following Texas’ 27-6 win over Iowa State last week. The Longhorns’ signal caller spoke on his relationship with quarterback...

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Strong looks to build off win before road test

October 18, 2016

Charlie Strong addressed the media on Monday, coming off his first win in 34 days. The Longhorns ended their three-game losing streak with Saturday’s 27-6 victory over Iowa State, boosting the mood...

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Longhorns overcome sloppy first half, defeat Iowa State

October 16, 2016

It would have made sense for the Longhorns to feel a bit of frustration heading into halftime of Saturday’s contest with Iowa State.  Coming off a three-game losing streak, Texas scored just...

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Live Blog: Longhorns return home, look to end losing streak against Cyclones

October 15, 2016

Final update (9:25 p.m.): It didn’t take long in the second half for Texas to get its first touchdown of the game. It appeared to have done so on a 37-yard score from freshman quarterback Shane...

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Longhorns look to erase memories of Ames meltdown

October 14, 2016

It’s probably best not to bring up Halloween night in Ames, Iowa, to the Longhorns. The evening conjures up memories scarier than Freddy Krueger for Texas, who spent Oct. 31, 2015 getting...

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Flat Tire: 18-Wheeler struggles to gain momentum

October 14, 2016

Tyrone Swoopes looked near unstoppable on opening night in Texas’ 50-47 upset win over Notre Dame. The senior quarterback bulldozed through Notre Dame defenders on 13 carries, finding the endzone...

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Longhorns still look for answer in solving Big 12 offenses

October 11, 2016

It’s been a rough three weeks for Charlie Strong and the Longhorn defense. The team has surrendered an average of 48 points per game en route to a three-game losing streak. Texas’ head coach...

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Big plays burn Longhorns once again

October 10, 2016

Heading into Saturday’s matchup with No. 20 Oklahoma, head coach Charlie Strong stressed the need for the Longhorns to force turnovers.  Texas had taken the ball away from opposing offenses...

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Live Blog: Longhorns square off with Sooners in Red River Showdown

October 8, 2016

Second half update: It didn’t take long for Texas to get on the board in the second half, finding the endzone on a 63-yard strike from freshman quarterback Shane Buechele to freshman Devin Duvernay. But...

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Texas faces Sooners in familiar situation

October 7, 2016

Charlie Strong must be experiencing some déjà vu right about now.  The Longhorns’ head coach comes off back-to-back losses heading into Saturday’s matchup with No. 20...

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Jefferson to step up as leader

October 5, 2016

People listen to Malik Jefferson. The sophomore linebacker has been the face of the Longhorn program since arriving on campus last year, a sign of hope and things to come for the burnt-orange fan base.  Jefferson...

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Strong to take over defense following Bedford demotion

October 3, 2016

Charlie Strong decided it was time to make a change. The Longhorns’ head coach confirmed reports of Vance Bedford’s demotion from the defensive coordinator position on Monday. Strong said...

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Bedford cedes defensive duties

October 3, 2016

Head coach Charlie Strong will take over play-calling duties as well as control of the defense from defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, according to Orangebloods’ Geoff Ketchum. The change comes...

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Cowboys carve up Longhorn defense as Texas drops second-straight game

October 1, 2016

All the talk of improvement from No. 22 Texas prior to its matchup with Oklahoma State proved to be just that on Saturday. The Longhorns (2–2, 0–1 Big 12) fell 49-31 in Stillwater, Oklahoma,...

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Live Blog: Texas starts conference play against Oklahoma State

October 1, 2016

Second half update (2:42 p.m.): Oklahoma State widened its lead with a short rushing score after Buechele threw an interception deep in his own territory. Texas got in on the extra point block...

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Dickson moves past Cowboys collapse

September 30, 2016

It would make sense for Michael Dickson to forget the last time he faced Oklahoma State.  Tied at 27-27 late in the fourth quarter of Texas’ matchup with the Cowboys, the sophomore punter...

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Longhorn defense must improve at start of conference play

September 29, 2016

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford had plenty of questions to answer Wednesday as he addressed the media prior to No. 22 Texas’ battle with Oklahoma State. After his defense surrendered...

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Young players to see greater role in conference play

September 27, 2016

Charlie Strong hasn’t been resistant to change throughout his time in Austin.  Since taking the reins as the Longhorns’ head coach in 2014, Strong has played three quarterbacks and...

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Column: Loss to California no reason for panic

September 22, 2016

The unbridled confidence of Longhorn fans following the burnt orange’s 2–0 start faded in the wee hours of Sunday morning as Texas fell 50-43 to California in Berkeley. It was an ugly...

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Strong: Texas defense must improve for successful season

September 20, 2016

Texas’ defensive woes dominated the conversation throughout Monday’s media availability with head coach Charlie Strong. He said the team must improve defensively after surrendering 50 points...

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Secondary vulnerable in loss to California

September 19, 2016

The lone lowlight of Texas’ opening-week victory over Notre Dame came on the defensive side of the ball. The Longhorns allowed Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer to throw with ease, surrendering...

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Live Blog: No. 11 Texas hits the road for first time this season against California

September 18, 2016

Final update (1:40 a.m.): Following a first-half scoring barrage, neither team could get on the board in the first ten minutes of the third quarter. Aside from a missed field goal by kicker Trent...

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No. 11 Longhorns prepare to face California

September 16, 2016

The No. 11 Longhorns’ defense faced a tall order in week two, when they were tasked with stopping the nation’s then-leading rusher in UTEP’s Aaron Jones. Texas came through in its second...

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Hager energizes Longhorn defense

September 16, 2016

There’s a certain reaction Longhorn players and coaches have when asked about Breckyn Hager. Their eyes seem to rise, a mischievous smile running across their face. The sophomore linebacker causes...

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Gilbert looks to sustain success against California

September 14, 2016

Despite the Longhorns No. 11 ranking in the AP poll, Sterlin Gilbert refuses to get overly excited. The offensive coordinator addressed the media on Tuesday, stressing the work Texas has in front of them. “We’ve...

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Boyette leads young defense in senior year

September 13, 2016

Walking through the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, Paul Boyette carries himself like an elder statesman.  As the No. 11 Longhorns sport a bevy of freshman and sophomore defenders, the senior...

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Longhorns bring defensive pressure in victory over UTEP

September 12, 2016

If there was one major criticism of the Longhorns’ 50-47 victory over No. 18 Notre Dame in week one, it came on the defensive side of the ball. Texas struggled to pressure Notre Dame quarterback...

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Live Blog: Texas looks to continue hot start against UTEP

September 10, 2016

The No. 11 Longhorns hope to continue their momentum at home against UTEP. The team picked up a signature win in week one against No. 18 Notre Dame.  Texas also looks to defend its No. 11 ranking...

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Defense looks to rebound versus Miners

September 9, 2016

Texas’ victory over No. 18 Notre Dame on Sunday brought more fans than ever to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. A record 102,315 fans packed into the stands, witnessing the Longhorn’s...

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Heard excels after position change

September 9, 2016

Jerrod Heard can do it all. The sophomore wide receiver is a jack-of-all-trades for the Texas offense, a triple-threat option with the ability to run, catch and throw the football effectively.  “Heard...

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Longhorns climb national rankings after topping Notre Dame

September 7, 2016

Texas’ victory over then-No. 10 Notre Dame on Sunday signaled the team is ready to be back in the national conversation.  Head coach Charlie Strong said the Longhorns needed the victory...

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Swoopes leads Longhorns to upset over Notre Dame

September 5, 2016

Tyrone Swoopes didn’t start on Sunday, but he sure did finish. The senior quarterback dove into the endzone to give Texas a 50-47 upset over No. 10 Notre Dame in double overtime, bulldozing past...

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Live Blog: Texas kicks off season at home against No. 10 Notre Dame

September 4, 2016

Final update (11:25 p.m.): Texas opened the scoring in the second half with a 72-yard strike from Buechele to Burt – a play that Burt failed to complete in the first half. He hauled it in this...

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Double trouble: Williams, Vahe lead Longhorn line

September 2, 2016

Connor Williams and Patrick Vahe don’t garner many headlines. While the off-season has been filled with stories on Texas’ quarterback battle and Charlie Strong’s attempts to revive...

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Former Longhorn Nate Boyer voices support for Colin Kaepernick

September 1, 2016

Former Texas long snapper Nate Boyer wrote an open letter for ArmyTimes.com on Tuesday, supporting San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick incited a national debate last week upon...

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Bedford looks for consistency from defense

September 1, 2016

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford addressed the media on Wednesday prior to Texas’ week one matchup with No. 10 Notre Dame. Bedford highlighted the Longhorns’ improvement throughout the off-season...

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Strong quiet on quarterback competition

August 30, 2016

Head coach Charlie Strong and several players met with the media Monday before the team’s matchup against Notre Dame on Sept. 4.  The Longhorns hope to avenge last year’s 3-38...

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Column: Running game must fuel Longhorn attack

August 29, 2016

Texas has a litany of offensive question marks prior to opening night against No. 10 Notre Dame on Sept. 4.  The Longhorns must find a starting quarterback, fill the starting center slot and see...

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Domingue ready to start for Texas after transfer

August 25, 2016

Trent Domingue is no stranger to pressure. Prior to arriving in Austin as a graduate transfer in 2016, Domingue served as the starting kicker for LSU from 2014–15. As a Tiger, he faced his fair...

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Gilbert preaching tempo, patience prior to opening night

August 24, 2016

Sterlin Gilbert doesn’t lead a fast life.  The Longhorns' new offensive coordinator speaks with a disarming Texas drawl, assuring the Austin media that “everything will...

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Conger apologizes, puts Rio controversy behind him

August 24, 2016

After a hectic week, senior swimmer Jack Conger’s 2016 Olympic saga appears to be over. Conger issued an apology on Saturday, coming clean about an incident at a Brazilian gas station involving...

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Several rookie Longhorns hope to make NFL roster spots

August 22, 2016

Perhaps the harshest evidence of Texas’ struggles over the past two seasons is not its 11–14 record, but its dearth of NFL talent.  Since head coach Charlie Strong began his tenure...

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Strong comments on injured players, Heard’s new position

August 13, 2016

Head coach Charlie Strong met with the media Saturday to discuss the Longhorns’ progress after completing their eighth practice of training camp. Here are three takeaways from Strong’s press...

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Strong, Longhorns confident heading into fall practice

August 2, 2016

Charlie Strong insists this year is going to be different.  Heading into his third season as the Longhorns head coach, Strong understands the skepticism surrounding the newest iteration of Texas...