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Texas hopeful for 2021 following Alamo Bowl win

December 30, 2020

This time last year, Tom Herman sat down for the Alamo Bowl postgame press conference with a distant look in his eyes.  One reporter asked the Texas football head coach how he would sustain the...

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Breakout players: 4 Texas football players who shined in 2020

December 15, 2020

Not much went Texas’ way in 2020. The Longhorns navigated off-field controversy along with a global pandemic.They lost to rival Oklahoma and TCU — again — and will finish the season with...

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Ehlinger supportive, thankful for players who declared for NFL Draft

December 6, 2020

Sam Ehlinger’s left side might feel a bit different when he drops back to pass against Kansas State on Saturday.  Left tackle Sam Cosmi has been one of the senior quarterback’s greatest...

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Texas football has weight taken off in rout of Kansas State

December 6, 2020

A swarm of white bolted from the sideline out to the turf and circled around the injury cart where Derek Kerstetter lay vertical with a towel over his head. Another one covered his dislocated ankle and...

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Ehlinger, Graham to stick out rest of season after loss to Iowa State

December 2, 2020

Sam Ehlinger said he’ll give it his all in Texas’ upcoming road game against Kansas State on Saturday, but he needed time to take a breather before he could get into preparation mode. The...

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Texas’ Big 12 Championship chances slip away on heartbreaking senior day

November 28, 2020

The gloomy haze hanging over Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon captured the heartbreak Texas players and fans must have felt as they watched Cameron Dicker’s field goal from...

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Notes from the opponent: Iowa State

November 25, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Zane Douglas, sports editor of The Iowa State Daily, ahead of the Texas football team’s game against Iowa State on Friday. The Daily Texan: For the last few seasons,...

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Herman reflects on 2021 class ahead of Iowa State game, senior day

November 24, 2020

Tom Herman expressed his gratitude for the recruiting class of 2017 ahead of the Texas football team’s Senior Day game against Iowa State.  This group of seniors, headlined by quarterback...

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Herman feels safe as Texas head coach ahead of Kansas matchup

November 20, 2020

Editor's note: This story was originally published in the Nov. 17 issue of the The Daily Texan about the expected game Saturday. Since then, the game between Texas and Kansas has been rescheduled...

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KU announces Texas-Kansas football game postponed to December

November 18, 2020

Texas’ football game against Kansas on Saturday has been postponed to Dec. 12, Kansas Athletics announced in a statement Wednesday afternoon.  Kansas failed to meet Big 12 position group...

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Players’ coach: Tom Herman, Texas football team ease rumors of division

November 10, 2020

Keondre Coburn picked Tom Herman up off the ground, and suddenly, the head coach was lying above the Texas football team. The sophomore defensive lineman and his teammates gave Herman the opportunity...

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One-sided rivalry? West Virginia eager to put ‘Horns Down’ on Saturday

November 8, 2020

The only Big 12 team that might love flashing “Horns Down” more than Oklahoma is West Virginia. For the Mountaineers, the hand gesture is the best way to mock their biggest conference rival:...

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Texas football tops West Virginia, but Longhorns are still ‘work in progress’

November 8, 2020

Sam Ehlinger threw three passes to three different receivers in the fourth quarter, and all of them fell incomplete. Some mistakes were on the senior quarterback, while others were on his receivers. Either...

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Big win over Oklahoma State restores Texas football team’s confidence

November 2, 2020

Moments after the Texas football team defeated Oklahoma State in overtime Saturday, Joseph Ossai sprawled out in the endzone. In Stillwater, Oklahoma, the junior linebacker put on a monster performance...

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Running back university: Ingram leads running backs into Oklahoma State matchup

November 1, 2020

No one in the Texas locker room pointed fingers at Keaontay Ingram, even though the optics could have made him an easy target. Down 33-29 with under three minutes to go in their game against TCU on...

Texas football coordinators prepare for Oklahoma State matchup

October 29, 2020

Mike Yurcich used to serve as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator, and now he’s calling plays for Texas. His history with the Cowboys, however, is just that. Yurcich said in a Wednesday...

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Injuries continue to keep Jordan Whittington off the field

October 27, 2020

Jordan Whittington can hang with the most gifted athletes, but injuries continue to plague the redshirt freshman receiver. One month before Whittington enrolled early at Texas in January 2019, he capped...

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Texas football gears up for big game against Oklahoma State

October 26, 2020

Oklahoma State may be Oklahoma’s “little brother,” but it’s the Cowboys who are ruling the Big 12 so far this season. Head coach Mike Gundy’s undefeated squad will welcome...

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Icy white uniforms in Baylor matchup recall Texas football past

October 26, 2020

As the sun peeked through the clouds during Texas’ game against Baylor Saturday afternoon, it illuminated the Longhorns’ icy white uniforms.  It was the first time the Texas football...

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Notes from the opponent: Baylor

October 25, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with DJ Ramirez, sports editor of The Baylor Lariat, ahead of the Texas football team’s game against Baylor on Saturday. The Daily Texan: Baylor went 11–3 last year,...

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Texas ramps up to play Baylor team hampered by COVID-19

October 23, 2020

The Texas football team is set to play Baylor Saturday in the annual battle of I-35 — so long as the Bears get their COVID-19 situation under control. Baylor returned to practice Sunday after...

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Herman addresses questions surrounding ‘Eyes of Texas,’ COVID-19, performance in games

October 19, 2020

Many questions filled the Texas football bye week, and head coach Tom Herman tackled them in his weekly teleconference with the media Monday afternoon. In his opening statement, which clocked in at...

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‘The Eyes of Texas’ debate is one of perspective

October 16, 2020

Moments after Texas’ loss to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, Sam Ehlinger stood on the field with his horns up during “The Eyes of Texas.”   Members of the Longhorn...

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Herman insists on unity, improvement as Texas regroups during bye

October 12, 2020

After a crushing loss to Oklahoma on Saturday, the Texas football team is now 2–2. The fanbase is growing impatient, and the program seems to be going nowhere fast in Tom Herman’s fourth season...

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A heartbreaking afternoon at the Cotton Bowl for Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger

October 10, 2020

Sam Ehlinger ran for his life Saturday — the dirt staining his white pants showed that much. But the coveted golden hat is speeding toward Norman, Oklahoma, out of the senior quarterback’s...

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Notes from the opponent: Oklahoma

October 10, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Caleb McCourry, sports editor of The OU Daily, ahead of Saturday’s annual Red River Rivalry game between Texas and Oklahoma. The Daily Texan: What do you think the expectations...

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Texas football fans discuss highs, lows of Tom Herman era after TCU loss

October 9, 2020

Eric Loop said he was pumped when Texas hired Tom Herman as its new head football coach in 2016.  “This offensive guru from Houston was coming in,” finance senior Loop said. “He...

Ash, Yurcich set their sights on Oklahoma

October 8, 2020

Just before TCU sophomore quarterback Max Duggan scored the 26-yard rushing touchdown that would ultimately seal the Horned Frogs’ victory over Texas last Saturday, the Longhorns’ defense spaced...

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Ehlinger, Coburn hungry for win on Saturday

October 6, 2020

Sam Ehlinger means business this week, and it’s not because the Texas football team will face Oklahoma on Saturday for the annual Red River Rivalry game. “The biggest thing is winning,”...

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Texas wide receivers look to improve, build trust with Ehlinger

October 4, 2020

Texas’ game-tying 18-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion receptions against Texas Tech on Saturday may have taken six seconds, but it has taken much longer than that for senior quarterback Sam...

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Texas football falls to TCU at in first loss of season

October 3, 2020

The Texas football team played from behind for the second week in a row on Saturday, but the Longhorns couldn’t manage a comeback this time around. Texas had 3 minutes and 13 seconds left in the...

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Herman sets his sights on TCU after dramatic Texas Tech overtime win

September 29, 2020

Texas Tech running back SaRodorick Thompson had just broken a tackle and ran down the field for a 75-yard touchdown, putting Texas down 15 points with 3 minutes and 13 seconds to go in the Longhorns’...

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Sterns brothers embody family, football

September 27, 2020

If the Longhorns played Houston Baptist, Josh Sterns said he’d get open on his big brother Caden, Texas’ All-American safety. The freshman wide receiver’s confidence might come from playing...

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Ehlinger’s heroics lead Texas football past Texas Tech in overtime shootout

September 27, 2020

If Texas fans and football players learned anything Saturday, it’s that Sam Ehlinger can’t do it all, but he sure knows how to play the role of a hero.  When the senior quarterback...

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UT basketball alum takes on fashion game in new partnership with Texas Athletics

September 25, 2020

Carlton Dixon used to be an athlete. Now, he makes suits for them.  The UT basketball alumnus quit his job as a high school athletic director in 2015 to pursue sports in a new way: fashion. Dixon...

Texas football coordinators consider Texas Tech game as opportunity for improvement

September 23, 2020

Sam Ehlinger threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns during Texas’ home opener against UT-El Paso Sept. 12, but after the game, the senior quarterback said he wasn’t satisfied with his performance. "To...

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Tom Herman talks Texas Tech travel plans, lonely team meals

September 21, 2020

The 2020 college football season has been thwarted by COVID-19, but this isn't the first time Tom Herman has dealt with a virus. The Texas head football coach served as the offensive coordinator...

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Texas football players opt out of ‘The Eyes’ as fans sing on

September 18, 2020

Renditions of “The Eyes of Texas” after Longhorn sporting events may never again be like the spectacles of old — especially not now, when fans, students and athletes seem irreversibly...

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Jordyn Fields blazes trail as a Black woman on Texas football staff

September 15, 2020

Before Jordyn Fields arrived in Austin two years ago to serve as Texas football’s assistant director of player personnel, she made a few pit stops. Fields has lived everywhere, from Florida and...

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Tom Herman discusses injuries, roster depth after Texas football home opener

September 14, 2020

The Texas football team blew out UT-El Paso in its home opener Saturday night, and a few Longhorns got banged up in the process. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Jordan Whittington sat out in the second...

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Not your average game day: Texas football hosts 15,000 fans in historic season opener

September 13, 2020

Fans danced and players celebrated during Texas football’s home opener Saturday night, but Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium has seen better days. The sun set over the rafters like normal,...

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Notes from the opponent: The Prospector

September 12, 2020

Ahead of the Longhorns’ home opener against the Miners this Saturday, The Daily Texan spoke with Michael Cuviello, sports editor of UTEP’s The Prospector. The Daily Texan: UTEP picked up...

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Texas football players discuss pandemic life, playing this fall

September 9, 2020

Sam Ehlinger said he has high hopes that college football’s return this fall will bring a sense of normalcy to the United States in 2020. However, his presumed final season as Texas’ starting...

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Texas football protests racial injustice by skipping practice Thursday, Friday

September 1, 2020

After a summer characterized by countless instances of racial injustices being brought to light, junior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown communicated his pain in three words: “Am I next?” “I’m...

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Texas Athletics announces LEVERAGE program to build student-athlete brands

August 31, 2020

Texas Athletics will launch LEVERAGE, a new program dedicated to helping Longhorn student-athletes maximize their brand potentials and make use of their names, images and likenesses, according to a statement...

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Longhorn players look forward to fall football season

August 27, 2020

Football is going to look a little different this year for the Texas Longhorns.  Forget the fact that the team will be playing in the middle of a global pandemic with limited fans in the stands...

Defensive coordinator Chris Ash navigates being new at Texas during pandemic

August 26, 2020

When Chris Ash took the job as Texas football’s new defensive coordinator last December, it would be a few months before the pandemic shook the world. In a media teleconference Wednesday morning,...

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Not playing sports this fall could impact athletes’ mental health, psychologists say

August 26, 2020

College athletes have a difficult dilemma on their hands. If they play sports this fall, they’ll be at risk of heart conditions and lung issues — maybe even death. On the flip side, if athletes...

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Texas football remains confident in ability to protect players this season

August 24, 2020

Texas football players will wear face shields under their helmets this season — not to protect them from cleats to the face or fingers to the eye, but from COVID-19. This is life in 2020. Players...

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Herman discusses Big 12 decision’s positive effects on morale, new recruits

August 15, 2020

The Big 12’s Tuesday announcement about continuing the 2020 football season has made the Longhorns more hopeful off the field, Texas head coach Tom Herman said in media availability on Zoom Friday...