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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

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Sports writer values every edition of the Texan

May 8, 2015

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing senior staffers 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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Update: Shaka Smart becomes Texas’ new head coach

April 3, 2015

Update: Shaka Smart has become the Longhorns' newest head coach, according to a press release issued Friday.  Smart becomes the 24th head coach of the program, replacing Rick Barnes, whom...

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Top prospects to replace former Texas head coach Rick Barnes

March 31, 2015

Rick Barnes is gone from his post after 17 seasons with the Longhorns, leaving the head coaching position vacant. Texas immediately began the search for his replacement, which it could find within a week....

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After 17 years, Rick Barnes says goodbye to Texas

March 30, 2015

Rick Barnes’ tenure at Texas has officially come to an end.    Texas announced Sunday that Barnes is leaving the program, ending his 17-year career with the Longhorns. With 402 career...

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Texas surges past Kansas State in much-needed win

March 8, 2015

Boom. Boom. Pow. In a span of 82 seconds late in the second half Saturday, senior forward Jonathan Holmes nailed a pair of 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions and sophomore guard Kendal Yancy found...

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Longhorns walk-ons are making a name for themselves

March 4, 2015

The walk-ons on most college rosters generally go unnoticed. They rarely get into games. When they do, the score is usually so unbalanced that many fans have already left. Even some of the biggest fans...

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After tough loss to Kansas, Texas scrambles for spot in NCAA tournament

March 2, 2015

With hopes of an NCAA tournament berth hanging in the balance, Texas men’s basketball came close to pulling off an improbable victory in college basketball’s toughest road venue Saturday. But,...

Texas falls late on the road to No. 8 Kansas

March 1, 2015

With hopes of an NCAA Tournament berth hanging in the balance, Texas men’s basketball came close to pulling off an improbable victory in college basketball’s toughest road venue Saturday. But,...

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With NCAA tournament hopes looming, Longhorns travel to Lawrence, Kansas

February 27, 2015

Things were a lot different for Texas the first time it played Kansas late last month. The Longhorns were 14–4, fresh off a blowout victory over TCU that pushed them to 3–2 against the Big...

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Texas looks to bounce back against Iowa State in home game

February 20, 2015

Texas suffered perhaps its most disheartening loss of the season on the road against No. 17 Oklahoma on Tuesday — and it won’t get any easier for Texas in the weeks to come. In a game...

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Baylor struggling after dominant run in early February

February 17, 2015

After putting together a dominant stretch early this month in which it won three straight games by at least 18 points, No. 20 Baylor has fallen on hard times in the past week.  The Bears dropped...

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Felix returns to Longhorn basketball after third concussion in 12 months

February 13, 2015

Junior guard Javan Felix’s concussion, which he suffered on Jan. 31 against Baylor, was serious enough to keep him out of two games. But now, the injury appears to be even more significant than...

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Barnes wins No. 600 as Texas drops TCU

February 12, 2015

Fresh off Wednesday’s win — the 600th of Rick Barnes’ head coaching career — junior guard Javan Felix had a suggestion on how his coach should celebrate: “Dance.” “I...

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Longhorns defeat Kansas State, ending four-game losing streak

February 8, 2015

With senior forward Jonathan Holmes and junior guard Javan Felix both out with concussions, No. 25 Texas desperately needed someone to step up offensively in its game against Kansas State Saturday. Sophomore...

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Texas shorthanded for game against OSU

February 4, 2015

After suffering perhaps its most surprising loss of conference play, falling to an unranked Oklahoma State team in Stillwater, Oklahoma, No. 25 Texas will get the opportunity to avenge the loss when they...

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Texas gets down early, drops third straight to Baylor

February 1, 2015

No. 19 Texas missed its first 12 shots. No. 20 Baylor made its first eight. From there, the Longhorns never made enough of a run to get back into the game. The same issues that plagued Texas in its...

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Longhorns focus on feeding big men

January 30, 2015

Fresh off their second consecutive loss and fourth defeat of conference play, the Longhorns enter Saturday’s road game against No. 20 Baylor desperate for a win. If they fail to leave Waco with...

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Texas comeback fails, Big 12 chances in peril

January 27, 2015

The Longhorns trailed by as many as 20 points with less than 7:30 remaining in the game, and they almost came all the way back. Texas got red hot from beyond the arc late, connecting on 7-of-8 from...

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Texas struggles down the stretch, drops game to Kansas

January 24, 2015

It was loud at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday — really loud.  Music blasted at every break. Balloons fell from the ceiling and Texas’ mascot, Hook ’em, rappelled from...

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Longhorns prepare to face off against perennial power Kansas

January 23, 2015

No. 11 Kansas has won the Big 12 regular season title for 10 consecutive years. The last time someone other than the Jayhawks won the conference, freshman forward Myles Turner was in the third grade. Let...

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Taylor and teammates lead Texas past TCU

January 20, 2015

Maybe sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor was rusty; perhaps it was just a mid-season shooting slump. Either way, Taylor wasn’t quite himself in his first four games back after suffering a broken left...

Longhorns bounce back with home win against West Virginia

January 18, 2015

For the first time since the start of Big 12 play, No. 20 Texas looked like a team worthy of all the preseason hype.   The Longhorns navigated No. 20 West Virginia’s high-pressure defense...

Texas suffers first loss of the season against No. 1 Kentucky

December 6, 2014

In a clash of college basketball heavyweights, No. 1 Kentucky proved to be Muhammad Ali. The Wildcats erupted out of halftime on a 18-2 run and held off No. 6 Texas’ late comeback attempt en route...

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Longhorns look for better performance against top-ranked Kentucky

December 5, 2014

No. 6 Texas men’s basketball enters Friday’s matchup against No. 1 Kentucky fresh off its worst offensive performance of the season. The Longhorns shot 30 percent from the field and 18.5...

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Longhorns overcome sloppy offense to beat UT-Arlington

December 3, 2014

The Texas basketball big men dominated the paint on defense all night long. Their performance proved to be just enough to allow the Longhorns to overcome their sloppiest offensive performance of the...

Players to Watch: TCU

November 26, 2014

Quarterback Trevone Boykin Few teams rely as heavily on one player as TCU does on Boykin. The junior has enjoyed a tremendous season so far, passing for a career-best 3,021 yards and 24 touchdowns against...

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No Taylor? No problem.

November 25, 2014

No Taylor? No problem.  At least, that’s what the Texas men’s basketball players are saying right now. The Longhorns acknowledged they’ll miss sophomore point guard Isaiah...

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Column: Longhorns prove they’re among the best after New York City contests

November 24, 2014

The moment you step inside Madison Square Garden for the first time, you get it. Nestled in the heart of New York City, the place is unlike any other. There’s an undeniable buzz that engulfs the...

Isaiah Taylor out tonight with injury

November 21, 2014

Sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor will miss tonight’s game after suffering an injury to his left wrist on Thursday against Iowa. Taylor sustained the injury after receiving a hard foul...

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Second-half burst pushes Texas past Iowa at Madison Square Garden

November 21, 2014

NEW YORK CITY — Senior forward Jonathan Holmes accepted much of the blame for the Longhorns’ first-half struggles against Iowa. But he also deserved most of the credit for the team’s...

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Longhorns claim season opener in 85-50 victory over North Dakota State

November 15, 2014

The crowd at the Frank Erwin Center erupted with cheers as freshman center Myles Turner entered the game for the first time early in the first half. But the cheers only got louder as the game went on,...

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With high expectations, men’s basketball begins season

November 14, 2014

The men’s basketball team heard the hype all offseason. After being ranked No. 10 to start the season, expectations are much higher than in recent memory for a Texas team that surprised many last...

Players to Watch: Oklahoma State

November 14, 2014

Quarterback Daxx Garman In his first five games of the season, all wins, Garman passed for 10 touchdowns against five interceptions. However, in his last three games, all losses, Garman has thrown just...

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Strong’s methods show strength against West Virginia

November 11, 2014

For anyone wondering if the Longhorn players are buying into Strong’s process, look no further than the scene in Texas’ locker room following Saturday’s game. Head coach Charlie Strong...

Players to Watch: West Virginia

November 7, 2014

Quarterback Clint Trickett Trickett has arguably been the Big 12’s best quarterback this season, leading the conference with 2,925 passing yards and a 151.9 passer efficiency rating. He’s...

Column: Despite showing promise against Texas Tech, Longhorns still need a lot of work for bowl appearance

November 6, 2014

For the first time in recent memory, Texas played a complete football game last Saturday against Texas Tech. The Longhorns scored their highest point total in a road game this season, while holding...

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Players to Watch: Texas Tech

October 31, 2014

Sophomore quarterback Davis Webb The pass-happy Texas Tech offense runs through Webb, who has emerged as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the Big 12 this season. After an impressive freshman...

Former Longhorn files lawsuit against NCAA

October 29, 2014

Former Texas football player Julius Whittier has filed a $50 million class action lawsuit against the NCAA, according to KEYE-TV. Whittier, the first African-American player in school history, was diagnosed...

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Players to Watch: Kansas State

October 24, 2014

Quarterback Jake Waters Waters is enjoying a breakout campaign in his second year as the starter, passing for 1,431 yards and nine touchdowns and just three interceptions through six games. He currently...

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Swoopes finally giving hope for the future

October 22, 2014

It may have taken him half the season, but sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is starting to provide some hope for the future.   After a series of uneven performances in the first four starts...

Players to Watch: Iowa State

October 17, 2014

Junior QB Sam Richardson Richardson enjoyed one of the best games of his career last season against the Longhorns, passing for 262 yards and two touchdowns while adding 83 yards on the ground. The junior...

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Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma shouldn’t be considered a moral victory

October 15, 2014

After falling behind by 18 points early in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against No. 11 Oklahoma, Texas engineered two late touchdown drives and almost fought all the way back in its 31-26...

Players to Watch: Oklahoma

October 8, 2014

Sophomore QB Trevor Knight Coming off an impressive performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last season, Knight entered 2014 with enormous expectations. He’s mostly failed to live up to...

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Defense can’t compensate for offensive woes

October 6, 2014

Texas’ 28-7 loss to Baylor on Saturday marked the second consecutive loss at home and third overall defeat for the Longhorns this season. Here are four things that stuck out from the game. Offense...

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Texas trails Baylor 7-0 at halftime

October 4, 2014

After a first half plagued by missed opportunities on offense and a costly miscue on special teams, the Longhorns trail Baylor 7-0 at halftime. On its final drive of the second quarter, Texas went 98 yards...

Players to Watch: Baylor

October 3, 2014

Senior QB Bryce Petty Baylor leads the nation in scoring offense, and Petty is the biggest reason why. The Heisman hopeful is off to a torrid start for the Bears, passing for 913 yards and seven touchdowns...

Players to Watch: Kansas

September 26, 2014

Sophomore QB Montell Cozart Three games into his first season as the starter, Cozart is still trying to establish some consistency. He looked solid in two wins this season, passing for 422 yards and...

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Ash addresses media for first time since retirement

September 24, 2014

Former Texas quarterback David Ash addressed the media Monday for the first time since head coach Charlie Strong announced the junior’s retirement last week. Ash’s career came into...

Women’s golf finishes fourth at Minnesota Invitational

September 17, 2014

Texas women’s golf turned in a final round team score of 301 Tuesday to finish in a tie for fourth at the Minnesota Invitational. The event was the first of the season for the Longhorns,...

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Numbers say Texas needs improvement to contend

September 16, 2014

Texas men’s basketball was one of the biggest surprise teams last season. After posting a disappointing 16-18 record during the 2012-2013 campaign, the Longhorns rallied behind a cast of talented...

Players to Watch: UCLA

September 12, 2014

QB Brett Hundley Now in his third year as a starter, Hundley has been frequently mentioned as a Heisman candidate and a potential first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Hundley lived up to the hype...

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By the numbers: Texas needs more from running backs

September 10, 2014

Entering the season, the veteran running back tandem of Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray appeared to be the clear strength of the Texas offense. Through two games, though, the rushing attack has failed...

Players to Watch: Week 2

September 5, 2014

Junior QB Taysom Hill Hill absolutely terrorized the Texas defense last season, rushing for a staggering 259 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries while tallying an additional 129 yards through...

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By the numbers, Texas is better with Ash in the lineup

September 3, 2014

For the second straight season, Texas will be without junior quarterback David Ash for a considerable amount of time because of concussion symptoms. While the absence of an experienced starter under...

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Diggs ready to speak his mind, lead Longhorns

August 27, 2014

Senior cornerback Quandre Diggs isn’t afraid to speak his mind. Whether it’s giving advice to teammates or talking smack to opponents, Diggs rarely misses a chance to say what he’s...

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Dynamic front-court, experience among reasons Texas should be better

August 25, 2014

For all that Texas did right last year throughout its surprising 2013-2014 campaign, several key factors held the Longhorns back from climbing the ranking boards and joining the nation’s elite. The...

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At Mack Brown’s encore, Texas falls to Oregon, 30-7

December 31, 2013

SAN ANTONIO — Just minutes after the Alamodome clock hit zero, a sea of fans wearing burnt orange draped over the Longhorns’ tunnel and chanted the name of their longtime coach. Mack...

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Texas, Oregon matchup could be among bowl season’s best

December 28, 2013

For both the Longhorns and the Ducks, this year’s trip to the Valero Alamo Bowl isn’t exactly what they envisioned at the start of the year.  Each team entered the season with goals...

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Texas Longhorns football: Five potential candidates to replace Mack Brown

December 15, 2013

Mack Brown’s resignation Saturday ended his tenure at Texas after 16 seasons, but it also opened up one of the premier coaching gigs in college football. Here are five possible replacements for Brown...

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Mack Brown steps down after 16 seasons as Texas Longhorns head coach

December 12, 2013

After 16 seasons as the Longhorns’ head coach, Mack Brown’s tenure is officially over. Brown announced his decision to step down Saturday, one week after Texas’ 30-10 loss to Baylor...

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Offensive inconsistency, second half struggles plague Longhorns against Baylor

December 8, 2013

Texas’ 30-10 loss to Baylor ended the Longhorns’ hopes of a Big 12 title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. Here are four takeaways from Saturday’s loss to the Bears: Offensive Inconsistency Texas...

Texas, Baylor tied 3-3 at halftime

December 7, 2013

With a Big 12 title and trip to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on the line, No. 25 Texas and No. 9 Baylor entered the locker room at halftime tied 3-3. Junior running back Malcolm Brown was the lone bright...

Texas in rare situation rooting for Oklahoma as Horns need Sooners victory to win outright Big 12 title

December 6, 2013

This weekend, Texas players and fans alike must do something they probably never imagined they’d have to — root for Oklahoma. The Longhorns can clinch a share of the Big 12 title with a...

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Texas defense preapring for toughest test yet this season

December 6, 2013

The Longhorns seemed to have an answer for everything Texas Tech’s top-ranked aerial attack threw at them last Thursday. Texas racked up a season-high nine sacks while holding the Red Raiders...

Powers shoots down Saban rumors

December 6, 2013

University of Texas President Bill Powers shot down any rumors of Alabama head coach Nick Saban becoming the Longhorns’ new football Thursday, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Powers...

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Despite adversity, Jackson Jeffcoat has no regrets from his time at Texas

December 3, 2013

Jackson Jeffcoat hasn’t had the chance to reflect on his stellar four-year career yet. He said he’ll probably do that once the season is over. The senior defensive end is far too focused...

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Texas wins Thanksgiving matchup over Tech, 41-16

November 29, 2013

Following his three-interception performance two weeks ago, Case McCoy said Monday that he needed to play better for Texas to get back in the win column. The senior quarterback made good on these words...

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Case McCoy accepts blame for Oklahoma State loss, more vocal than ever heading into Texas Tech game

November 27, 2013

Senior quarterback Case McCoy played as big a role as anyone in Texas’ six-game winning streak to kick off conference play. After entering the second half of the Longhorns’ Big 12 opener...

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Texas trying to get used to seeing Texas Tech every other Thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

Several of the Longhorns players admit that it felt unusual playing a team other than Texas A&M last Thanksgiving. The game lacked the same excitement that it had in previous Thanksgiving affairs...

David Ash done for the season

November 25, 2013

After missing the last six games with recurring concussion symptoms, junior quarterback David Ash’s season is officially over. Head Athletic Trainer for Football Kenny Boyd released a statement...

Johnson, Moss suspended for Texas Tech game

November 22, 2013

Sophomore running back/ wide receiver Daje Johnson and junior fullback Chet Moss have been suspended for Texas’ game against Texas Tech on Nov. 28 for violating team rules. Johnson ranks fifth...

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Longhorns still keep hope for a Big 12 conference title

November 19, 2013

The Longhorns’ loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday did more than just end their six-game win streak and drop them to third in the Big 12 standings. It also relinquished their ability to control their...

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Four takeaways from Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State

November 18, 2013

The Longhorns’ 38-13 loss to No. 12 Oklahoma State ended their six-game winning streak and complicated their run toward a Big 12 title. Here are four takeaways from Saturday’s game: Struggle...

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Halftime: Oklahoma State leads Texas, 28-10

November 16, 2013

Senior quarterback Clint Chelf turned in an impressive first half performance in a matchup of Big 12 contenders, giving No. 12 Oklahoma State a 28-10 lead over No. 24 Texas at halftime. Chelf completed...

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Linebackers have flourished recently after rough start

November 15, 2013

When the Longhorns’ defense scuffled in games against BYU and Ole Miss to start the season, the linebackers were at the forefront of the issue. The same problems of missed tackles and failed assignments...

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Oklahoma State the first of three tough opponents Texas has yet to face this year

November 15, 2013

During their six-game win streak to begin conference play, the Longhorns upset the No. 12 team in the nation and racked up three victories on the road. Despite these accomplishments, the Longhorns likely...

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Junior linebacker Steve Edmond at home on the UT football field

November 14, 2013

Steve Edmond always possessed the talent necessary to succeed at the college level. Edmond committed to the Longhorns out of Daingerfield High School as the second ranked inside linebacker in class...

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Longhorns adjust to loss of Chris Whaley, Johnathan Gray

November 12, 2013

The Longhorns‘ overtime win against West Virginia on Saturday extended their win streak to six games and allowed them to rejoin Baylor atop the Big 12 standings. The night remained far from perfect...

Texas ranked No. 24 in BCS Standings

November 11, 2013

For the first time this season, Texas appeared in the BCS Standings. The Longhorns came in at No. 24 on the BCS rankings on Sunday after their 47-40 overtime win against West Virginia on Saturday. Associated...

Gray, Whaley suffer season-ending injuries

November 11, 2013

Texas suffered a pair of serious blows in Saturday night’s overtime win in West Virginia, as sophomore running back Johnathan Gray and senior defensive tackle Chris Whaley each sustained season-ending...

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Texas Longhorns win overtime thriller in Morgantown, beat West Virginia Mountaineers 47-40

November 10, 2013

Sophomore fullback Alex De La Torre failed to record a reception in his first 15 games at Texas, but he picked a timely moment for his first. His two-yard touchdown reception in Texas’ first possession...

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Texas makes first trip to Morgantown in school history

November 8, 2013

Between 2011 and 2012, the Longhorns reeled off a number of impressive victories in hostile environments. They knocked off Texas A&M in College Station on Thanksgiving 2011, then racked up road...

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Texas wide receivers a stabilizing force in Longhorns offense

November 8, 2013

Coming into the season, the Longhorns faced a bevy of questions at the wide receiver position. Veteran wideouts Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley missed time in training camp with nagging injuries, while...

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Longhorns changing identity under Case McCoy

November 7, 2013

Coming into the season, Texas planned on heavily using junior quarterback David Ash’s ability to run the ball in its revamped up-tempo offense. This plan hit a snag after Ash suffered a concussion...

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Malcolm Brown excited by chance to finish first full season

November 5, 2013

For the first time in his three years at Texas, junior running back Malcolm Brown is on pace to play an entire season for the Longhorns. Brown battled foot and ankle injuries throughout his first...

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Malcolm Brown, run defense and wide receivers all stand out in Texas win

November 4, 2013

The Longhorns improved to 5-0 in conference play with their 35-13 victory over Kansas. Here are three things worth noting from Saturday’s game: Malcolm Brown is back Junior running back...

Texas vs. Kansas: Longhorns lead Jayhawks 14-3 at halftime

November 2, 2013

Despite a slow start on offense, Texas entered the locker room at halftime with a 14-3 lead over Kansas. The Longhorns failed to score on their first two drives of the game, and they were ready to punt...

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Texas defensive line establishing itself as foundation of entire Longhorns defense

November 1, 2013

Since Greg Robinson took over as defensive coordinator after a Week 2 loss to BYU, the Longhorns’ newfound ability to slow opposing running games has received much of the credit for Texas’...

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Resilient Malcolm Brown’s patience paying off with two straight stellar performances

November 1, 2013

Junior running back Malcolm Brown refused to feel defeated after compiling just 63 rushing yards in his first five games this season. Instead, he remained focused on improving each week and confident...

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Struggling defense vows turnaround, follows through on promise in conference play

October 29, 2013

Following a loss against Brigham Young University in which they surrendered 550 rushing yards and an average of 7.6 yards per carry, the Longhorns vowed they wouldn’t let another opponent ravage...

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Cedric Reed transitioning seamlessly to starting lineup

October 29, 2013

Junior defensive end Cedric Reed didn’t realize how effective he could be at swatting down passes before being inserted into the starting lineup this season. In fact, he didn’t even...

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Texas vs. TCU: Longhorns defeat Horned Frogs 30-7 despite long delay

October 27, 2013

Head coach Mack Brown found a silver lining to the three-hour and six-minute lightening delay that prevented Saturday’s game against TCU from ending before midnight. “They’ve all had...

Byndom provides value to Texas secondary with skill, experience as opponents throw away from him

October 25, 2013

Senior cornerback Carrington Byndom refuses to take it personally when opposing quarterbacks target the receiver he is covering. In fact, he embraces having the ball thrown in his direction. “Always,”...

Byndom provides value to Texas secondary with skill, experience as opponents throw away from him

October 25, 2013

Senior cornerback Carrington Byndom refuses to take it personally when opposing quarterbacks target the receiver he is covering. In fact, he embraces having the ball thrown in his direction. “Always,”...

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Coming off best rushing performance of the year, Texas faces stingy TCU rush defense

October 25, 2013

In their upset victory over No. 12 Oklahoma two weeks ago, the Longhorns finally employed the punishing ground attack they believed they were capable of all along. Sophomore running back Johnathan...

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Former running back Chris Whaley anchors Texas Longhorns’ defensive line

October 22, 2013

As senior defensive tackle Chris Whaley streaked towards the end zone after intercepting a Blake Bell pass in last week’s Red River Rivalry game, only one thought ran through his mind — score. The...

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Texas still hopeful David Ash will return to the field this year

October 22, 2013

After ruling him inactive for Saturday night’s game against TCU, head coach Mack Brown said Monday that he still expects junior quarterback David Ash to play again this season. Ash missed three...

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Running backs breakout against Sooners

October 15, 2013

The Oklahoma run game garnered considerable attention going into the Red River Rivalry game. The Sooners averaged 246 rushing yards per game through their first five contests, good for 17th in the country,...

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Rushing attack paces Texas’ 36-20 victory over Oklahoma

October 14, 2013

Texas’ 36-20 upset victory over No. 12 Oklahoma shattered the point spread and ended a three-game losing streak against the Sooners. Here are four things that propelled the Longhorns to victory. Dynamic...

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Longhorns seniors hoping to avoid being winless against rival Sooners

October 9, 2013

When the current cast of seniors debuted with Texas in 2010, the Longhorns entered the Red River Rivalry with two straight wins over Oklahoma and four victories in their last five clashes with the Sooners. The...