The Daily Texan

All content by Rachel Thompson

Collins contributes early on in first season with Horns

September 25, 2013

Chloe Collins remembers her first time on a volleyball court. She was a child in Cypress, Texas, clad in a YMCA uniform. “I remember the exact place and time,” Collins said. “[With]...


Looking ahead at Texas’ 2014 draft prospects

April 30, 2013

Former Texas players Kenny Vaccaro, Marquise Goodwin, Alex Okafor and Brandon Moore fulfilled their childhood dreams last week, earning spots on four different NFL rosters. As Texas heads into the fall...


Longhorns’ Vaccaro, Goodwin, Okafor drafted to NFL

April 29, 2013

Three former Longhorns will boast new jerseys, new teams and new cities after being selected during the 2013 NFL Draft this past week. Safety Kenny Vaccaro was selected in the first round of the...


Saints choose Kenny Vaccaro as 15th overall pick in 2013 NFL draft

April 26, 2013

All Kenny Vaccaro wanted out of the NFL draft was to be the first safety chosen. In a brightly lit Radio City Music Hall packed full of fans sporting jerseys of their favorite teams, he got his wish....


Former Longhorns await this week’s NFL draft

April 25, 2013

At the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia in 1936, professional football teams selected their chosen players for the first-ever NFL draft. Seventy-seven years later, teams are still doing it, with...


Vaccaro hopes to be first safety chosen at NFL draft

April 24, 2013

Ask Kenny Vaccaro what he hopes the outcome of this week’s NFL draft will be, and the answer is quick, confident and smoothly spoken. “I want to be the first safety taken,” Vaccaro...

Bob Shipley joins Texas staff

April 23, 2013

Texas is adding another Shipley to its team. Bob Shipley, who served as a high school head football coach and athletics director around the state of Texas, has been hired as a football analyst at UT,...


Marquise Goodwin offers speed and more heading into draft

April 23, 2013

At last month’s Texas Pro Day, Marquise Goodwin darted down the turf to catch passes, a blazing streak on a busy practice field.   The wide receiver’s obvious knack for speed was impossible...

Volleyball to conclude spring schedule at Lone Star Showcase in Dallas

April 19, 2013

Texas volleyball will wrap up spring play at this weekend’s Lone Star Classic College Showcase in Dallas. After defeating Oregon in December to become national champions, the Longhorns played...


Defense take on up-tempo attitude, works to improve next season’s peformance

April 18, 2013

The Texas offense may be garnering attention with its new tempo, but that doesn’t mean the defense is taking it easy in the spring. With nine returning starters, the defense is looking to regain...


Texas’ Okafor looks to embark on NFL career

April 18, 2013

The path to Alex Okafor’s NFL career began with the sports dreams of a bumbling toddler.  “Alex started playing sports when he was four, so every season since age four he’s been...


Current and former commissioners talk Big 12 rumors, changes at Tuesday panel discussion

April 17, 2013

Much like a closely followed celebrity, the Big 12 Conference basks in the sunlight of collegiate sports, marked by rumors of expansion and new additions.  Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, former...

Volleyball continues its spring reign with 5-0 sweep of New Mexico State

April 16, 2013

In 2012, she was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player. In 2013, she hasn’t let it go to her head. Outside hitter Bailey Webster, a rising senior, lead the Longhorns in their victory...


Clad with returners, Texas offense will strive to execute

April 16, 2013

Texas has in its burnt orange hands a new season, an up-tempo offense, a newly promoted co-offensive coordinator, a third-year starting quarterback and a bevy of receivers ready to step up. Head coach...

Undefeated in spring play, Texas Volleyball faces New Mexico State on Saturday

April 12, 2013

Spring doesn’t mean time spent relaxing under the sun for the members of the Texas Volleyball team.  Since returning from their trip to Louisville in December, during which they claimed a...

Volleyball pulls off a 3-2 win over Wichita State

April 8, 2013

While Wichita State’s basketball team aimed for a win in Atlanta, the school’s volleyball team pushed for its own Saturday in Austin. After five sets, Texas pulled off a 3-2 win over the...


Gray finds mentor in father, prepares for sophomore season

March 29, 2013

Down three points in the fourth quarter of the last game of the season, Johnathan Gray’s moment had come. After quarterback David Ash hit him with the ball, the freshman running back bolted 15...


Diggs could continue at cornerback or jump in at safety

March 28, 2013

Quandre Diggs could catch a football about as soon as he could walk.  He didn’t grow up around an especially lenient sports crowd, either. Digg’s brother Quentin Jammer, a cornerback...


Former Texas players impress at Texas Pro Day

March 27, 2013

Vince threw, Ricky donned a suit and Marquise danced. Athleticism marked Texas’ pro day as Texas graduates and NFL hopefuls strutted the skills they’d worked tirelessly to perfect for a...


Pro Day offers Texas players chance to showcase skills before draft

March 26, 2013

For young NFL hopefuls, the Texas Pro Day will provide an opportunity to rub elbows with top coaches and other talented players.  For more seasoned prospects like Vince Young, Pro Day will...


Reserved off the field but not on

March 25, 2013

Editor’s note: Junior linebacker Steve Edmond is the third of five “Players to Watch” who will be featured leading up to the Orange-White scrimmage Mar. 30. The fourth, Quandre Diggs,...


Magic Mike preps for his final year as a Longhorn

March 21, 2013

Jan. 10 marked a bit of a mental tug-of-war for Mike Davis.  On one side pulled the NFL and the prospect of starting his professional career. Texas held fast on the other side of the rope,...


Jackson Jeffcoat returns from injury, prepares for final season at Texas

March 19, 2013

Editor’s note: Senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is the first of five “Players to Watch” who will be featured leading up to the Orange-White scrimmage Mar. 30. The second, senior...

Texas nabs Alabama’s Patrick Suddes as director of player personnel

March 8, 2013

The only thing that could tear Patrick Suddes away from his beloved Crimson Tide was a splash of burnt orange.  The former associate director of football operations at Alabama was hired as director...

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Burning question: Is 2013 the year Texas Football can return as a national championship contender?

March 7, 2013

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth of five burning questions we will ask as spring practice kicks off: Can Texas put together a national title run in 2013?  It’s happened four times:...

Houston DE Riser could join Longhorns in 2013

March 6, 2013

Houston defensive end Zeke Riser will soon be packing up his bags and heading for Austin.’s Max Olson reported that Riser, who graduated from Houston in December, plans to transfer...

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Burning question: what will changes in staff bring to Texas football?

March 6, 2013

It was Darrell K Royal who said a football coach is nothing more than a teacher. Lessons won’t be in short supply for Texas after a string of promotions, hires and new positions in its coaching...

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Burning question #3: Will Brown’s up-tempo offense help the Longhorns execute in the fall?

March 5, 2013

As Texas retreated to the locker room for halftime during the Alamo Bowl, it found itself down 20-10 and in dire need of some offensive productivity.  The offense came alive in the second half...


Burning Question #2: Who will replace Kenny Vaccaro at safety?

February 28, 2013

As Kenny Vaccaro anxiously anticipates the NFL draft, Texas deals with the tough task of replacing him. Kenny Vaccaros, after all, don’t come along every day.  The quickness, consistency...

Texas offense struggles to produce in loss to Sam Houston State

February 27, 2013

Innings 1-3: Texas had a slow start with no hits and one walk by Ben Johnson. Sam Houston State’s Ryan O’Hearn’s RBI triple scored Hayden Simerly. O’Hearn scored on a groundout,...


Burning question No. 1: Can David Ash take the reins this year and return Texas to quarterback greatness?

February 26, 2013

Editor’s note: This is the first of five burning questions we will ask as spring practice kicks off: Can David Ash return Texas to greatness? The second — How can the Longhorns replace...


Spring football commences Thursday as Horns begin to work toward 2013 season

February 21, 2013

For most, springtime means bright flowers, warmer weather and the occasional rainy days.  For the Texas football team, spring means hours spent on the field running drills, assimilating with teammates...


Texas signing day recap

February 7, 2013

Wednesday, national signing day, was a day high school football players and coaching staffs alike circled on their calendars, the end to the madness that is open recruiting season. When the dust finally...

Brown confident with 15 Texas commits on signing day

February 7, 2013

Wednesday, national signing day, was a day high school football players and coaching staffs alike circled on their calendars, the end to the madness that is open recruiting season. When the dust finally...

Despite decommits, Texas boasts solid batch of defensive recruits

February 6, 2013

When it comes to recruiting a batch of defenders for the 2013 season, Mack Brown has had his share of disappointments.  First there was A’Shawn Robinson, a five-star lineman who recently...


Texas begins to build 2014 recruiting class

February 5, 2013

While the Texas coaching staff eagerly anticipates this week’s national signing day, the wheels are already rolling for next year’s recruiting class.  With seven commitments, Texas...


Four Longhorns make their Super Bowl debut in New Orleans

January 29, 2013

Not too long ago they meandered through the 40 Acres, bulked up in the weight room and left their sweat on the field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Now former Longhorns Chykie Brown and...


Five Longhorns count down to the 2013 NFL draft

January 29, 2013

As Texas football hits the field for spring practices, five former Longhorns begin a new chapter of their own. The waiting game for the NFL Draft.  Pflugerville native Alex Okafor’s power...

Volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott, staff rewarded for national championship win

January 22, 2013

Jerritt Elliott’s Texas volleyball team achieved what he, and his players, had long coveted: a national championship. And with that accomplishment comes a burnt orange check. According to documents...


Davis stays, Moore leaves as Texas enters offseason

January 16, 2013

The end of an autumn football season brings a flurry of career prospects for NCAA players as they grapple with the decision to remain in school or pursue an NFL career.  Wide receiver Mike Davis’...

Alamo Bowl Applewhite’s first shot at play-calling, coaching quarterbacks

January 15, 2013

In the midst of the third quarter of the 2001 Holiday Bowl, the odds weren’t looking too good for the freckle-faced redhead to lead his team to a win. Down 36-20 going into the fourth quarter, senior...

Texas volleyball to play Oregon for national championship tonight

December 15, 2012

In 1984, Texas swept Oregon in Berkeley, California, to continue on and win the AIAW Championship.  Four years later, the Longhorns would become national champions. Now, both teams are pitted against...

Longhorn volleyball travels to Louisville for NCAA Final Four

December 13, 2012

All season long, dreams of a trip to the final four lay in the distance, a goal the team worked strenuously to achieve. Now, the Longhorns have made their way up to Louisville to take on the tournament...


Texas volleyball sweeps USC, advances to Final Four

December 9, 2012

Hung upon a wall inside Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium is a glass case filled with volleyball paraphernalia. Photos, flyers and a burnt orange “Point Texas” sign flashes the pride of...


Freshman first-timers experience postseason

December 6, 2012

One year ago, they were stealing courtside attention on high school volleyball teams. Now, five UT freshmen are lighting up Gregory Gym, proving their talent week after week and encountering their first...


Texas Longhorns defeat rival Texas A&M Aggies 3-1 in NCAA round 2

December 3, 2012

A rivalry at its finest, complete with the fanfare and invigoration of passionate fans split by conference realignment set the scene Friday night as Texas defeated Texas A&M 3-1 in the second round...

Longhorn volleyball defeats Aggies

December 1, 2012

A rivalry at its finest set the scene Friday night in Gregory Gym as Texas defeated Texas A&M in the NCAA tournament. The consistent Longhorns completed a solid first set with Bailey Webster’s...


Longhorns sweep Colgate, to play A&M in second round playoffs

November 30, 2012

Why Texas won: Swiftly and easily, Texas dominated its first NCAA tournament game against Colgate on Thursday night, swallowing the Raiders and starting the postseason on a strong note. By the numbers: 4:...


The lone senior, Sha’Dare McNeal leads the Longhorns into her final NCAA Tournament

November 29, 2012

Division I volleyball means tough practices, nerve-wracking games and ever-present pressure to perform. In the whirlwind that is volleyball season, Texas team members have found a calm leader in senior Sha’Dare...


Texas sweeps West Virginia on Senior Night, one win away from sweeping conference

November 19, 2012

Amidst a crowd on its feet for set point, senior utility Sha’Dare McNeal hopped up and slapped the ball across the net, concluding Texas’ 3-0 sweep of West Virginia Saturday afternoon. McNeal’s...