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All content by Trey Scott
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Managing Editor bids farewell to college and The Daily Texan

May 3, 2013

I remember the last few days of high school pretty well. Although I didn’t much care for those four years of my life, there was a distinct sadness in leaving, because it was the first time I had...

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Losing seasons have Erich Weiss down, but maybe not out

May 2, 2013

A baseball crashed into Erich Weiss’s face two weeks ago, fracturing his nose and leaving a cut running down to his right cheek. In an unfortunate way, it’s perfectly symbolic of Weiss’...

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NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out

April 29, 2013

NBA veteran Jason Collins disclosed he was gay Monday in a first-person account, published by Sports Illustrated. He has played for six teams in 12 seasons, including this past season with the...

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Trey Scott’s mock draft

April 25, 2013

My 2013 mock draft, version 1.0. Like I had anything better to do.  1. Kansas City - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M - Why bet against group-think? 2. Jacksonville - Eric Fisher, OT, Central...

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Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t believe I never watched ‘Friday Night Lights’

April 24, 2013

I was both the perfect candidate to watch and not to watch “Friday Night Lights.” The show, which premiered in 2006 and ended in 2011, centers around life in the fictional town of Dillon,...

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The Power List

April 23, 2013

1) William Powers, Jr., UT President While the top pick here is obvious, it is easy to forget the breadth of responsibility and influence of the man at the top. Since stepping into office in February...

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T-Mac is a Spur. Will Houston fans root against the Rockets?

April 17, 2013

After agreeing to a deal Tuesday that will last the length of the playoffs, Tracy McGrady is a San Antonio Spur. Now, the question of the hour: If the Rockets beat the Lakers on Wednesday to claim the...

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Get in on the madness with us: Fill out your bracket for the chance to win a prize

March 21, 2013

Join our bracket pool — submissions are due Thursday — and see how you stand within the UT community. Winner gets a $20 gift card to The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. You don't...

Friction between Bev Kearney, Bubba Thornton revealed in 2004 correspondence

February 22, 2013

A pair of letters obtained by The Daily Texan highlight an enduring friction between Bev Kearney, the former women’s track and field coach who resigned in January, and Bubba Thornton, men’s...

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Walsh working to build career in MLB

February 20, 2013

After the longest break from baseball he can remember, Jonathan Walsh is ready to start his second season in the minors. Where he ends up — whether it be San Bernardino, Calif., or Burlington, Iowa...

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Jonathan Walsh ready for second year in Minors, other Longhorns have sights set on spring improvement

February 19, 2013

After the longest break from baseball he can remember, Jonathan Walsh is ready to start his second season in the minors. Where he ends up — whether it be San Bernardino, Calif., or Burlington, Iowa...

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Major Applewhite admits ‘inappropriate, consensual’ action with adult student

February 2, 2013

Offensive coordinator Major Applewhite engaged in “inappropriate, consensual behavior with an adult student” in 2009, according to a statement released by UT men’s head athletics...

Ace in the Hole

January 31, 2013

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in The Daily Texan on June 9, 2011. Former Longhorns pitcher Taylor Jungmann, profiled here, will play in Saturday's Alumni Game. Six straight...

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Case McCoy and Jordan Hicks sent home from Alamo Bowl, reportedly stemming from sexual abuse allegations

December 29, 2012

Quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks were suspended by head coach Mack Brown and ordered home Friday from the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, according to multiple reports. The move came...

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Crow is served this Thanksgiving as Aggies thrive in SEC

November 21, 2012

Man, Texas A&M is cool. Seriously. Not satirically. The Aggies are all the rage, with a dizzying style of play and big conference wins and OMG JFF. These aren’t the Aggies we grew up watching....

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Baylor’s huge upset turns college football world on its head

November 19, 2012

WACO — The night began with a prayer, which is really all Baylor had anyway. The No. 1 Wildcats were in town, 12-point favorites with the Heisman Trophy favorite in tow, and the Bears had only four...

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No better way to celebrate Royal’s life than to play football

November 9, 2012

There might not be a dry eye in the place as Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium turns into a living, breathing shrine Saturday in honor of the man who it’s named after. Darrell Royal died Wednesday...

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Legendary coach, admired leader Darrell K Royal dead at age 88

November 8, 2012

The UT community paid tribute to legendary football coach Darrell K Royal, who died from complications of cardiovascular disease early Wednesday morning at an assisted living facility in Austin. Royal...

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Early-season superlatives

September 28, 2012

Best player - David Ash, QB After two years of shoddy quarterback play, it’s alarming that anybody would gripe about  Ash underthrowing a few receivers. Those issues will get ironed out. It’s...

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Hamilton hopes to make big impact in second season

July 16, 2012

DENVER — The difference between Jordan Hamilton’s freshman and sophomore years at Texas was stark. The former Longhorn swingman is hoping for the same kind of improvement as he enters his...

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Ash doesn’t need to be a world-beater for Texas to win

July 9, 2012

With a defense that will be among the best of any not in the Southeastern Conference, and the triumvirate of talented running backs Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and Johnathan Gray, the Longhorns have enough...

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Claiborne may be first defensive player drafted

April 26, 2012

1. Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford When comparing Luck to Griffin Robert Griffin III, it’s easy to overlook Luck’s athleticism. But the Stanford product ran the fourth-best 40...

BCS games intrigue, leave room for debate, must include playoff

December 8, 2011

It’s time for another year of second-guessing the computers and begging for a playoff. After so many years though, we should be used to controversy and a lack of clarity when it comes to these bowl...

BCS games intrigue, leave room for debate, must include playoff

December 7, 2011

It’s time for another year of second-guessing the computers and begging for a playoff. After so many years though, we should be used to controversy and a lack of clarity when it comes to these bowl...

McClellan’s career high paces Longhorns to victory over UT Arlington

December 7, 2011

Sheldon McClellan averaged 26 points as a senior at Bellaire High School — he says he had to shoot a lot for his team to win games — but came to Austin this summer with a surprising reluctance. During...

After the football season, the Longhorn Network runs low on content

December 7, 2011

 Round one, they will say, did not go the Longhorn Network’s way. This summer saw a battle develop between ESPN/Longhorn Network and cable and satellite distributors such as Time Warner Cable,...

Longhorns showing signs of improvement, face UTA tonight

December 6, 2011

While most students study and sleep their “dead days” away, the Longhorns will play host to UT-Arlington. Texas (5-2) has won three straight games since a 0-for-2 showing in New Jersey and...

Best and worst: The Texas season

December 6, 2011

It’s an odd thing to call a 7-5 season a success — especially at Texas. But, all things considered, this year was one. Think about it. The Longhorns never found a quarterback out of their...

Chapman, Wangmene look to make weekend even better against UCLA

December 2, 2011

After playing overmatched opponents in their last two games, the Longhorns head to California this weekend to take on a college basketball powerhouse in UCLA. Although, it’s not what it used to...

Brown takes a backseat as Longhorns get contributions from other players

November 30, 2011

With J’Covan Brown’s continuing offensive struggles, it looks like the Longhorns will have to learn to rely on other scoring threats. Tuesday’s 73-57 win over North Texas at the Frank...

Griffin III has lifted Baylor, could get another signature win against Horns

November 29, 2011

Want to make the Baylor-Texas rivalry one built to last? Make 20 or so clones of Robert Griffin III and let me know. Because after the all-world quarterback is gone, we’re back to blowouts. So...

Texas gets past Bearkats in ugly affair

November 28, 2011

It was ugly, and at times, it was boring. But it was a win, and with the way the Longhorns’ previous two games had gone, they’ll take it. Texas fell behind 16-4 to Sam Houston State (1-5)...

One last dance for Longhorns, Aggies

November 22, 2011

In his 13 years of coaching in the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry, head coach Mack Brown’s favorite memory is not a big win. Instead, it’s a moment. And his least favorite memory has almost nothing...

Texas loses first game in New Jersey, tries for redemption today against North Carolina State

November 21, 2011

Texas struggled a bit in its first road trip this season, falling to Oregon State 100-95 in overtime Saturday night. But with a team that counts six freshmen among its key players, that’s not too...

Q&A: Garrett Gilbert

November 17, 2011

Garrett Gilbert sat down with The Daily Texan for an exclusive interview, discussing his time at Texas, high expectations and his future at Southern Methodist University. The Daily Texas: What do you...

Garrett Gilbert says goodbye

November 17, 2011

February 7, 2008: “I am here to announce my commitment to the University of Texas ... I’m very excited about this opportunity. I feel very blessed ... It’s been my dream ever since I...

‘Immaculate Deflection’ gives Longhorns boost

November 16, 2011

After he put together the finest performance of his career, J’Covan Brown was asked what, exactly, had worked for him so well. “Everything,” he said. Sums that up pretty good. And...

Longhorns proving to be inconsistent this season

November 15, 2011

It’s hard not to overreact. It really is. Texas runs for 880 yards in two games and then — BAM! — it looks like the Longhorns could sneak into a BCS bowl. A week later, the team is...

Young Texas team tries for win No. 2

November 15, 2011

Texas will try to get its second win of the young season in an afternoon showdown today against Rhode Island in the TicketCity Legends Classic. The game will tip-off at 3 p.m., part of a 24-hour...

Texas beats Boston in season opener

November 14, 2011

Big men? Who needs ‘em. In their season-opener, the Longhorns ran right past Boston 82-46 Sunday in the first round of the TicketCity Legends Classic, relying on strong perimeter play that more...

Fozzy Whittaker’s season takes sad twist

November 14, 2011

Sports writers don’t root for teams, they root for storylines. Something new to write about, some story to tell, something that makes this week different than last week. For most of this season,...

Trash-talking Tigers think little of Longhorns

November 11, 2011

Maybe it has something to do with the breadth of fine journalists the school pumps out each year but, recently, those associated with Missouri have no problem speaking their mind. And it’s not making...

Crazy as it seems, Texas has a shot at a BCS Bowl

November 8, 2011

If you were to look at the season in chunks — as Texas coaches like to do — then this is how it would look: First chunk: After wins over Rice, BYU, UCLA and Iowa State, the Longhorns’...

Win over Tech could be signature for Ash

November 3, 2011

You don’t know how much I’ve wanted to write the following in a postgame column: “Have the Longhorns found their quarterback of the future? ... You bet your Ash they have.” Ba-dum-ch. Wanted...

Can running like this lead to running the table?

November 1, 2011

We learned Saturday in emphatic fashion that Texas can really run the ball. Now we’ll begin to find out if they can actually run the table. A 43-0 win over Kansas — perhaps the worst team...

What exactly is the benefit of the Longhorn Network?

October 26, 2011

  From the onset, one of the initial motives of the Longhorn Network was to increase Texas’ national clout. At the two month-mark, it appears instead that the Texas football program has become...

Tough schedule means tough-sledding

October 25, 2011

We interrupt your continued celebration of Oklahoma’s 41-38 loss to Texas Tech for one very sobering message: Texas’ second-half schedule? Yeah, not as easy as we thought. To reach a bowl...

Athlete punishments depend more on stardom, team than actual crime

October 19, 2011

If UT’s new standard of discipline for an action such as peeing-and-fleeing is dismissal from the program, it’s a good thing the school doesn’t dish out retroactive punishments. What...

Senior infielder Jordan Etier dismissed from team

October 18, 2011

Jordan Etier has been released from the Texas baseball team, school officials announced Monday. The senior infielder was arrested over the weekend for possession of marijuana and evading police, both...

Quarterbacks making headlines through first half of regular season

October 18, 2011

We don’t know for sure if Texas is back to being a good team. We really don’t. Its 4-2 record is identical to the one it held last year after six games. But here’s one thing we do know:...

Weiss, Jacquez among stars of scrimmage

October 17, 2011

There’s not too much different about Erich Weiss this fall, only that he’s bigger, stronger and faster than he was as a freshman. He’s working on growing a beard, too. The sophomore...

Loss to OSU still win for Texas morale

October 17, 2011

Yes, the Longhorns lost their second-straight game Saturday, losing to No. 6 Oklahoma State 38-26. And yes, it was Mack Brown’s first loss in a week following the Red River Rivalry, and it left...

Cowboys rise to top dog with OSU talent

October 14, 2011

Somewhere above the Red River, lives a top-10 team, one with a Heisman contender at quarterback, the nation’s most dangerous receiver and an offense that moves so fast it — OK, I’ll...

Word of Mouth: 15 Freshmen

October 12, 2011

 In honor of the Longhorns’ freshmen-centric team, I present to you 15 thoughts — all about the rookies — to chew on. 1. It’s tough to put into context the impact cornerback...

Don’t look now, here come the Cowboys

October 11, 2011

It wasn’t the intent, but Mack Brown’s opening statement with the print media for his Monday press conference sounded more like a death sentence you’d hear before an execution than an...

Baptism by fire: OU’s Jones picks apart Texas

October 10, 2011

Jesus Christ. Nope, just Landry Jones. There are other reasons why the Longhorns were flattened Saturday. Where was the pass protection? What was with the odd penchant for calling reverses and sweeps...

Oklahoma doesn’t rebuild at QB, it reloads

October 7, 2011

One of these days, we presume, Oklahoma will be led by a bad quarterback. It’s becoming apparent, however, that our grandkids will be the only ones to see that come to fruition. Seriously, when...

Once again, Mack’s found a way to change himself for the better

October 6, 2011

With all the recent praise for the flashy new coordinators Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz, it seems like we’re forgetting somebody pretty important. Doesn’t Mack Brown deserve more credit? Not...

Undefeated Oklahoma and Texas prepare for GameDay matchup

October 5, 2011

Editor’s note: The following piece appears in ESPN College GameDay’s Student Ambassador section in anticipation of No. 11 Texas’ showdown with No. 3 Oklahoma Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. The...

Texas can finally rest easy in second half

October 3, 2011

It was a nice win for Texas on Saturday night, exacting revenge for last year’s loss to the Cyclones — pretty boring second half though. And that’s a good thing. Fans of this team have...

Jantz the latest example that every good team needs a good quarterback

September 30, 2011

The lesson Iowa State is so gleefully learning this year is the same one Texas learned the hard way last season. It doesn’t matter who you’ve got on defense, how many skill players you’ve...

Longhorns begin fall practice

September 30, 2011

College baseball is back. Well, kind of. Just months after making a trip to the College World Series, the Longhorns have begun fall practice. And already, head coach Augie Garrido said he has a good...

No. 7 jerseys half off at Co-op

September 29, 2011

It has not been a good month for Garrett Gilbert. The Texas quarterback was benched midway through the Sept. 10 game against BYU and was demoted to third string for the next week’s game against UCLA....

Six random BIG 12 football thoughts to consider

September 28, 2011

A six pack of thoughts that thankfully have nothing to do with conference realignment: 1. In case you’re not keeping up, Texas commit Johnathan Gray, who already owns the state record for career...

Aggies may come to regret move to SEC

September 26, 2011

The Southeastern Conference officially added Texas A&M as its 13th member Sunday, a move that will become effective in July of 2012. “We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s...

Beebe takes one for the Big 12

September 23, 2011

Well, the Big 12 is going to stay alive, but Dan Beebe’s time as conference commissioner has come to an end. Beebe fell on the sword for the Big 12 on Thursday, stepping down as commissioner in...

After recovery, Gilbert’s best bet might be to transfer

September 21, 2011

Garrett Gilbert, if you didn’t know, has had shoulder surgery before. In February of 2008, right after his junior season at Lake Travis High School, Gilbert underwent a procedure to repair a torn...

Just like his brother, Case proving doubters wrong

September 20, 2011

These McCoys sure love proving people wrong. Colt did it time and time again during his time in Austin, winning a starting quarterback job he wasn’t supposed to win, having a freshman season he...

Texas verging on move to Pac 12

September 19, 2011

With more dominoes falling this weekend, it appears ever more likely that college football is about to change drastically as schools look to form “super conferences.” Texas, Oklahoma, Texas...

Faulty reception: The Longhorns waiting on talented receivers to put it together

September 15, 2011

Though they failed to move the ball last year, the Longhorns entered this season with a group of young, up-and-coming wide receivers that looked like it had the potential to grow into one of the best units...

10 Texas football thoughts that have nothing to do with Garrett Gilbert

September 13, 2011

Here are 10 Texas football thoughts that have nothing to do with Garrett Gilbert: 1. I owe Jaxon Shipley an apology. Back in February, I covered the USA-World All-Star football game at Westlake High School,...

Texas finally had enough of Garrett Gilbert

September 12, 2011

The third-down pass sailed over the intended receiver, 10 yards too long and a bit wide, and fell to the turf. Not an unusual sequence of events in the Garrett Gilbert era, where just 57 percent of passes...

UT, A&M fans both agonize over network’s role in change

September 8, 2011

We already know Texas A&M, soon to be the newest member of the Southeastern Conference, doesn’t like the Longhorn Network. Judging by some recent comments on our website, it looks like Texas...

Ash could be Texas’ next great quarterback

September 6, 2011

Ready for a rather improbable comparison? In 2006, a solid and steady (but certainly not spectacular) Chris Leak captained Florida to a national championship. Behind him was freshman quarterback Tim Tebow,...

Longhorn Network leaving you in the dark? Join the club

September 2, 2011

If a $300 million network launches in the middle of campus with nobody able to watch it, does it make a sound? That’s a rhetorical question. Sorry to bludgeon a dead horse, but the commencement...

Top caliber teams OK to feast on cupcake squads

September 2, 2011

Besides Heisman hopefuls and No. 1 NFL draft picks, there’s something else the past six national champions have in common. Call it a guilty pleasure, but the best in the country can’t help...

A&M’s departure from conference ends historic rivalry

September 1, 2011

Just days before the 2011 season officially begins, the Longhorns have already suffered a tremendous loss. Texas A&M is officially leaving, having sent a letter of withdrawal to Big 12 Commissioner...

Gilbert’s leash should be short, just not too short

August 30, 2011

Texas finally announced Garrett Gilbert as its starting quarterback. Big surprise. Now for the better question — one that won’t take 5-7 months to answer: How short is his leash? “If...

Longhorn name game: learn ‘em

August 26, 2011

By now, after sifting through this first edition of Double Coverage, you’ve come across a lot of names. Running backs and receivers, linebackers and quarterbacks, offensive tackles and defensive...

Bold, controversial; who needs friends with a network like this

August 26, 2011

It is highly unlikely that when Col. Walter S. Hunnicutt wrote the lyrics to “Texas Fight” in the 1920s, he had any idea his words would take on such a literal meaning 90 years later. After...

Double Coverage Live Chat

August 25, 2011

Missed our first live football chat? Fear not, here are some highlights. Question from Jake15: Do you think Texas will use multiple QBs against Rice? Double Coverage Editor Sameer Bhuchar: Great question. Sports...

Football Notebook: Texas stressing versatility in secondary, along defensive line

August 25, 2011

‘Quandre The Giant’ Listed as a slight 5-foot-10 — though, that may be two inches too generous — Quandre Diggs would not seem like one to merit a nickname befitting Goliath. But...

After failing to sign with Yanks, Stafford back for final year

August 24, 2011

If what Sam Stafford had to say the day the New York Yankees made him the 88th player selected in the First-Year Player Draft was any indication, there was no way the junior left-hander was coming back...

Looking for some football answers

August 23, 2011

My mom wants to know if her man Mack can get Texas back to a bowl. The guy at the textbooks stand wants to know if it’s going to be Garrett Gilbert or Case McCoy. The man installing my...

Week 1 Football updates

August 11, 2011

With the beginning of football season a mere 24 days away, head coach Mack Brown and his coaching staff are taking a hard look at their team. Fall camp started last Friday and every unit is making noise;...

High expectations plagued Malcolm Williams’ career

August 8, 2011

Malcolm Williams should have been dominant. He would have been a future NFL receiver. He could have been big this year. Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Williams’ four-catch, 182-yard, two-touchdown...

Gilbert needs to be Texas’ quarterback

August 4, 2011

It’s so easy to (incorrectly) label Garrett Gilbert as the starting quarterback. Much too easy. There’s a quarterback battle between four players starting Friday when the Longhorns begin...

Longhorn women’s basketball team to tour Europe

August 3, 2011

The Texas women’s basketball team’s next exhibition game will take them a thousand miles from home. A 10-day trip to Europe for some summertime basketball and sightseeing begins Aug....

Texas secondary recovers after losing top players

August 1, 2011

After losing its three best cornerbacks, the Texas secondary needs to rebuild somewhat. But a strange offseason trip by Duane Akina landed the accomplished defensive backs coach in Austin after a month-long...

Longhorn Personnel Notebook

July 28, 2011

Quarterback No news on any transfers, although there have been some rumors floating around out there. Backfield -Fozzy Whittaker says he is 100 percent healthy after a stinger rendered him ineffective...

Texas hopes rushing attack provides offensive relief

July 28, 2011

While so many people choose to blame last season’s offensive disaster on quarterback Garrett Gilbert, it would be unfair to do so without remembering that he had little to no ground game relief. In...

Tannehill has an arsenal at his disposal

July 26, 2011

It’s good to be Ryan Tannehill. He’s the starting quarterback on a Texas A&M squad picked as the second-best in the conference. The Maxwell Award and the Davey O’Brien Award...

A question of quarterbacks: Who will start?

July 26, 2011

It’s the hottest topic on the Forty Acres: Who’s going to start as quarterback? Head coach Mack Brown and senior running back Fozzy Whittaker weighed in at the Big 12 Media Days. Strong...

Texas A&M, Oklahoma would suffer in the SEC

July 25, 2011

It is summertime, so you know what that means: sun, fun and talks of the Big 12 being split apart. While reports that Texas A&M and Oklahoma were interested in moving to the Southeastern Conference...

Benson spiraling out of control

July 21, 2011

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me six times? You need some serious help. Former Longhorn running back Cedric Benson had his sixth run-in with the law last weekend when...

Big 12 Preseason football team released

July 20, 2011

If the 2011 All-Big 12 Preseason team is any indication, the rest of the league has some catching up to do. Oklahoma paced the conference with a total of nine selections, five more than any other...

Upcoming Longhorn Network needs to give us more information

July 14, 2011

Our lives have been taken over by recent Longhorn Network advertisements — bold statements and rah-rah delivered by the venerable Matthew McConaughey. “We are Texas. It’s not just...

Quarterback recruit works to find teammates to come to Texas

July 14, 2011

Quarterbacks like Connor Brewer don’t just grow on trees. Not too many put up the high school numbers that the Scottsdale, Arizona native has — 2,677 yards last season with 37 touchdowns....

Preseason honors keep rolling in for Randall and Robinson

July 13, 2011

Two Texas seniors were announced as members of the 2011 preseason Lombardi Award watch list, given annually to the nation’s top lineman. Kheeston Randall, who has started 22 games in three...

Blake Gideon added to Thorpe Award watch list

July 12, 2011

Senior safety Blake Gideon has been named as one of 38 members of the 2011 preseason Jim Thorpe watch list, given annually to college football’s best defensive back. Gideon, who is on track...