Longhorn Spring Football Notes & Analysis
Day One of Texas football spring drills began Friday with (no surprise) a veteran core of receivers putting some smooth moves on a young-but-confident group of DBs.
Saturday Practice Observations
The young Texas defensive backs performed better and the dominant players for 2007 began to become apparent on a windy Saturday at the Denius Practice Fields.
Photo Gallery - Spring Training
Any day with Longhorn football is a good day and Saturday was no exception as fans and media got their last look at Texas until the Spring Jamboree next month.
Kelson biggest Longhorn to switch positions
Texas Looking for Some Luck?
After Jermie Calhoun received word that Texas was not going to recruit him, the talk among Longhorn fans shifted to whether the coaches would offer a quarterback in the class of 2008. Houston Stratford's Andrew Luck was thought to be the prime target. Luck was in Austin Saturday for Texas' second junior day. Did he come away with an offer?
Adren Dorsey Talks UT Visit
John Tyler defensive tackle Adren Dorsey was in Austin this weekend for the Longhorns' second junior day. He did not receive a scholarship offer, but the Longhorns may not be done evaluating the position. The Texas coaching staff has yet to offer a defensive tackle in the class of 2008.
Aghayere Receives UT Offer
The Lone Star State is chalked full of talent at the defensive end position this year, and the Texas Longhorns have had their eyes set on Garland's Chancey Aghayere for quite sometime. He was in Austin this weekend and left with an offer from Texas. Is he ready to make an early decision?
Riley Dodge Commits to Texas
There was not a more productive quarterback in Texas this year than Southlake Carroll's Riley Dodge. He helped lead Southlake Carroll to their third consecutive state championship with a great arm and tremendous speed. Dodge committed to Texas today at UT's second junior day of the year. Where does he fit in?
Carroll's Dodge, Newton commit to UT
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown has said he recruits winners to play football at the University of Texas. On Saturday, Brown received oral commitments from a pair of juniors who have never lost a high school game. Southlake Carroll quarterback Riley Dodge and running back Tre' Newton said they committed to UT while attending the Longhorns' second Junior Day. Texas now has pledges from 14 players for its 2008 signing class, matching Texas A&M for the most in the nation so far.
Crunch time in the Big 12
Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M and Texas play Wednesday in Austin in a showdown that could determine more than the Big 12 regular-season champion. Could A&M's Acie Law possibly challenge Texas' Kevin Durant for Big 12 player of the year?
Durant endured tough-love training to become a self-made superstar
San Antonio Express-News
The cell phone permanently tethered to Taras Brown's belt loop buzzed at 10 o'clock the morning of Christmas Eve. He had been expecting the call. "Where are we going?" Kevin Durant asked from the other end of the line. Durant, the phenomenal freshman in the early throes of what would become a record-setting season at Texas, was back in his old stomping grounds on a rare sabbatical from his day job as perhaps the most astounding 18-year-old basketball player on the planet.
One-and-done players to NBA causing change in philosophy
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It's a question that might not have even made its way into the recruiting conversation a few years ago, but college coaches now want to know the long-term commitment level of elite recruits coming to their programs. Are you committed to developing over two or three years or are you one-and-done? "You never know," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "My whole philosophy here is to sit down with a person, and that question is obviously out there.
UT Takes Two of Three from Wazzou
Just as it was a week ago against Stanford, the Texas Longhorns lost the third game of their weekend series against Washington State in dramatic fashion, but took the series victory.
Texas loses 'competitive edge'
Looking for their first series sweep of the season, the only thing the Texas Longhorns wanted to do after Sunday's game was sweep their performance under the rug. It was ugly: suspect relief pitching, bad defense and poor decisions. All of those things turned an early 5-0 lead into a 7-6 loss to Washington State on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
Pitching helps Texas take two at home
Judging from the linescore, pitcher James Russell had a terrible fifth inning Friday afternoon against Washington State. Three straight hits went 400 feet or more. Two of them for home runs. The thing is, he got out of it. Instead of tightening up and forcing pitches, Russell finished off the inning by striking out a batter and forcing a pop fly into center field.
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