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Herman, players reach important goal with 6th win

Reggie Hemphill-Mapps with the Hook'Em. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — After defeating the No. 24 West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, Texas earned bowl eligibility with its sixth win.
It is a huge milestone for head coach Tom Herman and the rest of the Longhorn staff and team, as another December spent at home would have severely impeded what the first year coach wants to build during his time in Austin.

Bowl Bound Texas Beats WVU, 28-14

Malik Jefferson. (Gallagher/IT)

MORGANTOWN, WV — Texas entered Saturday’s game at No. 24 West Virginia winless in 2017 against ranked opponents. 

Stopping WVU quarterback Will Grier was a tough task, but Texas had its own difference maker on the offensive side of the ball in junior Connor Williams, back for the first time since USC. Texas rushed for more than 230 yards behind an invigorated offensive line and held the potent Mountaineer offense in check after WVU quarterback Will Grier’s injury to earn bowl eligibility in a 28-14 win.

With pieces, culture in place, Smart hopes to contend in third season

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

A losing record is a big deal when it happens to a revenue sport at the University of Texas.

During Shaka Smart’s second season as head coach of the Longhorns, he led the team to an 11-22 record. It was and still is a disappointing mark considering he had a lottery pick on his team in Jarrett Allen, but the offseason has helped to mitigate much of the disappointment 2016-17 was.

Humphrey talks 2017 season after switch to slot

Lil'Jordan Humphrey (Will Gallagher/IT)

Coming out of Carroll High School in Southlake, sophomore Lil’Jordan Humphrey was a player without a set position. His 6-foot-5 frame and athletic ability gave him the ability to become a great wide receiver, but since he had so many responsibilities for the Dragons on offense, his role was that of a playmaker with the ball in his hands.