Author Archives: Joe Cook

Dickson comfortable prior to third year in Austin

Michael Dickson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

At a program like Nathan Chapman’s ProKick Australia, Australians who learn how to punt an American football learn without knowing too much about the game in general. Texas punter Michael Dickson is a prime example of this, learning about football in a way that immediately put his feet into the fire.

Williams, constant among changes, leads Texas into season

Connor Williams. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The past few years have been a period of major upheaval for Texas Longhorns football, including two head coaching changes. When Derek Warehime came with head coach Tom Herman from Houston, he became the third offensive line coach to work with the Class of 2015.

Since the first game of 2015, Connor Williams has played at an All-American level at left tackle. On the cusp of this third, and possibly final year on the Longhorn offensive line, Williams is accepting leadership responsibilities to bring Texas out of one of its worst stretches.

Prime21 camp preview

Theo Wease (Joe Cook/IT)

Halfway through the 2018 cycle, it is getting to the point (early as it may seem) to start to get to know the rest of the 2019 class. Sure, some elites have made their names known like Jordan Whittington, Arjei Henderson, and Brian Williams, but some of next years up-and-comers need an introductory moment.

Notes from State 7-on-7

Bobby Brown at State 7-on-7. (Joe Cook/IT)

The sweltering heat made its expected appearance in College Station for the State 7-on-7 Championship. I was able to catch up with some prospects, both on and not quite yet on Texas’ radar. I knocked out most of my interviews on Friday since elimination games begin Saturday. I’ll watch a lot of the players closely today to get a better feel for their play.

State 7-on-7 Championship preview


Late June and early July marks the beginning of the contact dead period for college football coaches. In order to fill that void, The Opening puts on their elite event in Oregon. At the same time in the Texas heat, high school 7-on-7 teams from all over the state gather in College Station to try and battle for the Texas State 7-on-7 Championship.

Jarrett Allen: what he brought, what he did, what’s next?

Jarrett Allen taking on Frogs (Will Gallagher/IT)

Throughout this century, Texas has been able to pick up more than a handful of 5-star prospects to play in burnt orange at the Erwin Center. Before freshman Mohamed Bamba’s recent decision, former Horn and the Brooklyn Nets’ 22nd overall pick Jarrett Allen was the next 5-star, one and done talent, destined to lead Texas to relative success thanks to his elite skill level.