Author Archives: Joe Cook

Texas Spring Practice No. 2: Team leaders speak

Malik Jefferson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Wednesday, after the Longhorns’ second spring football practice, the media was allowed to catch up with players who possessed leadership roles on the team. Senior offensive tackle Kent Perkins, senior tight end Caleb Bluiett and sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson were all made available for questions.

Texas bats bounce back, beat SHSU 12-3

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After a disappointing four game sweep at the hands of Cal, the last thing Texas could afford to do was lose a fifth straight game to the visiting Sam Houston State Bearkats days before embarking on their first true road trip. The combined effort of the entire starting lineup and sophomore starter Morgan Cooper made sure that did not happen as Cooper’s six scoreless innings boosted the Texas Longhorns to a 12-3 victory.

Horns beat Texas State in extras, 10-4

Texas Baseball. (courtesy of Horns Illustrated)

SAN MARCOS — After allowing the Texas State Bobcats to tie the game with two home runs, the Texas Longhorns exploded for six runs in the 11th to defeat the Bobcats, 10-4 in San Marcos.

Through four innings, Texas only had two hits on four hard hit balls. They advanced a runner to second in the first after junior center fielder Zane Gurwitz reached on an infield single. After being moved on a sacrifice, Gurwitz failed in his attempt to steal third with two outs.

2016 Texas Baseball Preview

Augie Garrido. (

After visiting Omaha in 2014 and reaching the national semifinals, 2015 was supposed to be another banner year for the Texas Longhorns baseball program. While the team began strong out of the gate, a midseason non-conference sweep at the hands of Nebraska proved to be a major turning point in the season. The team stumbled into the Big 12 Tournament, needing to win in Oklahoma City to even have a chance at the field of 64.

NSD 2016: The Day After

Brandon Jones. (Courtesy of

AUSTIN — Charlie Strong knew that today was important.

Coming off of a disappointing 5-7 season one year removed from a 6-7 season, making a splash on National Signing Day and landing a top class were lofty goals.

Army All-American Bowl (w/ Jones, Reed)

Army All American helmet. (Justin Wells/IT)

After a week in San Antonio (with a couple return trips to Austin sandwiched in there), I’m finally back home in Houston in order to watch the Army Bowl and the Texans in the playoffs. This week was an interesting week in terms of watching and scouting players, and for getting a feel on where some of Texas big targets, most of whom are committed elsewhere, are thinking.

Texas Coaches: State of the Union

Augie Garrido. (

In these previous three years, I’ve seen a lot of important events and figures reach their finish. Mack Brown’s time has come and gone, finishing his careers against Texas A&M (one year before my time) and Oklahoma with victories. I’ve seen him replaced by Charlie Strong, who has had back-to-back years in which his recruiting classes came down to an exciting finish.