Author Archives: Joe Cook

Osetkowski leads way, Davis scores winning basket in Texas Tip-Off

Eric Davis. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Before Thursday’s Texas Tip-Off, fans piled into Gregory Gym expecting to see local talent and 5-star forward Jarrett Allen and the rest of head coach Shaka Smart’s 2016-17 Longhorn men’s basketball team. While Allen was held out of the scrimmage was a precautionary measure to protect a strained hamstring, several other newcomers, including freshman guard Andrew Jones and transfer forward Dylan Osetkowski, took the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Hager on trenches, Foreman on Manhattan

Breckyn Hager. (Will Gallagher/IT)

After appearing at various points last season as a linebacker, sophomore Breckyn Hager has found a role on this year’s defense in the FOX role. It has been a challenge for Hager to learn a different position tasked with different responsibilities and assignments than what he was used to.

Haines on defensive upstarts, Bonney on resurgent play

Dylan Haines. (Will Gallagher/IT)

With two and a half seasons now under his belt, senior safety Dylan Haines has seen plenty of characters. Some of them now play in the NFL, some have graduated, some transferred and some are still in Austin with him. Sophomore defensive back Kris Boyd is one of those characters, and still draws chuckles every time a teammate mentions him.

Gilbert on Foreman, first season at Texas, running back

Shane Buechele and Sterlin Gilbert at the Spring game. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Even though it is his first year at Texas, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert will see a familiar face when the Iowa State Cyclones come to town this Saturday. First year Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell was head coach at Toledo in 2014 when he squared off with Bowling Green offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, with Toledo topping Bowling Green 44-28. Gilbert’s experience against Campbell is something he will reach into when he is calling plays this Saturday.

Gilbert on OU emotion, personnel, play calling

Sterlin Gilbert. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Prior to a game important between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Shootout, emotions in both programs can run high. After all, rivalry games are when programs, coaches, players and fans show their total disdain for the opposite program. Texas offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert knows the emotion associated with the Red River Shootout, but he has never experienced it himself. He’s looking forward to being a part of it.