Author Archives: Joe Cook

A Closer Look: Cornerbacks

Adam Beck. (courtesy of TexAgs)

With only one player committed on the defensive side of the ball for 2017 (Lagaryonn Carson), Texas still has a lot of work to do between now and signing day. Texas took one CB in the class of 2016 in Eric Cuffee, but he projects more as a nickel. They only took one possible CB in the last cycle due to the stellar class they took in 2015 of starters Holton Hill, Davante Davis, and backup Kris Boyd. Texas needs some numbers at this position for 2017, but the state does not have the deep selection it has in recent years.

A Closer Look: Running Back

JK Dobbins. (Eric Nahlin/IT)

Texas currently has three offers out for running back for 2017, one to JK Dobbins (La Grange – Ohio State), one to Toneil Carter (Houston Langham Creek) and one to Najee Harris (Antioch [CA] – Alabama). With Texas looking to take around two running backs this class, there are decent amount of options to look at in state. Strong prefers the bigger, D’Onta Foreman type back, but that type of back isn’t littered across the state this cycle. Even so, lets take a look at the two in state offers, and some more from Eric’s Top 10 list.

Horns hook No. 6 TCU, 2-0, take series

Texas Baseball. (Texassports.com)

AUSTIN — On Thursday, head coach Augie Garrido said that his team avoided “the weird” in their win over the TCU Horned Frogs. The Texas Longhorns avoided “the weird” again on Friday, taking game two over the Frogs 2-0 in a game that lasted only two hours and 14 minutes.

Texas tops No. 6 TCU, 4-3

Disch Falk. (University Co-Op)

AUSTIN — Before this game, TCU’s starter, Luken Baker, had yet to receive a loss in his collegiate career. He was a part of a staff that had combined for a 2.78 ERA and an opposing batting average of .225. Baker had two things going against him tonight, his defense behind him and sophomore outfielder Patrick Mathis’ bat. TCU’s four errors and Mathis’ two-run home run in the fifth helped the Texas Longhorns go on to win their Big 12 Conference opener, 4-3.

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

Texas Baseball. (Texassports.com)

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.