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About Justin Wells

Justin was born a sports fan. From the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers, he fell in love with sports at a young age. Justin lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and cross country in high school. He continued his playing career in basketball at LeTourneau University (98-01). Before becoming the Inside Texas Web Editor in August of 2013, Justin was a high school coach, helped UH and Baylor with scouting and summer football camps, worked in the oilfield, and was the editor at HornSports and writer at the East Texas Sports Network. Raised in a family of Aggies, Justin broke away from the regime when he was 12, attended his first Texas football game in 1995 and has been hooked ever since.

K-State stuffs UT, 24-21

Shane Buechele (Justin Wells/IT)

Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz entered today’s game as one of the Big 12’s worst statistical passers and a bum shoulder. But after his 3-TD, 265-yard performance today against Texas, you’d have never known that.

2016 Texas Midseason Awards

The Foreman brothers celebrate at DKR. (Will Gallagher/IT)

We’re at the midway point in the season for Texas and the Horns stand at 3-3. We’ve seen progression in spots and regression in others. But there’s one element you can’t deny; it’s Charlie Strong’s best start since he arrived on the 40 Acres.

I present my 3rd annual Texas Midseason Awards in 2016.

Five Quick Thoughts: Texas 27, ISU 6

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — Texas needed its defense to show up and it did. Too bad the offense didn’t leave the locker room until the 2nd half, but thankfully for Longhorn Nation and Charlie Strong, they did too.

Texas exploded for 21 third quarter points behind the arm of Shane Buechele and legs of Devin Duvernay and D’Onta Foreman, and its defense did the rest in a 27-6 win over Iowa State on Saturday night at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.

No. 20 Sooners Outshoot Texas, 45-40

D'Onta Foreman. (Will Gallagher/IT)

DALLAS — In Year 3 of the Strong Era, wins and progress were a must.

After Oklahoma racked up 672 yards of offense in typical Red River Shootout fashion, both are hard to come by.

Sooners’ QB Baker Mayfield threw for almost 400 yards and three scores, and Dede Westbrook broke the OU receiving record – 232 yards on 10 catches – to help Oklahoma overtake UT, 42-34 at the Cotton Bowl at the State Fair of Texas on Saturday.

Vance Bedford demoted

Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford in South Bend. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas DC Vance Bedford was demoted a source told me last night and as reported by multiple outlets. Charlie Strong will take over play-calling duties on the defensive side, he told the team last night.

Omar Manning: Army All American

Omar Manning at his Army All American jersey reception. (Justin Wells/IT)

LANCASTER — Omar Manning is gracious. In every aspect of life.

Football is the fun part after being named to the Army All American team and receiving his jersey in a ceremony in the auditorium of Lancaster High School. Just the opportunity to honor his family, school, and his country means something to him.

Bears Beat No. 11 Texas, 50-43

Dylan Haines. (Justin Wells/IT)

BERKLEY — No. 11 Texas rolled into California with enough swagger to fill up AT&T Stadium. But Davis Webb and the California Bears burst that bubble in a 50-43 shootout in front of 50,448 at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.