Category Archives: Football

One-on-One with 5-star DeMarvin Leal

DeMarvin Leal. (courtesy of Leal)

AUSTIN — Another camp, another successful event put on by the Texas Football staff on Friday night. When they weren’t dousing Tom Herman in the dunk tank, or having a giant water balloon fight on the field at DKR, the 2018 and 2019 prospects were competing in special events and getting a dose of what the future holds for the program on the 40 Acres.

One such prospect was 5-star DE DeMarvin Leal.

Texas Goes Green

Jalen Green and Michael Huff (Courtesy of Green)

2018 is loaded instate at the cornerback position and Texas just received a commitment from one of, if not, the best.

Houston Heights cornerback Jalen Green committed to Texas today over offers from Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Clemson and many others. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner was highly coveted in the 2018 class.

Coaching Turnarounds at Texas: Darrell Royal

Darrell K. Royal. (Photo by Art Shay /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)

This is a series on coaching turnarounds (or attempted turnarounds ) at Texas, starting with the Royal era. I think there are some learning points to be gleaned and, at the risk of doing the reveal too early, I think they portend favorably for Herman.
All Texas coaching hires – like presidential elections – are a lesson in oversteering. The tendency to hire what the previous guy was not is predictable. The things we focus on also tend to be shallow and useless.

Fridays in the Humidor – 7/21/17

Mustapha Muhammad (Joe Cook/IT)

The Stars at Night are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas. So are the prospects headed to Austin today for UT’s final HS camp before fall camp begins on July 31st. We’ve got the roster with notes and tidbits in each invitee. It’s hot outside so come inside the Humidor where its loaded with info and goodies.

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.

Inside the Gameplan: ISU and KSU

Anthony Wheeler. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas’ reward for going into the Coliseum to take on Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans is a weekend off to recuperate and assess before conference play. They then draw a Thursday night game in Ames, which has been a troublesome place for Texas this decade. Then they get another weekend off before entering the gauntlet portion of the schedule against K-State, Oklahoma, and then Oklahoma State in successive weeks.

Notes from day one of Big 12 Media Days

Texas at Media Days (Justin Wells/IT)

This year’s Big 12 Media Days is held at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility. After years of getting used to the comforts of the Omni in downtown Dallas, Frisco has been a pleasant surprise thus far.

Day one of Big 12 Media Days is now in the books. It started big with the conference commissioner himself, Bob Bowlsby, giving a state of the conference

The Inside Scoop – 7/17/17

Grant Tisdale at UA Prime21 Camp. (Joe Cook/IT)

We’re pretty loaded with Scoopage on this fine Monday. Hopefully palindrome week is off to a nice start for you. If it isn’t, this Scoop should help.

The staff is not only pressing for 2018 commitments, it’s also extending an introductory handshake to many of the state’s best 2019 prospects. As these relationships strengthen, those handshakes turn into hugs and before you know it, a large portion of the 2019 class will be wrapped up by this time next year.