For his first two preseason camps as a Longhorn, junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger took part in a heated competition for the starting role. Ehlinger lost the preseason battle in 2017 to Shane Buechele before trading starts for the remainder of Texas head coach Tom Herman’s first season.
Texas defensive back Josh Thompson played in 13 games last year with the majority of his contributions on special teams. He started against Tulsa, USC, and West Virginia, and there were several moments in each of those games where the opponent made a play against Thompson.
Texas coach Tom Herman’s words often are very guarded after the first scrimmage of the pre-season. Sunday was no different as he offered some praise and rational explanation behind what he saw in the Longhorns’ closed practice.
AUSTIN -- On the recent premiere of HBO’s Hard Knocks, Oakland head coach Jon Gruden chastised a Raiders rookie for being too physical during a non-padded practice. Gruden appreciated the effort from the player, but noted he should save his hits for jerseys of another color.