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Texas senior RB Malcolm Brown accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Keep an eye on Brown leading up the draft. He's a former five-star recruit who has size (6-foot, 215 pounds), speed and agility scouts crave. The production has never matched the skills, however, and evaluators will have to ascertain if that's Brown's fault, or the fault of his collegiate coaches. A generous projection of Brown would be that of a poor man's DeMarco Murray.
Dec 23 - 5:55 PM

Texas redshirt senior WR John Harris will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Obviously most fifth year seniors enter the draft, but we are guessing Harris could have gained a sixth year of eligibility if he wanted one due to an early career injury. After failing to make much of an impact in three seasons, Harris broke out by catching 64 passes for 1,015 yards and seven touchdowns this year.
Dec 16 - 1:21 PM

Texas senior LB Jordan Hicks accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Hicks leads the school in tackles (136), is second in tackles for loss (12) and fourth in interceptions (2). Coming off a torn ACL, Hicks' resurgent campaign includes being named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, given to the top defensive player in nation. The 6-foot-2, 244-pound linebacker hadn't made it through a full season since 2011. To have done so -- and done so in style -- is a boon for his draft stock.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 3 - 5:39 PM

Texas senior CB Quandre Diggs accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

The two-time All Big-12 selection is ninth all-time in school history with 11 career interceptions. Diggs has essentially started from the day he stepped onto campus. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder can play outside, or man the slot. "Diggs has good, not great, size and speed for the position and shows natural field and ball awareness, keeping his head on a swivel and his anticipating route combinations," wrote CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler over the summer. "At times he doesn't have the lower body burst to break on the ball in time and clearly lacks quick-twitch movements, but he plays the game with a veteran sense."
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 2 - 7:36 PM

Texas sophomore QB Tyrone Swoopes completed 20 of 34 attempts for 200 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in the school's 48-10 loss to TCU.

Swoopes is just not there yet as a complete quarterback, but with a full offseason as the school's starter he might get there. That could be said for a number of Texas players, and year two under Charlie Strong will be an interesting case study.
Nov 28 - 9:41 AM

Texas senior DE Cedric Reed is "playing his best football since coming to Texas," according to an NFL scout.

The scout made the comment as part of a larger point that Charlie Strong has turned around Texas' defense in short order. "It's too bad Texas wasn't able to hire Charlie Strong a year earlier. It's like night and day watching Texas defensive players from 2013 to now," the AFC North scout said. NFL.com additionally passed along that scouts say senior LB Jordan Hicks and senior CB Quandre Diggs look "way more consistent" on tape, and junior DT Malcom Brown has "become one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the Big 12."
Source: NFL.com
Nov 27 - 5:35 PM

Texas redshirt senior C Dominic Espinosa (broken right ankle) won't seek a sixth season of eligibility.

He retired from the game of football in a letter posted to social media, available at the link below. Espinosa's ankle injury was significant, making this news unsurprising. Prior to going down, he had started 40 straight games.
Nov 25 - 9:14 PM

Former Texas senior RB Joe Bergeron, now of D-II Texas A&M Commerce, allegedly punched, slapped and shoved a female student on Oct. 9.

"What we uncovered and found to be accurate was that he was involved in an incident off-campus," A&M-Commerce athletics director Ryan Ivey said. "We don’t believe that it was as severe as the incident report is." According to the police report, the victim and Bergeron’s group of friends argued at a bar in Commerce, a dispute that followed them to the Kappa Alpha fraternity house. Allegedly, the victim slapped Bergeron's cup from his hand and he responded by punching her in the face. She followed him inside, where he shoved her against a wall, according to the report, and then Bergeron slapped her when she approached again. The incident got Bergeron suspended for one week in October by Texas A&M-Commerce head coach Colby Carthel. "We talked to a number of people, those that were there, those that were outside of it," Ivey said. "We interviewed a number of people and just felt like what we did, the punishment fit his involvement."

According to Chip Brown of HornsDigest.com, the SEC would not support a bowl match-up between Texas and Texas A&M.

Brown wrote that according to two sources close to the situation, "SEC officials have indicated to bowls with SEC and Big 12 tie-ins that the SEC won’t support a Texas vs Texas A&M postseason match-up." The reasoning is, apparently, because Texas A&M would lose face both for its program and its conference if they tripped up in the game. For his part, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has previously said that he doesn't want his school to face A&M. Patterson's head coach, Charlie Strong, would actually like the two schools to face off again at some point, but it doesn't appear that it will be happening soon.
Nov 19 - 5:09 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said that his team "wasn't comfortable" having a five-loss season.

He went so far as to say that a five-loss season "will never happen in this program again." The eternal optimism is nice, though "never" is a long time. Strong's team is on a three-game winning streak and has put together some nice efforts against the likes of West Virginia and Oklahoma State. "It's great to see this team continue to get better," Strong said.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 17 - 8:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Texas junior DT Malcom Brown "has a terrific mix of quickness and power."

"Texas asks a lot of DT Malcom Brown which is great for his evaluation. Lining up inside and outside, he has a terrific mix of quickness and power," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Brown is a legitimate prospect and could be drafted in the top two rounds of next years draft. Brugler added in another tweet, that "watching Brown in 2014 compared to 2012-13, he shows improved hand use and a much more aggressive approach - more proactive, not reactive."
Nov 12 - 2:09 PM

Texas junior DT Malcom Brown told reporters a top two round projection would "prompt him" to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

"But I’m not really focused on that right now," Brown said. "I’m just trying to play. Trying to do what I can do here." Obviously Texas is not a good football team for a variety of reasons, but Brown is a legitimate prospect and we would not be surprised to see him receive such a grade from the NFL.
Source: Statesman
Nov 12 - 10:21 AM

Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls tweeted that Texas junior DT Malcom Brown said that a "first or second round draft grade" would probably lead him to declare for the NFL.

Last week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Brown was leaning toward the draft. Brown's own comment seems to indicate likewise. Unlike many college players, Brown is married and has two children. The financial lure of a high draft slot is significant in this case. Brown weighs in at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds and the junior has a sideline-to-sideline motor. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote in mid-October that Brown had "noticeably improved upper-body explosiveness." It remains to be seen if he's improved enough to earn him the grade he's looking for.
Nov 11 - 9:07 PM

Texas senior WR Jaxon Shipley had three catches for 38 yards in Saturday's 33-16 win over West Virginia.

Shipley finally scored his first touchdown of the season against Texas Tech last week, but he was mostly invisible in the Longhorns' big win over West Virginia. Despite what's been a quiet season (54 catches, 538 yards, one touchdown), Shipley has a chance of finding himself on an NFL roster as a late-round pick. Over the summer, his physical tools were compared by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler to those of his third-round-selected brother Jordan.
Nov 8 - 9:35 PM

Texas junior RB Johnathan Gray ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 33-16 win over West Virginia.

A year ago, Gray tore his Achilles tendon against West Virginia. It was a different story in 2014. Gray got his 101 yards on just ten carries, which averages out to 10.1 YPC for anybody who doesn't feel like doing the math. It was the kind of game that Texas envisioned when they recruited the Aledo High School star back in 2012. Before tearing his tendon last November, he was on pace for more than 1,000 yards. This season, Gray's rushed for 546 yards on 113 attempts to go with seven touchdowns. He's slowly regaining his cutting ability and the big plays are a good sign for Gray's future.
Nov 8 - 8:50 PM


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