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Texas HC Charlie Strong has already stated he will use two quarterbacks in the season opener against Notre Dame.

Those two quarterbacks are redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard and presumed starting junior Tyrone Swoopes. The latter was not impressive in his time as the starter in 2014. We think the old saying applies: If you have two quarterbacks, you don't have one.
Source: Fansided
Jul 25 - 8:11 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong named junior QB Tyrone Swoopes first-string quarterback entering fall practice.

"When you walk out there, somebody's got to be in charge," Strong said. "So Swoopes will be in charge because he's played a lot." In other words, redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard will be given a fair opportunity to win the job during two-a-days. "I'm just saying, we walk out there on the 7th and somebody's got to take those snaps," Strong said. "[Swoopes will] walk out there. With Jerrod, we'll see by Notre Dame if he can go get the position." Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley's son Kai, an ESPN 300 athlete, is also on the periphery of the mix. "The thing about him is, he has enough moxie about him that he may think he is the guy," Strong said. "But there's nothing wrong with that."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 8:34 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon argued that Texas redshirt junior DT Hassan Ridgeway was spurned from Mel Kiper's positional draft rankings.

Ridgeway (6-foot-4, 320 pounds) started the last 10 games of 2014 after Tank Jackson's injury and posted 9.5 TFL, six sacks and 46 tackles playing alongside Malcom Brown. "Ridgeway has terrific size and is extremely disruptive -- he had at least one tackle for loss in eight of 13 games in 2014 -- so it would not be the least bit surprising if the junior defensive tackle joins Brown on Sundays in the future and debuts on Kiper Jr.'s big board at some point during the fall," Chatmon wrote.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 1:11 AM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown announced that it's Texas redshirt junior Hassan Ridgeway's "turn for the spotlight."

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Ridgeway started the last 10 games of 2014 and posted a respectable 9.5 TFL, six sacks and 46 tackles. Brown pegs him as the No. 19 defensive tackle in the land, mostly on potential. "The Longhorns, despite their struggles, played excellent defense most of last year under Charlie Strong, but they lose many key players -- including end Cedric Reed and tackle Malcom Brown, a first-round pick," Brown wrote. "With both gone, it's Ridgeway's turn to become a star up front."
Jul 12 - 7:01 PM

Texas true freshman OLB Malik Jefferson is "a phenomenal athlete for the position, and it shouldn't take long for him to thrive," writes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Jefferson steps into a perfect opportunity as a true freshman," Brown wrote. "A five-star recruit, he joins a Texas defense that loses seven starters but was excellent last year, despite the Longhorns' problems overall." Jefferson was considered by most to be one of the 10 best players in the 2015 class. "Charlie Strong is one of the best defensive coaches in the country, and Jefferson will join a new-look linebacking corps that lost Jordan Hicks and Steve Edmond," Brown wrote. "He enrolled early, and he lived up to the hype in spring ball, making plays all over the field."
Jul 10 - 4:35 PM

Oklahoma State’s J.W. Walsh praised Texas redshirt freshman QB Jerrod Heard and endorsed him as the school's starter.

This doesn't often happen, but Heard took over for Walsh in high school at Denton Guyer, coached by Walsh's dad John Walsh. "He’s a baller," J.W. Walsh said. "He’s one of those guys that gets in a game, he makes plays. I remember watching him in high school, and you’re just in awe of some of the stuff he does." Heard, a former four-star dual-threat recruit, is currently fighting Tyrone Swoopes for the Longhorns’ starting job. "He’s very smooth," John Walsh said. "And the direction Texas is headed with its offense, toward uptempo and using the quarterback’s legs, I think that’s tailor-made for Jerrod. ... I hate to make the comparison, but it makes you remember Vince Young being able to take over a game with his moxie."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 8:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Texas senior RB Johnathan Gray "hasn't done much up to this point as a runner to separate himself as a NFL prospect."

"Gray has good body thickness for the position and has enough athleticism for the next level, but his vision has been spotty, routinely missing run lanes on tape and wasting time going east-west while he searches for daylight. He does a nice job in pass protection, squaring and stonewalling rushers, but hasn't done much up to this point as a runner to separate himself as a NFL prospect," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Gray has rushed for 2,118 yards in the past 3 years for the Longhorns, but underwhelmed in 2014, with a career-low 637 yards rushing.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 3:28 PM

Texas redshirt junior Hassan Ridgeway "showed a lot of promising traits" last season, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He is at his best when he plays low and generates power from his lower half to bull rush blockers, but also keep his balance to work off contact and track the ballcarrier. Ridgeway is still figuring out how to best use his hands at the point of attack, but he showed a lot of promising traits as a sophomore last season in his first year as a starter," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Ridgeway will have big shoes to fill, with Malcom Brown now off to the NFL. The Texas prospect started 10 games last season and recorded double-digit tackles for loss, with 11.0.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 2:59 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Texas senior CB Duke Thomas"isn't a surefire draft pick, but he has traits that make him worth watching in 2015."

"He plays with good field speed and looks to disrupt receivers in their routes, but needs to tweak his transition technique to better play on his toes and explode to the catch point. Thomas isn't a surefire draft pick, but he has traits that make him worth watching in 2015," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Thomas has 23 starts to his resume and has played in 39 games for Longhorns. The Texas prospect recorded a team-best 13 passes defended in 2014, with three interceptions for the second consecutive year, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors by the coaches.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 2:08 PM

NFL Media ranks Texas true freshman OLB Malik Jefferson as the No. 3 impact freshmen in the nation.

"The blue-chipper will head to Austin with high expectations," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Plenty of people are counting on him to live up to the early billing as the next great defender in Burnt Orange. He enrolled early and didn't look out of place during spring practices." The five-star recruit was considered by most one of the 10 best players in the 2015 class.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 6:22 PM

Texas A.D. Steve Patterson said the Big 12 "probably won't expand anytime soon."

The reason? No school looking to realign "makes sense." A few names that have previously been mentioned include BYU, Cincinnati and Boise State. It is worth noting the Big 12 currently only has 10 members.
May 18 - 10:51 AM

The Patriots "got two of the biggest steals in the draft and also did the usual by taking a player relatively early (No. 97) that I thought they could have gotten about six hours of draft picks later," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper graded New England's class "B-." "They did well overall, but I'm not sure why they didn't take at least one wide receiver or cornerback," Kiper wrote. The analyst believes Malcom Brown was "an absolute steal at No. 32" and Trey Flowers was "another outstanding value down at No. 101 overall." The reach was Geneo Grissom, who Kiper was "pretty sure would have been available later."
May 5 - 1:51 AM

Bills signed Texas DE Cedric Reed.

Reed (6'5/269) made 32 starts for the Longhorns, tallying 37 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and six forced fumbles. He was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as a senior. Reed underwent meniscus surgery after the season and couldn't work out before the draft. On game tape, Reed is a classic "JAG" with a shortage of pass-rush tools. Reed could have some value as a run-stopping end, but won't be a factor on NFL passing downs.
May 4 - 10:13 PM

Cardinals signed Texas WR Jaxon Shipley.

Shipley (6'0/192) made 35 starts for the Longhorns, piling up the third most receptions in UT history (218) and the sixth most receiving yards (2,510), although he only scored 11 career TDs and averaged 11.5 yards per catch. Shipley ran 4.52 at the Texas Pro Day with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Strictly a slot receiver prospect like his older brother Jordan, Jaxon possesses sure hands and is a willing target over the middle. Shipley's ability to handle punt returns should help his chances of earning an NFL roster spot.
May 4 - 9:06 PM

Rams signed Texas RB Malcolm Brown.

Brown (5'11/224) was a plodding underachiever as a former five-star recruit to Texas, leaving college with 2,678 yards and 24 TDs on 630 carries (4.25 YPC). He had 51 career receptions. Brown ran 4.62 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine, but did shine in agility drills and improved his forty time to 4.51 at the UT Pro Day. A one-speed grinder, Brown excels in pass protection and can catch. Perhaps he'll carve out an Andre Brown-like career as a third-down back and No. 2 runner.
May 3 - 9:38 PM


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