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Texas HC Tom Herman said he hasn't decided who will start at quarterback for the bowl game against Missouri.

Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger have split reps with the first-team in practice, but Buechele has been going out first, followed by Ehlinger. "They've both had good days and both have had not so good days," Herman said. "So we've got a lot of time to worry about that, in terms of who's going to get the bulk of the reps in the game." Either way, the pair will likely platoon against Mizzou, with Buechele functioning as the passer and Ehlinger the runner.
Source: Dallas News
Dec 16 - 2:34 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star T Sione "Junior" Angilau.

Angilau was rated the third best player in the state of Texas by Scout, and the 11th best tackle in the class by ESPN. He chose the Longhorns over virtually every big-time program in the country, including USC, Washington, Wisconsin and Utah. He currently plays guard for East High School in Texas, but reports are he fits best as a tackle. There are also reports that Angilau will delay enrolling until 2020, as he will be taking an LDS Mission. The Longhorns are quickly accumulating one of the best classes in the country.
Dec 12 - 12:02 PM

Texas hired TCU AD Chris Del Conte to serve in the same capacity.

Del Conte will take over for Mike Perrin, who has served as long-time interim athletic director over the last two-and-a-half years. Perrin initially took up the post after the team fired AD Steve Patterson 18 months into the job midway through 2016. With the Longhorns, Del Conte will receive a seven-year contract with an annual starting salary of $1.3 million.
Dec 10 - 2:47 PM

Texas junior P Michael Dickson took home the Ray Guy Award on Thursday.

This one goes to the top punter in the country. Dickson beat Utah's Mitch Wishnowsky and Alabama's J.K. Scott to win the award. The junior finished the year with 73 punts for for 3,532 yards, which equates to a 48.4 yard average.
Dec 7 - 8:42 PM

247Sports' Chip Brown reports that Texas DC Todd Orlando had a strong interview with SMU on Wednesday regarding their head-coaching position.

Brown writes that Orlando might be pushing himself toward the top of SMU's list of Chad Morris replacement candidates with his impressive interview. Morris was hired by Arkansas on Wednesday. Per Brown, SMU AD Rick Hart has zeroed in on finding a "defensive-minded head coach while possibly trying to keep [interim HC Jeff] Traylor to run the Mustangs' offense." Other candidates reportedly in play here -- to varying degrees of realism -- include Clemson DC Brent Venables, former Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin, Auburn DC Kevin Steele and North Texas HC Seth Littrell. Orlando was initially hired away from Houston to serve as Texas' defensive coordinator following the 2016 season.
Source: 247Sports
Dec 7 - 6:43 PM

Texas junior CB Holton Hill announced on Monday that he’s declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Last month, Hill was suspended for the remainder of the season after reportedly failing a drug test. 247Sports indicated that Hill had previously failed two drugs tests under then-HC Charlie Strong. He was suspended for those as well, but Strong never publicly specified why. When he was on the field this season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder flashed, posting 51 tackles, six passes broken up, two interceptions and one forced fumble. Hill's frame is ideal to play the boundary in the NFL, but he'll need to answer some tough questions during the pre-draft process. He joins T Connor Williams and S DeShon Elliott as Longhorns who have declared for the draft since the regular season ended. OLB Malik Jefferson is expected to announce the same any day now.
Source: SB
Dec 4 - 6:06 PM

Texas junior LB Malik Jefferson will likely miss the school's bowl game with a turf toe.

Beat writer Anwar Richardson backs up a previous report that Jefferson will likely announce his decision to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Jefferson will do his best to make his case as one of the top off-ball linebackers in the class.
Dec 4 - 11:34 AM

Texas junior LB Malik Jefferson was named the Big 12's co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Jefferson (6'3/240) shares the honor with Oklahoma DE/LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. The junior posted 110 tackles (10.0 for loss), four sacks and a quintet of quarterback hurries over the course of the regular season. He's expected to declare for the draft in the coming weeks and looks to be part of the first-round conversation when we hit the thick of the evaluating process during the spring.
Nov 30 - 7:23 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reports that Texas junior DB Deshon Elliott will declare for the NFL Draft.

Elliott (6'2/210) is graded as a Day 3 prospect by Miller. In his report, the analyst mentioned that Elliott will sit out the team's bowl game. T Connor Williams will also sit out the bowl game after declaring for the draft, and LB Malik Jefferson is expected to do the same. Elliot, a Thorpe Award finalist, is coming off a huge year. He finished second on the team (behind Jefferson) with 63 tackles and added 8.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), nine pass break ups and three forced fumbles.
Nov 28 - 2:50 PM

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller reports that Texas junior LB Malik Jefferson will declare for the NFL Draft.

Miller added that Jefferson is expected to skip the team's bowl game. Almost immediately after Miller reported the news, Jefferson tweeted the following: "I have not made a decision. My family and I are discussing my choices moving forward, thank you." With that caveat out of the way, Jefferson has long been considered a near-lock to declare after the 2017 season, and SB Nation's Longhorns blog passed along the following: "...[t]he word is clearly getting out in agent circles that Jefferson is looking for someone to represent him at the next level." Through 12 games, Jefferson (6'3/240) has 110 tackles, 10 TFL, four sacks, and five quarterback hurries. He's a projected first-round pick.
Nov 28 - 2:11 PM

Texas junior T Connor Williams will declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Williams (6'6/320) also announced that he will not play in Texas's bowl game. The junior tackle started the year at or near the top of most analyst's boards as the top offensive lineman, but a knee injury and some inconsistent tape has seen him fall behind a few. Still, with his size and the dominance he showed at times as a sophomore, he has a chance to be one of the first tackles off the board this spring, with a chance of going in the first dozen picks if teams are sure about his knee.
Nov 27 - 3:18 PM

Texas junior RB Chris Warren III intends to transfer, according to The Athletic's Max Olson.

Warren looked like a future star earlier in his career, but he never quite got there. Injuries played a big role, most notably a PCL injury in his right knee that cost Warren the final eight games of the 2016 season. Then, a hamstring injury kept him out for most of the spring and a concussion slowed him over the summer. Finally, there were questions about his work ethic and practice habits. Warren received only 71 carries this season. He was moved to tight end/H-back earlier this month. Warren still holds intrigue, and a change of scenery could do him some good.
Nov 27 - 1:30 PM

Texas freshman QB Sam Ehlinger completed 26-of-47 passes for 237 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 27-23 loss to Texas Tech on Friday.

He also ran 35 yards on 13 carries. Ehlinger showed his usual flashes of brilliance in this one, followed by several head-scratching decisions. The worst of these was an interception late in the fourth quarter on a cross-body throw that put the Red Raiders into scoring range and set up the game-winning touchdown. His scoring throw was to Armanti Foreman 27-yarder to Armanti Foreman to give the Longhorns a 7-0 lead. Ehlinger's talent is palpable, but he's going to have to improve his decision-making if Texas has any chance of competing for the Big 12 in 2018.
Nov 25 - 12:28 AM

Texas junior CB Davante Davis (illness) did not practice on Tuesday.

Davis (6'2/191) and WR Collin Johnson missed Tuesday's practice session due to 100-degree fevers. They're facing something of a time crunch to get right, as Texas will dance with Texas Tech on Black Friday. For his part, Davis has recorded 17 tackles with two passes defended this season.
Nov 21 - 8:58 PM

Texas sophomore WR Collin Johnson (illness) did not practice on Tuesday.

Johnson was out with a 100-degree fever, as was CB Devante Davis. Setting aside their playing status for Friday's game against Texas Tech -- to be determined -- the real concern for Texas, here, would be that Johnson and Davis spread this illness to others on the team. We've seen similar team-wide outbreaks before simply due to the close proximity inherent in a locker room.
Nov 21 - 8:42 PM


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