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Texas hired Bears RB coach Stan Drayton to serve as assistant head coach and running game coordinator.

Drayton spent the last two seasons as Bears RB coach. He helped unleash rookie back Jordan Howard (1,313 yards) on an unsuspecting NFL during the 2016 campaign. Prior to joining the Bears, Drayton was a member of Ohio State's staff from 2011-2015. While with the Buckeyes, he spent time alongside Texas HC Tom Herman. Drayton has proven success as a recruiter, including one gem which will stand on his resume for the rest of eternity. He helped to lure Ezekiel Elliott to Ohio State. With Drayton's hiring, Herman's new Longhorns staff has locked into place for 2017.
Jan 3 - 5:41 PM

ESPN's Max Olson and Adam Rittenberg report that Texas will hire Ohio State co-OC Tim Beck to serve as offensive coordinator.

For the past two seasons, Beck has served as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Buckeyes. He actually took over those roles from Tom Herman, who (lo and behold) is now bringing Beck back into his orbit down in Austin. Prior to his stint with the Buckeyes, Beck was a long-time staffer at Nebraska. 49ers assistant Ryan Day will take over Beck's duties as Buckeyes quarterbacks coach.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 3 - 12:49 PM

Texas senior QB Tyrone Swoopes will switch to tight end for the NFL Draft.

This makes sense for Swoopes, who started his fair share of games at quarterback during his Texas career, but was used sparingly as a passer in 2016. This season, he has attempted just nine passes. Said the 6-foot-4, 243-pounder, "After the season, I spoke with some agents. They all said that [switching positions] was the right move based on everything they were hearing." Swoopes will have his first chance to show off his moves at tight end during the College Gridiron Showcase All-Star Game in January. "I have the basic technique of route-running down - I have good hands; big hands. I don't think getting the ball in them is difficult," Swoopes said.
Source: Rivals
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:44:00 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Toneil Carter.

That didn't take long. Carter decommitted from Georgia earlier on Monday, in part due to the decisions of running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to return for their senior campaigns. Just hours later, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has opted to join new Longhorns HC Tom Herman in Austin. The 247Sports composite tabs him as the No. 7 back -- and No. 137 overall recruit -- for the 2017 cycle. ESPN's Tom Luginbill has called him a "one-cut and get North runner."
Source: 247Sports
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 05:03:00 PM

Georgia four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Toneil Carter re-opened his recruitment.

Carter took to Twitter for a lengthy explanation of the thought process behind his decommitment. Most notably, he cited "the two seniors staying," referring to Nick Chubb and Sony Michel -- both of whom have opted to return for the 2017 season rather than test draft waters. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Carter ranks as the No. 137 prospect for the 2017 cycle by 247Sports' composite.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 12:22:00 PM

The Houston's Chronicle's Joseph Duarte reports that Houston DC Todd Orlando has accepted the same position at Texas.

Per Duarte, Orlando's three-year contract will net him $1 million annually. That salary is a fair bump up from the $526,000 he made with Houston in 2016. Under Orlando's watch this past season, the Cougars put forth a dominant run defense which surrendered just 97.92 yards on average. In terms of scoring defense, Houston allowed 22.58 points on average. Orlando has indicated that he will boot up with the Longhorns starting on Monday.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 07:43:00 PM

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman was named the winner of the Doak Walker Award.

The Doak Walker is awarded annually to the nation's best running back. Foreman did not make the final cut for Heisman consideration, but he may well have had Texas managed better than a 5-7 record. The 6-foot-1, 250-pounder finished his 11-game campaign with 2,208 rushing yards (6.63 YPC) and 15 touchdowns. He missed one game due to injury.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Dec 10, 2016 04:17:00 PM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that Texas (5-7) will decline a bowl bid if offered.

Should South Alabama and Louisiana-Lafayette lose to New Mexico State and Louisiana-Monroe, respectively, on Saturday, that would leave five bowl slots still to be filled by 5-7 squads. APR (Academic Progress Rate) will determine which straggling squads make it to a bowl. Texas ranks fourth among 5-7 squads in APR. While it is rare for teams to turn down bowl games, even teams holding sub-par records, this is not without precedent. Just last season, Missouri respectfully declined a 5-7 berth due to a variety of circumstances.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 05:50:00 PM

NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares Texas RB D’Onta Foreman to Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart.

A true junior, Foreman has announced that he will declare for the upcoming NFL Draft. "Foreman is way bigger than people realize. He has elite size almost to the point where he might need to lose weight to maintain his quickness at the next level," said Zierlein. "Good vision. Quick feet. Proved he can handle being an every-down back this year. His workload this season might be cause for some concern, but it hasn't been an issue until this year." The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Foreman leads the FBS in both carries (323) and rushing yards (2,208).
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Texas RB D’Onta Foreman will declare for the NFL Draft.

The nation’s leading rusher with 2,028 yards, Foreman has also scored 15 touchdowns. Foreman joins what promises to be a stacked junior class of runners headed to the NFL. Expect Leonard Fournette of LSU, Dalvin Cook of Florida State and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford to all follow suit. Sports Illustrated ranks Foreman as the No. 5 running back in the class. Expect Tom Herman's Texas Longhorns to turn to rising junior tailback Chris Warren next fall to replace Foreman. Warren averaged 5.9 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns before a knee injury suffered in early October stole the rest of his season.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 03:44:00 PM

Texas junior RB D'Onta Foreman's father said the public should not believe the reports of the running back declaring for the draft.

That is not to say that Foreman is staying in school, but it leaves the possibility open. "Despite false agent reports... D'onta has made a decision on his future. All I'll say!" the elder Foreman said via social media. Neil Stratton previously reported Foreman has narrowed down his choices of representation. The Texas running back has been a one-man show, rushing for 2,028 yards (6.3 YPC) and 15 touchdowns over 11 games.
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 12:06:00 PM

Inside the League's Neil Stratton reports that Texas junior RB D'Onta Foreman will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Stratton relays that after narrowing his agency choice down to four, Foreman has decided to roll with Select Sports. Neither player nor agency has confirmed this report as of yet. New HC Tom Herman indicated during Sunday's introductory press conference that he had yet to speak with the junior back, but that he hoped to do so on Monday. The 6-foot-1, 249-pound Foreman was nothing short of brilliant this season, rushing for 2,028 yards (6.3 YPC) and 15 touchdowns over 11 games played. He rushed for at least 120 yards in every one of those contests. Included in that lot, a towering 341-yard, three-touchdown performance against Texas Tech on November 5.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 06:40:00 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman was not shy in his Monday press conference, saying that hte Longhorns "will win championships" under his watchful eye.

"Pressure is self-inflicted. Pressure is self-doubt when you're unprepared. We're prepared for this job," Herman said. "We're prepared for success at this job. We're prepared for adversity in this job. So I don't feel any sense of pressure at all." About an hour before Herman's press conference, he spoke with his new team, later relaying to reporters that he told the players that while now-former HC Charlie Strong is "a heck of a man and a heck of a football coach," the Longhorns "need to change some things" if they are to improve. During Strong's three years as head coach, Texas lurched its way to a 16-21 record.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 05:01:00 PM

Texas hired Houston HC Tom Herman as head coach.

Texas has called a press conference on Sunday to announce Herman as Charlie Strong's successor. "The opportunity to come back to Texas is a dream come true for me and my family, and I can't thank President Fenves and Mike Perrin enough for providing me with this incredible opportunity," Herman said. "Longhorn football has been – and always will be – a national power, winning and playing for national championships with great pride and passion, supported by an unbelievable fan base." Herman was 22-4 in two seasons at Houston.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 05:19:00 PM

USA TODAY reports that Houston coach Tom Herman has told the school that he will be the next coach at Texas.

The Longhorns struck quickly on Saturday following Friday's lackluster loss to TCU, firing Charlie Strong and stealing Herman from LSU, with whom he'd reportedly been hot and heavy with. In turn, LSU removed the interim tag from Ed Orgeron. Herman went 22-4 in two seasons at Houston. Prior to that, he was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State, where he helped the Buckeyes win the 2014 national championship.
Source: USA Today
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 01:51:00 PM


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