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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that Texas WR Marcus Johnson impressed enough on his Pro Day that he could be drafted.

While Johnson failed to receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, his 22 reps on the bench press on Pro Day would have been tops in Indianapolis for a receiver. The 6-foot, 204-pounder also managed to make noise with his 40-yard dash runs of 4.45 and 4.38 seconds. He tossed in a dazzling 11-foot-3 broad jump just for good measure. That, plus the fact that he "did a nice job catching the ball" leads Brandt to see him as a potential draftable commodity as we hit the stretch run prior to Chicago's big three-day football Christmas.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 9:35 PM

Texas redshirt sophomore QB Jerrod Heard (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of spring practice.

Heard injured his shoulder in practice on March 30. No timetable was given for his return at that time and it looks like the Longhorns will be sitting him for the remainder of the spring practice session to allow him to heal up. The team wraps up the spring session with the annual Orange-White Scrimmage on April 16. Heard had been competing with senior Tyrone Swoopes, redshirt freshmen Kai Locksley and Matthew Merrick and true freshman Shane Buechele. His lack of spring work could put a crimp in his chances of starting in 2016, but this question likely won't be settled until August camp. Assuming he can return to health, all is not lost yet.
Apr 5 - 9:31 PM

Texas redshirt sophomore QB Jerrod Heard (shoulder) has no timetable for his return.

Heard was waylaid by a shoulder injury during Tuesday's practice. The program subsequently indicated that it was a "minor strain," but while the word "minor" is a nice to see, HC Charlie Strong isn't putting a potential return date in concrete at this point. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound dual-threat gunslinger flashed nice explosivity in his running at times last season, though his passing remains a work in progress. Prior to the injury, he was embroiled in an open quarterback competition with senior Tyrone Swoopes, redshirt freshmen Kai Locksley and Matthew Merrick and true freshman Shane Buechele. Swoopes and Heard are the likely front-runners here, though we don't know how Heard's injury will affect the competition moving forward. If it truly is just a minor ouchie, it might not affect the competition at all.
Mar 31 - 6:36 PM

Texas redshirt sophomore QB Jerrod Heard suffered a shoulder injury during a practice session on Tuesday.

Not much is known beyond that. Texas released the news in a one-sentence release that stated Heard "is being evaluated at this time." Hopefully this is nothing serious, as Heard is currently involved in one of the country's more intriguing QB competitions. His main competitor remains Tyrone Swoopes, but head coach Charlie Strong has said redshirt freshmen Kai Locksley and Matthew Merrick and true freshman Shane Buechele will all be given a fair chance to pull the upset.
Mar 30 - 2:48 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote that Texas CB Duke Thomas "had a great positional workout" during Wednesday's Pro Day.

Thomas was one of a number of Longhorns to put in unexpectedly solid work on Wednesday, with Brandt writing "Scouts did not go into Texas' [P]ro [D]ay expecting to see these types of performances." Among the numbers that the 5-foot-10, 184-pound Thomas posted, two runs in the 40-yard dash clocked at 4.44 seconds and 4.46 seconds, a 34.5-inch vertical jump, 10-foot-1 broad jump and 17 bench press reps. In December, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler speculated that Thomas was one of "the few [Texas players] with an outside chance to hear his name late." The draft guru likes the fact that Thomas "plays much tougher than he looks."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 9:42 PM

Texas WR Marcus Johnson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 and 4.38 seconds during Wednesday's Pro Day.

Those 40-yard times are nice in what's been a slower receiving class (testing-wise, at least), but Johnson truly opened eyes with his broad jump and bench press work. The 6-foot, 204-pounder showed off his bounding prowess with an 11-foot-3 leap in the former and 22 reps in the latter. Of note on his 22 bench press reps, that mark would have stood as the best for a wide receiver had it come at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge and Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard both notched 20 reps at that stage in Indianapolis. Last season, Johnson was limited to just six contests, catching 12 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown when he did appear in game action. There's little in his numbers that would indicate NFL glory ahead, though his testing results still show a fine athlete at work.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 8:14 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt wrote that Texas DE Shiro Davis was "described as being very fluid in his workouts" on Pro Day.

Brandt referred to Davis' Pro Day as a "really good day." The 6-foot-2, 267-pounder completed the 40-yard dash in 4.75 and 4.76 seconds officially. On his jumps, he managed 34.5 inches (vertical) and 10-foot-5 (broad). Last season, Davis registered 29 tackles (5.5 for loss), two sacks and two forced fumbles. He's probably looking at undrafted free agency come late April.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 5:01 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt observed that "scouts were shocked at how strong [Texas DT Hassan Ridgeway] is."

Ridgeway impressed throughout Wednesday's Pro Day and had "a great workout," according to Brandt. In event results, the 6-foot-3, 307-pounder (Pro Day measurement) worked the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.69 seconds while dicing the three-cone drill in 7.33 seconds. Brandt called that latter time " really good for a player of Ridgeway's size." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has previously questioned whether the Texas product will be able to maintain a consistent weight and keep from nagging injuries, but believes that on talent alone he has the ability to emerge as one of the better names from this draft pool if he can keep his worst tendencies in check.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 3:23 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said that he told sophomore LB Malik Jefferson, "Don’t feel like it’s all on your shoulders. You have enough guys around you."

"You just lead by example, lead by the way you work, and everybody else will follow you," Strong told Jefferson. The 6-foot-3, 232-pounder was one of the top recruits in the 2015 cycle and immediately made his presence felt last season, recording 61 tackles (7.0 for loss), 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. "I’ve earned my stripes. I hope my teammates respect that," Jefferson said, "and I respect them. We have a big goal to accomplish, and it’s going to take all of us, just not one."
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 15 - 12:51 PM

Texas coach Charlie Strong said his quarterback competition is "wide open."

Monday marked the Longhorns' first spring practice, with senior QB Tyrone Swoopes a slight early favorite for the starting job over soph Jerrod Heard and true freshman Shane Buechele. "It'll be enough reps where we'll know fairly quickly who the guy will be," Strong said. "I think you'll be able to see it." Strong indicated that redshirt freshmen Kai Locksley and Matthew Merrick will also be even fair looks as the team transitions to a new, Baylor-style, up-tempo offense under former Tulsa OC Sterlin Gilbert. "Sterlin, whoever he's comfortable with, he'll be able to know that right away," Strong said. "We'll give the guys enough reps to where he'll be able to place them in that position. Then he can just say, 'Hey, this is the guy we've got to go with.'"
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 8 - 3:03 PM

Texas signed four-star WR Collin Johnson.

Charlie Strong extended his reach on this one, as Johnson hails from San Jose. He also drew interest from Alabama, Arizona State and Cal very early in the process before committing to the Longhorns in April of 2014. The 6-foot-4, 192-pounder checks in to the ESPN 300 at No. 293. Per their scouting breakdown, he has "unique size and stature for today's wide receiver," though his top-end speed is somewhat lacking and he needs to improve his routes.
Feb 22 - 8:38 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong may be called on to testify in the divorce case of a Louisville trustee and booster.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that "[a]n Oldham District Court judge will hear arguments Friday on Jonathan Blue‘s motion to compel former University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong to testify in Blue’s divorce suit against his wife." Blue wants Strong to turn over cell phone records (to gauge a correspondence between Strong and the trustee’s wife), disclose gifts he received from the trustee’s wife and reveal his old travel calendars. Previous reports have intimated that Jonathan Blue's wife, Tracy Blue, may have had some sort of relationship with Strong. "I’m not party to their divorce and have received no court order in this case," Strong said in a Saturday release.
Feb 22 - 4:57 PM

Former Texas HC Mack Brown will lead the football feasibility study committee at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Brown will lead the committee, but they'll be using consultants to determine whether the school can support a football program, meaning that the Valley's fate does not rest solely in the hands of Mack Brown. Said the former head coach of the Longhorns in a statement, "The opportunity to build a college football program from the ground up is unique, and I’m excited to be involved in the process. I know there are many passionate football fans in the Rio Grande Valley, and I can’t think of a better place to launch a college football program."
Feb 20 - 8:15 PM

Texas signed four-star G Denzel Okafor.

TCU entered October as a front-runner for Okafor's services, but the 6-foot-3, 287-pounder out of Lewisville, Texas, committed to the Longhorns a month later. At the time, he said, "They have so much pride and tradition. That's what engaged me. Just give them time to grow, and they'll be great. I'm looking forward to being a part of something big once Texas gets big again in a couple of years." ESPN 300's No. 262 recruit for the cycle also made some adoring comments of HC Charlie Strong, calling him "humble" and adding that "Coach Strong is a guy I can be comfortable with in the next four or five years." As for Horned Frogs HC Gary Patterson? Okafor deemed him a "cool guy." So that's something Patterson can fall back on.
Feb 18 - 11:22 PM

Texas hired Arkansas DB coach Clay Jennings to serve in the same capacity.

Jennings replaces Chris Vaughn, whom Texas let go after he was tied to alleged recruiting violations by Ole Miss. Prior to taking the Longhorn gig, Jennings had been coaching up the secondary at Arkansas for the last two seasons. In a statement, HC Charlie Strong said, "Clay has a tremendous track record for developing defensive backs. On top of that, he's from Texas, has years of experience coaching here and already has great relationships across the state."
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 18 - 4:41 PM


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