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Former Texas HC Mack Brown said, "if somebody calls me, I'll talk to them," when asked if he had plans to coach again.

The 63-year-old indicated that he wouldn't be the one reaching out for offers, though, and that a team would have to come to him. "I’m very happy with what I’m doing," Brown said, referring to his current job with ESPN. "I talked to 10 coaches this spring and asked them their opinion of what happens when you get out of coaching. Some got back in. Some didn’t." Earlier this month, it was reported that SMU approached Brown about a head coaching possibility.
Oct 30 - 4:48 PM

Texas sophomore QB Tyrone Swoopes "clearly has a ways to go as a passer," according to Pro Football Focus.

The site graded Swoops out with an ugly -2.9 game score for his work in Texas' 23-0 loss to Kansas State on Saturday. "He had three interceptions dropped and just three completions targeted over 10 yards down the field,"the PFF Analysis Team observed. "To his credit, though, late in the first quarter his best throw of the day was caught out of bounds by Jaxon Shipley who couldn’t quite time his steps correctly." Overall, Swoopes completed 13-of-25 attempts for 106 yards in Texas' first shutout since 2004.
Oct 27 - 7:04 PM

Texas senior DE Cedric Reed's "draft stock has taken a big hit this season," notes TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Reed draw some first-round buzz in the offseason after collecting 10 sacks and 19 tackles for loss as a junior in 2013. Along with his teammates, he's struggled on the field this season, leading to lowered expectations. "In eight games this season those numbers have fallen dramatically as Reed’s totals include 1.5 sacks and 4 tackles for loss," Pauline wrote. "Many scouts believe he’ll be a better pro-player than college-prospect but there’s no denying Reed’s draft stock has taken a big hit this season. "
Oct 27 - 6:18 PM

Texas redshirt freshman G Darius James "was an utter disaster" in Saturday's game against Kansas State, according to Pro Football Focus.

The site graded him with a putrid -7.0 game score. "James played 34 snaps filling in at right guard and it was an utter disaster," James said. "It started from his very first snap where he was beaten handily by Ryan Mueller with a spin move. The redshirt freshman looked like the game was just moving too fast for him." QB Tyrone Swoopes couldn't have been happy with James: He finished with a Pass Blocking Efficiency of 84.2 out of 100. The current low in the NFL is 93.0.
Oct 27 - 4:45 PM

Texas sophomore QB Tyrone Swoopes completed 13 of 25 attempts for 106 yards int he school's 23-0 loss to Kansas State.

It was Texas' first time being shutout since 2004. The offense really struggled in this one, only converting 4 of 13 3rd downs. Obviously Texas has taken multiple steps back in recent years as a program, and Charlie Strong has taken the stance of getting worse (by dismissing bad program fits) before getting better. The school needs to win three of their next four to be bowl eligible.
Oct 25 - 3:14 PM

University of Texas athletics director Steve Patterson announced the school will soon begin paying its student-athletes $10,000 a year apiece to cover cost of attendance and likeness rights.

The figure, set by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in her O’Bannon trial ruling in August, will be split evenly, so that $5,000 will go towards cost-of-attendance and $5,000 will serve as payment for UT’s use of the athlete’s name and likeness. In all, the school will be on the hook for about $6 million. "If we begin to [further] remunerate the participants, that’s going to break that model," Chris Plonsky, director for women’s sports at Texas, said. The school hasn't announced when it will begin to make these payouts, though next fall seems like a reasonable guess. Texas is the first school to announce it will compensate its athletes beyond scholarships following August's O'Bannon ruling. Presumably, all Power Five program will follow suit.
Oct 22 - 5:56 PM

Texas senior RB Malcolm Brown rushed for 72 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 19 carries in Texas' 45-42 escape against Iowa State on Saturday.

Brown hasn't yet exceeded 100 yards in a game during this long, disappointing season. He's rushed for 396 yards and four touchdowns on 103 carries, a 3.8 YPC average. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote over the summer that Brown "runs physical" and "low to the ground." Brown had 904 yards and nine touchdowns on 214 attempts and hauled in 17 receptions for 195 yards and two TD last season, numbers he isn't likely to match as a senior.
Oct 19 - 7:44 PM

An AFC scout said he was "shocked at the lack of talent on the [Texas] roster during my visit."

"(Texas coach) Charlie Strong has a big challenge in front of him," the scout said. The 2-4 Longhorns have beaten punching bags North Texas and Kansas and have only Big 12 matchups in front of them on the schedule. "There are no true game breakers outside of WR Daje Johnson," observed NFL.com's draft team. "RB Joe Bergeron had some talent but is no longer around after Strong kicked him off the team. RB Malcolm Brown should get drafted somewhere. Cornerbacks Cedric Reed and Quandre Diggs give the Longhorns two pretty good corners who should get drafted, too."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 16 - 8:06 PM

Texas freshman S Jason Hill will miss the game against Iowa State with a patellar tendon injury.

Hill is already earning starting snaps in his first year on the team, as are many younger players thanks to the purge Charlie Strong instituted. Hill suffered the injury against Oklahoma.
Oct 15 - 2:01 PM

Former Texas redshirt junior QB David Ash will pursue a baseball career.

A Texas spokesman confirmed that Ash will join the Longhorns' baseball team. Ash retired from football earlier this season after suffering another concussion. The former signal-caller interestingly did not play baseball in high school. He has thrown bullpen sessions with pitching coach Skip Johnson, leading to speculation that Ash will try to make it as a hurler.
Oct 14 - 6:04 PM

Texas junior DT Malcom Brown led a dominant defensive first-half performance against Oklahoma on Saturday, writes Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

The 6-foot-4, 320-pounder grades as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 5 defensive tackle of the 2016 draft class. "Strong and surprisingly quick at the point of attack, Texas' Brown helped clog running lanes, holding up at point and shucking would-be blockers if Oklahoma's backs ran his direction," Rang wrote. "Given his massive frame, it isn't surprising he's successful in this role. Brown's effort in pursuit to the sideline and ability to rush the quarterback from surprising angles, however, was impressive." Brown started all 13 games for the Longhorns last season -- mostly as a NT in UT's multiple defensive fronts -- and collected 68 tackles, including 12 for loss. "Brown possesses tree trunks for thighs and he uses this lower-leg drive to bull-rush through opponents into the backfield," Rang wrote. "He knocked back Oklahoma offensive line with an explosive punch, showing noticeably improved upper body explosiveness than he did last season."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 13 - 1:49 AM

Texas senior WR Jaxon Shipley had nine catches for 115 yards on Saturday against Oklahoma.

Shipley still hasn't scored this season after finishing with just one touchdown through the air in 2013. Even so, he remains a spectacular chain mover and possession threat, accumulating 38 receptions and 450 receiving yards across six games.
Oct 11 - 5:27 PM

Texas junior OW Daje Johnson will miss Saturday's game against Oklahoma with a hamstring injury.

Johnson made his debut last week against Baylor after being suspended for a reported academic issue. Texas' offense has obviously struggled, and Johnson is one of the better playmakers on the team.
Oct 11 - 10:31 AM

SMU contacted former Texas HC Mack Brown about its coaching vacancy.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Brown told the school he is not interested in coaching at the moment. However, he reportedly added that he misses coaching, leaving the door open for future communication between the two sides. Brown’s attorney, Joe Jamail, said Brown has been approached with several job offers. "He was approached, I was approached, but he’s not interested in coaching anywhere right now," Jamail said. "He misses it, frankly, but he loves being on ESPN." Brown will reportedly make a decision about his future in December.
Oct 6 - 10:29 PM

Texas junior RB Johnathan Gray rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 28-7 loss to Baylor.

Gray averaged 6.2 yards per carry as Texas' only source of consistent offense in the setback. So long as Tyrone Swoopes continues to struggle, you can figure that the Longhorns will rely on Gray to move the sticks. Gray typically faces loaded boxes because Swoopes hasn't shown he can pick apart defenses through the air. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Gray tore his Achilles tendon last Nov. 9 against West Virginia.
Oct 4 - 7:44 PM


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