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Texas freshman TE Reese Leitao has been suspended for the first two games of the 2017 season.

Leitao was arrested in early March and charged with felony drug possession with intent to distribute within 2,000 feet of a school, but had that charge dropped to a misdemeanor in May. Texas has since opted to keep him on scholarship. As punishment, though, he will sit out the first two games of the season -- against Maryland and San Jose State. The 247Sports Composite ranked him as the No. 19 tight end prospect in the 2017 class coming out of high school.
Jul 18 - 10:01 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman indicated that freshman QB Sam Ehlinger will have a chance to compete for the starting job with sophomore QB Shane Buchele in August.

Herman said that ideally, Ehlinger would take a redshirt for the coming campaign, but this is not an open-and-shut case, particularly given that Buchele did not run away with the job in the spring. Ehlinger (6'1/207) ranked as Rivals' No. 115 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle. This will sort itself out in August camp. The early favorite to win the gig should probably still be Buechele, who played very well in stretches as a true freshman last season.
Jul 18 - 5:09 PM

Texas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Al'Vonte Woodard.

"Too many of those (in-state) guys have been leaving Texas going to the Alabamas and Georgias and I just think it’s time for a change," said the Houston native. "This is finally the chance to put Texas back on the map." Rivals ranks the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Woodard as the No. 38 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. On the field, he offers sound footwork on his routes and has shown the ability to work both as a short-to-intermediate target and a true deep threat.
Source: Rivals
Jul 16 - 12:31 PM

Texas junior T Connor Williams bench pressed 420 pounds this spring and can dead lift 550 pounds.

Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman refers to Williams (6'6/320) as having "a lot of brute strength to go with that intelligence (he is an honor student) and an on-field nastiness." NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes that he is a better tackle prospect for the draft than any of those who were scooped up by the pros in April.
Jul 7 - 4:45 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah compares Texas junior T Connor Williams to Joe Staley and writes that Williams is an "exceptionally talented player in both the run and passing game."

"Both guys are natural athletes and play with a physical edge," Jeremiah wrote. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Williams went No. 9 to the Jaguars in a 2018 mock draft published by Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom over the spring. "As a run blocker, he takes good angles, rolls his hips on contact and shows a nasty demeanor to keep moving opponents both to and through the whistle," Jeremiah wrote. "When you have a mauling run blocker, that player often lacks some athleticism as a pass protector. That's not the case with Williams. He's a graceful mover with tremendous knee bend, balance and the ability to redirect."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 5 - 4:32 PM

When Texas four-star 2018 verbal S commit B.J. Foster takes part in The Opening this weekend, it will be his first on-field showing since tearing his ACL last season.

Just how limited Foster -- who ESPN's Billy Tucker has compared to former LSU S Jamal Adams -- might be physically should become clear in Beaverton. Scout.com's Greg Powers writes that Armstrong "has been the No. 1 rated prospect at the position since the rankings debuted, but that lead has continued to tighten." The analyst is intrigued to see who of safeties Armstrong, Caden Sterns, Atanza Vongor and Leon O'Neal is able to stand out from their highly ranked competition.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 29 - 6:05 PM

Texas sophomore QB Shane Buechele won the throwing contest at the Manning Passing Academy.

Buechele is not guaranteed to start this season, although he is the favorite to reclaim his No. 1 gig from last year. His style fits Tom Herman's offense quite well, as the goal is to get the ball out quickly, many times on vertical shots, with tempo. Freshman Sam Ehringer is his main competition.
Source: 247 Sports
Jun 27 - 9:43 AM

Former Texas senior T Brandon Hodges will transfer as a graduate.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder sat out most of the spring due to academic difficulties, but he recovered in style to graduate and set up this opportunity. Hodges started nine games in 2016 but fell behind other players on the depth chart due to his springtime cramming. He's eligible to play immediately wherever he wins up.
Jun 20 - 2:31 PM

ESPN's Mitch Sherman writes that Texas senior DT Poona Ford could contend for All-Big 12 honors in 2017.

Sherman liked Ford's development during spring practice and views the Longhorns defensive line, as a whole, as the team's strongest unit. This past season, the 5-foot-11, 303-pounder registered 54 tackles (5.5 for loss) and a forced fumble. He received All-Big 12 honorable mention from coaches on the strength of that work.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 6 - 10:25 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker referred to Texas four-star 2018 verbal ILB commit Ayodele Adeoye as "a true inside thumper with great physical traits."

"He's at his best filling downhill between the tackles and is difficult to turn out of the hole," Tucker writes. "For a player of his bulk, he flashes good burst and pursuit quickness and will effectively chase plays down off-tackle." The 6-foot-1, 231-pounder ranks as ESPN's No. 43 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. Texas is now up to nine pledges from the ESPN 300 as they continue to build up a potential top-10 class.
Jun 6 - 9:58 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker writes that Texas four-star 2018 S B.J. Foster is a "[g]reat fit and an early-impact type talent."

Tucker points out that part of Foster's prime fit with the Longhorns comes in the fact that he is versatile enough to work at free safety and strong safety. He could potentially also see time at nickel. "This is a rare back-end player with great coverage range, run support strength and football intelligence to line up the defense," writes the analyst. Tucker compares the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder to former LSU S Jamal Adams. "Lofty expectations," he notes, "but Foster has a similar skill set out of high school along with the reactive athleticism and aggressive nature that made Adams a star at LSU." Texas was unable to gain much traction in the 2017 cycle after initially hiring HC Tom Herman after the close of the past season, but the Longhorns are on a hot streak in the 2018 cycle and should challenge for a top-10 class when all is said and done.
Jun 6 - 7:46 PM

Four-star 2018 ILB Ayodele Adeoye committed to Texas.

Tom Herman is on a heater. He also received pledges from ESPN 300 running back Keaontay Ingram and big-hitting safety DeMarvion Overshown last week. Adeoye picked the Horns over Oklahoma, Missouri, LSU, Illinois, Florida and Texas A&M. The No. 43 prospect in the class of 2018, Adeoye is an "athletic and physical LB with versatility to play in space or in the box" and a "sure tackler who punishes runners," per ESPN. Texas is sure to have a top-10 2018 class once ESPN refreshes its rankings in the coming weeks.
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 1:31 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman told junior RB Chris Warren III, "You’re going to make a lot of money someday playing this position if you put your pads down and run through somebody."

Injuries might be the only thing standing in the way of Warren and big-time success. He missed the final eight games of the 2016 season rehabbing a PCL injury in his right knee and was sidelined by a hamstring injury midway through spring practice. Still, there is plenty of optimism on the team as to the 6-foot-2, 232-pounder's future as he continues to develop. Longhorns RB coach Stan Drayton said this offseason, "He’s got to become more elusive. He has to be quicker in tighter spaces. So he has a long way to go in that respect. But his body is capable of doing it."
Jun 4 - 12:49 PM

Texas granted sophomore LB Erick Fowler's transfer request.

Take note, Bill Snyder. This is how the transfer process is supposed to work, quietly and smoothly. Fowler announced that he'd transfer earlier this week and Texas quickly cleared the way for him to do so. The former top recruit appeared in nine games last year, posting only one tackle. Texas flipped him from LSU late in the 2016 recruiting process. Fowler will be heavily sought on the transfer market.
Jun 2 - 2:47 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker called Texas four-star 2018 verbal S commit DeMarvion Overshown "a physically impressive prospect with all the tools and aggressiveness to develop into an impact college strong safety or eventual linebacker."

"A highly explosive athlete who possesses excellent range and closing speed in run support," Tucker writes. "He thrives on tempo-changing collisions and is one of the more aggressive hitters in this class." The analyst compares the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Overshown to Alec Ogletree, noting that "[t]hese prospects featured similar size and skill-sets coming out of high school -- a rare blend of size, speed and explosive power for high school safeties."
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