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Oklahoma State’s J.W. Walsh praised Texas redshirt freshman QB Jerrod Heard and endorsed him as the school's starter.

This doesn't often happen, but Heard took over for Walsh in high school at Denton Guyer, coached by Walsh's dad John Walsh. "He’s a baller," J.W. Walsh said. "He’s one of those guys that gets in a game, he makes plays. I remember watching him in high school, and you’re just in awe of some of the stuff he does." Heard, a former four-star dual-threat recruit, is currently fighting Tyrone Swoopes for the Longhorns’ starting job. "He’s very smooth," John Walsh said. "And the direction Texas is headed with its offense, toward uptempo and using the quarterback’s legs, I think that’s tailor-made for Jerrod. ... I hate to make the comparison, but it makes you remember Vince Young being able to take over a game with his moxie."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 8:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Texas senior RB Johnathan Gray "hasn't done much up to this point as a runner to separate himself as a NFL prospect."

"Gray has good body thickness for the position and has enough athleticism for the next level, but his vision has been spotty, routinely missing run lanes on tape and wasting time going east-west while he searches for daylight. He does a nice job in pass protection, squaring and stonewalling rushers, but hasn't done much up to this point as a runner to separate himself as a NFL prospect," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Gray has rushed for 2,118 yards in the past 3 years for the Longhorns, but underwhelmed in 2014, with a career-low 637 yards rushing.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 3:28 PM

Texas redshirt junior Hassan Ridgeway "showed a lot of promising traits" last season, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"He is at his best when he plays low and generates power from his lower half to bull rush blockers, but also keep his balance to work off contact and track the ballcarrier. Ridgeway is still figuring out how to best use his hands at the point of attack, but he showed a lot of promising traits as a sophomore last season in his first year as a starter," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Ridgeway will have big shoes to fill, with Malcom Brown now off to the NFL. The Texas prospect started 10 games last season and recorded double-digit tackles for loss, with 11.0.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 2:59 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Texas senior CB Duke Thomas"isn't a surefire draft pick, but he has traits that make him worth watching in 2015."

"He plays with good field speed and looks to disrupt receivers in their routes, but needs to tweak his transition technique to better play on his toes and explode to the catch point. Thomas isn't a surefire draft pick, but he has traits that make him worth watching in 2015," Brugler wrote. The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Thomas has 23 starts to his resume and has played in 39 games for Longhorns. The Texas prospect recorded a team-best 13 passes defended in 2014, with three interceptions for the second consecutive year, earning honorable mention All-Big 12 honors by the coaches.
Source: CBS Sports
May 29 - 2:08 PM

NFL Media ranks Texas true freshman OLB Malik Jefferson as the No. 3 impact freshmen in the nation.

"The blue-chipper will head to Austin with high expectations," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Plenty of people are counting on him to live up to the early billing as the next great defender in Burnt Orange. He enrolled early and didn't look out of place during spring practices." The five-star recruit was considered by most one of the 10 best players in the 2015 class.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 6:22 PM

Texas A.D. Steve Patterson said the Big 12 "probably won't expand anytime soon."

The reason? No school looking to realign "makes sense." A few names that have previously been mentioned include BYU, Cincinnati and Boise State. It is worth noting the Big 12 currently only has 10 members.
May 18 - 10:51 AM

The Patriots "got two of the biggest steals in the draft and also did the usual by taking a player relatively early (No. 97) that I thought they could have gotten about six hours of draft picks later," wrote ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Kiper graded New England's class "B-." "They did well overall, but I'm not sure why they didn't take at least one wide receiver or cornerback," Kiper wrote. The analyst believes Malcom Brown was "an absolute steal at No. 32" and Trey Flowers was "another outstanding value down at No. 101 overall." The reach was Geneo Grissom, who Kiper was "pretty sure would have been available later."
May 5 - 1:51 AM

Bills signed Texas DE Cedric Reed.

Reed (6'5/269) made 32 starts for the Longhorns, tallying 37 career tackles for loss, 18 sacks, and six forced fumbles. He was a second-team All-Big 12 pick as a senior. Reed underwent meniscus surgery after the season and couldn't work out before the draft. On game tape, Reed is a classic "JAG" with a shortage of pass-rush tools. Reed could have some value as a run-stopping end, but won't be a factor on NFL passing downs.
May 4 - 10:13 PM

Cardinals signed Texas WR Jaxon Shipley.

Shipley (6'0/192) made 35 starts for the Longhorns, piling up the third most receptions in UT history (218) and the sixth most receiving yards (2,510), although he only scored 11 career TDs and averaged 11.5 yards per catch. Shipley ran 4.52 at the Texas Pro Day with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Strictly a slot receiver prospect like his older brother Jordan, Jaxon possesses sure hands and is a willing target over the middle. Shipley's ability to handle punt returns should help his chances of earning an NFL roster spot.
May 4 - 9:06 PM

Rams signed Texas RB Malcolm Brown.

Brown (5'11/224) was a plodding underachiever as a former five-star recruit to Texas, leaving college with 2,678 yards and 24 TDs on 630 carries (4.25 YPC). He had 51 career receptions. Brown ran 4.62 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump at the Combine, but did shine in agility drills and improved his forty time to 4.51 at the UT Pro Day. A one-speed grinder, Brown excels in pass protection and can catch. Perhaps he'll carve out an Andre Brown-like career as a third-down back and No. 2 runner.
May 3 - 9:38 PM

Lions selected Texas CB Quandre Diggs with the No. 200 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Diggs (5'9/196) started 49 games for Texas, amassing 11 INTs and earning second-team All-Big 12 from the conference's coaches as a senior. The brother of Quentin Jammer, Diggs played outside corner and the slot at UT. His Combine left something to be desired, measuring in with short arms (29 5/8") and running 4.56 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and explosion-lacking 9-foot-5 broad jump. Diggs has quick feet and is a feisty tackler, but his lackluster size-speed combo suggests Diggs will have to excel at slot corner to earn snaps.
May 2 - 4:30 PM

Giants selected Texas S Mykkele Thompson with the No. 144 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

A 31-game starter for Texas, Thompson (6'1/200), Thompson split time between safety and the slot as a senior. Thompson posted a 4.51 40 at his Pro Day, and did 18 reps on the bench. He at least looks the part of a versatile defensive back who can help the G-Men at what was one of their weakest pre-draft positions. Thompson should initially earn his keep on special teams.
May 2 - 2:12 PM

Eagles selected Texas ILB Jordan Hicks with the No. 84 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hicks (6'1/236) made 28 starts for Texas, rebounding from injury-shortened seasons in 2012 (hip) and 2013 (Achilles') to earn second-team All-Big 12 as a senior. A weak-side linebacker in college, Hicks tallied 24 career tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and two INTs. He ran 4.68 at the Combine, but showed explosion in the vertical (38") and broad (10'4") jumps before excelling in agility drills and on the Wonderlic (28). Hicks isn't a downhill thumper, but holds his own in coverage and is an efficient tackler. He has a high floor as a special teamer/nickel linebacker and could grow into a three-down player.
May 1 - 10:45 PM

Patriots selected Texas DT Malcom Brown with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Brown (6'2/319) was a consensus first-team All American in 2014, finishing his Longhorns career with 29 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He flashed adequate athleticism in Indianapolis, running 5.05 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical. Capable of playing both one- and three-technique tackle, Brown is a quick-footed penetrator who flashes power to impose his will in run defense. He's like a lower-case Danny Shelton. He and Dominique Easley should play the end spots in the Patriots' 3-4 defense with Sealver Siliga manning the nose.
Apr 30 - 11:33 PM

Texas senior CB Quandre Diggs "probably won't get picked in the first three rounds," but should "come in and contribute right away," according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

"He is ideally suited to play in the nickel and reminds me of Corey Ivy, who enjoyed some success playing in Baltimore under Rex Ryan's tutelage. Diggs probably won't get picked in the first three rounds, but he can come in and contribute right away," Jeremiah wrote. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Diggs gets knocked for his size and lack of length for the next level, but shows good instincts and isn't afraid to compete. The Texas prospect comes from NFL bloodlines, as his older brother, Quentin Jammer, played for the Chargers and the Broncos.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 29 - 2:31 PM


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