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According to Chip Brown of HornsDigest.com, the SEC would not support a bowl match-up between Texas and Texas A&M.

Brown wrote that according to two sources close to the situation, "SEC officials have indicated to bowls with SEC and Big 12 tie-ins that the SEC won’t support a Texas vs Texas A&M postseason match-up." The reasoning is, apparently, because Texas A&M would lose face both for its program and its conference if they tripped up in the game. For his part, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has previously said that he doesn't want his school to face A&M. Patterson's head coach, Charlie Strong, would actually like the two schools to face off again at some point, but it doesn't appear that it will be happening soon.
Nov 19 - 5:09 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said that his team "wasn't comfortable" having a five-loss season.

He went so far as to say that a five-loss season "will never happen in this program again." The eternal optimism is nice, though "never" is a long time. Strong's team is on a three-game winning streak and has put together some nice efforts against the likes of West Virginia and Oklahoma State. "It's great to see this team continue to get better," Strong said.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 17 - 8:07 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that Texas junior DT Malcom Brown "has a terrific mix of quickness and power."

"Texas asks a lot of DT Malcom Brown which is great for his evaluation. Lining up inside and outside, he has a terrific mix of quickness and power," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Brown is a legitimate prospect and could be drafted in the top two rounds of next years draft. Brugler added in another tweet, that "watching Brown in 2014 compared to 2012-13, he shows improved hand use and a much more aggressive approach - more proactive, not reactive."
Nov 12 - 2:09 PM

Texas junior DT Malcom Brown told reporters a top two round projection would "prompt him" to enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

"But I’m not really focused on that right now," Brown said. "I’m just trying to play. Trying to do what I can do here." Obviously Texas is not a good football team for a variety of reasons, but Brown is a legitimate prospect and we would not be surprised to see him receive such a grade from the NFL.
Source: Statesman
Nov 12 - 10:21 AM

Austin American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls tweeted that Texas junior DT Malcom Brown said that a "first or second round draft grade" would probably lead him to declare for the NFL.

Last week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported that Brown was leaning toward the draft. Brown's own comment seems to indicate likewise. Unlike many college players, Brown is married and has two children. The financial lure of a high draft slot is significant in this case. Brown weighs in at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds and the junior has a sideline-to-sideline motor. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote in mid-October that Brown had "noticeably improved upper-body explosiveness." It remains to be seen if he's improved enough to earn him the grade he's looking for.
Nov 11 - 9:07 PM

Texas senior WR Jaxon Shipley had three catches for 38 yards in Saturday's 33-16 win over West Virginia.

Shipley finally scored his first touchdown of the season against Texas Tech last week, but he was mostly invisible in the Longhorns' big win over West Virginia. Despite what's been a quiet season (54 catches, 538 yards, one touchdown), Shipley has a chance of finding himself on an NFL roster as a late-round pick. Over the summer, his physical tools were compared by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler to those of his third-round-selected brother Jordan.
Nov 8 - 9:35 PM

Texas junior RB Johnathan Gray ran for 101 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 33-16 win over West Virginia.

A year ago, Gray tore his Achilles tendon against West Virginia. It was a different story in 2014. Gray got his 101 yards on just ten carries, which averages out to 10.1 YPC for anybody who doesn't feel like doing the math. It was the kind of game that Texas envisioned when they recruited the Aledo High School star back in 2012. Before tearing his tendon last November, he was on pace for more than 1,000 yards. This season, Gray's rushed for 546 yards on 113 attempts to go with seven touchdowns. He's slowly regaining his cutting ability and the big plays are a good sign for Gray's future.
Nov 8 - 8:50 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah spoke with two NFL executives who expressed disappointment in Texas senior DE Cedric Reed's production this season.

One of the executives said that Reed "showed a lot of production as a junior, but he's just not making plays this season." Jeremiah's other source had watched Reed in person and said "he didn't do anything to get me excited." Draft analysts have been echoing these concerns over recent weeks, with CBS Sports' Dane Brugler writing that "he needs to play up to his [6-foot-6, 258-pound stature]" and TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline noting that Reed's draft stock "has taken a big hit this season" because the senior simply hasn't shown the kind of production teams want to see.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 7 - 7:01 PM

Texas redshirt freshman G Darius James will reportedly miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

James suffered the injury in practice. He's awaiting the results of an MRI, though Rivals.com is reporting that he's expected to miss the rest of the season. If true, the latest injury puts Texas down to a mind-boggling six linemen available for the rest of the season. Texas has three games left to play. They might need to start dressing coaches pretty soon.
Source: Rivals.com
Nov 7 - 5:58 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that he was told that Texas junior DT Malcom Brown was "leaning toward opting for the draft."

Brown's a massive physical specimen at 6-foot-4, 320 pounds. CBS Sports' Rob Rang put it best in early October when he said that Brown "possesses tree trunks for thighs." Given that massive frame, Rang was surprised by "Brown's effort in pursuit to the sideline and ability to rush the quarterback from surprising angles." Brown's able to use his power and size to push around smaller players with ease. NflDraftScout.com has the junior listed as the No. 6 DT on their 2016 board, though it remains to be seen where he would fall in the 2015 class.
Nov 7 - 4:54 PM

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


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