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Texas HC Charlie Strong will not announce the starting quarterback until the Sunday of their season-opening tilt with Notre Dame.

Unless Strong is planning on shocking the world by announcing Tyrone Swoopes as the starter, all of this cloak-and-dagger maneuvering is a bit much. For months, signs have pointed toward freshman QB Shane Buechele starting against Notre Dame. Strong even hinted as much back in July, saying that the starter would be "young," which would not apply to the senior Swoopes. Beyond that, though, Strong is entering a potential make-or-break year and Buechele not only offers an option with untapped upside, he also offers something to sell to the fan base and boosters. That is not a minor thing. One more note on this competition -- Strong said at the beginning of August that he hoped to name a starter early in camp. That he hasn't yet could just be a change of plans, but perhaps the issue of Buechele v Swoopes wasn't quite as settled as it seemed to be from outward reports. Sunday shall tell the tale.
Aug 29 - 12:44 PM

Texas four-star 2017 verbal DE commit LaGaryonn Carson said that he wants to attend three games this season.

Doesn't sound as though Carson is wobbling in his commitment in the slightest. Actually, the opposite. He does not plan on visiting another university and indicated that he hopes to attend at least three Longhorn games this season, including the season-opener against Notre Dame. "I’m just ready to go out there and watch them play their butt off, because I’m ready to be part of the team," he said. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 147 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals.com
Aug 28 - 8:02 PM

Texas redshirt freshman Kai Locksley has shifted from quarterback to wide receiver.

Locksley was a four-star dual-threat quarterback prospect for the 2015 cycle. He took a redshirt last season. With freshman Shane Buechele digging in the heels of his cowboy boots to start this season and possibly beyond, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound Locksley will join Jerrod Heard as a quarterback-turned-wideout for the 2016 incarnation of Texas. He actually played wideout just two years ago in the Under Armour All-America Game, so this won't be his first taste of the position. Neither Heard nor Locksley makes for a fantasy target in the majority of formats, simply because they are unknown quantities at the position heading into next weekend's date with Notre Dame.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 7:36 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong indicated that he has an idea of who will start between freshman QB Shane Buechele and senior QB Tyrone Swoopes.

"The decision will be made and the team will know," Strong said, "but I'm not gonna put it out there, because I don't want Notre Dame to know who we're gonna start at quarterback." He added coyly "I kinda know." We kinda know, too, Coach. All indications to this point have been that Strong is leaning toward installing frosh gunslinger Buechele as his starter. In late July, he said that the starter is "going to be young," which does not apply to the veteran Swoopes in the slightest.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 3:46 PM

Texas freshman OLB Erick Fowler has been academically cleared by the NCAA.

He will undergo a physical no later than Tuesday and begin practicing later this week. The No. 74 overall recruit in this past class according to the 247Sports composite ranking, Fowler could contribute immediately if he gets up to speed quickly. The Longhorns are thin and young at linebacker, led by sophomores Malik Jefferson and Anthony Wheeler.
Aug 15 - 5:25 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong confirmed that redshirt sophomore Jerrod Heard practiced at wide receiver this week.

Redshirt senior S Kevin Vaccaro sort of let the cat out of the bag earlier this week, telling reporters that Heard was taking wideout reps. Strong noted that the 6-foot-2, 199-pounder has showcased an "unbelievable attitude" in the face of a lost-cause quarterback competition that saw him odd-man-out behind Shane Buechele (likely starter) and Tyrone Swoopes. While he has bowed out of the QB race proper, Heard does still continue to take some reps at the position, perhaps just to keep him fresh for emergency situations down the road.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 14 - 3:04 PM

Texas sophomore RB Chris Warren III is sitting out Saturday's scrimmage with an ankle injury.

Warren is limited in practice right now, but HC Charlie Strong indicated that the expectation is that he will be ready to rock and/or roll when the Longhorns and Fighting Irish clash in a Sunday showdown on September 4. In eight games last season, the 6-foot-2, 232-pounder rumbled his way to 470 rushing yards (6.6 YPC) and four touchdowns.
Aug 13 - 2:19 PM

Suspended Texas sophomore TE DeAndre McNeal will transfer.

McNeal was suspended due to a violation of team rules on August 3 and returned home to Mesquite, Texas, prior to the Longhorns kicking off camp this month. The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder will not be allowed to transfer to another Big 12 school, nor any of Texas' non-conference opponents. He informed the Austin American-Statesman that UCLA and Texas A&M are two schools he is eyeing as he looks to move past this unspecified trouble in Austin. McNeal was a four-star recruit for the 2015 cycle, but failed to register a catch over the course of 10 games played last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 12 - 1:50 PM

Texas junior WR Lorenzo Joe will miss "extensive time" with a hamstring injury.

This, according to the Longhorns themselves. Joe was expected to be in contention for a starting wideout role with Texas for the coming season. Over the weekend, the 6-foot-2, 201-pounder took most of his reps with the first-team offense. During the 2015 campaign, he caught four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Now sidelined with the hamstring, there is no current timetable for his return.
Aug 11 - 4:05 PM

Texas redshirt senior S Kevin Vaccaro told reporters redshirt sophomore QB Jerrod Heard has moved to WR.

Shane Buechele and Tyrone Swoopes impressed at quarterback this offseason, so Heard likely would have been No. 3 on the depth chart at that position. Vaccaro added that Heard "is coming along great" at his new position. "Quickness and playmaking" have always been Heard's strengths, as he was an "outside of structure" player at quarterback, meaning he thrived when the play broke down. That is difficult on the player callers, but perhaps the 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete can make it at receiver.
Aug 11 - 9:38 AM

ESPN's Max Olson wrote that it's "[h]ard not to be impressed by [Texas freshman WR Devin Duvernay]."

Olson believes that Duvernay has the potential to "make an impact in the slot right away." Saturday's practice was the first for the Longhorns and the fact that Duvernay -- who flew from the Baylor nest along with almost every other baby Bear from the 2016 cycle back in June -- is already impressing is a very positive sign for his transition into collegiate ball. Particularly given the turbulence that led to him swapping schools just three months before the start of the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 6 - 2:27 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said that he planned on anointing the starting quarterback "early" in August camp.

"Starting quarterback. Why is that always the question?" Strong mused in his initial camp sit-down with the media on Friday. The Longhorns held their first practice on Saturday, where freshman QB Shane Buechele and senior QB Tyrone Swoopes split first-team reps. Strong has repeatedly hinted that the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Buechele will start this coming season. That would certainly offer more intrigue than another run through the Tyrone Swoopes Experience.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 6 - 1:07 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong said that even if redshirt sophomore QB Jerrod Heard does not win the starting job, the team has no plans to shift him to wide receiver.

Strong wants to carry three quarterbacks. With Shane Buechele impressing in the spring, Heard and Tyrone Swoops are both likely to serve as backup gunslingers this coming season -- Strong hasn't made his choice official yet, but has strongly hinted in that direction. A transition to wide receiver so close to the season probably wasn't realistic for the 6-foot-2, 199-pound Heard, anyway, but that doesn't mean that this won't be revisited at some point. He showed impressive running ability at times last season, most notably in a monster performance against Cal in which he rushed for 163 yards.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 5 - 2:43 PM

Only General Managers, not area scouts, are being credentialed for the September 4 game between Texas and Notre Dame, according to Dan Hatman.

The game was originally slated for September 3, but was moved one day later for an "exclusive" window. The game is being played in Austin, and this method of not credentialing prospective future employers (NFL teams) is very odd. If we are being honest, there is not enough draft-eligible talent on Texas' roster to warrant a visit from NFL GMs, a week before their seasons kick off. Only six Texas prospects have been selected in the last three drafts.
Aug 5 - 9:52 AM

Michael Jefferson, the father of Texas sophomore LB Malik Jefferson said, "They’re going to unleash the Predator if they use him right. He’s in a different place now mentally."

Let us pause for a moment to appreciate the fact that Jefferson's father referred to his son as "the Predator." Speaking to the 6-foot-3, 232-pounder's mental approach, Mr. Jefferson noted that his pup's expanded sophomore leadership role has extended out to recruiting -- Malik has made a habit of hosting recruits himself. "You can tell how hard he recruited these last two years. That’s how hungry he is," said the elder Jefferson. "He wants guys in there that want to win. They have the talent now. They have to get the right attitude." During the 2015 campaign, Jefferson bulldozed his way to 61 tackles (7.0 for loss), 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He was named the preseason favorite to secure Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors for the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 3 - 1:57 PM


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