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CBS Sports' Tom Fornelli reports that Texas junior QB David Ash has been officially medically cleared for preseason camp.

The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Ash suffered a fracture foot during spring practice in April. Before fracturing his foot, Ash dealt with a concussion last season, missing 10 games for Texas. Luckily for Ash, he was granted a medical hardship waiver and still has two year's of eligibility remaining for the Longhorns. Ash will be the favorite to land the starting QB spot this fall, where he will compete with freshman QB Tyrone Swoopes.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 21 - 1:35 PM

CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports that Texas junior RB Johnathan Gray has been cleared to resume full workouts next week.

The 5-foot-10, 205 pound Gray, tore his achilles tendon on Nov. 9 against West Virginia, and has been cleared to resume full workouts. Before getting injured, the Longhorns prospect was on pace for a 1,000-yard season and was the third-leading rusher in the conference, rushing for 780 yards and four touchdowns on 159 carries. Gray will share most of the workload with RB Malcolm Brown in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 3:56 PM

ESPN Insider's Travis Haney wrote that Texas head coach Charlie Strong has not made a strong first impression on the school's fanbase.

Haney attended a three-day coaching clinic at Angelo State in which Strong made an awkward speech that cemented in many the idea that he's a poor fit as Longhorns' coach. The argument seems to be that UT's coach must be an extrovert -- like Mack Brown -- and mustn't share Strong's introverted nature. "I think everyone was shocked. It was that bad," one coach said of Strong's speech. "It made me miss Mack," another joked, while a third stated: "If I was the coach at Texas, I would act like I had bigger balls than that." Haney crushed Strong for his cliché-ridden language, which is the wont of gold-fingered journalists. Strong is smart enough to understand that all this nonsense about his ability to communicate with boosters and impress the media with his diction will go away when he wins. Gregg Popovich and Bill Belichick were lambasted early in their careers for being standoffish. Nobody seems to care anymore.
Jun 28 - 6:43 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler thinks Texas senior WR Jaxon Shipley "has a similar skill-set" to big brother Jordan, a third-rounder in the 2010 draft.

"The younger Shipley won't match his older brother's receiving marks at Texas, but that's largely due to the fact that Jordan played with Colt McCoy and Jaxson has had to catch passes from wildly inconsistent Case McCoy and David Ash," Brugler wrote. "Shipley doesn't have elite physical traits with only ordinary size, speed and strength, but he has some shake in his routes and knows how to hold defenders, displaying a strong competitive nature at the catch point." The analyst doesn't believe Jaxon will go as high as Jordan (No. 84 overall). "But like his brother, he knows how to operate out of the slot and be an effective and reliable underneath target," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 9:49 PM

Texas senior DE Cedric Reed "doesn't play as powerful or physical as he looks" and he "needs to play up to his size," says CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Brugler is confused as to why many in the industry are touting Reed as a potential first-round pick. "Reed is too easily slowed and controlled by single blockers and lacks the upper body functional strength and nasty attitude to create much separation between him and offensive linemen," Brugler wrote. "He is at his best when he keeps his pads low and uses his length to attack the chest of blockers, but he isn't overly fluid, showing some clear hip and joint tightness." Earlier this month, the analyst said Reed had "very average tape." Obviously his opinion hasn't changed. "Reed has the size, motor and football character that have landed him in some way too early first round mock drafts, but he needs to improve his bland pass rush arsenal and continue to get stronger to come anywhere close to a first round grade next spring," he wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 9:36 PM

Texas junior DT Malcom Brown "passes the eye test with a tall, wide frame and carries his 315-325 pound frame very well, showing easy movement skills," writes Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.

Brown started all 13 games for the Longhorns last season -- mostly as a NT in UT's multiple defensive fronts -- after spending his freshman campaign as a reserve. "Brown looks natural on his feet with the range and redirection skills to make plays away from the line of scrimmage," Brugler wrote. "He needs to improve his functional strength and won't generate much movement off the snap with an average punch and undeveloped understanding of leverage and pass rush. However Brown has shown the ability to take on multiple blocks while keeping his eyes elevated to track the ball and his development as a junior in 2014 will be interesting to track for both fans and NFL scouts."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 8:40 PM

Texas senior CB Quandre Diggs "should hear his name called" in the 2015 NFL Draft, writes CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler.

The Longhorns have sent many DBs to the NFL, most recently Kenny Vaccaro and Earl Thomas, but they were completely shut out in the 2014 draft. College football doesn't return many players more experienced than the 5-foot-10, 200-pound Diggs, who has started 36 games in his career. He can play outside, or man the slot. "Diggs has good, not great, size and speed for the position and shows natural field and ball awareness, keeping his head on a swivel and his anticipating route combinations," wrote Brugler. "At times he doesn't have the lower body burst to break on the ball in time and clearly lacks quick-twitch movements, but he plays the game with a veteran sense, leading the team last season in passes defended (10) despite no interceptions. He isn't the first round caliber player like Vaccarro or Thomas, but he has NFL skills to work with and is arguably the top defensive back in the conference." Diggs is also a promising return man.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 8:29 PM

Texas senior RB Joe Bergeron could be a "change of pace option" in the NFL, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"His blend of quickness and strength for his body type makes him an intriguing change of pace option in the NFL, especially at the goal line and short-yardage situations," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 230 pound Bergeron has good body control and balance to break through arm tackles and absorb contact. The Longhorns prospect will share the backfield with Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray, who should get a bulk of the carries this season. Bergeron finished third on the team in rushing in 2013 with 386 yards, but did have the highest yards per carry average (5.0)of the three backs. Perhaps Bergeron can impress evaluators, and make the most of his carries this year, in the Longhorns crowded backfield.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 11 - 10:57 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Texas senior RB Malcolm Brown "runs physical" and "low to the ground."

"Brown follows his blocks well with good feel and vision to find openings and get to the second level. Although he doesn't have ideal power and explosive traits, Brown runs physical, low to the ground and always seems to be picking up positive yardage," Brugler wrote. Brown had 904 yards and nine touchdowns on 214 attempts and hauled in 17 receptions for 195 yards and two TD last season. The Longhorns prospect finished the 2013 season on a high note with three straight 100-yard performances (128, 131, 130). The 6-0, 215-pound Brown has the ideal size and speed scouts are looking for, and knows how to get north-south with a physical presence. Brown could fit the mold as perfect work-horse back at the next level.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 10 - 6:35 PM

Texas senior CB Sheroid Evans had a 10.39-second 100-meter dash in high school.

There aren't many players in college football capable of running faster. And he was even better at the 200m and 400m. Evans is expected to be fully healthy after shredding his ACL last year. The 6-foot, 192-pound corner has struggled with health issues throughout his career. His NFL draft stock could use a healthy 2014 campaign.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 11:20 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler doesn't understand the "early buzz" on Texas senior DE Cedric Reed.

"A prospect I'm seeing some early buzz on that I don't understand: Texas DE Cedric Reed. Very average tape, not much that separates him in my opinion," Brugler tweeted. In another tweet Brugler mentioned that Reed will "need a big jump as a senior" and compared him to undrafted Texas Longhorn "Jeff Jeffcoat." With Reed's ideal NFL size (6-6, 258 pounds) and athleticism, not every evaluator will be able to ignore his 2013 numbers and disruptive potential (10 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 3 fumble recoveries in 2013). Perhaps new head coach Charlie Strong can get even more out of Reed in 2014. Strong had two of his Louisville defensive prospects go in the first round of the NFL draft in May, in S Calvin Pryor at No.18 and LB Marcus Smith at No.26.
Jun 3 - 5:51 PM

Texas senior LB Jordan Hicks, coming off a torn ACL, "should thrive in new coach Charlie Strong's aggressive defensive scheme," postulates NFL.com.

"Hicks has the talent to vie for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors," the site proclaims, adding skeptically: "But using 'assume' and 'health' in the same sentence with Hicks is dangerous. The 6-foot-2, 244-pound linebacker shredded his knee early last season, and he hasn't made it through a full season since 2011. A healthy campaign in Strong's attacking scheme will draw the NFL's attention, but we also wonder if he's up to it.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 2 - 10:25 PM

The Wall Street Journal in January declared Texas as the most valuable program in college athletics at $875 million.

The Longhorns are followed in order by Notre Dame ($811.5 million), Michigan ($685.5 million), Ohio State ($674.8 million) and Florida ($660.8 million). Texas has struggled on the field in recent seasons -- costing Mack Brown his job -- but they are the biggest attraction in the football-mad state and boast the Longhorn Network. All those resources will help Charlie Strong continue to attract the nation's best players to Austin, but as Brown found out, results aren't expected, they are demanded.
May 31 - 3:46 PM

Texas senior DE Cedric Reed is the "prototypical defensive end who plays for a long time in the NFL," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"If scouts spot a young defensive end with athleticism, length and adequate strength, they will make a point to track his progress throughout his career," Brooks wrote. "Reed certainly has earned a spot on most lists based on his imposing frame (6-6, 258 pounds) and impressive flashes of disruptive potential (10 sacks, 19 tackles for loss and 3 fumble recoveries in 2013)." Reed and Buffalo LB Khalil Mack were the only players to finish with at least five sacks, four pass breakups and five forced fumbles in 2013. Reed is a "height-weight-speed athlete" with "excellent potential," according to Brooks.
Source: NFL.com
May 30 - 10:02 PM

NFL scouts are "paying close attention" to Texas senior RB Malcolm Brown's "progress as a feature back for the Longhorns," writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Brown earned second-team All-Big 12 honors this past season by sprinting for 904 yards and nine touchdowns on 214 attempts and hauling in 17 receptions for 195 yards and two TD. He has collected 1,970 rushing yards over the past two seasons. "It's his physicality and burst that make me believe he will be an impact player in a power-based offense that features a downhill running game," Brooks wrote. "Whereas some runners wear down at the end of games, Brown is at his best when he surpasses the 20-carry mark in a game. That's why scouts are salivating over his size, skill and potential as a feature back in an old-school offense at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 2:37 PM


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