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Texas sophomore WR Collin Johnson has been running with the first-team offense in spring practices.

The 6-foot-6, 212-pounder had 28 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman last season. A former four-star recruit, Johnson is described as a physical freak. When his game catches up to his attributes, watch out.
Source: 247 Sports
Mar 28 - 3:51 PM

At 6-foot 1/8, 234 pounds, Texas RB D'Onta Foreman posted a 33-inch vertical and a 4.45s 40 at his pro day event on Tuesday.

If you bake that forty time -- stunning for a big man -- in with his other NFL Combine testing numbers, Foreman becomes one of this class' best overall athletes. And as for that missing Combine forty? Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported that NFL Combine doctors disallowed Foreman from running in Indianapolis due to a stress fracture in his foot. Pauline added that "several team doctors on hand thought it was no big deal" and that Foreman was "willing to sign a waiver should anything occur while he ran." The NFL's doctors remained firm and withheld him. If Tuesday is any indication, the injury is already healed.
Mar 28 - 2:54 PM

Texas redshirt sophomore QB Matthew Merrick is stepping away from the football team to focus on academics for the time being.

This is not to say that Merrick is completely done with football at Texas. According to the school, he will reevaluate his playing future at an unspecified point down the road. Rivals ranked the 6-foot-2, 197-pound dual-threat gunslinger as a three-star recruit for the 2015 cycle. After taking a freshman redshirt in 2015, he did not attempt a pass this past season.
Mar 21 - 8:49 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Texas RB D'Onta Foreman to former Los Angeles Rams RB Steven Jackson.

PFF's analysis gang notes that due to a needed adjustment in pass protection and Foreman's relative lack of experience as a receiving option, he may begin his NFL career seeing work mostly on early downs. That being said, they augment this opinion with a word of optimism, noting that if the 6-foot, 233-pounder "can be a little more physical and aggressive with the ball in his hands, he could be a highly productive runner right away." There is still work to be done by Foreman before the draft. Due to a small stress fracture in his foot, he was unable to put in a full workout at the NFL Scouting Combine. The potential Day 2 selection will try to impress on Texas' pro day come March 28.
Mar 17 - 7:53 PM

Texas HC Tom Herman says he’s never seen a 255-pound player move and bend like junior RB Chris Warren III can.

"I kind of pulled him aside during one of the workouts," Herman said, "and I said, 'You have been a very pleasant surprise. You're going to make a lot of money someday playing this position if you put your pads down and run through somebody.'" Warren shared carries with D'Onta Foreman until a season-ending PCL injury in his right knee ended his 2016 season eight games early. Now, with Foreman off to the NFL, Warren has assumed the No. 1 RB role. The 6-foot-2 Warren is a punishing bruiser who has picked up 407 of his 836 career rushing yards after first contact. New Texas RB coach Stan Drayton compared Warren to Jerome Bettis.
Source: ESPN
Mar 17 - 3:25 PM

Former Texas QB David Ash has been medically cleared to play football and will participate in the program's pro day.

Ash stepped aside from football due to concussion concerns early in the 2014 season. He subsequently joined the Texas baseball team. Back to football now, it would appear. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder will take part in the Longhorns' pro day on March 28, not only as a quarterback, but also as a punter. In his most productive season, Ash -- now 24 years old -- threw for 2,699 yards (67.3% completions) while compiling a 19/8 TD/INT ratio during the 2012 campaign. He is unlikely to earn any draft love unless he crushes that pro day, which we reasonably do not expect given the long layoff.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 16 - 8:05 PM

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman will miss the remainder of the NFL Scouting Combine with a slight stress fracture in his foot.

Foreman indicated that he'll be ready to perform for scouts at UT's pro day on March 28. Before removing himself from the Combine, Foreman measured in at 6-foot, 233 pounds and logged 18 reps in the bench press. Foreman posted 2,028 rushing yards last season. NFL.com's Chad Reuter slotted him No. 61 overall to the Packers in a recent four-round mock draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 1:56 PM

Texas freshman-to-be TE Reese Leitao was arrested Tuesday at his high school on a drug charge.

"We're aware of the situation involving our signee, Reese Leitao," Texas coach Tom Herman said in a statement. "We're collecting information, will talk to Reese and his family, let the legal system run its course and then address it further at the appropriate time." Leitao allegedly had 20 pills of Xanax and more than $1,300 in his possession. Per the report, he admitted to a school administrator that he was selling the Xanax.
Source: ESPN
Mar 3 - 1:34 PM

Texas RB D'Onta Foreman measured 6-foot, 233 pounds with a hand size of 10 1/8 inches and an arm length of 33 1/8 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine.

This is a fantastic weight measurement for Foreman, who was listed at 6-foot-1, 249 pounds entering the 2016 season. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that he has been hitting the low-to-mid 4.5's in the 40-yard dash in training. At his current slimmed-down weight, it will be interesting to see if he can crack 4.50 seconds in Indianapolis.
Source: nj.com
Mar 2 - 5:22 PM

Florida State four-star 2018 verbal ATH commit Justin Watkins flipped to Texas.

Watkins is Texas' first commitment of the 2018 cycle. He flipped from his FSU pledge following his visit to Austin for junior day on Saturday. The 6-foot, 160-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 74 overall prospect. Over at Scout.com, the analysis team notes that he possesses "the capabilities to take it to the house each time he touches the ball, and flashes outstanding vision and cutback ability when navigating in the open field as well." Just what position Watkins will play with the Longhorns is not yet known. He could potentially suit up at corner, wideout or running back. On top of all of that, the dynamic athlete excels in the return game, too.
Feb 26 - 12:13 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Texas RB D'Onta Foreman has been running the 40-yard dash in training in the low-to-mid 4.5's.

Foreman is a big boy, with Pauline noting that he is currently weighing in at around 235 pounds. The analyst calls his reported 40 times "exceptional." The former Longhorn is a likely Day 2 selection in the draft. Pauline is of the opinion that Foreman is underrated as a pass-catching option out of the backfield.
Feb 23 - 6:47 PM

Texas senior TE Andrew Beck re-broke his foot.

He will be sidelined for at least the next three weeks. That timetable would wipe out the first week of spring practice. Beck, who hauled in four receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns last season, is the favorite to start at tight end.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 23 - 11:58 AM

Texas sophomore QB Shane Buechele re-aggravated an old thumb injury last season.

Buechele initially suffered the injury in high school. While it's uncertain when he aggravated it, 247 Sports opines that it happened during Texas’ 24-20 loss to West Virginia. Buechele's thumb is not expected to require surgery.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 23 - 10:43 AM

Ricklan Holmes, the head coach at John Tyler High, said that Texas freshman WR Damion Miller is "a guy whose ceiling hasn't been met yet."

"He's going to bring a mentality to that receiving core where once he steps out that locker room and goes to the practice field, guys will understand why he's there," Holmes said. "There won't be a question." The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder certainly has the athletic chops, having run a 4.49-second 40-yard dash and logged a 36.9-inch vertical leap at The Opening regional in Dallas last summer.
Feb 21 - 8:02 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes Texas RB D'Onta Foreman "does not get the credit he deserves as a pass catcher out of the backfield."

"Foreman won’t be a running back for every team, but he will play at the next level," Pauline wrote. "The Texas junior is a powerful downhill runner with surprising small-area quickness as well as a burst." As Pauline notes, Formeman's game isn't for everybody. One NFC Scouting Director told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein earlier this month that Foreman's pass protection skills were "awful."
Feb 20 - 3:47 PM


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