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Texas hired former T Octavious Bishop to serve as director of student leadership and personal development.

Bishop held down the left tackle spot with the Longhorns from 1995-1998, starting each of his final three seasons in college. He tried his hand at the NFL, too, but was unable to stick on a roster and retired in 2001. Teas specifically created the job of "director of student leadership and personal development" with Bishop in mind. In a statement, HC Charlie Strong said, "I just really loved his passion and all of the ideas he was bringing to the table. On top of that, he's a Longhorn letterman who overcame a lot of obstacles in his own life. I'm so excited to have him joining our staff."
May 29 - 6:54 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Nick Krueger wrote that Texas four-star 2017 QB Sam Ehlinger's "potential impact should be clearer by the time he gets on campus."

"Ehlinger does the things that [Shane] Buechele did well in his spring game debut, and seems a more natural second option once he’s on the roster," Krueger noted. The analyst doesn't see the likes of Jerrod Heard or Kai Locksley serving as a challenge to the 6-foot-1, 207-pounder next year. "Ehlinger figures to be more of a candidate to leapfrog those ahead of him than to be stuck behind a depth chart logjam," Krueger wrote. The four-star gunslinger out of Austin ranks as Rivals' No. 137 overall prospect.
Source: Rivals
May 28 - 1:32 PM

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman listed 14 names of potential candidates for Baylor's upcoming head coaching hire, including Mack Brown and Mike Singletary.

Current defensive coordinator Phil Bennett is expected to accept the interim head coach title in the near future, but Baylor could attempt to make another hire before (and certainly after) the season. In terms of Brown and Singletary, Feldman terms them the "Caretakers," as they could potentially help Baylor "wade through a turbulent time." Singletary played his college ball at Baylor.
Source: Fox Sports
May 27 - 10:43 AM

ESPN's Tom Luginbill described Texas four-star 2017 WR Montrell Estell as "tall, long, smooth and very athletic."

"The question is whether or not Estell could be every bit as viable on defense," Luginbill wrote. "If he stays on offense he is going to have to develop as a route runner -- very raw in this area. His natural playmaking instincts could get him on the field fairly early." The analyst might not be sure of the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder's ultimate position for the Longhorns, but calls him "very slippery and elusive" once he has made the catch on offense. ESPN 300 ranks Estell as their No. 240 recruit for 2017.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 2:33 PM

Texas redshirt senior S Dylan Haines was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

The 6-foot-1, 194-pounder garnered All-Big 12 honors in 2014. Last year, he ranked No. 3 in the Big 12 with five interceptions. Off the field, he's an Academic All-Big 12 regular who's been on the Big-12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll all four of his years on campus.
May 20 - 6:22 PM

ESPN's Brandon Chatmon believes that a fast start for Texas HC Charlie Strong is imperative for 2016.

"Strong and the Longhorns need to get off to a good start with a schedule that features a tough home opener against Notre Dame and challenging road tests against Cal and Oklahoma State among the first four contests," Chatmon wrote. Strong, himself, has been pleased with the Longhorns' work this spring, telling Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel, "We want to attack people." He has not finished above .500 in either of his seasons with the Longhorns, holding an 11-14 record since taking the helm at Texas in 2014.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 8:29 PM

Texas redshirt sophomore DE Derick Roberson will transfer.

Roberson's transfer destination is not yet known officially, though Mike Roach of Hornsports.com hears that Sam Houston State of the FCS could be the landing spot. If that turns out to be the case, the 6-foot-3, 238-pounder would be able to play come the start of the 2016 season. He was a highly-regarded recruit out of high school, with ESPN 300 ranking the four-star defensive end as their No. 78 prospect for the 2014 cycle. Last season, he recorded six tackles and a pair of sacks while serving in a reserve role.
May 19 - 2:14 PM

Texas HC Charlie Strong told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel that "we're making progress."

"I'm very happy with the way [the offense is] going. It's all about going against one another, so you don't know 'til you line up. But we're making progress," Strong said. He is looking for his quarterback (the Longhorns have yet to name a starter) to be releasing the ball quickly, but Strong thinks the real key to the offense could be the running game. "It's not just about throwing the ball. It's about adjustments," he said. "It's taking advantage of what the defense gives you. We want to run the football. We want to attack people." Strong specifically singled out junior RB D'Onta Foreman as a potential key cog in the evolving Longhorn attack. "Big running back, strong and powerful. He's a guy now."
Source: Campus Rush
May 15 - 1:53 PM

Sports Illustrated's Zac Ellis noted that Texas freshman QB Shane Buechele "looks like the quarterback of the future—if not the present—for the Longhorns."

That sound you're hearing is a massive wave of hype cresting over the state of Texas. Ellis wrote that Buechele "stole the show" in the Longhorn spring game. In that leisurely affair, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound youngster completed 22-of-41 passes for 299 yards and a pair of touchdowns. HC Charlie Strong has already indicated that there will be no 2016 redshirt in the cards for Buechele. He is currently jostling for the starting gig with Jerrod Heard, Kai Locksley and the Michael Myers-esque Tyrone Swoopes, who is somehow still in the conversation to start despite the fact that he has never passed for more than 6.3 yards per attempt and holds a middling career TD/INT ratio of 17/12 during his three years at Texas.
May 14 - 5:24 PM

Texas coach Charlie Strong told the Longhorn Network that freshman QB Shane Buechele will play in 2016.

In other words, there's no redshirt coming here. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Buechele arrived in Austin with plenty of hype but amplified it in the spring game when he threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, the guy he's attempting to eject from his spot on the depth chart, senior Tyrone Swoopes, had a Swoopes-ian 71 yards/two interception showing. Jerrod Heard and Kai Locksley are also in the competition. Strong said incoming OC Sterlin Gilbert will make the call on Buechele's readiness. Buechele, oft compared to Longhorn great Colt McCoy, says he thinks he'll win the gig.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 9:33 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco wrote glowingly of the Colts' selection of Texas DT Hassan Ridgeway in the fourth round, but cautioned that he must stay in shape.

Prisco's assessment of Ridgeway dovetails nicely with our own. Wrote the senior NFL columnist, "The knock on him last season was injuries and conditioning. He needs to stay in shape, but the talent is there." The 6-foot-3, 303-pounder earned All-Big 12 honorable mention in 2015 after recording 45 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries. Prisco loved the Colts' work in the draft as a whole, assigning them the juicy grade of an A to put them at the head of the class along with the likes of the Jaguars and Bengals.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 2:39 PM

Eagles signed Texas WR Marcus Johnson.

Johnson (6'1/204) made 18 starts in four years at Texas, wrapping his career with a 61-793-4 (13.0 YPR) receiving line. Although he wasn't an impact college player, Johnson tested out like an NFL athlete with 4.37 speed, an 11-foot-4 broad jump, and 22 bench-press reps at the Longhorns' Pro Day. Johnson has an extensive special teams background, which will be his ticket to an NFL roster spot.
May 3 - 9:37 PM

Colts selected Texas DT Hassan Ridgeway with the No. 116 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ridgeway (6'3/303) made 18 college starts before turning pro one year early, wrapping his career with 18.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 as a 2015 junior. Ridgeway has NFL talent, but his conditioning and stamina were problematic at Texas, and Ridgeway's production was diminished by nagging injuries. If Ridgeway gets himself in shape and stays healthy, he could prove one of the biggest steals in the draft.
Apr 30 - 1:07 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that Texas WR Marcus Johnson impressed enough on his Pro Day that he could be drafted.

While Johnson failed to receive an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine, his 22 reps on the bench press on Pro Day would have been tops in Indianapolis for a receiver. The 6-foot, 204-pounder also managed to make noise with his 40-yard dash runs of 4.45 and 4.38 seconds. He tossed in a dazzling 11-foot-3 broad jump just for good measure. That, plus the fact that he "did a nice job catching the ball" leads Brandt to see him as a potential draftable commodity as we hit the stretch run prior to Chicago's big three-day football Christmas.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 9:35 PM

Texas redshirt sophomore QB Jerrod Heard (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of spring practice.

Heard injured his shoulder in practice on March 30. No timetable was given for his return at that time and it looks like the Longhorns will be sitting him for the remainder of the spring practice session to allow him to heal up. The team wraps up the spring session with the annual Orange-White Scrimmage on April 16. Heard had been competing with senior Tyrone Swoopes, redshirt freshmen Kai Locksley and Matthew Merrick and true freshman Shane Buechele. His lack of spring work could put a crimp in his chances of starting in 2016, but this question likely won't be settled until August camp. Assuming he can return to health, all is not lost yet.
Apr 5 - 9:31 PM


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