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Texas RB Chris Warren III entered the 2018 NFL Draft.

Warren announced that the intended to transfer at the end of November, but instead, he's off to the NFL. Early in his time at Texas he looked like a potential star, but injuries and inconsistency when he was healthy put a damper on his stock, and he moved to tight end near the end of his time with the Longhorns. That move reportedly didn't sit well with Warren, but it's probably his best shot as an NFL player. It'd be surprising if he was anything but a late-round pick -- if that --assuming he doesn't test off the charts.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 5:31 PM

Texas DT Poona Ford accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

An intriguing late addition by the Senior Bowl, the staff of whom was no doubt swayed by the early rave reviews of Ford at the Shrine Game. The 5-foot-11, 309-pound Ford posted 20.5 TFL over the past three years. Ford turns his lack of height into an advantage, gaining tremendous leverage on the inside to go with his powerful hands and quick feet. Draft Scout's Dane Brugler compares him to Pittsburgh Steeler DT Javan Hargrove.
Jan 18 - 1:47 PM

Texas junior QB Shane Buechele is scheduled to undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a minor injury suffered in the Texas Bowl against Missouri.

Per Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News, the surgery will correct a "torn adductor (hip)/abdominal muscle" suffered against the Tigers. Carlton added that Buechele is expected to be ready for spring practices, which begin on March 5. At that time, he and Sam Ehlinger will continue their never-ending quarterback competition.
Jan 17 - 10:05 PM

Texas DT Poona Ford met with the Jets on Tuesday.

Ford, who had 20.5 TFL over the past three years, officially measured into the Shrine Game at 5-foot-11, 309 pounds. Right or wrong, his height/frame will be used against him during the process. "People have been saying I'm not tall enough since I was in high school. I just keep proving people wrong," Ford said. Dilly, dilly, Mr. Ford. NFL Draft Scout's Dane Bruggler compares the undersized terror to Pittsburgh Steeler DT Javan Hargrove, who was a top-90 pick.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 7:09 PM

College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that Texas will hire Auburn OL coach Herb Hand to serve in the same capacity as well as co-offensive coordinator.

Hand came over to Auburn during the winter of 2016 after spending the previous two seasons working as run-game coordinator and offensive line coach for Penn State. It's a strong hire for Longhorns HC Tom Herman, as Hand is one of the more respected offensive line coaches in the country.
Jan 16 - 1:37 PM

247Sports' Taylor Estes reports that Texas junior CB Kris Boyd will return to school for the 2018 season.

The Longhorns have lost five underclassmen -- including star T Connor Williams -- to the draft, but they received two good pieces of news this week, with DE Charles Omenihu and now Boyd announcing returns for a 2018 run in Austin. Per Estes, the 6-foot, 200-pound junior was seriously considering a jump for the pros. He was a 12-game starter during the 2017 campaign and earned second-team All-Big 12 recognition from the Associated Press at the end of the season after posting 54 tackles, 15 passes defended (tops in the conference) and two interceptions.
Source: 247Sports
Jan 13 - 11:43 PM

Texas junior DE Charles Omenihu will return to school for the 2018 season.

Omenihu (6'6/254) likely would have been in the Day 2 conversation had he declared. He was a 12-game starter for the Longhorns during the 2017 season. For the campaign, the junior defensive end finished up having logged 28 tackles (7.0 for loss), four sacks and a pair of forced fumbles for the campaign.
Jan 9 - 4:13 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney notes that Texas five-star 2018 CB Anthony Cooks was "roasted a bunch of times" during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its preceding practice week.

"Rated as the top player in Texas, the Houston Lamar standout struggled defending the nation’s best receivers in one-on-one situations," Gorney writes, adding that "there is concern about his turn-and-run ability." He does soften a bit, passing along that the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Cook seemed to improve by degrees as the week progressed. It's important to remember that all-star contests with high school players can be somewhat difficult to use as true gauges for players -- not only is there no team continuity, the players, themselves, are sometimes just too young to immediately succeed in these kinds of environments. Cook remains a stud through-and-through even with his wobbles last week, ranking as Rivals' No. 8 overall prospect in the 2018 class. He signed with the Longhorns in December.
Source: Rivals
Jan 9 - 3:06 PM

Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel reports that Texas is working to lock up DC Todd Orlando with a contract extension and a raise.

Per Thamel, the raise in the works, here, would make Orlando one of the top-five highest salaried defensive coordinators in the country. An extension makes sense, as Orlando has been drawing a reasonable amount of attention on the coaching carousel this offseason. He reportedly interviewed in strong fashion for the head-coaching position at SMU before that job ultimately went to Sonny Dykes, with Texas A&M and FSU both said to have been pining to get him on their respective staffs, too. Orlando has worked as Texas' defensive coordinator for each of the past two seasons.
Jan 5 - 4:55 PM

Updating a previous item, Texas freshman CB Josh Thompson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday.

Thompson (6'0/200) tweeted out earlier on Wednesday that he had undergone a successful surgery, but at the time, the exact nature of the procedure was not known. Texas has since released an update specifying that it was an arthroscopic knee surgery. The Longhorns expect him to be ready for spring practice barring setback. A four-star recruit in the 2017 class, Thompson registered 13 tackles and a pass defended this season.
Jan 3 - 7:26 PM

Texas freshman CB Josh Thompson underwent surgery to repair an undisclosed injury.

Thompson (6'0/200) tweeted on Wednesday that his surgery was successful. The nature of the freshman's injury is still somewhat unclear and the team has offered no timetable for a recovery. Thompson was a four-star recruit coming out of high school last winter and finished his inaugural collegiate campaign having posted 13 tackles and a solitary pass defensed.
Jan 3 - 3:18 PM

Texas junior LB Malik Jefferson has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jefferson was shut down for the season with a leg injury and missed their bowl win, but the 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker was named the Big-12 Defensive Player Of The Year after making 10 tackles four loss -- four of them sacks -- and 110 tackles. Some analysts have questioned his consistency and whether or not he'll be an impact player at the next level, but his production isn't smoke and mirrors, and he has a real chance to be taken in the first-round if he tests well.
Jan 1 - 1:07 PM

Texas freshman RB Daniel Young rushed 12 times for a team-high 48 yards in Wednesday's 33-16 win against Missouri in the Texas Bowl, and he added three receptions for a team-best 64 yards and a touchdown.

Young was easily the most dynamic player on the Texas offense, skittering for a 22-yard touchdown reception to open the scoring in the first quarter, and he also had a 42-yard pass reception for the team's longest play of the game. He was really building something down the stretch and he could be in line for a huge role in 2018.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 01:58:00 AM

Texas sophomore QB Shane Buechele completed 6-of-14 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions and 12 rushing yards in Wednesday's 33-16 win against Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

Buechele and freshman QB Sam Ehlinger split, and the frosh had a better night statistically while misfiring on just four of his 15 attempts. Buechele and Ehlinger will have an open battle in the spring and into training camp as these two signal callers jockey for the most reps. Ultimately head coach Tom Herman likely wants one to step to the forefront so Texas can have some continuity on offense. They'll need it to take that next step to contention in the Big 12 in 2018.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 01:53:00 AM

Texas freshman QB Sam Ehlinger completed 11-of-15 passes for 112 yards, one touchdown and no touchdowns while rushing 11 times for 17 yards in Wednesday's 33-16 win against Missouri in the Texas Bowl.

Ehlinger was much more accurate than sophomore QB Shane Buechele, who was just 6-of-14 for 55 yards and a touchdown. These two signal callers are likely to battle again in the spring and into next fall, and ultimately head coach Tom Herman might want to settle on just one of the signal callers for the long run. Both QBs need to show improvement if Texas is to take that next step in the Big 12 in 2018.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 01:34:00 AM


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