• Longhorns prepare to face Bears’ attack

    Vance Bedford is known to say the unexpected. 

    Last week he said Texas should be ranked No. 50, even though the Associated Press put Texas at No. 11. Texas’ defensive coordinator relayed more ear-opening comments at his weekly press conference on Wednesday.

    Bedford said that nobody on the Longhorn defense has exceeded his expectations despite the team jumping out to a 2–0 start. Instead, he gave credit for the perfect start to the other two phases of the team.

    “And our punter right now … [sophomore, Michael Dickson’s] done a great job,” Bedford said. “And when you have a punter that can pin them back like he’s pinned them back and an offense that can score points, you should be sitting at 2–0.” 

    Bedford complimented California quarterback Davis Webb on Wednesday, saying the senior is an excellent quarterback that can make throws other quarterbacks can’t. Webb currently sits at No. 2 in the nation in passing yards per game with 481.5, and has thrown for nine touchdowns through two games. 

    “I think the kid is a special talent,” Bedford said. “I think he brings something special to Cal’s offense. So we are going to have our hands full.” 

    Bedford said the Texas defensive line needs to get its hands up to tip passes against Webb. But keeping him at bay is mainly the secondary’s responsibility. He said Texas will play as many defensive backs as it takes to contain Webb. 

    “If they make the trip, they’re all going to have to play,” Bedford said. “When you play these types of offenses, if you think you’re going to go out there and play one set of defensive backs you’re in trouble.”

  • Rookie quarterback Shane Buechele named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for second week in a row

    Texas quarterback Shane Buechele was named the Big 12 Conference’s Newcomer of the Week for the second consecutive week Monday. 

    The award comes after Buechele’s impressive performance against UTEP on Saturday night. He completed 22 of his 27 pass attempts for 244 yards and four touchdowns while also adding 34 yards on the ground.

    Buechele’s efforts helped lead the Longhorns to a 41-7 victory over the Miners, giving Texas its first 2-0 start since 2012. 

    The freshman has six passing touchdowns through two games, a number that already ties the record for most touchdown passes by a true freshman quarterback at Texas. With the start against UTEP, Buechele also became the first true freshman Texas quarterback to start the first two games of his career.

    Buechele has also climbed the Big 12’s statistical leaderboards in his first two starts. He ranks second in the conference in passing efficiency and first in completion percentage. He boasts a quarterback rating of 188.3 and has completed over 71 percent of his passes.

    The Texas signal caller will go for his third straight Newcomer of the Week honor when the Longhorns travel to Berkeley this Saturday to take on California.  

  • Falcone wins freshman of the week

    Freshman forward Kyra Falcone earned the first accolade of her collegiate soccer career Tuesday, winning the Big 12 Freshman of the Week award. 

    The San Antonio native scored two goals in Friday’s 7-0 victory over Sam Houston State, tying her for second on the team. Both goals came in rapid succession, with each scored within a minute of each other. In addition to her goal-scoring prowess, Falcone has impressed with her passing ability. She ranked No. 3 among the Longhorns in total points with four. 

    Texas now sits at 4–2 on the year after six consecutive home matches to start the year. But the Longhorns will be tested in their next match as they head to Columbus, Ohio, to face No. 19 Ohio State. The Buckeyes currently sit at 5–1 on the year. 

     

  • Men's tennis prepares for 2016 season

    Texas doesn’t embark on its 2016–17 tennis season until Sept. 16, but the Longhorns are already making collegiate tennis news. Senior George Goldhoff and freshman Yuya Ito were invited to play at the 2016 Oracle ITA Masters next month. 

    The annual Oracle ITA Masters is comprised of 32 collegiate athletes from around the nation and is one of only four national championship events during the season. This year’s tournament will take place in Malibu, California, Oct. 13-16. 

    Goldhoff made his way into the field via the Big 12 Conference’s bid, but Ito snuck in by way of an at-large selection, making him one of four players selected as a “wild card.” Ito had the highest Universal Tennis Rating among those vying for an at-large bid. 

    A native of Japan, Ito heads to Texas with several international accolades. He’s ranked as high as No. 62 in the International Tennis Federation world junior rankings and has earned two victories at ITF events. 

    Goldhoff proved his prowess for Texas at the NCAA Championships, going 3-0 at No. 1 singles while sending the Longhorns to the round of 16. His ITF ranking soared to a career-best No. 40. 

    Before Goldhoff and Ito compete in Malibu, they’ll first start the season for Texas at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas.

  • Senior Bowl watch list highlights Longhorns

    Three Longhorns were named to the Senior Bowl watch list Tuesday, with defensive tackle Paul Boyette Jr., safety Dylan Haines and offensive lineman Kent Perkins making the cut. The list features the top seniors in the country, as well as the nation’s best NFL prospects. The Senior Bowl kicks off Jan. 28 in Mobile, Alabama.

    Texas’ three selections bring their all-time total to 66 since the Senior Bowl’s inception in 1950. Nine of those players are currently in the NFL.

    Each of the Longhorns chosen for the watch list has made significant contributions to Texas in their first three years with the program. Boyette has the most experience, boasting 30 career appearances, including six starts in 2015.

    Haines has started in 23 of his 24 appearances, leading the Longhorns with five interceptions last year. The fifth-year senior from Lago Vista, Texas, also has the second-highest career interception return yardage in the team’s history.

    Perkins was the lone offensive Longhorn to make the watch list, anchoring the Texas offensive line. Perkins started 10 games in 2015, leading the charge for a running game that ranked No. 18 in the nation.

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