• AT&T U-Verse begins carrying Longhorn Network

    Many excited Longhorns woke up this morning to find that the Longhorn Network has been added to the AT&T U-Verse Channel Line Up. Executives at ESPN and AT&T U-Verse came to an agreement just in time for the start of Texas Football. People wishing to watch this weekend's game against Wyoming can now tune into channel 1609 for HD or 609 for SD to watch the season opener.

    Both the Wyoming Game this weekend and next weekend's contest against New Mexico will be shown exclusively on the Longhorn Network. The 24/7 programming also features an in depth analysis of past games by Texas head coach Mack Brown, Longhorn Extra, and Texas Game Day Programming.

    "We're thrilled to offer Longhorn Network to U-Verse TV customers in Texas and nationwide," said Jeff Weber, President of Content and Advertising Services at AT&T Home Solutions. "This is another example of how we continue to deliver the content customers want."

    Customers who have subscribed to at least the U100 package in Texas will have access automatically to Longhorn Network. Out of state customers must have at least the U450 package. Boxes will need to be reset in order to pick up the channel.

    In the coming weeks, AT&T will also offer the ability to live stream the Longhorn Network online to subscribers.

     

     

    Longhorn Network’s Saturday Lineup:

    Date - Time - Programming
    1-Sep - 6a-12p CT - Longhorn Extra
    1-Sep - 12-2p CT - Orange & White Spring Game
    1-Sep - 2-3p CT - Longhorn Weekly with Mack Brown
    1-Sep - 3-4p CT - Texas All-Access
    1-Sep - 4-5p CT - Game Plan with Mack Brown
    1-Sep - 5-7p CT - Texas GameDay live
    1-Sep - 7-10p CT - Texas Football – Wyoming vs. Texas live
    1-Sep - 10-11:30p  CT - Texas GameDay Final live

  • Triple threat on ground set to pace Horns attack

    With the ongoing quarterback carousel engulfing all the hype around this year’s Longhorns football team, a position arguably just as important could sustain a debate of its own. For the first time in a while, the running back position is loaded with talent for the Longhorns.

    Returning lettermen Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron look to handle the bulk of the carries, complemented by freshman standout Johnathan Gray. With both Brown and Bergeron listed as co-starters, what will be the deciding factor on which player stays in the game longer? If you look back at the stats from 2011 and define a “quality carry” as a carry of four yards or more, a first down or a touchdown, the go-to running back is fairly inconclusive.

    For the entire 2011 football season, Brown was handed the ball 172 times and turned 87 of those handoffs into quality carries, a 51 percent success rate. Bergeron was called upon 72 times, converting 43 carries into successful endeavors, a 60 percent rate. With these statistics, the answer is clear: Bergeron should be the most-used back this season. However, if you dive further into individual game statistics and account for Brown running the ball 100 more times than Bergeron, that might not necessarily be the case.

    Against Top 10 teams Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Brown converted 17 successful carries out of 36 attempts for a 47 percent rate, while Bergeron only handled the ball three times, rushed for -3 yards — with a long of 2 — for a zero percent success rate. While that looks good on paper for Brown, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State had the 43rd and 90th ranked rushing defenses in the nation respectively in 2011. The debate carries on.

    What about the Holiday Bowl?

    Quarterback David Ash proved himself to the Longhorn faithful as a reliable signal caller; however, Brown and Bergeron — each hampered by nagging injuries — didn’t do a lot to carry their individual momentum into 2012. Brown made five out his 13 carries quality, rushing for 35 yards, while Bergeron created one out of three, with a 7-yard burst, and 9 total yards on the evening.

    Both backs missed three games apiece last season, which isn’t unusual for freshmen adjusting to the speed of college football. When returning post-injury, Brown proved less reliable, converting 13 of 41 carries, a 32 percent success rate, while Bergeron turned six of 12 into successful attempts. If you’re still in a summer daze, that’s 50 percent.

    Most people don’t look at these numbers when deciding which running back they prefer. For most, it boils down to who had more yards and who had more touchdowns. Brown had 742 yards, while Bergeron had 463. Each back had five scores on the year.

    Nothing will be solved until the Longhorns hit the field against Wyoming Saturday, and it doesn’t need to be. Having two quality running backs is a blessing for any team in this day and age. Add in one of the best prep-running backs in high school football history in Gray, and you have one of the most dominant rushing attacks in the country.

  • Tucker earns starting spot, Cundiff cut

    The Ravens announced that the team has cut kicker Billy Cundiff. Now, that starting spot belongs to former Longhorn and NFL rookie Justin Tucker.

    Cundiff, a veteran and Pro Bowler in 2010, missed a potential game-tying 32-yard field goal in the last few seconds of the AFC Championship game last season. He missed ten field goals last season.

    Tucker signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent.

    Tucker took over the kicking duties in the Raven’s preseason game against the Jaguars on Thursday. He made both a 33 and a 53-yard field goal during the game. He went 5 for 5 in preseason games.

    Tucker finished his career at Texas as one of the team’s most decorated kickers. He completed .833 percent of his field goals during his career at Texas.

  • Ash named starting quarterback

    Head coach Mack Brown named David Ash as the starting quarterback for the team’s season opener against Wyoming on Sept. 1.

    When it comes to the quarterback position on Texas’ depth chart, seeing an “or” between Ash’s and Case McCoy’s name is very common. But not this time.

    “[Ash] ended up having a little edge, that was it,” Brown said.

    But both quarterbacks will play, according to Brown.

    “We are not hesitant to put either one of them in the game but David will start,” Brown said.

    The coaches are not sure about how they will split playing time between the two. He said the coaches will probably determine how they would utilize both players next Thursday.

    Brown hoped the two quarterbacks would compete over the summer and push one another. He said they are both more accurate and more confident.

    ‘They’re both much better than they were at this time last year in our estimation. David hadn’t taken a snap and Case had taken nine snaps the year before,” Brown said. “We also feel like both of them have been really good leaders.”

    Brown said the quarterbacks have only thrown two interceptions during scrimmages during preseason practice thus far. Last year Ash threw eight interceptions and McCoy threw four.

    “I think it’s ideal to have both guys playing at a high level,” said co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin. “That’s what you want. It creates competition. It makes the team around them better.”

  • Tight ends compete

    Over the past couple seasons, a reliable tight end has been difficult to find for the Longhorns. Especially with the graduation of Blaine Irby, co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is in need of someone to be consistent in the position.

    Though it’s not clear who is leading the pack, he mentioned that D.J. Grant and M.J. McFarland are doing well.

    But during the team’s scrimmage on Sunday, he witnessed Greg Daniels’ improvement. A former defensive lineman, Daniels is new to the offensive side of the ball.

    Daniels, who appeared in three games last year on defense as a redshirt freshman, displayed his finesse at the new position on Sunday.

    “Just his footwork, and for a guy that hasn’t played the position very long. I thought he played with low pad level. I thought he showed some of his strength and his size out there in some of the run game stuff,” Harsin said.

    He injured his shoulder earlier this year and missed spring practice. But, Harsin said he is beginning to understand his tight end role better.

    “So he’s a guy that’s just starting to come on, and things are starting to click. And you can just feel like he’s starting to understand what his role can be for us,” Harsin said.

    But, being new to the position, he will face competition from the veterans.

    Grant finished last season with 16 receptions for 180 yards. Harsin said he and the other tight ends are working on specific aspects of their games to improve on. The team is currently needs a tight end that is strong in both blocking and catching aspects of the position.

    The position is a work in progress.

    “We’re balancing all those things out, but there are going to be roles where guys play and they come in and their job, first of all, is to set the edge or their job is to get vertical up the field. Then you start to mix and match your personnel so you’re not being predictable out there,” Harsin said.

    On Aug. 11, head coach Mack Brown announced on Twitter that wide receiver Miles Onyegbule would be given a shot at the position.

    “Decided 2day we're gonna give Miles Onyegbule a good look @ TE starting this PM. Big, strong, great hands. Really think he can help us there,” Brown tweeted.

    Onyegbule made four catches for 51 yards as a freshman last season.

    “I feel like that position is getting better and better,” Harsin said.

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