Former Longhorn quarterback Connor Brewer announced via Twitter Monday night that he had committed to the University of Arizona. Brewer elected to transfer from Texas earlier this month.
"I have committed to the University of Arizona! So excited to play for Coach Rodriguez," Brewer tweeted Monday night. "More great things to come for this program soon."
According to NCAA transfer rules, Brewer will be required to sit out the 2013 season and will be eligible to play at Arizona starting in 2014. Brewer came to Texas in 2012 from Chaparral High School in Arizona as one of the nation's top quarterbacks. He was a redshirt freshman for Texas and did not play in 2012.
Texas head coach Mack Brown granted Brewer an unconditional release from his scholarship to allow Brewer to look at possible schools. The unconditional transfer policy at Texas is one of the more permissive policies in college football. Check out last week's story, Transferring unrestricted for horns, for more on the transfer policy at Texas in comparison to other programs in the NCAA.
Newly minted senior Mandy Ogle was named to the Women’s International All-Star Team at last week’s Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.It was the San Antonio native’s second summer in a row playing in the tournament for the California A’s. She was the only member of the A’s chosen for the elite squad.
The All-Star team was chosen after round-robin play of the tournament, with Ogle hitting .444 for that particular part of the event. She contributed to the A’s record 2-3 in pool play, highlighted with an 8-1 win over Japan (who eventually went on to win the tournament). Ogle was 1-for-1 against Japan, and was hit by a pitch, driving in three runs. She also had two hits against Canada and a hit against Team USA.
During Ogle's junior year at Texas, she started 60 of 61 games for the Longhorns as catcher, recorded new career highs in runs batted (41) and home runs (four), and matched her previous personal bests with 43 hits and 22 runs scored. She was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region Second Team.
Texas announced Monday that the Longhorn Network would air the Longhorns' game against Kansas on Saturday Nov. 2. The Longhorn Network will also air games against New Mexico State on Aug. 31 and Ole Miss on Sept. 14.
Longhorn Network's GameDay will begin two hours prior to kickoff, broadcasted from DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore wide receiver Cayleb Jones has elected to transfer, Texas announced Wednesday night. Jones, an Austin native who graduated from Austin High School, was given an unconditional release by Texas.
"We've really enjoyed being a part of the Texas program," Robert Jones, Cayleb Jones' father, said in a press release Wednesday evening. "We've talked about the situation as a family and we think it's best for Cayleb to get a fresh start and transfer to another school."
As a freshman in 2012, Jones played as a backup receiver in 11 games and finished the season with one 10-yard run and two receptions totaling 35 yards.
"Cayleb is looking for a fresh start," Texas head coach Mack Brwon said in a press release Wednesday. "We understand that and are appreciative of everything he did for Texas. We will support him as he moves forward and wish him the best of luck in the future."
Cayleb Jones was suspended in June after an incident in downtown Austin. Jones allegedly punched fellow Longhorn Joseph Swaysland, a tennis player who was dating Khat Bell, a volleyball player who had been in a previous relationship with Jones. Swaysland, a junior, had a fractured jaw.
Jones was originally charged with felony assault, but the charge were dropped to a misdemeanor this spring. He was suspended indefinitely from the team, but when the charges were reduced, Jones was only suspended for the 2013 fall opener against New Mexico State.
DALLAS -- Going into last December’s Alamo Bowl against Oregon State, Texas was coming off losses to TCU and Kansas State to end its regular season. Although it was not publicly known, David Ash was nursing broken ribs.
But he wasn’t going to let that keep him from helping the Longhorns end the season with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Beavers. Before erasing a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit that night, Ash sat down with head coach Mack Brown, a conversation he remembers vividly.
“Who’s your favorite pro quarterback?” Brown asked.
“I really like Tom Brady,” Ash said.
“Well, why do you like Tom Brady?” Brown asked his sophomore quarterback.
“Well, I just think he’s good,” Ash responded.
“You’ve bought into him. You think he’s going to win the game,” Brown told Ash. “You have to make your teammates buy into you just like everybody buys into Tom Brady and you have to do something that makes them think that something good’s about to happen.”
After two years going back and forth between backup and starter, the team is his. It’s been his since the 31-27 triumph over Oregon State when he channeled his inner Tom Brady and solidified himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12.
“His comeback in the Alamo Bowl really helped with our team, with his confidence, and I think he’ll have a big year,” Brown said. “He’s leading the team much better and they believe in him right now.”
The only two quarterbacks to lead Texas to a Big 12 title and national championship game appearance – Vince Young and Colt McCoy – made tremendous leaps from their sophomore to junior seasons.
Young threw for 1,849 yards, 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while completing 59.2 percent of his passes as a sophomore in 2004 before drastically improving his passing numbers the following year. In 2005, Young became the first Division I-A quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and run for another 1,000, completing 65.2 percent of his passes while throwing 26 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions. Texas won its first national title in 35 years that season.
McCoy threw for 22 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while completing 65.1 percent of his throws – all career-worsts – as a sophomore in 2007. The next year, McCoy was brilliant, posting a 76.7 completion percentage while racking up 3,859 yards, 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
“There were times last year he played like Colt and he played like Vince and looked as good as anybody in the country,” Brown said. “And then there were other times when he struggled some. But we think we’ve got better players around him now. We should be better in the offensive line. He is much more confident than at any time.”
Ash worked with McCoy and Young this offseason, refining his mechanics and taking valuable advice on his leadership skills. He’s hoping to make the same improvement between his sophomore and junior seasons that McCoy and Young did.
“To be mentioned in the same sentence as those guys would be quite an honor,” Ash said. “[Vince] said you don’t have to be anybody you’re not. You just have to be you. Just make sure you’re always visible and you’re available to your teammates…With Colt, I learned a lot about fundamentals. Colt’s a technician with his feet. We have a similar style. He’s a footwork guy. He’s accurate. He’s got good timing. He’s smart. He makes plays with his feet. That’s the same way I want to play.”
Ash is one of two quarterbacks with 18 career starts under his belt, the other being TCU’s Casey Pachall, who returns to the Horned Frogs after unenrolling from the school and completing a substance abuse rehabilitation program last year. Pachall was not among the two quarterbacks at Big 12 Media Days this week (Ash and Kansas’ Jake Heaps, who has yet to play a down for the Jayhawks since transferring from BYU in 2011).
“A lot of the teams have had their guy and now they’re starting to work on a new guy,” Ash said. “That doesn’t mean that guy’s not going to be good. It just means he hasn’t earned the right to come to Big 12 Media Days. That’s all that means. That means I’ve been here two years. I’m thankful my coaches thought I’d earned the right to come to Big 12 Media Days.”
Texas has lofty goals this season, winning the Big 12 and contending for a national title among them. These are feats accomplished by the Longhorns only with Young and McCoy under center. Ash has taken their advice to heart and is looking to deliver Texas to the same heights they did.