Texas offers 5-star 2019 RB Trey Sanders

Tom Herman and Texas football are continuing to target elite backfield talent in the 2019 recruiting cycle.

Texas Longhorns football offered five-star 2019 running back Trey Sanders on Thursday, according to Sanders’ Twitter.

Sanders is the No. 1 ranked running back and No. 10 overall player in the class of 2019. He has been committed to Alabama since April 2016, but also holds offers from Florida State, Auburn, and Oklahoma, to name a few.

The IMG Academy junior stands at 5’11, 216 pounds and racked up 704 yards on 76 carries (9.3 YPC) and scored 10 rushing touchdowns in 2017. He is also a receiving threat, as Sanders caught seven passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Sanders is the second IMG Academy running back the ‘Horns have offered in the 2019 class, as Texas is also in pursuit of five-star teammate Noah Cain. In total, the ‘Horns have offered five running backs in the 2019 class.

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Texas offers 4-star 2019 WR Jake Smith

The high-level out-of-state pass-catcher picked up an offer during his unofficial visit.

As part of what’s set to be another loaded visit weekend on the Forty Acres, 2019 Notre Dame Preparatory (Az.) wide receiver Jake Smith arrived in Austin for an unofficial visit.

The rising Arizona product will be returning west with an offer from the Texas Longhorns in hand, he announced on Twitter.

A four-star prospect, Smith’s Texas offer is now his 19th, as he also holds invitations from Alabama, Arizona, UCLA, Washington State, Wisconsin and Penn State, among others. Furthermore, Smith now becomes the seventh 2019 wide receiver to pick up an offer from the Longhorns, and joins four-star Saint Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic product Marcus Washington as the two out-of-state talents Texas is in pursuit of.

A versatile offensive weapon, Smith totaled 118 carries for 1,135 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, in addition to hauling in 33 receptions for 1,055 yards and 15 more scores.

A 6’1, 185-pound talent, Smith is ranked as the nation’s No. 176 player, No. 30 wide receiver and the No. 3 player in Arizona, per the 247Sports Composite.

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Video: Longhorn for Life Travis Jones returns to graduate – University of Texas

Longhorn for Life and Texas Baseball alum Travis Jones was drafted by and signed with the Kansas City Royals this past June following his junior season on the Forty Acres. On Saturday, after several months in professional baseball, he graduated with a degree in finance from the Red McCombs School of Business. 

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Request Your Tickets to the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – University of Texas

Purchase your bowl tickets at TexasSports.com/TexasBowl and secure a good seat within the Texas contingent.

The Longhorns have an opportunity to finish year one of the Tom Herman era on a high note with a victory over Missouri. Come and join the rest of Longhorn nation in Houston for the Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl and cheer on the Horns. 

Other gameday activities include:

TexFest Pregame Party

Show up early for the TexFest Pregame Party featuring live entertainment, food and family activities leading up to the team arrival and entry into the stadium.

H-E-B Tailgater of the Game

For those interested in tailgating, H-E-B will send judges around the stadium parking lots looking for the best tailgate set-up.  The winning tailgate will be recognized on the video board and receive an H-E-B gift card.

Spirit Walk

Cheer on the Longhorns as they enter the stadium at the South Plaza entrance of NRG Stadium.

Please be advised that the clear bag policy is in effect at the Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl.

Get more details about the Academy Sports & Outdoors Texas Bowl

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Dickson, Elliott named unanimous first team All-Americans – University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Michael Dickson and DeShon Elliott were named unanimous first team All-Americans by the NCAA on Thursday. The University of Texas has now had 22 unanimous All-Americans in school history, and 60 players have been named consensus All-Americans.

Texas is one of only three teams with multiple unanimous All-Americans and one of five teams with at least two consensus All-Americans. 

With all five All-America teams now released in 2017, a total of 144 Longhorns have earned 187 All-America honors in the history of the program. UT is one of 10 teams in the nation to have at least 60 consensus All-Americans. With both Dickson and Elliott being named first team All-Americans, a total of 95 players have earned 117 first team All-America honors in Texas Football history.

A total of 22 players (25 times) have been named a unanimous All-American in Texas Football history.

Scott Appleton, T (1963)
Justin Blalock, OL (2006)
Earl Campbell, RB (1977)
Michael Dickson, P (2017)
DeShon Elliott, S (2017)
Jerry Gray, DB (1984)
Michael Huff, CB/S (2005)
Quentin Jammer, CB (2001)
Derrick Johnson, LB (2004)
Johnnie Johnson, DB (1978-79)
Colt McCoy, QB (2009)
Bud McFadin, G (1950)
Steve McMichael, DT (1979)
Brian Orakpo, DE (2008)
James Saxton, RB (1961)
Jonathan Scott, OT (2005)
Brad Shearer, DT (1977)
Kenneth Sims, DT (1981)
Jerry Sisemore, OT (1971-72)
Johnny Treadwell, G (1962)
Ricky Williams, RB (1997-98)
Bill Wyman, C (1973)

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Football to play Missouri in Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – University of Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas – The University of Texas Football program has accepted an invitation to represent the Big 12 Conference in the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 at NRG Stadium in Houston. Kickoff against Missouri will be at 8:00 p.m. CT on ESPN.

“We’re really excited to be headed to the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl and facing an old Big 12 opponent in Missouri,” head coach Tom Herman said. “I know the bowl staff there runs a first class operation, and the city of Houston will be excited to have the Longhorns in town. For our team, it will be an added bonus that so many of their friends and family will have a chance to see them play, and I’m sure our fans will help fill NRG Stadium. We’re hard at work in Austin now getting ready for the game, and look forward to getting to Houston for bowl week in a couple of weeks.”

Texas and Missouri have played 23 times, with the Longhorns owning a 17-6 all-time record. The two schools last met in 2011. The Longhorns and Tigers, once Big 12 Conference foes, have met just once previously in a bowl game – a 40-27 Longhorn victory in the 1946 Cotton Bowl. UT has won 15 of the last 17 meetings against Missouri, dating back to 1931.  

The Longhorns feature one of the nation’s top defensive units, as they are tied for the national lead in non-offensive touchdowns (seven), defensive touchdowns (six) and interceptions returned for a touchdown (five). Texas leads the Big 12 in third- and fourth-down defense, defensive touchdowns and first downs defense, while ranking second in interceptions, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, sacks, total defense and turnovers gained.

Despite facing seven teams ranked in the Top 36 for scoring offense, including the third- and fourth-ranked teams, Texas has allowed just 21.7 points per game and ranks 31st in that category. That marks significant improvement from a season ago, when Texas ranked 90th in scoring defense.

The Longhorns’ vast defensive improvement has been evident by their rushing defense and ability to get teams off the field in crucial downs. Texas ranks sixth nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 105.7 yards per game on the ground. The Longhorns have held seven of their 12 opponents under 100 yards rushing, the most at UT since doing so 10 times in 2009. UT ranks fourth nationally in third-down defense (.276) and eighth nationally in fourth-down defense (.300), significant improvements from a season ago when they ranked 51st and 52nd, respectively.

Overall, defensively, the Longhorns are ranked 42nd, allowing just 363.6 yards per game despite having played five teams ranked in the Top 17 in total offense.

Three Longhorns were named Big 12 Players of the Year just last Thursday. Senior captain Poona Ford was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, while junior punter Michael Dickson was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Junior linebacker Malik Jefferson was the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Youth leads the way on the offensive side of the ball, as the Longhorns’ top two passers, top two rushers and top three receivers are all sophomores or younger. At quarterback, sophomore Shane Buechele (six) and freshman Sam Ehlinger (six) combined to start all 12 games. At running back, true freshman Daniel Young started the final four games of the season, while sophomore Kyle Porter (three) and freshman Toneil Carter (two) also made starts this season.

True sophomores Collin Johnson (eight) and Lil’Jordan Humphrey (seven) led the way at receiver, while redshirt freshman Reggie Hemphill-Mapps (two) and sophomore Devin Duvernay (one) each made starts also. On the offensive line, true freshman Derek Kerstetter started each of the final nine games at right tackle, while sophomores Zach Shackelford (seven) and Denzel Okafor (four) also made significant impacts on the line. At tight end, true freshman Cade Brewer started three games before a season-ending injury late in the year.

Longhorn Bowl Notes

• The 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will mark UT’s 54th all-time bowl appearance, the second-most in college football history. The Longhorns own a bowl record of 27-24-3.

• Texas and Missouri will meet for the 24th time. The Longhorns own a 17-6 advantage, including a win in the 1946 Cotton Bowl, the only other time the two schools have met in a bowl game.

• Texas will be playing an SEC opponent for the 22nd time in a bowl game. The Longhorns own a record of 12-8-1 in bowl games against current SEC members. The Longhorns’ most common SEC opponent is Alabama (4-1-1 record).

• This year’s Texas Bowl marks the second consecutive bowl trip UT has taken to the Texas Bowl, following a loss to Arkansas in the 2014 Texas Bowl.

• The 2017 Texas Bowl marks the eighth time Texas has played a bowl game in Houston. The Longhorns made six appearances in the now defunct Bluebonnet Bowl, with a record of 3-2-1. Texas played in the final Bluebonnet Bowl game, a 32-27 win over Pittsburgh on Dec. 31, 1987.

• This year’s bowl game will mark the 37th time the Longhorns’ have played inside the state of Texas, with a record of 18-16-2. Texas has played in the Cotton Bowl 22 times (11-10-1 record), the Bluebonnet Bowl six times (3-2-1), the Sun Bowl four times (2-2), the Alamo Bowl three times (2-1) and the Texas Bowl once (0-1).

• UT had a school-record stretch of 12 straight bowl appearances from 1998-2009, which bested the previous mark of nine straight from 1977-85.

About the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences, for the next three years. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over the years. The game has ranked fourth in attendance since 2014 behind only the Rose, Cotton and Peach Bowls in that time. In terms of its community impact, the bowl has generated an average of $50 million annually for the Houston economy and through its relationship with DePelchin Children’s Center, its official charitable beneficiary, more than $1.2 million in financial support has been donated to the city’s oldest children’s charity.

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Women’s Basketball hosts No. 12 Florida State Sunday – University of Texas

Join head coach Karen Aston and No. 8 Texas Women’s Basketball as they welcome No. 12 Florida State to the Frank Erwin Center on Sunday, Dec. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in a national FS1 broadcast.

The first 1,000 fans at Sunday’s contest receive a free T-shirt featuring senior guard and reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Brooke McCarty.

Following the game, the Texas staff and student-athletes invite kids to improve their basketball skills by taking part in the annual Longhorns Kids Clinic.

The hour-long clinic is open to all youth (8th grade and under) and begins approximately 10 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

Clinic Information

  • Texas coaches and student-athletes will instruct young Longhorns (8th grade and under) during the clinic session.
  • Parents/guardians are encouraged to pre-register participants by emailing name, age and grade to matthew.hay@athletics.utexas.edu.
  • Dress in athletic clothing and wear gym-appropriate shoes.
  • Parents/guardians must complete a waiver (which can be found at Section 44 on the concourse) in order for their child to participate in the clinic.

Participants and chaperones are required to have a ticket to the game. To purchase tickets, please visit TexasSports.com. Please note that due to the clinic, there will be no postgame Fast Break Club meeting.

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Diving trio advances to finals at USA Diving Winter Nationals – University of Texas

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Texas advanced three divers to their respective finals Thursday on day two of the 2017 USA Diving Winter National Championships. 

On the men’s side, freshman Jordan Windle and sophomore Grayson Campbell advanced to Saturday’s three-meter final with plenty of room to spare. Windle totaled 780.80 points through the preliminary and semifinal rounds to place second heading into Saturday’s final.

Campbell, an All-American on three-meter at the 2017 NCAA Championships, picked up 687.40 points for eighth place heading into Saturday’s final. 

UT redshirt junior Murphy Bromberg moved on to Saturday’s women’s platform final with her third-place total of 593.05 points through Thursday’s preliminary and semifinal rounds.

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No. 14 Soccer’s Glenn earns United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America – University of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – The academic honors keep pouring in for Texas soccer junior midfielder Katie Glenn as the Round Rock, Texas, native has earned United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s Scholar Third Team All-American honors according to a Thursday release from the organization.

With her selection, Glenn becomes just the seventh Longhorns player to be chosen as a Scholar All-American by the United Soccer Coaches (ninth overall nod), joining Texas-Exes Kelly Wilson (2004 – second team), Kelly McDonald (2004 – third team), Amy Burlingham (2005 – second team), Kelsey Carpenter (2006 & 2007 – first team), Stephanie Logterman (2007 – first team, 2008 – second team) and Abby Smith (2014 – third team).

Glenn continues to add to an already impressive array of accomplishments from the 2017 campaign including United Soccer Coaches Scholar First Team All-West Region, United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-South Region, All-Big 12 Conference First Team and Academic All-Big 12 Conference First Team honors.

Possessing a 3.4 GPA in health promotion, Glenn was a leader in the midfield for the Burnt Orange & White during the 2017 season. While starting all 21 matches and playing 1,714 of 2,005 possible minutes, she finished the season ranked third on the team in goals (five) and total points (13). A true clutch performer, Glenn finished in a dead-lock for fourth in the Big 12 Conference with three match-winning scores that downed Sacramento State, No. 25 Colorado and Baylor. She was tabbed as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career back on Sept. 12, after scoring two goals and dishing an assist for five combined points during victories over Northeastern and the nationally-ranked Buffaloes. Over her career, Glenn has now started 40 of 51 matches played and totaled eight career goals and four assists.

Student-athletes receiving Scholar All-America recognition at the NCAA Division I level must have met the following criteria: possess at least a 3.30 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or better throughout her career, have started more than 50% of all games while contributing significantly to her team, be nominated by the head coach/Sports Information Director of a current College Services member institution and be a junior or above in academic standing.

Players on this year’s Scholar All-America Teams will be formally acknowledged for their accomplishments on the field and in the classroom at the All-America Luncheon on Jan. 20, 2018, in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Remembering Longhorn Legend Tommy Nobis – University of Texas

PHOTOS: Tommy Nobis
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A Longhorn Legend who was the first-ever draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 1965, Tommy Nobis passed away on Wednesday morning.

He played for the Longhorns from 1963-65 and was inducted into the Longhorn Men’s Hall of Honor in 1976. His No. 60 is retired by both The University of Texas and the Atlanta Falcons, as he joins Earl Campbell, Bobby Layne, Ricky Williams, Vince Young and Colt McCoy as the only Longhorns to have their jerseys retired at UT. He was Texas’ first-ever No. 1 overall draft pick.

At Texas, Nobis was an offensive guard and linebacker on the 1963 Longhorn team which claimed UT’s first national championship. He went on to earn every honor available to a lineman during the next two seasons, even though a knee injury would slow him down in 1965. He won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s best player and the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best lineman. He was a two-time All-American (1964-65) and a three-time All-Southwest Conference honoree (1963-65).

In eleven professional seasons, he led the Falcons in tackles nine times, went to five Pro Bowls (one in 1972 after two knee surgeries), was named All-Pro twice and was chosen for the NFL’s “All-Decade Team” for the 1960s despite playing on a team that won only 16 games in their first five years of existence. As the first member of the Atlanta Falcons, he gained the nickname of “Mr. Falcon.” In his first season, he was not only chosen the NFL Rookie of the Year and voted to the Pro Bowl, but amassed 294 tackles, which still stands as an NFL record.

After his playing days, Nobis remained loyal to the Falcons, working in the front office for nearly 40 years after his 11-year playing career.

Nobis is a member of the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame, in addition to the Longhorn Men’s Hall of Honor. He is also in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame.

Former Teammate Mike Perrin: “Tommy Nobis was an icon not just at The University of Texas, but in all of college football. More than that to me, though, he was a friend. He was a real treasure who personified greatness as a player and a human being. The Longhorn family celebrates his life well lived, even as we grieve his passing.”

Legendary Longhorn Coach Mack Brown: “We lost a great Longhorn in Tommy Nobis. When you’re one of the six numbers retired in the long, proud history of Texas Football, your legacy is something special. Coach Royal told me many times that Tommy was one of the best players he had ever coached or seen. He was as physically dominant of a linebacker as the game will ever have. I was so lucky to get to know him and he was truly as special of a person as he was a player. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed.”

Texas Football Head Coach Tom Herman: “It’s a sad day with the passing of Tommy Nobis. His accomplishments, memories and legacy are a huge part of our program. He was a National Champion, National Player of the Year, an NFL All-Pro and one of the best linebackers to ever strap on a helmet. The conversation of the greatest players in Texas Football history will always include his name. He is a true Longhorn Legend. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

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