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By Steven Lassan, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Texas’ Big 12 title hopes took a hit on Saturday night, as running back Johnathan Gray was lost for the season with an Achilles injury. Gray rushed for 780 yards and four touchdowns on 159 attempts in 2013.
With Gray sidelined, the Longhorns will lean more on Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron. Although Gray is the team’s best back, Brown and Bergeron are more than capable of leading the Texas’ ground attack.
Gray’s injury wasn’t the only setback Texas suffered against West Virginia. Defensive tackle Chris Whaley was also lost for the year.
The injuries come at the worst time of the year for Texas. The Longhorns have three tough games remaining: Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Baylor.
Texas RB Johnathan Gray (Achilles) and DT Chris Whaley (knee) both ruled out for the season.— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) November 10, 2013
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 days ago
According to several media reports, Texas is set to hire Arizona State’s Steve Patterson as its next athletic director. Patterson graduated from Texas’ Law School in 1984 and edged West Virginia’s Oliver Luck for the job.
Patterson will replace DeLoss Dodds, who is set to retire in August 2014. At Arizona State, Patterson has helped to start a project for renovating Sun Devil Stadium and signed coach Todd Graham to an extension in early September.
Patterson was hired as Arizona State’s athletic director on March 28, 2012.
Patterson has experience in several different areas, including stints with the Texans (1997-2003) and in the NBA with the Rockets (1989-93) and in Portland (2003-07).
Although he has been successful at each stop, Patterson did not hire Graham at Arizona State and this will be his first experience hiring a collegiate coach. Considering Texas is the top job in the nation, Patterson should not have a shortage of interested candidates - provided Mack Brown does not return in 2013.
BREAKING: ASU's Steve Patterson will be next AD at Texas. "Done," says high ranking Texas official. http://t.co/GlcmY9D7fl— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) November 5, 2013
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Texas quarterback Case McCoy was destroyed by Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker in the first half of the Red River Rivalry.
Check out this hit, which might be one of the biggest of the 2013 season:
By Athlon Sports, 2 months 3 days ago
Texas quarterback David Ash has been ruled out for next Saturday’s game against Oklahoma.
The junior suffered a concussion in Texas’ 40-21 loss at BYU on Sept. 7 and sat out the Longhorns’ 44-23 defeat to Ole Miss on Sept. 14.
Ash returned against Kansas State but was forced to leave the game early and did not play in the 31-30 win over Iowa State on Thursday night.
With Ash sidelined, Texas will go with Case McCoy at quarterback once again. McCoy has thrown for 574 yards and two scores this season but missed several throws in the win over the Cyclones.
Will Texas pull the redshirt off of freshman Tyrone Swoopes?
Oklahoma has dominated the Longhorns in the last two seasons, and not having Ash on the field next weekend only adds to the challenge for Texas.
By Steven Lassan, 2 months 6 days ago
David Ash will miss his second game in the Longhorns' last three after sustaining another head injury in the first half of the Longhorns win over Kansas State two weeks ago. Ash originally suffered a head injury in the Week 2 loss to BYU and sat out the following week’s game against Ole Miss. He returned as the starter for the Kansas State game but was not able to finish. Case McCoy has thrown for 330 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions this year and is expected to start on Thursday night.
By Steven Lassan, 4 months 3 weeks ago
The Big 12 is one of the toughest conferences to predict this preseason. No Big 12 team managed to crack Athlon's projected final top 15 for 2013, as Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU and Oklahoma all ranked between 16-20.
It’s not the biggest indicator when predicting success, but returning starters are an interesting trend to look at before the season starts.
With 17 returning starters, Texas has the most in the Big 12 for 2013. Will that be enough for the Longhorns to get back to a BCS bowl? It's now or never for Mack Brown, especially with the rest of the conference in transition.
Team Offense Defense Overall Baylor 4 7 11 Iowa State 5 4 9 Kansas 3 3 6 Kansas State 8 2 10 Oklahoma 7 4 11 Oklahoma State 5 7 12 TCU 5 9 13 Texas 8 9 17 Texas Tech 4 7 11 West Virginia 4 7 11