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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Play hard, practice hard, but don’t talk about it — that’s the Poona Ford Way

Poona Ford almost didn’t make it here. Back in South Carolina, two years into high school, he was ready to trade in his football threads for a different type of uniform. “I would have gone to the Marines,” Ford said. It made sense. Ford served in the ROTC at Hilton … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas in the SEC? Shoulda, coulda but doubtful anytime soon

Texas blew it. The Longhorns had the SEC in the palm of their hands. Or an invite, anyway. And said no. At a time in the Big 12’s checkered 21-year history when three new head football coaches will be patrolling the sidelines this fall, Bob Stoops no longer works here … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: The return of the Big 12 title game is as much about money as it is prestige, CFP

The Big 12 has brought back its conference title game to become a bigger player in national circles. And for the money. Don’t let them fool you. If it’s not a revenue producer then why waste your time? It’s just one more game and it allows the conference to stack … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas has Top 25 talent, but Top 25 depth? That’s another story

My question was simple enough. Does Tom Herman think he has Top 25 talent on this Texas football team? Following a short pause, the first-year head coach said, “I think our starting 22 could play with anybody in the country. Would we win every game? I didn’t say that. We … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Todd Orlando, Texas’ first $1 million assistant, will let his defense do the talking

Plain and simple, Todd Orlando doesn’t like to talk about himself. At all. Oh, he’s cordial enough. And he’s not shy. He’s just straightforward and completely blunt. Pry just a little into his life, growing up in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh as the youngest son of a plant … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Is Tim Beck as others promised to Tom Herman? This new Texas offense sure hopes so

Tim Beck enjoys an explosive offensive play like any offensive coordinator, but it’s not the only part of football that gets him excited. For one, he’s a real fan of a tough-minded consistency, which in most cases leads to long-term success. Lightning strikes can turn games around, but a constant … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas making strides at defense, QB

Tom Herman was in a really good mood. Might not mean a thing or it might be a very good sign, especially after he lost both his starting right tackle and his best tight end to perhaps season-ending injuries and as he is still waiting for one of his top … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas in the Top 20? Alabama not at No. 1? Defending my AP preseason Top 25 ballot

I filled out my Associated Press Top 25 preseason football ballot a couple of weeks ago, and as usual I didn’t start it off with Alabama. It’s tradition. Well, four years in a row if that counts as tradition. I did break with tradition in one way. You will find … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: His coaching and his foresight made Arkansas’ Frank Broyles a giant on the field

College football has lost a true icon in Frank Broyles, and Arkansas has lost a state treasure. Frank Broyles was the Arkansas Razorbacks. He ruled them as a highly successful coach and powerful athletic director for more than five decades until his death on Monday. I don’t think Broyles ever quite got … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Perrin rewrites his legacy if he reignites Longhorns-Aggies rivalry

Mike Perrin, here’s your chance. Don’t blow it. Pick up the phone and get ‘er done. Schedule the Aggies. Now. Today. Maybe sooner. Do it before lunch. And, Mike, tell your president you’re going to do it. It should be the AD’s decision anyway. Call up Aggies AD Scott Woodward … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Reese Leitao paying his dues as he needs to

Corby Meekins has known Reese Leitao for a minute. Or two. Months actually. “I started recruiting Reese when I was at Houston,” the new Texas tight ends coach, who came here with Tom Herman’s Cougars staff, said of the Longhorn freshman. “So I’ve known Reese close to 20 months.” At … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Fathom this — Texas will put the special back into special teams this year

If I could almost guarantee that Tom Herman will fix one area of the Texas football team, it will be the special teams. He understands the importance, as did Darrell Royal and Fred Akers long before him. “This is one-third of the game,” Herman said emphatically of special … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas displays toughness in opening week of camp

Under Charlie Strong, “We’re Texas” became “Were Texas” in national circles. Tom Herman, what will you bring? Well, after spring football, a long summer of conditioning and one week of Camp Herman, toughness is a popular term over on the Forty. Herman actually let some excitement slip out after Saturday’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Drayton second in command

Tom Herman made thing one clear on Saturday after the first Texas scrimmage of training camp. Stan Drayton is second in command. The Longhorns associate head coach and running backs coach, who came from the Chicago Bears where he coached that position, would assume control if as one inquiring reporter … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

When it comes to Texas’ $8,700 lockers, size matters — as does customizing, stainless steel, glowing in the dark and 43-inch TVs

Sam Allen quit playing football his sophomore year at Trinity Cedar Hill. Too small. At 5-foot-8 and maybe 120 pounds after a second breakfast taco, he tried his hand at cornerback and wide receiver until he just didn’t think he measured up. So he turned to soccer instead. But that … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Why is Tom Herman smiling? … and other musings from Friday’s practice

Tom Herman’s in a good mood these days. When he was asked if it made him a little nervous that he was being so complimentary about how his Texas team has performed in the first five days of practice, the new Longhorns coach sheepishly said, “Yeah.” But then he added, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Out of the shadows, DeShon Elliott is fighting for a starting safety spot

For the first half of his collegiate football career, DeShon Elliott has been known for mainly two things. There was the pseudo-melee at Baylor in 2015, complete with the Elliott punches that never connected. And the helmet-rattling play in the end zone against Notre Dame that included the Elliott blow … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: No. 23? Now that’s progress for Texas

Tom Herman has yet to coach a game for Texas. And already the Longhorns are ranked. At least by other coaches, including Herman, who’s one of the voting coaches in the poll for the first time since he didn’t vote in the two seasons he was at Houston. That represents … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Time for Malik to be Malik

We got our first glimpse of the former face of the Texas football program after Wednesday’s practice. It’s a familiar and friendly face. Malik Jefferson, the most prominent recruit of Charlie Strong’s three seasons at Texas, appeared before a media throng and was his usual cheerful, positive … Read More

Joe Harrington

American-Statesman Staff

FROM THE ARCHIVES (Dec. 3, 1991): KELSO: Big Steve would light a fire under the lollygagging Horns

By John Kelso The perfect replacement for David McWilliams, as any South Austin Bubba could tell you? How about Big Steve Helton, 57, owner of Big Steve’s Gym at 1126 S. Lamar Blvd.? Some fans will call for a big name like, say, Lou Holtz. Others may insist on a … Read More