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SportsDay Jun 11, 2018
Best of Chuck Carlton: The question that could determine who ends up atop the Big 12

Best of Chuck Carlton: The question that could determine who ends up atop the Big 12

SportsDay Big 12 insider Chuck Carlton writes columns, features, live chat responses and more on SportsDayDFW.com. Here are some of his Big 12 reflections since the football offseason began:Texas Longhorns footballIs the quarterback of the future for the Texas Longhorns on the roster right now? The safest answer: We're not sure. When you look at this decade, the history of Texas quarterbacks is checkered at best from Garrett Gilbert to David Ash to Case McCoy to Tyrone Swoopes to Jerrod Heard to Shane Buechele to Sam Ehlinger. (Did I leave anyone out?) None has proven to be a long-term...
SportsDay Jun 9, 2018
Texas roster rankings, Nos. 20-16: Will Shane Buechele make a leap in his junior season with Longhorns?

Texas roster rankings, Nos. 20-16: Will Shane Buechele make a leap in his junior season with Longhorns?

Editor's note: This article originally published on May 8.With spring practice now in the rear-view mirror, we're spending this week ranking the top 25 players on Texas' 2018 roster. We kicked off our countdown yesterday with players 25-21, and we continue the series today.So which Longhorns cracked the top 20? Here are players 20 through 16 on our list.20. Cade Brewer, sophomore TEAfter hauling in just nine passes in 10 games last season, Brewer could be primed for a potential breakout in 2018. He's displayed strong chemistry with fellow Austin native Sam Ehlinger and could be a major...
SportsDay Jun 7, 2018
Which Longhorns' QB takes more snaps next season: Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele?

Which Longhorns' QB takes more snaps next season: Sam Ehlinger or Shane Buechele?

Chuck Carlton, Big 12 beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the league during a live chat recently. Here are some of the highlights.Question: Which Big 12 football team do you think has the best shot at making some noise in the conference as an underdog?Carlton: Well, the oddsmakers seem to be believing the Texas hype machine. The over-under win odds from Bovada this week had Texas at 8.5 wins -- more than TCU or West Virgnia. Huh? At the same time, we might have reached the show me, don't tell me stage with Texas this decade. When in doubt for...
SportsDay Jun 5, 2018
10 things you may not know about Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, like his propensity for talking trash

10 things you may not know about Texas QB Sam Ehlinger, like his propensity for talking trash

Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger has become a known commodity around the 40 Acres for his exploits on the field, but his story off of it isn't quite as heralded. So what is there to know about Texas' potential starting quarterback in 2018?Here are 10 things to know about the Longhorns' sophomore signal caller.1. Not afraid of trash talkThe Austin native took to Twitter before even stepping on campus in February 2017 and took a jab at former Longhorns safety Dylan Haines. The veteran defensive back poked at Ehlinger for a presumed lack of speed, prompting quite the response from Texas'...
SportsDay May 29, 2018
Texas QB outlook for 2018: Will anyone unseat Sam Ehlinger?

Texas QB outlook for 2018: Will anyone unseat Sam Ehlinger?

Editor's note: This article originally published Feb. 12.The Longhorns never found continuity at quarterback in 2017, splitting time between Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger behind the burnt orange offensive line. And with two more signal callers entering the 40 Acres this fall, Texas' quarterbacks room looks to be as crowded as ever.So how will the Longhorns' QB situation shake out in 2018? Here's a quick breakdown. Key returnees:Sam Ehlinger (Sophomore, 6-2, 230), Shane Buechele (Junior, 6-1, 205)Key losses:N/ANewcomers:Cameron Rising (Newbury Park, CA., 6-2, 209), Casey Thompson (Newcastle,...
SportsDay May 29, 2018
Texas RB outlook for 2018: Will anyone emerge as the bell-cow back?

Texas RB outlook for 2018: Will anyone emerge as the bell-cow back?

Editor's note: This article originally published on Feb. 14.After D’Onta Foreman carried the Longhorns’ backfield to the tune of 2,028 yards in 2016, Texas relied on a committee of running backs last season, and to lesser results. The burnt orange rushed for just 3.6 yards per carry in 2017, with freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger leading the team in rushing.Texas now returns three of its top five rushers next season, and will add a four-star recruit to the mix as well. As fall practice approaches, a running-back-by-committee approach projects to be the move for head coach Tom Herman.So...
SportsDay May 29, 2018

Texas offensive line outlook for 2018: Who will replace Connor Williams?

Editor's note: This article was originally published on Feb. 19The Longhorns scuffled behind an inconsistent offensive line in 2017, one marred by injury and inexperience. Texas lost offensive tackle Connor Williams for extended time in mid-September and never seemed to completely recover. Quarterbacks Sam Ehlinger and Shane Buechele were often smothered within seconds of the snap, and a once-promising running game proved pedestrian.Yes, Williams is now gone to the NFL, but the Longhorns shouldn’t panic about their o-line situation just yet. There’s still experience on the Texas line, and...
SportsDay May 28, 2018
'I know he's watching': How family tragedy helped shape Longhorns QB Sam Ehlinger

'I know he's watching': How family tragedy helped shape Longhorns QB Sam Ehlinger

(Editor's note: This story was originally published October 12, 2017.)AUSTIN -- Sam Ehlinger dreamed of being the Texas quarterback since he was a toddler flashing the Hook 'em Horns in both hands.Since this decade began, Texas fans have longed for a quarterback who can lead the program back to Big 12 contention.For now, the two have come together. Ehlinger is the new hope, a swashbuckling, hard-running freshman with exactly three starts in college headed into Saturday's AT&T Red River Showdown. Then again, Shane Buechele was viewed as the answer last year and Jerrod Heard in 2015. And there...
SportsDay May 25, 2018
5 Texas position battles to watch heading into fall camp: Ehlinger or Buechele as Longhorns' starting QB?

5 Texas position battles to watch heading into fall camp: Ehlinger or Buechele as Longhorns' starting QB?

Texas head coach Tom Herman has a strong depth chart heading into his second season with the Longhorns, one with extensive talent at numerous positions. But Texas' riches at certain spots complicate matters a bit for the coaching staff, creating a slew of position battles heading into fall camp.So which positions are destined for a playing-time fight before the start of the 2018 season? Here are five candidates:QuarterbackWith all due respect to freshmen Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, it should be a two-man race for the starting quarterback spot come opening day. Sophomore Sam Ehlinger...

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