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01/20/18 - (P) - *Michael Dickson, Jr, 6-2, 205
NFL Early Entries: College Winners and Losers: Loser -- TEXAS: Coach Tom Herman, trying to build momentum in his second season, will have to do it without linebacker Malik Jefferson (formerly the cornerstone recruit of the Charlie Strong era), offensive lineman Connor Williams (the top-rated tackle, according to NFLDraftScout.com), cornerback Holton Hill and safety DeShon Elliott. In addition, the nation's best punter, Michael Dickson, gave up his final season of eligibility, too. - Anthony Gimino, The Sports Xchange


01/20/18 - (RB) - *Chris Warren III, Jr, 6-1, 252
NFL Early Entries, LOSERS: Texas...The Longhorns had six underclassmen declare: All-America safety DeShon Elliott, cornerback Holton Hill, offensive tackle Connor Williams, linebacker Malik Jefferson, running back Chris Warren and super punter Michael Dickson. That's a lot for a team that went 7-6 in coach Tom Herman's first season. It would have been nice to have a senior star or two to help lead a bigger turnaround in 2018. - AP College Football


01/18/18 - (QB) - Shane Buechele, So, 6-1, 205
Texas quarterback Shane Buechele will undergo surgery for a torn muscle in his hip and abdomen area but should return in time for spring practice in March. Buechele was the full-time starter as a freshman in 2016 then split starts with freshman Shane Ehlinger in 2017. Buechele started the Longhorns' win over Missouri in the Texas Bowl. Buechele played only the first half of the Texas Bowl but didn't play in the second. Texas officials said he tore a hip abductor in the game but the injury wasn't announced until Wednesday night. Surgery was scheduled for Thursday. Buechele passed for 1,405 yards and seven touchdowns in nine games in 2017. - AP College Football


01/04/18 - (P) - *Michael Dickson, Jr, 6-2, 205
2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BOWL TEAM: Punter: Michael Dickson, Texas (Texas): The Ray Guy Award winner averaged 41.1 yards per punt and landed 10 of his 11 attempts inside the opponent's 20-yard line without having a single touchback. Dickson was selected as the most valuable player in Texas' 33-16 victory over Missouri. - AP College Football


01/02/18 - (OG) - Patrick Vahe, Jr, 6-3, 320
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Patrick Vahe (OL),...Three additional players, and four total, earned honorable mention by the league's coaches. DL Breckyn Hager, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey and OL Patrick Vahe all were recognized for their play at their respective positions, while DB DeShon Elliott earned honorable mention as the Defensive Player of the Year. - Texas Football


01/02/18 - (WR) - LilJordan Humphrey, So, 6-4, 225
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Lil'Jordan Humphrey (WR),...Three additional players, and four total, earned honorable mention by the league's coaches. DL Breckyn Hager, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey and OL Patrick Vahe all were recognized for their play at their respective positions, while DB DeShon Elliott earned honorable mention as the Defensive Player of the Year. - Texas Football


01/02/18 - (OLB) - Breckyn Hager, Jr, 6-3, 245
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Breckyn Hager (DL),...Three additional players, and four total, earned honorable mention by the league's coaches. DL Breckyn Hager, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey and OL Patrick Vahe all were recognized for their play at their respective positions, while DB DeShon Elliott earned honorable mention as the Defensive Player of the Year. - Texas Football


01/02/18 - (SS) - *DeShon Elliott, Jr, 6-1, 210
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DeShon Elliott (DPoY),...Three additional players, and four total, earned honorable mention by the league's coaches. DL Breckyn Hager, WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey and OL Patrick Vahe all were recognized for their play at their respective positions, while DB DeShon Elliott earned honorable mention as the Defensive Player of the Year. - Texas Football


12/28/17 - (P) - *Michael Dickson, Jr, 6-2, 205
Texas scored two passing touchdowns in the first 11 minutes and then turned over the game to its defense and college football's best punter, doing just enough to beat Missouri 33-16 in the Academy Sports + Outdoor Texas Bowl, played Wednesday at NRG Stadium. It was Texas' first appearance in a bowl game since 2014 and first win in the postseason since the 2012 Alamo Bowl. It also granted the Longhorns (7-6) their first winning season since 2013, the last campaign coached in Austin by Mack Brown. Texas punter Michael Dickson, the Ray Guy award winner, had 10 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, becoming the first punter in the country this year to accomplish that feat. He had 11 total punts in the game -- two of which traveled more than 55 yards -- and buried Missouri (7-6) in poor field position all game.

The Longhorns did little on offense after the first quarter when they amassed 110 of their 280 total yards. Texas defense forced four turnovers and a safety and held Missouri quarterback Drew Luck to 269 yards passing and one touchdown. Texas marched 75 yards in five plays (and three big Missouri penalties) on its opening drive to a 22-yard TD pass from Shane Buechele to Daniel Young that granted the Longhorns an early 7-0 lead. The Longhorns went back to the same play to Young for 42 yards from Sam Ehlinger to set the table for their second touchdown, which came on a 7-yard connection from Ehlinger and John Burt and expanded the advantage to 14-0 with 3:58 to play in the first quarter. Missouri didn't have a first down until the 1:07 mark of the first quarter on their final possession of the opening 15 minutes; it was forced to punt on the opening play of the second quarter. - The Sports Xchange

12/23/17 - (P) - *Michael Dickson, Jr, 6-2, 205
Michael Dickson to forgo senior season to enter NFL Draft..."Coming to play football for The University of Texas has been the greatest experience of my life. I am so thankful for Coach Strong giving me an opportunity back in 2015. Texas has helped lead me in the direction I want to be as a person. I have built an undeniable bond with my teammates that will last forever. I truly consider all of you my brothers. The Texas fans have showed me so much more love than I ever expected. To be able to see and hear the appreciation from the fans each week is something that I genuinely cherish. I'm so grateful for what this country has provided me and feel as though Texas has adopted me as one of their own. I'm proud to be a Texan. After long consideration and long talks with loved ones, I'd like to announce that I will be forgoing my senior year and will be declaring for the NFL Draft. I will be wearing the burnt orange and white one last time as we take on Missouri in the Texas Bowl. I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead and know that I will forever be a Texas Longhorn. I'd like to thank Coach Herman and the current staff for a great year. Thanks for understanding and supporting me throughout my decision-making process." - Texas Football


12/19/17 - (SS) - *DeShon Elliott, Jr, 6-1, 210
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB DeShon Elliott, Texas Jr. Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall-Heath,...Elliott, a native of Rockwall, Texas, was the only unanimous all-conference selection on the defense. The junior safety has totaled 63 tackles (50 solo) with 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and nine pass breakups. His six interceptions rank third nationally and his two interceptions returned for a touchdown are first. Elliott and the Longhorns' secondary held all three first-team wide receivers out of the end zone this season, limiting Oklahoma State's James Washington to four catches for 42 yards, West Virginia's David Sills to two catches for 47 yards and Iowa State's Allen Lazard to five catches for 63 yards. - Texas Football


12/19/17 - (P) - *Michael Dickson, Jr, 6-2, 205
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P Michael Dickson, Texas Jr. Sydney, Australia,...Dickson, a native of Sydney, Australia, was also named the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Year earlier today. A Ray Guy Award finalist, Dickson is leading the country averaging 48.4 yards per punt with a net average of 44.7 yards per punt, also the best mark in the nation. He has punted 73 times this season, with 34 punts of more than 50 yards and 32 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Dickson was also named first team All-Big 12 last season, when he averaged a school-record 47.4 yards per punt. - Texas Football


12/19/17 - (ILB) - *Malik Jefferson, Jr, 6-2, 240
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Malik Jefferson, Texas Jr. Mesquite, Texas/Poteet,...Jefferson, a native of Mesquite, Texas, was named the Big 12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year earlier on Thursday. He led the Longhorns defensively, totaling 110 tackles (79 solo) with 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and six quarterback hurries. Jefferson became the first Longhorn since 2014 to eclipse the 100-tackle mark. The junior started all 12 games at linebacker, helping the Longhorns finish fourth nationally in third-down defense, sixth nationally in rush defense, eighth in fourth-down defense all while only allowing 21.7 points per game. - Texas Football


12/19/17 - (DT) - Poona Ford, Sr, 6-0, 306
2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Poona Ford, Texas Jr. Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head,...Ford, a native of Hilton Head, S.C., was also named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year earlier Thursday afternoon. He led the stout Texas defense on the interior all season, totaling 30 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a QB hurry, a pass breakup and a blocked field goal. A captain for the Longhorns, Ford started all 12 games at the defensive tackle position, helping UT compile the nation's sixth-best rush defense. The Longhorns held seven of their 12 opponents under 100 yards rushing, the most since doing so 10 times during the 2009 season. - Texas Football


12/07/17 - (P) - *Michael Dickson, Jr, 6-2, 205
2017 RAY GUY AWARD WINNER: Michael Dickson, Texas,...Junior punter Michael Dickson has been named the 2017 recipient of the Ray Guy Award. A native of Sydney, Australia, Dickson was recognized during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Atlanta, becoming The University of Texas' first-ever winner of the prestigious award given to the nation's best punter. The award was presented at the College Football Hall of Fame by Georgia's Drew Butler, the 2009 winner of the award. 2016 recipient Mitch Wishnowsky (Utah) and Alabama's J.K. Scott joined Dickson as the other two finalists. Dickson leads the country averaging 48.4 yards per punt on 73 attempts. His net average of 44.7 yards per punt is the best in the country as well. Last season, Dickson set a school record averaging 47.4 yards per punt.

So far in 2017, Dickson has 34 punts of more than 50 yards, 14 of more than 60 yards and a career-long punt of 76 yards in a game at TCU. That 76-yard punt was the fifth-longest in the country this season, and tied for the fifth-longest in school history. He has had 32 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, 27 downed inside the 15, 14 downed inside the 10 and six downed inside the opponents' five-yard line. Just 15 of Dickson's 73 punts have been under 40 yards this season. Of those 15 punts, seven have been fair caught or downed inside the 10-yard line with an additional punt fair caught at the opponents' 12-yard line. - Texas Football

12/05/17 - (CB) - *Holton Hill, Jr, 6-2, 200
With the college football season complete for prospects from non-bowl teams, NFL underclassmen declarations are becoming official. On Monday, Pittsburgh WR Quadree Henderson (5-8, 170, 4.40, #10) and Texas CB Holton Hill (6-1, 195, 4.54, #5) announced they would skip their senior seasons to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Henderson immediately becomes one of the better returners in this draft class with his burst, speed and vision. Hill was suspended indefinitely last month for an off-field issue, but aside from the character concerns, he has top-100 talent so his draft stock will be interesting to track. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


12/04/17 - (CB) - *Holton Hill, Jr, 6-2, 200
Texas junior cornerback Holton Hill will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Hill announced the move in a statement released by the school Monday. Hill was suspended in November for an unspecified violation of team rules and didn't play in the final three games. He was not expected to play for Texas (6-6) in the Texas Bowl against Missouri (7-5). Hill is the fourth underclassman to leave Texas for the draft or transfer after coach Tom Herman's first season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Hill was the Longhorns' top cornerback on a much-improved defense for most of the season. He had two interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns. - AP College Football


12/01/17 - (ILB) - *Malik Jefferson, Jr, 6-2, 240
2017 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB, Jr., Mesquite, Texas,...Jefferson, a native of Mesquite, Texas, was named the Big 12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year earlier on Thursday. He led the Longhorns defensively, totaling 110 tackles (79 solo) with 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and six quarterback hurries. Jefferson became the first Longhorn since 2014 to eclipse the 100-tackle mark. The junior started all 12 games at linebacker, helping the Longhorns finish fourth nationally in third-down defense, sixth nationally in rush defense, eighth in fourth-down defense all while only allowing 21.7 points per game. - Texas Football


12/01/17 - (DT) - Poona Ford, Sr, 6-0, 306
2017 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Poona Ford, Texas, Sr., Hilton Head, S.C.,...Ford, a native of Hilton Head, S.C., was also named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Year earlier Thursday afternoon. He led the stout Texas defense on the interior all season, totaling 30 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a QB hurry, a pass breakup and a blocked field goal. A captain for the Longhorns, Ford started all 12 games at the defensive tackle position, helping UT compile the nation's sixth-best rush defense. The Longhorns held seven of their 12 opponents under 100 yards rushing, the most since doing so 10 times during the 2009 season. - Texas Football


12/01/17 - (P) - *Michael Dickson, Jr, 6-2, 205
2017 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Michael Dickson, Texas, P, Jr., Sydney, Australia,...Dickson, a native of Sydney, Australia, was also named the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Year. A Ray Guy Award finalist, Dickson is leading the country averaging 48.4 yards per punt with a net average of 44.7 yards per punt, also the best mark in the nation. He has punted 73 times this season, with 34 punts of more than 50 yards and 32 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Dickson was also named first team All-Big 12 last season, when he averaged a school-record 47.4 yards per punt. - Texas Football


11/30/17 - (SS) - *DeShon Elliott, Jr, 6-1, 210
Texas junior safety DeShon Elliott says he will skip the Longhorns' bowl game and enter the NFL draft. The Thorpe Award finalist led the Longhorns with six interceptions as Texas became bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. He was among the team's biggest playmakers on a rejuvenated Texas defense under first-year head coach Tom Herman. Elliott is the third key Texas player to leave for the draft of transfer before the bowl game. Junior offensive tackle Connor Williams said he'll enter the draft after missing most of the season with a knee injury. He is regarded as a likely first-round pick in 2018. Running back Chris Warren has announced he will transfer. Warren led the team with eight touchdowns this season. - AP College Football


11/27/17 - (RB) - *Chris Warren III, Jr, 6-1, 252
Texas running back Chris Warren III is leaving the program and will transfer to another school for his senior year. Warren announced the move in a statement issued Monday by the school. He scored a team-high eight touchdowns for Texas (6-6) this season. Warren ran for 314 yards this season, with 166 coming in a win over San Jose State. But his role dramatically decreased by the third game and the 250-pound back was seldom used in key situations the rest of the season. Warren switched to a hybrid running back-tight end position and had two catches with one touchdown in the final two games. Warren averaged over 5 yards per carry and rushed for 1,150 yards over the past three seasons. He ran for 276 yards against Texas Tech as a freshman in 2015, but his 2016 season was cut short by a knee injury after four games. - AP College Football


11/27/17 - (OT) - *Connor Williams, Jr, 6-5, 315
Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams, one of the top-rated tackle prospects in the country, has declared for the NFL Draft and will skip the team's bowl game, he announced Monday. Williams is rated the No. 19 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, with plenty of room to move up during postseason workouts. Williams missed much of this season after suffering a knee injury (torn meniscus and sprained MCL and ACL) on Sept. 16 at USC. He opted for rest and rehab, rather than surgery, and came back for the team's final two games. "My family and I have decided it is my best interest to forgo the bowl game and my senior season to begin preparing for my professional football career," Williams said in a statement. "One of the reasons I worked so hard to come back from my injury was to help the team reach its goal of playing in a bowl game, and I'm proud we were able to accomplish that."

After the Longhorns' win over West Virginia on Nov. 18, NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler wrote: "Williams looked flexible and smooth in his pass-sets, showing no limitations toward his rehabbed knee. He anchored well at the point of attack and flashed violence in his hands to counter and control defenders, often finishing his target to the ground. Williams also looked terrific as a run blocker, finding the hip of the edge defender on down blocks and driving his legs to create run lanes. ... "If Saturday was any indication, Williams is back on his 2016 trajectory of being an early first-round pick." Williams is rated as the second-best tackle prospect behind Oklahoma's Orlando Brown. Texas (6-4, 5-4 Big 12) awaits its bowl destination after failing to qualify for the postseason in each of the past two seasons. Williams is the latest potential high draft pick to skip a bowl game. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and LSU running back Leonard Fournette did so last season. - The Sports Xchange

11/21/17 - (OT) - *Connor Williams, Jr, 6-5, 315
Nov 21 Stock Report: Who helped themselves? Connor Williams, OT, Texas, JR. (6-5, 320, 5.31, #55)...For much of the season, the concern among scouts was that the offensive tackle class for the 2018 NFL Draft lacked a clear-cut No. 1 prospect. But with the return of Williams on Saturday, that narrative is changing. The Texas left tackle looked like a future early first-round pick as a sophomore in 2016, but he struggled early this season and suffered a knee injury (torn meniscus and sprained MCL and ACL) in the USC game, putting him on the shelf indefinitely. However, he opted for rest over surgery and returned to the field on Saturday against West Virginia and looked outstanding.

Williams looked flexible and smooth in his pass-sets, showing no limitations toward his rehabbed knee. He anchored well at the point of attack and flashed violence in his hands to counter and control defenders, often finishing his target to the ground. Williams also looked terrific as a run blocker, finding the hip of the edge defender on down blocks and driving his legs to create run lanes. With one regular-season game and a bowl game remaining for Texas, he has two more chances to produce positive tape. If Saturday was any indication, Williams is back on his 2016 trajectory of being an early first-round pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/18/17 - (QB) - Sam Ehlinger, Fr, 6-1, 230
Freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns as Texas became bowl-eligible for the first time in three years with a 28-14 victory over West Virginia on Saturday in Morgantown, W.Va. The game was marred by a grotesque finger injury sustained by Mountaineers junior quarterback Will Grier in the first quarter. Ehlinger, who was 12-of-19 passing for 136 yards, added 68 yards rushing and tossed TD passes to tight end Kendall Moore and running back Chris Warren III. The Longhorns (6-5, 5-3 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak to West Virginia. Sophomore Chris Chugunov replaced Grier and was 14-of-26 passing for 189 yards as the Mountaineers (7-4, 5-3) fell out of Big 12 title contention. Chugunov was 10 of 16 this season entering the game. Texas took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on Ehlinger's 4-yard touchdown pass to Moore. The score capped an 11-play, 91-yard drive kept alive by a 50-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps on third-and-4 and Ehlinger's 8-yard run on fourth-and-2. The Longhorns led 14-0 at halftime after Ehlinger found a wide-open Warren for a 20-yard TD pass 2:29 before the break. - The Sports Xchange


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