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Texas Longhorns News & Notes: Evaluating Greg Davis, Championship Week, and the 2012 NFL Combine

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Horns_bullet_mediumGreg Davis podcast. As Wescott wrote last night, Iowa has hired former Texas OC Greg Davis as their new offensive coordinator, and the outstanding Iowa bloggers over at Black Heart Gold Pants invited me to join them for their podcast this week to discuss the hire. We chatted for a good half hour about Davis's accomplishments and failures, and I learned that Kirk Ferentz wants an OC who doesn't recruit and isn't responsible for developing the offensive line. Well, when you put it like that... maybe not such a bad hire after all? Head on over to BHGP and listen for yourself.

Horns_bullet_mediumChampionship Week Primer. There are a handful of annual sports articles I look forward to reading every single year, and among my favorites is Mike Rutheford's Championship Week Primer. The outstanding Louisville blogger and NCAA Basketball Editor provides a perfectly timed companion piece to my Longhorns Bracketology post from last night, and it's required reading for any diehard college hoops fan. Mike breaks down all the conference tournament storylines, including implications for bubble teams and the 12 teams that Texas fans should be rooting for to win auto-bids. The best month of the year is upon us. Enjoy the madness.

Horns_bullet_mediumFour Longhorns work out at 2012 NFL Combine. Four Texas Longhorns received invitations to the NFL Combine, and while all four are likely to get drafted at some point, most draft projections expect each will hear his name called sometime on the second day. Defensive tackle Kheeston Randall measured at 6'5" and a svelte 293 pounds, which helped him turn in a nice 5.0 40-yard dash, but is probably viewed as undersized by NFL teams. Linebacker Keenan Robinson checked in at 6'3" and 242 pounds, but as much of his game is based on his speed and ability to play in space, he needed to do better than his 4.79 40-yard dash to move up any draft boards. Fellow linebacker Emmanuel Acho (6'1", 238 pounds) had a solid workout, and on his second attempt at the 40-yard dash he was flying off the line, clocking one of the best 10-yard splits of any LB, but unfortunately pulled up mid-way through the run. Finally, my boy Fozzy Whittaker was invited for measurements and injuries interviews, although he's unable to work out as he recovers from his knee injury. Best of luck to these guys, all of whom were great Longhorns.