Here’s something to chew on: Did the Texas Longhorns get the shaft in Big 12 honors?
Just four Longhorns were recognized this year. Predictably, senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay, who led the nation in receptions (103) and the conference in receiving yards (1,294), and offensive lineman Zach Shackelford, who started every game in 2019 for the Longhorns, were named to the Big 12’s first-team all-conference lineup. Meanwhile, senior safety Brandon Jones and sophomore offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi earned second-team honors. Only Kansas received received less all-conference accolades than Texas, earning two, according to Hookem.com.
Or, perhaps more accurately, is this sort of end-of-year honor roll finish you’d expect from a 7-5 team with an equally miserable 5-4 conference record? Like we said, it’s something to chew on.
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND
- The word is that Texas football analyst and former North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora doesn’t expect to stick around Austin. According to the Brad Logan of the Clarion Ledger, Fedora’s name is now one of those being tossed around as the next honcho to take over for the Ole Miss Rebels, who finished with a disappointing 4-8 record this season.
A name being mentioned for the Ole Miss head coach opening is former Southern Miss and North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora.— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) December 4, 2019
He’s currently on the staff at Texas as an analyst.
- Speaking of coaching staff changes – and to be sure, that’s the topic on the mind of most Longhorn fans right now – former Texas analyst Rashaad Samples says he plans to stay with the SMU Mustangs, which finished 10-2 on the season with former Texas quarterback and graduate transfer Shane Buechele under center. The team earned its first top-25 ranking in decades in 2019, ever since the program received the death penalty in the 1980s.
Couldn’t be more excited about SMU Football and what it’s doing in the city right now! Ready to take over the #TripleD. We’re just getting started. If you from Dallas get on board. #PonyUpDallas #BornandRaised pic.twitter.com/SQ74J6bV7V— Rashaad Samples (@CoachSampSMU) December 4, 2019
- Freshman walk-on quarterback Sam Sexton, who recently entered the NCAA transfer portal, says he’s heading back home to the humble confines of East Texas’ “pine curtain,” where he’ll play for the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks.
First off, I would like to thank The University of Texas for the experience this past year. But it is time to go back to my roots behind the pine curtain and play some ball. #AxeEm @CoachCarthel @CoachJMay @SFA_Football pic.twitter.com/jTVM6hPyvq— Sam Saxton (@samueljsaxton) December 4, 2019
- Samuel Cosmi got the nod in Banner Society’s 2019 Piesman Trophy nominees, which honors unusual feats on the part of offensive linemen. See for yourself below.