As it pertains to the future, this weekend is a big one for the Texas Longhorns. It’s junior day.
Some of the football program’s top 2021 recruiting prospects are set to visit the Forty Acres this weekend. Those names include quarterback Jalen Milroe out of Katy Tompkins High School in Katy, who will have his first opportunity to get person with newly hired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich; athlete Billy Bowman out of Denton Ryan High School in Denton, who’s voiced his skepticism after the firing of former defensive coordinator Todd Orlando; Derrick Harris Jr. out of New Caney High School, who’s reportedly interested in meeting newly hired linebacker coach Coleman Hutzler; among other top talents across the state.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- The Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball team (13-3) are on the hunt for their second straight road win. The Longhorns (12-4) are hoping to notch their third win in the Big 12 Conference, after knocking over the Oklahoma State Cowboys on the road earlier this week. Enough said. Tipoff will take place 1 p.m. Central Saturday after the Frank Erwin Center.
- The Texas women’s basketball team (10-6) are looking to capitalize on the win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders earlier this week with another win over the weekend against the Kansas State Wildcats (7-7). Can sophomore forward Charli Collier maintain her hot streak on the road? Tipoff is at 12 p.m. Central Sunday.
- After Cleveland Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr., an LSU Tigers alum, handed out money to junior receiver Justin Jefferson following their win over the Clemson Tigers in Monday’s national championship game, former Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho claimed that during the 2009 seasons, every defensive back on the team was offered $1,000” for “every interception” they picked off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the BCS national championship game. Then, since Acho claimed to have no proof of that ever happening, he backed off his comments, saying, “I have no proof that anybody on our ‘09 team ACTUALLY got paid by our NFL alumni. Those were lockeroom [sic] convos in jest pre game. Our alumni came to the game and supported us, but again no money changed hands.”
Addressing my comments about Texas Football earlier from @GetUpESPN.— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) January 16, 2020
I have no proof that anybody on our ‘09 team ACTUALLY got paid by our NFL alumni. Those were lockeroom convos in jest pre game. Our alumni came to the game and supported us, but again no money changed hands.
- Offensive lineman Sam Cosmi and linebacker Joseph Assai were named to ESPN’s 2019-2020 All-Bowl team. From ESPN: “In the Alamo Bowl, Cosmi and the Longhorns’ O-line put together a solid performance, averaging 6 yards per rush and compiling 438 total yards against a usually stingy Utah defense. ... [Ossai] was virtually unstoppable in the Longhorns’ Alamo Bowl win over Utah, racking up 9 tackles, 3 sacks and 6 tackles for loss.”