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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Several Texas football alum make the cut in the XFL

Plus Texas women’s basketball takes on Oklahoma tonight

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 29 Texas at Kansas State Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As the NFL season winds down this weekend with the Super Bowl, the XFL is just beginning.

Several former Longhorns made the upstart league’s final cut, including receiver Jerrod Heard of the Dallas Renegades, offensive lineman Patrick Vahe and defensive end Cedric Reed of the Los Angeles Wildcats, and offensive lineman Kent Perkins of the St. Louis Battlehawks.

Heard, who played for the Longhorns from 2014 to 2018, is far and away the most exciting player among the bunch. Recruited by Texas as a quarterback, he broke Vince Young’s single game record for offense for the Longhorns (527 yards of total offense.) But the honeymoon period between the Longhorn Republic and Heard under center wouldn’t last.

In 2016, he was moved to wide receiver. Despite a few big plays down the stretch of his remaining eligibility, such as a touchdown reception in the first of a double overtime win over the Kansas State Wildcats in 2017, his playing career seemingly stalled from there.

Heard was drafted in the opening rounds of the inaugural 2020 XFL Draft.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Hook ‘Em Headlines: Texas football: 3 burning questions ahead of National Signing Day

247Sports: Chip’s Mailbag: Digesting Adeoye’s foot injury

247Sports: Kelvontay Dixon buzz following Texas official visit

247Sports: Texas makes move with five-star defensive end Landon Jackson

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • It’s rivalry day for Texas women’s basketball (13-6), as the Longhorns prepare to take on the Oklahoma Sooners (10-9 in Norman tonight. Texas is currently on a four-game conference win streak and hopes to capitalize on a down Sooners squad. Tip off is at 7 p.m. Central.
  • Have we mentioned how Texas baseball practice is officially underway? No? Well, it is. The Longhorns are set to kick off their 2020 season against the Rice Owls in Houston on Feb. 14.
  • As the Longhorns continue to flounder, West Virginia Mountaineers men’s basketball climbed four spots to No. 11 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll and two spots to No. 12 in the Associated Press top-25. Makes sense, given how they blew out Texas last week.
  • 247Sports ranks Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger among the top 2021 NFL Draft prospects. From 247Sports: “Ehlinger was draft eligible this season, but chose to return for his senior campaign. The Austin native completed 65.2 percent of his passes this season for 3,663 to go along with 32 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was also an enormous factor on the ground, per usual. Ehlinger rushed 163 times for 663 yards (4.1 average) and added seven scores in that department. For his final season in Austin, Ehlinger will have a new offensive coordinator in former Ohio State passing game coordinator Mike Yurcich. This is a make or break season for both the Longhorns and Ehlinger as he looks to make himself a sure fire first round pick. The Sept. 12 contest at LSU will go a long way in determining that.”