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Texas adds more analysts to support staff

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The Longhorns have hired three new analysts in recent days.

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New Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian continues to assemble his support staff as spring practice approaches with the addition of three more analysts — offensive analyst Mike Bimonte, defensive analyst Cordae Hankton, and defensive analyst Henry Fernandez.

Bimonte was the third-string quarterback at Rutgers for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Kyle Flood for several seasons and served as the holder for extra points and field goals as a senior in 2014.

In 2016, Bimonte spend time at Delaware as the quarterbacks coach and offensive quality control coach before spending three years in sales — the analyst job at Texas marks Bimonte’s return to football.

Hankton lists “nickels coach” in his bio and comes to Texas after spending two years as a graduate assistant under Mel Tucker, first at Colorado on offense and then at Michigan State on defense. A former Jackson State safety, Hankton is a Louisiana native who has ties to high school coaches in the state after working at his alma mater Archbishop Rummel and John Ehret before joining Tucker’s staff.

Expect Hankton to have an impact in recruiting — he helped Colorado land four-star running back Ashaad Clayton from New Orleans in the 2020 class and Michigan State land three-star wide receiver Keon Coleman from Opelousas in the 2021 class.

A four-year letterwinner at Cal State-Sacramento, Fernandez earned All-Big Sky honors playing linebacker as a senior. After his playing career ended, Fernandez joined the staff, assisting coaching linebackers and cornerbacks for four years. For a brief stint, Fernandez served as a staffing manager before serving as a defensive graduate assistant at Washington.

The connection to defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski paid off for Fernandez, who is now joining Kwiatkowski in Austin.