In approximately 24 hours, you’ll be drinking your morning coffee (or maybe something a little stronger) in preparation of Texas’ season-opening meeting with Maryland.
In the meantime, enjoy your hot cup of joe and get the weekend started on the right note with Friday’s Morning Coffee.
We begin with the bad, but there is better news below.
Texas may soon regret missing out on Rondale Moore. Once a member of #revolUTion18, Moore was regarded as one of the speediest and most explosive prospects in his class with a 4.33 40-yard dash time. Nearly half a year after committing to Texas, though, Moore re-opened his recruitment and as expected, just weeks later, he was pledged to the Purdue Boilermakers.
On Thursday, Moore made his Purdue debut and within moments, it was apparent why he was a U.S. Army All-American. Moore exploded out of the gates with a 32-yard touchdown reception, and before the first quarter was over, the former Longhorns pledge put his speed and shiftiness on full display in taking a jet sweep 76 yards to the house.
In just two carries, Moore totaled a team-leading 79 rushing yards and one touchdown, and also led the Boilermakers with 11 receptions for 109 yards and another score. When paired with his 125 yards as a returner, Moore’s 313 all-purpose yards is now a new school record, and that was only his debut.
In the wake of Moore’s recruitment faltering down the stretch, Texas circled back and went all in on another Moore — Yoakum wide receiver Joshua Moore, who arrived as an Under Armour All-American. The Longhorns have also since switched former four-star Under Armour All-American cornerback D’Shawn Jamison to the slot where Moore would have played in hopes of benefitting from Jamison’s electric playmaking ability.
When #Texas missed out on Rondale Moore, it looked as if there wasn't a pure replacement in the slot, but D'Shawn Jamison has a relatively similar athletic profile and may be able to provide some of that same electricity for the #Longhorns this fall. #RevolUTion18— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) August 31, 2018
The No. 23 Texas women’s soccer team improved to 3-0-1 on on Thursday with a 2-1 win over Long Beach State.
Cyera Hintzen put the first point on the board nearly 19 minutes into the match to notch her fifth goal of the season before LBSU’s Ashley Gonzales answered to even the score early in the second half.
Less than 12 minutes later, though, the Longhorns netted the game-winning goal as Mackenzie McFarland scored her first career goal in the 62nd minute.
“From our standpoint, it wasn’t attractive by any stretch, but you talk about the scoring efficiency of Cyera Hintzen,” said Texas head coach Angela Kelly on the Longhorns Twitter account. “Mackenzie McFarland one shot, one goal. We’re going to be really excited to move forward certainly off this W.”
Texas soccer will be back in action on Sunday to welcome Stephen F. Austin at 5:00 p.m. CT. The match will be televised on Longhorn Network.
Elsewhere in women’s sports, Karen Aston’s Longhorns are gearing up for the Gulf Coast Showcase, a basketball invitational set to take place in Estera, Fla.
Texas will open the invitational against Quinnipiac at 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 23, and the winning will advance to play the winner of Missouri-Michigan on Nov. 24.
Duke, Washington, Ball State, and Fordham will each participate in the sixth annual Gulf Coast Showcase as well.
After the Longhorns’ 28-7 campaign ended in the Sweet 16 last season, Texas is expected to enter the season hovering around the top 10 nationally.
Texas’ season is set to get underway against Duquesne on Nov. 8.
Longhorns fifth-year deep snapper Jak Holbrook continues to garner praise for his performance in the classroom.
On Thursday, Holbrook became the Texas football nominee for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is considered to be the Academic Heisman by many as it honors a student-athlete’s combination of academics, community service, and on-field efforts.
Former Longhorns Dallas Griffin and Sam Acho have previously earned the honor in 2007 and 2010, respectively.
Prior to his Campbell Award nomination, Holbrook has taken home a lengthy list of academic accolades.
A six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (fall 2014, spring 2016, fall 2016 spring 2017, fall 2017, spring 2018), Holbrook was named a first-team Academic All0Big 12 selection in 2016 and 2017. More recently, Holbrook earned the Big 12’s highest academic honor in being named a 2018 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award Recipient.
On Friday, head coach Shaka Smart and the Horns are hosting one of the top targets in the 2019 recruiting class — Austin Westlake center Will Baker:
Earlier this week, Baker named Texas one of his four finalists, along with Georgetown, Stanford, and UCLA, so this is an important weekend to make an impression on the local product, who is arguably the top overall target in what will be a small class for the Longhorns.