Friday, June 30, 2006

Vince Young: Houston Madison High School Video Highlights

Vince Young had been dropping jaws for years before he ever wore a Texas Longhorns jersey. At Madison High School in Houston, TX (also wearing a #10 jersey), Vince had an impressive career and an amazing senior season in which he compiled 3,819 yards and 59 touchdowns. He also had his share of accolades:
  • Parade's and Student Sports' National Player of the Year after his senior year
  • 2001 Texas 5A Offensive Player of the Year
  • The Sporting News's top high school prospect
  • Recipient of the Pete Dawkins trophy in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
And some people still wanted him to move to wide receiver!

This video shows highlights from his senior season as the Marlins quarterback and ends with highlights from his US Army All-American game where he dominated the best high school athletes in the nation.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Texas Longhorn Summer Workout Video and Brian Robison Interview

Not only is Brian Robison one of the top defensive ends in college football (recently named to the Bednarik and Hendriks Award watch lists) but he's also a track and field All-American.

Austin's KXAN News ran a piece on the Longhorn's summer workouts that included an interview with the senior DE about his track career and his transition back to football.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

2006 NBA Draft and The Texas Longhorns - Aldridge, Tucker & Gibson

June 28, 2006
With hat in hand, LeMarcus Aldridge stepped up to the stage in New York as the second overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and the highest draft pick ever to come out of the University of Texas. NBA commissioner David Stern handed Aldridge his Chicago Bulls cap and with true Texas hospitality, Aldridge handed one right back. He slapped a Longhorns hat on the commissioner's head, flashed the hook'em horns and smiled for the cameras.
Life is good for the Longhorns.

This is a Horns-centric highlights clip featuring the top three picks (Andrea Bargnani, Aldridge & Adam Morrison) in the draft, PJ Tucker's 35th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors, Daniel Gibson's 42nd overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Commissioner Stern trading barbs from the podium with ESPN's Dan Patrick.

ESPN Crew Buzzes After the 2005 Texas Rose Bowl Victory

This is from ESPN's Gameday Final just after the conclusion of the 2005 Rose Bowl and Vince Young's MVP performance. You can still sense the buzz in the studio from the exciting fifth ranked Longhorns win over the #12 Michigan Wolverines. It's packed with highlights and with rare praise from ESPN for the Texas Longhorns program. They even cautiously speculate that Vince Young and the Longhorns might return to the Rose Bowl for the National Championship game.

"Can you imagine if Vincent Young and those wide recievers, with the vertical threat, gets added to this offense next year? It would be unstoppable."

It was.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Keenan Robinson - Another Big, Strong & Aggressive LB - Prospect Video

Plano East HS (Plano, TX) blue-chip linebacker, Keenan Robinson was one of the first to commit to the Texas Longhorns class of 2007. He's one of the top LB prospects in the country and already made an impression on his future coaches and teammates at a recent Texas mini-camp. You can see from these clips that he's made some impressions before.
He's 6'3", 210 pounds and passes the eyeball test with flying colors.

Originally from Sunshine Preps.

Earl Thomas-What a Great Recruiting Class for the Longhorns

Earl Thomas is 5'7", 174 pounds, and runs a 4.4 40. He's a dynamic athlete from West-Orange Stark HS (Orange, TX) and is it just me or is this recruiting class loaded with talent?
Thomas will likely compete for early playing time on the Longhorns defense, but this highlights video shows that he can tear it up when he has the ball in his hands.

Video originally at Sunshine Preps.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Cat Osterman Sets World Series Strike Out Record - Highlights Video

Earlier this month, Cat Osterman set a Women's College World Series record with 18 strikeouts in a regulation game and moved into second place on the NCAA single season strikeout list. She's the most dominating pitcher in NCAA softball, and she also happens to be cute as a button.

Just watch her strikeout all 18 batters in her home whites and tell me I'm wrong.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Matt Nader - 2007 Texas Longhorns OL Verbal Commit

Matt Nader's life must be pretty good right now. He's one of the top OL prospects in the state. At 6'6" and 295 pounds he's a major force on his Austin Westlake High School football team. And as one of the first to commit to the Longhorns 2007 class, he knows he'll only have to drive an extra 15 minutes or so to push people around the football field next year. Not to mention he'll never be too far from that family fridge that he, no doubt, knows and loves.

And you know that fridge is going to be quite an attraction with Matt's future teammates. Mrs. Nader might just end up in charge of feeding the entire Texas O-line on weekends.
Oh well, those guys can't eat all that much, can they?

The Texas Passion: 2005 Texas Longhorns Highlights

After so many near misses, the questions surrounding Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns had reached a fever pitch by 2004.
Then Chris Simms graduated.

Still, the questions lingered. This dramatic highlights video addresses those questions and answers them with a compilation of the most memorable plays from the Longhorns 2005 championship season. Amidst the flood of highlight videos that have emerged since the Rose Bowl, The Texas Passion and The Horns Sound are sure to endure the test of time--they've at least endured the test of me watching them over and over again and making me smile every time.
Either way, future generations of Longhorns will need only these two clips to learn everything you need to know about Vine Young and championship team.

Video created by JackTJ

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The 2006 NFL Draft Highlights... If You're a Longhorns & Titans Fan

Is it me, or has the coverage of NFL Draft become completely ridiculous? Well, just watch this video and try to disagree.

It starts with a murderously long intro sequence in which ESPN gathers the finest athletes in the country, and then humiliates them on TV.
That's followed by a montage of the top picks highlighted by Vernon Davis crying and Matt Leinart trying not to.
But for my money, the best parts are the interviews with LenDale White from his living room and then with Vince Young in Nashville just after arriving on Bud Adams' private jet.

If you happen to be a Texas Longhorns fan and a Tennessee Titans fan, this version of the draft is like having a magic TiVo that knows exactly what parts you want to see and makes you wait two months to see it.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

The Horns Sound: 2005 Texas Longhorns Football Championship Season - Video Highlights

From the very first game, you could tell that the 2005 season would be special. Jamaal Charles and Henry Melton dazzled, the defense was fierce, and Vince Young was still Vince Young. The tough win at Ohio State, and the stuffing they beat out of Rhett Bomar and the Oklahoma Sooners, had fans reserving tickets to Pasadena before the regular season was even half over.

This video is a game-by-game recap of the 2005 National Championship Season. It features the original play calls and just about every big play from a season in which they led the nation in big plays with a bijillion.

Video created by Thelonious Monkey .

Vince Young Pre-Draft Analysis & the Vince Vibe - VIDEO

Before the 2006 NFL Draft, football experts all over the country revealed how little they actually know about football. Some people, like ESPN's Merril Hoge, believed that Vince shouldn't even be a first round pick.
Others aren't complete idiots.

This clip from ESPN's NFL Draft Special opens with a great piece on the "Vince Vibe" and ends with Hoge trying not to say something stupid.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Vince Young is Starting to Excite Titans Fans - VIDEO

After a week of OTAs with the Titans, Vince Young is starting to impress in Nashville. James Horne of The Leaf-Chronicle (actually a real paper) doesn't need any more convincing:

The cool thing was Vince didn't wait for me to see him, and actually made me take notice with three plays.

The first was a scramble on a broken play that should have gone for a loss, but Vince turned it into at least a 10-yard gain.

The second was a similar scramble right up the middle for about 5 yards.

The third, fourth and fifth (and sixth, seventh and eighth) was every pass he completed with that unorthodox throwing style that's supposed to limit him in the NFL.

Well, let me tell you, the worries many had about Vince and his ability as a passer, leader, runner and ultimately as a quarterback are unfounded.

Titans fans, be very, very happy. Because if the glimpse I saw of Young is any indication, you folks will be in awe for years and years to come.

And just in case you're not sure what I'm getting at, here's the bottom line: Vince Young WILL BE THE MAN.

On Friday, a group from Young's church in Houston attended the open practice in Nashville.
Jeff Fisher, Vince Young and a church member are interviewed in this clip.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Brandon Collins - Longhorns DB/WR/ATH Verbal Commit - Video

Brenham, TX wide receiver Brandon Collins is the most recent prospect to give his verbal commitment to the Longhorns 2007 recruiting class. Also a basketball standout at 6'0" and 167 pounds, the Brenham HS senior already tasted a championship in 2002--as a ballboy for his football team. That was Limas Sweed's senior year at Brenham, when he helped lead the team to the 4A Division II championship.

Collins committed to the Horns on 6/6/06.
A good omen, I hope.
Collins was looking at both TCU and Miami, but neither offer could beat out the one that came from UT.
"I knew that I wanted to go to Texas if I got the offer," Collins said Tuesday afternoon. "I talked with coach Brown last night and went ahead and did it.
"I had a pretty good camp, I guess I did well."

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Texas Tech Fans are Loud (& Drunk) - Video Proof

After last year's controversial Oklahoma/Texas Tech game, a loud Red Raider fan made it impossible for members of the media to conduct their post-game interviews. He also made it clear that it's not too hard to sneak a flask into Texas Tech's football stadium.
This must have been very frustrating for the journalists trying to interview the various Sooners, but now it's just hilarious.

"I paid to get in the game I can say whatever I want!"

Longhorns Offensive Line Crash the Rose Bowl Post-Game - Video

Three months until the start of the 2006 college football season. So let's continue to revel in the National Championship.
This is one of my favorite moments from the Rose Bowl post-game show. The Texas O-line (Jonathan Scott, Justin Blalock, Kasey Studdard and Lyle Sendlein) crashed the ESPN set and celebrated on live TV.
They try to get serious and participate in an impromptu interview, but what fun is that?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

VINCE YOUNG Milking a Cow on The Best Damn Sports Show - VIDEO

Apparently Rodney Peete shot off his mouth and guaranteed a USC win in the Rose Bowl. He swore he'd wear a Texas jersey if the Trojans lost.
Well, the Trojans lost.

So Vince Young appeared on the show shortly after the Rose Bowl to collect on the bet and talk about his future in the NFL. Peete wore Vince's #10 jersey, but got the last laugh by making Vince milk a cow on national television.

I truly believe Vince could outrun your average cow, but he sure seems a bit lost trying to milk this one.
He would have gotten more milk out of a bull.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Remember When Texas Won the National Championship? - Celebration Videos

September isn't coming any quicker, but videos like this nourish me just enough to make it through the summer.

These first two videos are short and entertaining. The first is from the stands at the Rose Bowl and the second shows how the students celebrated on the west mall of the UT campus.
The last one is the entire hour-long National Championship Celebration held at DKR-Memorial Stadium on January 15, 2006. Suits and politicians mostly bored the crowd for the first half of the program until Mack Brown took the mic. He whipped up the packed stadium a bit, then asked five players to address the crowd. Vince Young, David Thomas, Michael Griffin, Rod Wright, and Justin Blalock spoke, joked and manhandled the crystal trophy. Griffin made fun of Matt Nordgren for some reason, then he apologized to Tarell Brown for the breaking his arm in the Rose Bowl. Blalock had fun with his announcement that he'd return for his senior season. And Vince did one last victory lap at DKR.

In the stands at The Rose Bowl - She's a Screamer!

The Drag in Austin, TX - Three Horns in the Fountain

Team Celebration at DKR in Austin, TX - January 15, 2006

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Ben Wells Makes Plays - 2007 Longhorns DB Commit - Video

Beaumont, TX star DB, Ben Wells, along with fellow Longhorn commit Curtis Brown are considered the top two defensive back prospects in the state of Texas... and here's your proof.
This video shows Wells as an explosive and dynamic defensive player with game changing impact.
Ready to smile?

Sunshine Preps video by way of flywhiteguy08.

Curtis Brown is Very Good - 2007 Texas Longhorns Commit - Video

Gilmer, TX blue chip WR, Curtis Brown was among the first to verbally commit to the Longhorns 2007 recruiting class. He's projected as a defensive back at Texas, but this video shows just how fast (4.4 40-yard dash) and dominant he was on offense in his junior season at Gilmer High.

Scout's Jeremy Patterson says:
This speedy star could really play defensive back or wide receiver in college, but when Brown has the ball in his hands he creates magic. The 5'11", 175-pound Brown has amazing speed and displays amazing ability to weave through traffic. He is the classic game-breaker type player, the kind of player who can turn what would be a two yard loss on a screen pass into a 20-yard gain. As a junior he had just under 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns. Brown also scored eight rushing touchdowns and rushed for 750 yards.

Sunshine Preps video by way of flywhiteguy08.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

ESPN's 2005 Texas Longhorns Championship Season Preview - VIDEO

Before the Longhorn's 2005 National Championship season, ESPN sent Kirk Herbstreit to Austin to profile the team in anticipation of a big season.
The clip includes interviews with Vince Young and coach Mack Brown and ends up being more a profile of Vince than the whole team, but that's okay--I understand.

It's just nice to remember how it felt to head into a new season with Vince Young on the team.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Colt McCoy Delivers in Clutch Situation

With Jevan Snead, Colt McCoy and Sherrod Harris all competing to replace Vince Young as the starting quarterback for The Texas Longhorns, only time will tell who'll emerge as the leader.

But if I had to choose one of them to go tubin' with me down some river... I'm definitely taking Colt McCoy.

On Memorial Day, Colt and his father swam across a 300-yard lake and helped save the life of seizure victim and Texas football fan, Ken Harrington.

"I knew I couldn't leave him," Patina Herrington said, "so I just started yelling for help."

Colt McCoy and his father, Brad, were on the other side of the lake.

The two swam about 300 yards to the other side, and Colt even lost his shoes in the water. Neighbors called 9-1-1, but McCoy put on his father's shoes and raced up a steep, rocky incline to flag down emergency rescue crews.

"It was just a true hero story of how everybody came together and saved a life," Patina Herrington said.

In related news:
Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar spent his Memorial Day weekend playing quarters and watching "Rescue 9-1-1".
He also lost his shoes.

Link to the story on Mack Brown's site.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Michael Huff on Jim Rome is Burning - Video

This is just days after the Longhorns won the BCS National Championship Game in The Rose Bowl, defensive MVP, Michael Huff appeared on Jim Rome is Burning to talk about the game, winning the Thorpe Award and about whether Vince Young would return for his senior year. (He wouldn't.)

Football Players Hit Real Hard - Video

While searching for some good video on Earl Campbell, I found this clip of historically brutal hits in the NFL.

Earl shows up about a minute into this video. He's the one doing the hitting.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Michael Wilcoxon - 2007 Longhorns Commit - Highlights Video

June 5, 2006
The Longhorns picked up their second Defensive Tackle commit for the class of 2007. He's a 6'2" 160 pound lineman from Aledo, HS (with fellow '07 recruit Kyle Hix). He recorded 78 tackles in his junior year and still seems to have room for growth. As is, he turned in one of the top five performances by a defensive lineman at the U.S. Army All-American combine for juniors earlier this year.

See Sunshine Preps for more recruiting videos.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Kyle Hix - 2007 Texas Longhorns OL Verbal Commit - Highlights Video

Kyle Hix, the 6'6", 290 pound OT from Aledo High School was among the first to commit to the Horns' 2007 class. He has a great frame and he's one of the top OL prospects in Texas.

From this highlights video, he seems like a dominant tackle and a good finisher. He'll likely end up as a four-star prospect.

See Sunshine Preps for more recruiting videos.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Who's Foswhitt Whittaker? - 2007 Longhorns RB Commit Highlights Video, That's Who!

When Pearland, TX High School running back Foswhitt "Fozzy" Whittaker gave his verbal commitment to play football with the Texas Longhorns, few had even heard his name. But his coach Tony Heath, knows all about him and has plenty to say about his star player:
Fozzy gets better with every game. Foswhitt may be the best we've had at Pearland. He's heading in that direction. He is the fastest we've had. Foswhitt is just a great kid. We relied on him on the field and off the field, just his leadership and character...We relied on him a bunch.

In a year with so many great running back prospects in Texas, many Longhorn fans (maybe even me) questioned this scholarship offer. But this video should answer all those questions. He's 5'9", 178 pounds and runs a 4.53 40-yard dash.
He has great speed, a good burst and tremendous balance--and his name is 'Fozzy'. How can you not love that?

Thanks to JC.

VIDEO - Huff and Young win NCAA Awards - Maxwell, Thorpe and O'Brien Award Presentation

On December 8, 2005, Vince Young won the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback and the Maxwell Award as the best player in college football. That same night, Michael Huff won the Jim Thorpe Award as the best defensive back in the country. This video is from ESPN's 2005 College Football Awards broadcast and shows the presentation of all three trophies.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Malcolm Williams - 2007 Longhorn WR Commit - Highlights Video

Garland High School's Track and Field/Football stand-out, Malcolm Williams verbally committed to play football with the Texas Longhorns in March of 2006. He's one of the top wide receiver prospects in the state and by watching this video, you can see why.

From the above link:

On the recruiting front, Williams says he's firm with his pledge to Texas - "It's the same. I'm happy with where I'm at"--despite the efforts of other programs trying to get him to reconsider.

"Some are trying a little bit. Some schools still write and stuff but that's about it. For the most part, I don't even really look at the letters," he said.

That's what we like to hear.
The last play on this highlight reel should also make you smile.

See more videos at Sunshine Preps.