Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Alright, I'm Ready for Some Football: Colt McCoy & Jevan Snead Talk Football - Godzillatron Takes a Shot

As the season opener approaches, all that's left to do is talk about the same things over and over again until game time. And the local news stations have been previewing the season by doing just that.
This is a pack of reports focusing on the Longhorn's quarterback situation. There's interview footage with confident freshman QBs Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead, as well as some words of wisdom from senior safety Michael Griffin.
Maybe it's me, but it looks like Colt McCoy might just have some fire in that belly.

At the end of the clip, in a disturbing piece of video, Fox 7's Joe Bickett expresses his dissatisfaction with the name Godzillatron.
But Godzillatron doesn't watch Fox 7 News and has never even heard of Joe Bickett. But when Joe Bickett reports from the field this year, Godzillatron will have the last laugh and poison his blood with ultraviolet radiation.
Because that's how big Godzillatron is.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Jermichael Finley Looks to Make an Impact in '06 - THSCA All-Star Highlights

In 2005, the Longhorns were faced with replacing tight end Bo Scaife who finished his career at Texas ranked second among tight ends for receptions and third all-time in receiving yards. But David Thomas did just fine setting an all-time Longhorn record for TEs with 50 receptions in a season and finished as the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.

Senior TE Neal Tweedie will likely top the depth chart this year, but with four years of eligibility remaining look for Jermichael Finley to get plenty of playing time and to emerge as a playmaker for his team.
At Diboll (TX) High School Finley was a four year starter at TE but also played wide receiver, defensive end, safety, punter and kicker. He was named first team all-district, and first team 3A all-state by the Texas Sports Writes Association.
Leading up to the 2006 season, Finley has impressed coaches, teammates and casual onlookers with his sure hands and great leaping ability. He's put on thirty pounds since high school and at 6'5" and 240 pounds, he has the size, speed and athletic ability to become the Longhorn's next great tight end.

These highlights from the 2005 THSCA All-Star Game should serve as a glimpse of what's to come.

UPDATE 8/28/06:
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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Final Longhorns Practice News Coverage - Quan Cosby, Nate Jones and the D-line

This is the last collection of news reports from last week's pre-season practices. It includes pieces on the wide receivers Quan Cosby and Nate Jones. Both receivers are interviewed along with WRs Billy Pittman and Limas Sweed.
There's also a report on the defensive line that includes interviews with Brian Orakpo, Brian Robison, Frank Okam, Tim Crowder and Mack Brown.

You can find the first three collection of reports here, here and here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Can Colt McCoy Really Lead the Horns? or: Is Colt the Best Texas 2A High School QB Ever?

Well we know he can swim, but can a guy from a 2A high school actually be the starting quarterback for the defending national champs?

Colt McCoy, from Jim Ned HS (Tuscola, TX), is the all-time leading passer in Texas 2A history and also ran 206 times for 1,575 yards (7.65 ypc) and 21 TDs. In his last two seasons at Jim Ned, Colt threw for 7,745 yards with 97 TDs (the 50 TDs in his junior year is an all time Texas 2A record). He was a two-time Associated Press 2A Offensive MVP and first-team all-state selection. The Texas Sports Writers Association twice named him to the first-team all-state team and made him the offensive player of the year after his senior year.
I'd imagine we'll know a whole lot more after the Ohio State game, but his impressive resume and these videos should bring comfort to even the most worried fan.

You can see from these Zapruder-quality high school highlights that McCoy is comfortable under pressure, he can throw with touch, he can scramble and he has the poise to consistently march his team down the field.

From the 2005 THSCA All-Star Game

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Longhorns Scrimmage & Fan Appreciation Day Video

Texas fans woke up extra early for the Longhorns' fan appreciation day and public scrimmage. Colt McCoy looked like the starting quarterback with two TDs in his two drives. He went 5 for 6 for 68 yards with a nice 44-yard pass to Limas Sweed. Jamaal Charles and Selvin Young each rushed for a TD and both backs looked sharp.
The offense looked good, but the defense looked downright fierce. CB Erick Jackson had the hit of the day when he leveled Billy Pittman while Pittman bobbling a quick pass. Jackson hit him so hard his own helmet flew up the field. Pittman still made the catch. And freshman safety Robert Joseph had a highlight-reel interception on a nice pass by Jevan Snead to Billy Pittman.

All of those plays are included in this collection from the day's news coverage which also includes a charming live interview with Kerry Campbell, father of Texas linebacker Jeremy Campbell.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Colt & Jevan Speak - Plus more Practice Camp News Coverage

Freshman players are usually off-limits to the media at Texas, but this year is already unusual. They team doesn't usually start the season as defending national champions and they don't usually start one with only two freshman competing for the starting QB job. So when Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead addressed the media on Wednesday, it seemed like a real story. Well, there have been several written reports and articles on the interviews but you'd have a hard time finding a quote longer than one line in any of them.
And the clip below is no different.
It's a collection of local news reports from the Longhorns pre-season practices. It includes interviews with Selvin Young and Mack Brown on reloading, Rashad Bobino and Brian Orakpo on the depth at defense, and Justin Blalock, Tony Hills and Kasey Studdard talk about the O-line. Greg Davis and Mack Brown are interviewed in the last clip to help augment the snippets of audio from Colt and Jevan.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Jordan Shipley News Profile & THSCA All-Star Highlights

Jordan Shipley was one of the Longhorns top recruits in the class of 2004 out of Burnet (Texas) High School.
Ever heard of him? They say he's great.

He's suffered two season ending injuries (one for each leg) in 2004 and 2005. But he's still the most talked about Longhorn player who's never seen the field. And with good reason.
He was ready to play for the Horns right out of high-school after becoming the all time leader receiver in Texas high school history. Shipley caught 264 passes for 5,424 yards and 73 touchdowns. As a senior, Shipley caught 95 passes for 1,920 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was a two-time first-team 3A all-state selection and a 2004 Parade All-American, he is No. 2 all-time nationally in receptions and touchdowns. He once caught 13 passes for 250 yards in a high school game and scored by rush, reception, punt return and interception return in another.

Recent Profile on News 8 Austin

2004 THSCA All-Star Game Highlights

Monday, August 14, 2006

More Longhorns Camp News Coverage - Roosevelt Leaks Interview

Here's some more news coverage from last week's Longhorns practice sessions. This clip features interviews with Selvin Young, Jamaal Charles, Quan Cosby, Billy Pittman, Greg Davis and Mack Brown. It's a collection of news reports covering topics like practice in the summer heat, the running backs, the wide receivers, Tim Crowder's hometown connection to Earl Campbell, and a rare interview with Longhorns legend Roosevelt Leaks talking about his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Titans QB Vince Young Injured by Crocodile Tackle, Saints QB Hurt by Giant Raccoon & Injured Vince Whips Wildcats in 2003

Vince Young made his pro debut with the Tennessee Titans against Reggie Bush and the New Orleans Saints on Saturday. He gained 28 yards on four runs including three first downs. He completed four passes for 56 yards and threw a beautiful 83-yard pinpoint pass that was dropped by Roydell Williams.

Reggie Bush also had some highlights in his pro-debut, but as far as I'm concerned the second most interesting thing about the game was when T-Rac, the Titans oversized raccoon-like mascot, ran over Saints backup quarterback Adrian McPherson with a golf cart.
Now I know that any injury is terrible, but McPherson really had it coming. T-Rac caught him looking at his nuts.

While Vince ended the night without getting tackled by any muppets, he did send a wave of panic through the land when he went down with an ankle injury after a crocodile tackle by DL Javon Nanton. The injury isn't serious and he's not expected to miss any practice. Then again even serious ankle injuries aren't serious for Vince.
The last video clip is from Young's freshman year at Texas when he came in off the bench in a tight game against Kansas State. He played well but sustained the nastiest looking ankle sprain late in the third quarter. Kansas State then scored to take the lead but through sheer force-of-will, Vince Young miraculously recovered and led the Longhorns to a tough victory and become the heart and soul of the team for the next three years.
I know that might sound a little over-dramatized, but just watch the clip.

Titans/Saints Game Highlights & VY Injury Report.

Kansas State at Texas 2003

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Longhorns Open Practice - News Coverage Video

The Longhorns held two practices open to the public earlier this week. It was accompanied by a flurry of local news coverage. So for those of you from outside of the Austin area, here's a sampling.

Watch Mack Brown on The Best Damn Sports Show.

Mack Brown appeared today on Fox Sport's The Best Damn Sports Show Period. He talked about the Longhorns' victory over USC in the Rose Bowl for the national championship, the upcoming season and Vince Young's cow milking appearance on the show earlier this year.
It seems that Rodney Peete still hasn't exactly gotten over the fact that Texas beat his team in the Rose Bowl, but at least this time he comes up with something nice to say (that is until his underdeveloped sense of humor betrays his real feelings.)

Watch until the end of this clip to see Vince Young waving from the audience.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Is Sergio Kindle ready to play? I don't know, but I'm sure ready to watch him. - Video Highlights

Former Woodrow Wilson (Dallas, TX) High School RB/LB Sergio Kindle (6'4", 225 pounds) is the only player in Texas to earn all-state honors as both a defensive and offensive player. He'll play defense at the University of Texas, but in high school he was a difference maker on offense, leading his "perennial cellar-dweller" team to four straight playoff appearances. In his senior year he rushed for 2,298 yards (10.5 ypc) with 40 TDs and recorded 157 tackles with 36 TFL and one touchdown at linebacker.
He was named a first team All-American by EA Sports, USA Today and Parade Magazine and was awarded the Parade AFL Ironman award as the best two-way player in the nation. He was named the 4A Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association, and has way too many state and local honors to be kept on one trophy shelf, much less for me to mention here.

Kindle was recruited by just about every major football program in the country, but he seemed to always know where he wanted to be.
"I didn't want to leave the state, and everybody in the country knows that if you're going to stay close to home, you pick the best school and that's Texas no doubt about it. I know that if our recruiting class sticks together, we're really going to have something special."
High School Highlights

Personal Profile

At the US Army All-American Bowl

Friday, August 04, 2006

Cedric Benson Injures Shoulder After ESPN Spotlight - Career Highlights

The day after ESPN featured Cedric Benson in a "Difference Maker" segment, the former Longhorn standout left practice yesterday on a cart with a shoulder injury. The injury doesn't seem too serious, but it certainly won't help Benson in his bid to earn the starting job for his Chicago Bears.
That's the focus of this ESPN piece that ran just before his injury.

This is a great collection of highlights from Benson's Longhorn career.

And his best runs from his rookie season in the NFL.

New Scoreboard Goes Up, Joe Jamail Statue Comes Down... and Whatcha Gonna Do About it Fatboy?

The THSCA All-Star game was held at Royal Memorial Stadium earlier this week. While there, I got my first look at the new scoreboard and I noticed something... It's really big.

When it's complete it will be the world's largest high-definition screen until later this year when a Japanese horse track proves that everything is bigger in Texas, unless you have more money to spend. You can't really blame them though, in Japan the horses are too tiny to be seen with the naked eye.
Either way, the new scoreboard will still be the biggest one that anyone I know has ever seen, and they say it'll be ready by September 2nd for the home opener against UNT.
The above picture is a live shot of the new scoreboard from the DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium Scoreboard Webcam, where you can also see a series of photos in time-lapse. This video shows a view from the stands with some shots of the construction area and the parts to be installed still in their giant boxes.

And this video shows that the statues of coach Darrell K. Royal and billionaire attorney Joe Jamail have been removed from the stadium. Gee, I sure hope somebody has cleared that with Joe. He can get kinda nasty when you cross him.

Just take a look at this video from a 1980s deposition where Jamail (off camera to the right) questions a former research scientist, loses his temper and then calls him fatboy.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Hunter Lawrence Shows Grace Under Fire at the 2006 THSCA All-Star Game

As a kicker, Hunter Lawrence earned a rare scholarship from Mack Brown and might even earn a starting job as a true freshman. Over his last two years at Boerne (Texas) HS, Lawrence hit 87 of 91 PATs (%96) and connected on %73 of his FG attempts. He had 20 FGs (a Texas-state record) as a junior with a long of 48 yards, and 12 more as a senior (more than half of them over 40 yards) with a long of 49. He was a two-time all-sate selection and is considered by many to be the top high school kicker in the nation for the class of 2006.
Lawrence could be that rare impact kicker at Texas and help bring some needed consistency at the position for years to come.

He's a good student, he works hard to improve, and his high school coach Tommy Bludau has nothing but good things to say about him:
"He has a really strong leg and I think he's only going to get better, that's the scary thing."

"When we want to kick it deep, he gets it into the end zone consistently. He's got a really strong leg on kick-offs also."

"He really works to improve himself and in the spring he really works to get stronger. He's a great kid and I'm very proud of him."
At this week's THSCA All-Star Game, Lawrence boomed his kickoffs, hit all four extra points (one was even partially blocked) and in mid-scramble, got off a beautiful kick and placed it nicely down on the four yard line. He went on to nail a 41 yard punt into the wind with a hang time of four seconds and showed toughness while trying to salvage a bad snap with half a team of all-stars chasing him down.

You gotta love a kicker who can make the big play.

Can Jevan Snead Replace Vince Young? - High School Highlights

Going into the 2006 season, the top contenders to replace Vince Young as the Longhorn's starting quarterback are redshirt freshman Colt McCoy and the 6'3" incoming freshman Jevan Snead.
McCoy has the advantage of watching Young run the offense up-close for a season and he's already shown some off the field heroics, but Snead helped his case by enrolling early at the university and participating in spring practices. With an impressive high-school record, Snead was named to the 2006 Parade All-American team and was invited to the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and the 2006 US Army All-American Game. In his last two years at Stephenville (Texas) High School, he threw for 6,571 yards with 67 TDs and also rushed for 1,384 yards with another 23 TDs. He completed over 60 percent of his passes, averaged 318 yards a game and went 23-2 as a starter.
These videos show off Snead's arm strength and quick release as well as his ability to run the ball.

Highlights from the 2006 US Army All-American Game.

His HS recruiting video.

Sunshine Preps video.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Dustin Earnest (and 9 Other Future Horns) to play in the THSCA All-Star Game - 2006 Commit Recruiting Video

Former Texarkana linebacker Dustin Earnest will suit up in his Texas High uniform for one last game before he puts on his nearly identical Texas Longhorn uniform later this year.

Earnest will join nine other future Longhorns tonight in the THSCA All-Star Football Game at Texas' Royal-Memorial Stadium.

In high school he was twice an all-state selection and he was the district 12-4A defensive MVP as a senior. These highlights show his ability to close on a ball carrier and should serve as a preview of tonight's game (broadcast live on FSN.)

a Sunshine Preps video.