The Texas Longhorns lost a major recruit.
Quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers announced on Twitter Wednesday that he was decommitting from Texas.
Ewers said he did not fully consider his options before committing to Texas and that his mind has since changed.
Ewers also said in his statement that he will have news on his new choice soon.
Ewers is a 5-star quarterback and the No. 1 player in the 2022 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. The pro-style quarterback is being recruited by Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson, among other schools. 247 Sports listed Ohio State as getting “warm” for Ewers.
Ewers plays for Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas and was a huge recruit for Tom Herman’s program. He committed to them in August, but the Longhorns’ 3-2 start may not have impressed Ewers enough.
Former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Quan Cosby has had enough of “The Eyes of Texas” issue.
“The Eyes of Texas” is a school song that is often sung at football events and part of tradition for the University of Texas. However, the song has been under scrutiny this year since a group of Longhorns players sought its elimination as part of a list of social justice demands.
The school elected to keep the song, but there was some controversy when players left the field prior to the song’s playing after their first two home games this year. Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte later said he expected players to stand for the song in unison.
After the team’s 27-16 win over Baylor on Saturday, the players stayed for the song.
Cosby tweeted that he had heard enough about the issue and hoped it was over.
Cosby played from 2005-2008 and caught 19 touchdowns during his career.
Perhaps Cosby just wants all Texas fans and players to be able to unite over what they have in common: a love of Texas football and desire to see the program win.
Former Texas Longhorns safety DeShon Elliott threw some shade at Tom Herman during the team’s loss against Oklahoma on Saturday.
The Longhorns lost 53-45 to Oklahoma in four overtimes at the Cotton Bowl in Texas. During the game, many Longhorns fans were frustrated, especially when the team was down 31-17 before making a comeback.
Elliott, who played at Texas from 2015-2017, expressed his dissatisfaction while following the game.
Elliott played two seasons under former Texas coach Charlie Strong. His final season before he turned pro was under Herman in 2017.
Herman is in his fourth season at Texas and has the team 2-2 this year. He’s had one good season (10-4 and a Sugar Bowl win in 2018), and two mediocre seasons. The results during his tenure have not been satisfactory for Texas’ expectations, but there is little doubt that he has had more success than Strong.
Strong was 16-21 over three seasons and never had a winning year. Herman has gone 27-17 so far. Herman’s record isn’t good enough, but that doesn’t change that Strong was not a good coach who deserved to be fired, contrary to whatever point Elliott was trying to make.
Regardless, Elliott isn’t alone in his frustration with the program.
Texas had a heartbreaking loss in four overtimes against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game on Saturday, and some Longhorns fans did not take the defeat well at all.
One Texas fan was shown on TV after the 53-45 defeat, and she flipped the bird.
Who was she giving the middle finger to? Did she know she was on TV? She probably was just really frustrated that her team lost.
The game was among the most memorable in the Red River Rivalry. There were blocked field goals, missed field goals, a 31-17 comeback by Texas, and the game went to four OTs! And there was also plenty of taunting.
The fan’s middle finger is just another reminder that college football is back!
It has been nearly three years since Baker Mayfield last played a game at Oklahoma, but the star quarterback wants to make it clear that he still has no love for the Sooners’ most hated rival.
With Oklahoma and Texas set to meet on Saturday in the annual “Red River Showdown,” Mayfield took to Instagram to share a photo of himself in his Cleveland Browns uniform flashing the “Horns Down” hand gesture.
“Orange on me but it ain’t burnt… horns down forever. You know what week it is,” Mayfield wrote.
Mayfield loved playing the role of villain at Oklahoma, so it’s no surprise he is sticking with it. He taunted a Texas signee a couple years back and even taught a bunch of kids to flash the “Horns Down” symbol at his football camp.
We know how Mayfield feels about the rule that bans players from flashing the “Horns Down,” so this is just another way he can keep the tradition alive.
The Texas Longhorns may have fumbled away a win and their unbeaten record at home against TCU on Saturday.
The Longhorns found themselves down 33-29 with less than three minutes to go in Saturday’s game, but were well positioned with first-and-goal at the Horned Frogs’ 1-yard line. However, Keaontay Ingram fumbled the ball, and TCU was able to recover.
To make matters worse, Texas didn’t even get the ball back. TCU was able to run out the final 2:32 to win the game and spring the upset.
The only good news is Ingram’s fumble was less embarrassing than some others we’ve seen in the sport. Still, that one will haunt him. It might go on to haunt the Longhorns, too.
Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman was feeling understandably confident after his team took a 56-41 lead over Texas with just over three minutes remaining on Saturday. Unfortunately, the way he expressed that confidence wound up making him look bad.
Bowman flashed the “Horns Down” hand gesture after Texas Tech scored what looked like the game-sealing touchdown. The Longhorns then proceeded to score a touchdown, recover an onside kick, score another touchdown and add a 2-point conversion. Texas won in the first overtime.
Bowman definitely thought the lead was safe at the time he went “Horns Down,” and who wouldn’t have? The comeback was one of the greatest we’ve ever seen in college football.
Between making Bowman eat his “Horns Down” symbol and the shot they took at Oklahoma, the Longhorns must have been riding pretty high after their improbable victory.
The Texas Longhorns have many reasons to be proud on Saturday.
Texas came back to beat Texas Tech in overtime 63-56 in a stunning comeback. The Longhorns were down 56-41 with 3:13 left. They scored a touchdown, recovered an onside kick, then scored again and added a 2-point conversion to tie the game. They won in the first overtime with a touchdown and stop.
Conversely, their rival, Oklahoma, blew a 21-point lead and lost at home to Kansas State 38-35. Texas director of recruiting Bryant Carrington took the occasion to celebrate his team’s victory and OU’s defeat.
Carrington’s job is to pump up his program and to win recruiting battles against Oklahoma. A tweet like that can help him accomplish his goal. But that doesn’t happen first without a big Texas comeback win.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger got his Heisman Trophy campaign off to a roaring start on Saturday, but the senior was not all that satisfied with the monster performance.
Ehlinger had 429 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the Longhorns’ 59-3 win over UTEP. All of that production came in the first half. The yardage and touchdowns were a career high for him and record for a Texas quarterback in a single half. Despite that, Ehlinger said after the game that he was “disappointed” in the way he played.
If Ehlinger isn’t satisfied with needing just 30 minutes to set career highs, we can only imagine what he expects of himself this season.
Ehlinger has plenty of experience and appears poised to have a huge year. There was some talk about him potentially declaring for the NFL Draft after last year, but he can only boost his stock if he continues to play like he did on Saturday.
Texas had a disappointing 8-5 season last year, and Ehlinger ended up eating his words after making a bold proclamation the year before. He’s clearly holding himself to an incredibly high standard, which is good news for the Longhorns.
Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell is apparently unhappy with the way the university is handling itself in the wake of the social injustice protests that have erupted across the country.
On Wednesday, Mitchell issued a statement on social media indicating he will transfer from Texas. He did not specifically say they he was upset with the team or school, but Mitchell wrote, “The only thing on your mind should be EQUALITY.”
Here’s the full statement:
“We put our blood, sweat, and tears in everyday so the city of Austin can enjoy their Saturdays. For ONCE, we decide to voice our opinions about things that can help better the community. It seems they only got our front but not our backs. People want to create change, don’t care how much money can be lost, don’t care about who hates them, or any bad outcomes that may happen. The only thing on your mind should be EQUALITY. When I look in that mirror in the morning I want to tell myself I did the RIGHT thing. That should be (everyone’s mindset). It’s not about blacks vs. whites or cops (vs.) blacks. IT’S ABOUT DOING WHAT’S RIGHT.
“With that being said, I do not feel comfortable representing the University of Texas.”
Mitchell joined Texas last year from a junior college. He made a significant impact in his sophomore season, recording 37 total tackles, three sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. He entered the transfer portal earlier this offseason but took his name out less than a week later.
Other Texas players offered their support for Mitchell’s statement:
The Longhorns players are not the only student athletes to express frustration with their programs, as Oklahoma State star Chuba Hubbard threatened to sit out earlier this week over a shirt head coach Mike Gundy had worn.