2017 NFL Draft

As the NFL Draft kicks off this year, it leaves fans to wonder really who will land wear? But there are different kinds of fan this year as opposed to other years. Fans this year are  strategic this year as to who they need and what part the players can contribute. If it would be the Cleveland Browns needing help on the offensive side of the ball or the New York Jets needing assistance of the defensive side of the ball in the secondary. All only the fans would know.

As the draft went on, interesting things happened through out. Here are the first 5 picks of the picks of the NFL Draft of 2017:

  1. Myles Garret, DE out of A&M, Cleveland Browns. Something that was missing on the defensive side of the ball was an edge rusher. Choosing him would puts some variety at the edge
  2. Mitch Trubisky, QB out of North Carolina, Chicago Bears. As the depth at the QB was lacking, having this QB will have something to look foward to as this QB is a dual threat QB and will help in a form that this offense would need.
  3. Solomon Thomas, DE of Stanford, San Fransisco 49ers. This is an interesting pick because of the previous season that the niners had that was not good at all, Solomon would come in and help put variety onto the defensive side
  4. Leonard Fournette, RB out of LSU, Jacksonville Jaguars. Fournette is a well known player to run aggressive with a good zero level of balance and just incredible break away speed. Is this what the Jags offense needs this year on offense? Only one way to find out. Stay Tuned.
  5. Corey Davis, WR out of Western Michigan, Tennessee Titans. Marcus Mariota will have fun aiming down his sights on this reciever. Davis is a very flexible WR when it comes down to being able to have fast feet and also having great hands. This player has a bright future ahead of him as well as everyone else.

More amazing players out there who went to great teams with bright futures. As well as our very own D’onta Foreman who signed with the Houston Texas. As a candidate and winner of the Doak Award, seemed to earn his way to the NFL and will continue to work hard. As for everyone else in the draft, it will be something to look foward to.

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UT Football Orange vs. White Spring Game. By: Monica Mott

 

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It’s that time of year again! Texas football is well underway and we caught up with our favorite team at this year’s Orange vs. White game!

The Orange vs. White game is a scrimmage that happens every year. The entire Longhorn football team gets split into two teams, orange (defense) and white (offense), and then they play each other. It is a free event and a lot of the capital city turns out for it. From college students, to young kids, and even celebrities, this is one scrimmage you don’t want to miss!

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Vince Young covering the Orange vs. White game. PC: Monica Mott

This year’s Orange vs. White game had a lot of moving parts and exciting changes to Texas Longhorn Football. One of the biggest being this was our first shot at seeing what our new couch, Tom Herman had in store for us this fall. After a hard goodbye to our beloved Coach Charlie Strong, it was good to see a promising future for the Longhorns. Coach Herman has taken what some would say a militaristic approach to turning the football program around. Whether you are a fan of this technique or not, it was hard to argue that it’s not working. There were many strong displays of a promising future for the Texas Longhorns. Many of players have expressed their excitement for the new coach and what he can do for them.

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Sam Ehlinger (#11) in QB position

Also, a new addition to the team is freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger (#11). Fresh out of Westlake high, this rookie was clear that he came to play. We can feel some big plays coming from this guy!

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D’Onta Foreman signing autographs for fans. PC: Monica Mott
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D’Onta Foreman taking pictures with fans

With new talent comes the passing of veteran talent. Seasoned favorites Tyrone Swoops and D’Onta Foreman declared for the NFL draft this year. They were crucial members of the Texas Longhorn football team and lucky for us, they were signing autographs and taking pictures at the Orange vs. White game.

Update: D’Onta Foreman was drafted as the overall 89th pick to the Houston Texans, and Tyrone Swoops was picked up as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks.

In the end, the Orange team proved victorious. We can’t sleep on this new and improved Texas defense. Although there were many impressive moves made this game, we know Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are just getting started and we look forward to seeing what this season has in store!

Interview: Patrick Vahe & Buck Major

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This week I got to interview a few of the Texas Football players Patrick Vahe and Buck Major. Both are phenomenal players with outstanding characteristics that we as fans get to see on the field, yet aren’t exactly attuned off the field.

In my interview with Patrick Vahe I learned that he is the first Islander to be signed here at the University of Texas in Austin. For him, he finds it honorable not only representing his family but his ethnicity as well. As of right now, there is talk of possibly recruiting other Islanders, but for the most part–they are just looking at them, but we can all hope to get a few other Islanders on team to share some Texas Football pride! As for the upcoming season, Patrick is excited to be back on the field with some of his new partners, and Coach Herman. Patrick’s not quite sure what his future holds when it comes to the draft–right now, it’s a maybe but the thought is there depending on how the season goes! Patrick’s favorite team is the Cowboys and he would love to be drafted there; we would all love to see that as well and wish you the best in your upcoming season!

As for some off the field insights, Patrick was an MMA fighter in Jr. High, and found his love for the game of football in high school watching his brothers play only to start playing himself. Although sports seem to be a very dominate ability, Patrick has many others, some of which include–playing instruments and singing! Patrick plays various instruments from guitar to piano which goes hand in hand with his passion for singing, although he doesn’t intended to pursue it professionally, we can all hope he gives us a little taste of his musical abilities!

During my interview with Buck Major, he kept telling me about “the 9.” Confused at what it meant, he continued to explain that the 9th represented a lot of special things in his life that happened on the 9th–one including his birthdate! As for his passions outside the field, Buck loves to do photography and editing and would love to one day be a director. In the tenth grade he started editing films by taking clips from movies online, recording them and putting them together–essentially creating his own style. Once his senior year rolled around and he was enrolled in a journalism class, his teacher wouldn’t allow him to touch the computer although he genuinely wanted to get that hands on experience. Although his teacher might have refused to acknowledge his abilities then we are watching and waiting to see what he’s going to do next! I encourage you to take the time out to check out his work, he may be just starting out in that field but who knows where it will take him–I promise you, he’s someone to be on the lookout for!

One last thing, I got to talk with Buck about, was this unusual setback that has never slowed him down. There is no joints in Buck’s thumbs which means he can’t bend his thumbs at all. While most of us would be shaking our heads thinking, “You’re a football player! Isn’t that necessary?” According to Buck, it has never slowed him down; he’s dealt with it his whole life and it’s just something he’s always adapted to! I think we can all say that’s pretty impressive for any athlete, and something that definitely makes him stand out!

It was incredibly awesome getting to talk with these guys and learn more about who they are outside the football field! While you’ll see us all enthusiastically cheering them on during the on-season, we hope you that cheer them on during the off-season as well and any new ventures they decide to take on!

Texas Softball’s Recent Wins

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Texas vs North Texas

Texas Softball faced off with North Texas earlier this week. The Longhorns beat North Texas 6-0 at home, bouncing back from losing a series against Iowa State. It was refreshing to see the Longhorns put together such a dominating performance both in the field and at bat. Pitcher Erica Wright threw 6 innings and accumulated 6 strike outs. Brooke Bolinger closed the game out with 1 inning pitched and 2 strike outs.

Texas vs Kansas

Texas Softball traveled to Lawrence Kansas to play the Jayhawks in a 3 game series. Texas was able to beat Kansas in the first to games. During the double header on Friday, the Longhorns shut out Kansas completely, beating them 10-0 the first game and 2-0 the second game. It was a solid performance from the Horns and a good stepping stone from the Texas game. Texas seems to be gaining some traction after the upsettings Iowa State series, and the Horns are now putting together some big time wins. Offensively, Texas was able to do what they wanted with Kansas, and even put up a pair of home runs. Defensively Texas was also on point. They made Kansas earn everything, and did not give them much hope. The final game will be rescheduled for Sunday due to a heavy rain forecast. However, if Texas keeps up their recent trend, they should not have an issue with the final game of the series. Texas has an overall record of 28-20 as they go into the game this Sunday.

Cristie Kerr keeps defying the odds

Its not usual that a 39 year old golfer goes out and shoots the course record on the way to winning a 19th career LPGA tour tournament. Cristie Kerr is the exception. Many critics came to the conclusion that she would never be as dominant as she was in the year 2010, when she was the #1 player in the world.  In 2010, Kerr won two of the first 10 tournaments on the LPGA Tour, including the LGPA Championship, which she won by a record-breaking 12-stroke margin over the second-place finisher Song He Kim. As a result of this finish, she went to the top of the Women’s World Golf Ratings on June 28, 2010. Kerr held the position for three weeks before Ai Miyazato again regained the top ranking by a margin of 0.0006 average points. After that year Cristie found that it was much tougher to come by wins on the LPGA tour. She won once in 2015  at the CME Group Tour Championship but hasn’t seen much success since then.

Coming out this week at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey Cristie felt like this could be her week. She certainly showed her stuff, especially on Saturday when she went out and shot a course record of 62. Kerr shot 29 on the back nine, making a birdie on every hole with the exception of pars at holes No. 10 and 14. She’s now just three shots off leader Su-Yeon Jang entering the final round.

“Everybody (talks) about being in the zone, (but) I just kind of stayed out of my own way, which is what I have to do to have a chance (Saturday),” Kerr told lpga.com. “I hit it fine. I stayed out of my own way and I had a good time with my caddy, Brady. It was a lot of fun today.”

She certainly showed that she still has the skills to dominate the LPGA.

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Five Straight in the Big Twelve

After placing first in the Longhorn Shootout nearly two weeks ago, the University of Texas Men’s Golf team doubled down by winning their fifth-straight Big 12 Championship this week in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Notable Stats: 

  • UT set a Big 12 Championship tournament record by posting a 39-stroke improvement between Round 1 and Round 2.
  • The Horns faced a six-stroke deficit in the fourth round before rallying to eclipse the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
  • This week marks the eighth Big 12 title for the burnt orange and the 40th conference title overall.

Top Performers: 

  • Three UT golfers finished within the top-25 on the tournament:
    • Scottie Scheffler, ranked 15th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, led the field with 16 birdies and finished tied for runner-up (+8). This was Scheffler’s fourth top-10 finish on the year.
    • Doug Ghim, ranked 27th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, finished tied with Scheffler for runner-up (+8). This marks the fifth event of the season where Ghim has posted a top-10 finish.
    • Gavin Hall sunk a vital eagle on hole 17 to help pull the Horns within one stroke of Oklahoma State and finished the tournament in 22nd place on the individual leaderboard (+19). Hall posted a tournament-high two eagles.

Looking Ahead:

By winning the Big 12 Championship, the UT Men’s Golf team has earned the Big 12’s automatic bid the the NCAA Regional Tournament. Depending on their performance, the Horns can potentially earn a bid to the NCAA National Tournament.

  • NCAA Regional Tournament: 5/15/2017-5/17/2017
    • UT Golf Club, Austin, TX
  • NCAA National Tournament: 5/26/2017-5/31/2017
    • Rich Harvest Farms, Sugar Grove, Illinois

Be sure to keep up with the men in burnt orange and cheer them on as they pursue an NCAA National Championship! Scores and updates can be found at:

http://www.texassports.com/index.aspx?path=mgolf