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Texas LB Ayodele Adeoye to miss spring practice with foot injury

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New Texas coordinator Chris Ash’s task at turning around the team’s defense got a tad bit harder on Saturday.

According to a release from the school, linebacker Ayodele Adeoye suffered a foot injury and will undergo surgery to correct it. While he is expected to be back in time for summer workouts, the upcoming trip under the knife will knock him out for all of spring practice in Austin.

Adeoye was a top recruit out of high school in 2018 but played in just four games and redshirted his first year on the Forty Acres. He turned into a regular starter (nine games) last season however and was fifth on the team in tackles (45) while recording an interception and 2.5 sacks.

With the redshirt sophomore out, the Longhorns depth this spring as they re-tool under Ash will certainly be tested. Fellow rising sophomore David Gbenda likely will take on an increased role based on the depth chart — though he might have to earn his way back after being sent home from UT’s Alamo Bowl win over Utah due to a violation of team rules.

Texas opens the 2020 season at home against USF and new head coach Jeff Scott before heading to Baton Rouge for a must-see game against reigning national champion LSU in Week 2.

Texas adds three games vs. Group of Five schools to future schedule

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In between portal posts, how about some scheduling news involving the Texas Longhorns football program?

Early Thursday afternoon, Texas Longhorns football announced three future games against schools from Group of Five conferences, one from the Mountain West and two from the Sun Belt.  On Sept. 3, 2022, Texas will play host to Louisiana-Monroe.  Sept. 16 the following season, Wyoming will head to Austin.  Finally, on Sept. 5, 2026, Texas will face in-state foe Texas State at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Texas and Louisiana-Monroe have met just once previously, a 59-20 UT win in 2009.

Texas and Wyoming have squared off five times previously, the first coming in 1974 and the most recent in 2012.  The Longhorns have won all five meetings by a combined score of 163-44.

As with Louisiana-Monroe, Texas and Texas State have played just once before, way back in 1930.  At the time, the school noted, Texas State went by the name “Southwest Texas State Teachers College.”

In announcing these Group of Five games, Texas also took the opportunity to remind folks about its other prime non-conference Power Five matchups.  From the release:

The contests with Alabama in 2022 and 2023, as well as Ohio State in 2025 and 2026 are part of a high-profile collection of home-and-home series that started with LSU traveling to Austin this past year and a return trip to Baton Rouge in the upcoming year. Other featured future matchups with iconic college football programs include Michigan (2024 and 2027), Georgia (2028 and 2029) and Florida (2030 and 2031).

In addition to those mentioned by the school, Texas also has a future home-and-home series with Arizona State scheduled for 2032 and 2033.  They had also been in discussions with Penn State on a home-and-home a couple of years ago.  As of yet, nothing has come out of those talks.

Pair of Texas defensive tackles cannonball into transfer portal

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Texas Longhorns football, you’re in the batter’s box in the latest round of “Who’s Next to Lose a Player to Portaling?

According to 247Sports.com, a pair of defensive tackles, D’Andre Christmas-Giles and Gerald Wilbon, are set to transfer from UT.  A Texas Longhorns football official has since confirmed that both players are now listed in the NCAA transfer database.

Christmas-Giles and Wilbon (pictured) will be leaving Austin as graduate transfers, allowing them to play immediately this coming season.

Both players came to the Longhorns as members of the Class of 2016.  Christmas-Giles was a four-star signee, rated as the No. 35 tackle in the country and the No. 21 player regardless of position in the state of Louisiana.  Wilbon was a three-star signee who was the No. 36 player from the same state.

Christmas-Giles wound up playing in 20 games for the Longhorns.  Just one of those appearances came this past season.  He was credited with six tackles and a fumble recovery.

Wilbon, meanwhile, appeared in 36 games, starting one of those contests his true freshman season.  The 2018 second-team Academic All-Big 12 lineman has been credited with 19 tackles and a fumble recovery.

The 2020 season will be the final year of eligibility for both players.  Because each of them played in fewer than four games in 2019, they were able to preserve a season of eligibility.

247Sports.com notes that Wilbon and Christmas-Giles are the sixth and seventh scholarship Texas Longhorns football players to enter the transfer portal this cycle. The others are wide receiver Jordan Pouncey (HERE), offensive tackle JP Urquidez (HERE), offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd (HERE), linebacker Caleb Johnson (HERE) and defensive back Donovan Duvernay (HERE).

Pouncey has since officially moved on, announcing his transfer to Florida on the same day his four-star 2020 defensive back brother committed to the Gators.

LSU, two B1G schools will have most players on Super Bowl rosters

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The LSU Tigers football program represented the sport well in winning the 2019 national championship, and now they’re set to be well-represented when the next level crowns its Super Bowl champion as well.

Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs again overcame an early deficit to beat the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship game. In the NFC championship game, the San Francisco 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers to earn a berth opposite the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. That game will be played at the home of the Miami Hurricanes, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Feb. 2.

The 49ers, seeking their first Super Bowl win since 1994, have four former LSU football players currently listed on their official online roster*. The Chiefs, in search of their first title since 1969, have one former LSU football player on their Super Bowl roster. That total of five is tied for the most for a single school in this year’s game.

The number for LSU is matched by a pair of schools from the Big Ten — Iowa and Penn State — for the most players on Super Bowl rosters this year. Three former Nittany Lions and Hawkeyes play for the 49ers, two for the Chiefs.

Two SEC schools, Florida and Vanderbilt, each have four former players as part of the game, as does Stanford. Middle Tennessee State and San Diego State are two of a gaggle of schools with three players on teams playing in the game, which is the most of any Group of Five conference member.

Conference-wise, it was the SEC leading the way (again) with 32 players, followed by the Big Ten’s 22. The ACC (17), Pac-12 (16), Big 12 (12) and Conference USA (11) were the only other FBS leagues in double digits.

As for the other conferences?

  • Mountain West, nine
  • AAC, six
  • MAC, five
  • Sun Belt, four

Football independents accounted for six players. There were a total of 21 players who played at levels of football other than the FBS.

Below are all of the individual schools that will be represented on Super Sunday:

FIVE
Iowa
LSU
Penn State

FOUR
Florida
Stanford
Vanderbilt

THREE
Arizona
Auburn
Clemson
Kansas State
Middle Tennessee State
Mississippi State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh
San Diego State
South Carolina

TWO
Alabama
BYU
Central Michigan
Duke
FAU
Florida State
Georgia Southern
Michigan
Michigan State
NC State
Ole Miss
Oregon
Purdue
Southern Miss
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
USF
Utah
Virginia

ONE
Air Force
Alabama A&M
Appalachian State
Arizona State
Arkansas
Baylor
Boston College
Bowling Green State
Buffalo
Cal
Cincinnati
Colorado
Colorado State
Colorado State-Pueblo
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Michigan
Eastern Washington
Georgia
Georgia Tech
Grand Valley State
Harvard
Hawaii
Illinois
Indiana
James Madison
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana
McGill (Canada)
Minnesota
Montana State
New Hampshire
New Mexico State
North Texas
Northern Illinois
Northern Iowa
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Oregon State
Princeton
Samford
San Diego
San Jose State
SMU
South Carolina State
TCU
Temple
Texas Tech
UConn
Utah State
Valdosta State
Villanova
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Washington
West Alabama
Western Illinois
Western Kentucky
Wyoming

(*Includes players on injured reserve, practice squad, etc.)

Texas brings Jay Boulware home from Oklahoma

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Jay Boulware is crossing sides in the Red River Rivalry… again. Boulware officially joined the Texas coaching staff on Saturday, the school announced. Boulware will be the special teams and tight ends coach for the Longhorns.

“Jay is a proven, accomplished coach and special teams coordinator who as a former Longhorn and Texas native, has deep roots in our state,” Texas head coach Tom Herman said in a released statement. “He also has extensive experience coaching in the Big 12, having spent a decade in our league, and has worked with teams that have competed at the highest level, including a National Championship team at Auburn in 2010.”

“I’ve been watching this program from afar since the day I left there in the spring of 1997, and I’ve always had it in my mind that I would like to come back someday and help Texas win a National Championship,” Boulware said in his released statement.

Boulware comes to Texas from rival Oklahoma. Boulware coached with the Sooners from 2013 through last season and was a part of multiple Big 12 championship teams and a program that participated in the College Football Playoff each of the past two seasons. Boulware was Oklahoma’s special teams and running backs during the last seven seasons. HE previously coached tight ends at Texas, NIU, Arizona, Utah, and Auburn.

Boulware started his coaching career as a graduate assistant with the Longhorns in 2014. He eventually was named tight ends coach and spent three seasons with his alma mater (Boulware played offensive tackle for Texas in 1991 and 1992). His coaching stops have included Northern Illinois, Arizona, Stanford, Utah and Iowa State, where he joined Gene Chizik and followed him to Auburn. In 2013, Boulware was hired by Wisconsin to be a part of a new staff being compiled by Gary Andersen, but he left the Badgers for Oklahoma just months later.