• Former Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks takes on new role with Eagles

    Former linebacker Jordan Hicks has had an unexpected rise to stardom in his past three games with the Philadelphia Eagles. The rookie started his first game against the Dallas Cowboys in week two of the NFL season because of injuries to Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks. He was noted for the sack that broke Tony Romo’s clavicle and sidelined the quarterback for six weeks. This past week, Hicks recovered yet another fumble and aided in stopping Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ dominant pass offense. After just three games, Hicks has recorded a total of 21 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception and three fumble recoveries.

    During his career with the Longhorns, Hicks played behind linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson his freshman year. As a sophomore, he competed in eight starts including a Holiday Bowl performance against California, in which he recorded eight tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. As a senior in 2014, Hicks recorded 147 tackles, seventh best in Texas history. His strong combine performance attracted the attention of the Eagles, who selected him 84th overall.

  • Jake Arrieta’s historic season follows offseason spent in Austin

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta has played a major role in his team’s success this season. But his individual accolades might be even more impressive — finishing the season with the second-lowest ERA in the majors at 1.77, seventh in strikeouts with 236 and the most wins in all of baseball with 22. On top of all that, Arrieta threw the first Cubs no-hitter since 2008 against the NL West division champion Los Angeles Dodgers and recorded a 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break — the lowest second-half ERA in MLB history.

    Before Arrieta became one of the front-runners for the National League Cy Young award, he spent his offseason in Austin training for the 2015 season.

    Arrieta’s workouts in Austin weren’t typical of a major league pitcher. His workout routine usually consisted of popular Austin activities such as hiking and biking. What made Arrieta’s workouts even tougher: He toted his two young children around in a baby carrier on his chest.

    “That’s one of the main reasons we live in Austin,” Arrieta told MLB.com. “The weather is so nice for the majority of the offseason, and it’s easy for us to get out and ride bikes and get on some trails, to walk together as a family. Sometimes I’ll go out for a trail run. We just like to do things outdoors.”

    Arrieta capitalized on the offseason in Austin by training himself both physically and mentally.

    “I’ve learned to be my own coach and trust my gut, instead of trusting everybody I come in contact with,” Arrieta told ESPN. “I knew for a long time I could pitch my way and have success, but it was hard to do that. You want to be coachable and try to listen and learn from people, but everybody normally doesn’t have all the information. Sometimes you have to be your own coach and try to figure it out on your own.”

    Arrieta’s workout regimen during the offseason brought his productivity on the field to the next level. Not only has Arrieta ushered the Cubs back into the postseason, but he has also led Chicago to its first postseason win since 2003 after throwing a complete game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card game Wednesday.

    While taking over as the ace in Chicago, Arrieta maintained his quirky free-spirit attitude typical of the Austin scene, with witty tweets and off-field behaviors. He became the first player in major league history to throw a no-hitter and conduct his post-game press conference in a mustache-patterned onesie.

    The National League Cy Young candidate will start Monday for the Cubs at home against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the NLDS with hopes of extending Chicago’s magical season. The game is in Chicago and airs at 5:07 p.m. on TBS.
    There, Arrieta will aim to give Austin another reason to be proud.

  • Bevo to miss Texas-OU game because of life-threatening condition

    Bevo XIV will not make the trip to Dallas for Saturday’s Texas-OU game because of a life-threatening condition, according to a statement from the University. 

    Bevo XIV, who was known as Sunrise Studly before he was chosen as Bevo, has been the University’s mascot since 2004 after replacing XIII. The steer is in its 12th season as the Texas’ mascot and weighs 2,100 pounds. Bevo has appeared in big games over the past 12 seasons, including the team’s 2005 National Championship win over USC. 

    “BEVO is a fighter, a symbol of strength and who fans across the world care deeply about. We are carefully monitoring BEVO’s condition at this time and will update the public as we find out more about his condition. The safety and well being of BEVO XIV is always our primary concern, and therefore he will not be attending the game on Saturday” Ricky Brennes, the executive director of the Silver Spurs Alumni Association, said in a statement.

    Bevo XIV is being monitored by veterinarians, according to to the statement.

    Click here for 14 facts about Bevo XIV.

  • Former Texas kicker secures Baltimore win

    Texas alum and current Baltimore Raven Justin Tucker won the battle of the kickers in Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    “In this league, most games come to three points,” head coach John Harbaugh said Thursday night following Tucker’s game-winning field goal.

    Tucker connected on three field goals, all 40 yards or more, in the close battle against the Steelers. Steelers kicker Josh Scobee missed both of his attempts from 49 and 41 yards in the final 2:29 of the fourth quarter.

    Tucker’s first kick, from 40 yards out with 10:14 remaining, brought the Ravens within three points of the Steelers. With only three seconds remaining in the game, Tucker then kept the Ravens alive with a 42-yard field goal to force overtime. As a result of the Steelers’ poor kicking game, the Ravens attempted two fourth-down conversions in overtime and set up Tucker’s 52-yard, game-winning field goal.

    The former Longhorn is no stranger to making game-winning kicks. Tucker’s college career is best remembered for his game-winning field goal in the final game of the Texas vs. Texas A&M rivalry in 2011. Since he joined the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, Tucker has made eight game-winning kicks, one of which sailed 61 yards in 2013.

  • Texas men’s golf heads to Oregon for Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational

    The Texas men’s golf team heads to Portland, Oregon for the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational Sunday through Tuesday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

    The three-day, 54-hole tournament will take place on two different courses at Pumpkin Ridge. Round one  will be played on the Ghost Creek course (Par 71, 6,834 yards) while Rounds two and three will be on Witch Hollow (Par 72, 7,015 yards).

    The tournament will host 14 teams, 11 of which are ranked in the top 25. No. 7 Stanford and No. 10 Clemson will be among the competitors. No. 15 Oklahoma joins Texas as the only other Big 12 school in the field.

    Texas finished fifth of 12 teams in last year’s tournament, posting 863 (+23). Oregon won with an 11-over 851. Oregon’s Thomas Lim won the individual standings with an eight-under 202. Texas’ low player was junior Beau Hossler, who finished sixth with a 1-over 211.

    The No. 9 Longhorns dropped seven spots in the NCAA rankings after their eighth-place finish in the season opener two weeks ago in Chicago. However, Texas returns last year’s team scoring average leader, Hossler, who missed the season opener after recently returning from the Walker Cup in England.

    The Texas lineup includes – in order – sophomore Doug Ghim, Hossler, sophomore Scottie Scheffler, junior Gavin Hall and junior Kalena Preus.