• Texas baseball team adds prep star C.J. Hinojosa

    One of the top 2012 MLB Draft prospects has become the newest addition to Augie Garrido’s arsenal.

    Shortstop C.J. Hinojosa, has completed an aid agreement with the Longhorns and will enroll at Texas once he graduates from Klein Collins High School in December.

    Hinojosa, considered by many to be one of the best fielding shortstops in the 2012 draft class, was good enough offensively to post a .405 batting average, steal 12 bases, and notch 27 extra-base hits in 32 games, 16 of them homeruns.

    The senior shortstop is rated as the state of Texas’ second-best prospect and 13th-best in the nation by Perfect Game. According to the All-American Association, Hinojosa is ranked 19th among high schoolers, behind only Nick Williams of Galveston Ball among Texas high schoolers, who’s also committed to play for Texas. Hinojosa is slated as the No. 48 overall 2012 MLB draft prospect, six spots behind junior left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner, who is 10-5 with a 2.32 ERA in 50 career appearances during his first two seasons at Texas. Hinojosa will be ineligible for the MLB draft until 2014.

  • Senior infielder arrested Saturday

    Senior infielder Jordan Etier was arrested Saturday for possession of marijuana and evasion of arrest. He did not play in the Sunday scrimmage.
    Senior infielder Jordan Etier was arrested Saturday for possession of marijuana and evasion of arrest. He did not play in the Sunday scrimmage.

    Texas baseball player Jordan Etier was arrested Saturday for the misdemeanors of possession of marijuana and evading arrest, according to reports from the Travis County Sheriff’s office.

    Etier, who was booked in the afternoon, left central booking after posting a $2,000 bail.

    “I don’t know what the administration is going to do, I’ll have to meet with them tomorrow,” head coach Augie Garrido said of Etier’s status with the team. “I really don’t have any accurate information on the [arrest], other than what the result of it was.”

    A skilled defensive infielder, Etier did not participate in the Sunday scrimmage against Houston. In his absence, sophomore Christian Summers played shortstop and freshman Brooks Marlow played second base. Etier played second last season for the Longhorns but, with the loss of Brandon Loy, was a candidate to switch over to shortstop, the position he played at Westlake High School. He had been learning to switch-hit as well, saying, “I figured I would keep working at it and it would help us in the spring.”

    A two-year starter, he was also set to enter this season as one of the key figures in the clubhouse this season, saying at the start of fall practice that he needed to “be a leader and a competitor for the team.”

    “We’re going to have good fall work outs and that will continue into a great season. The closer we can grow together and communicate, the better team we’re going to be.”

    Etier spent much of his freshman year, the 2009 season, watching from the dugout. He enjoyed a breakout campaign his sophomore season, belting nine home runs as a first-year starter. As a junior, he hit for a .237 batting average, struck out 33 times and hit two homers, including a game-clincher against Arizona State in the second game of the NCAA Super Regionals.

    Printed on Monday, October 17, 2011 as: Misdemeanor arrests leave infielder's future uncertain 

  • Stat Guy: Looking at some past UT-OSU clashes

    Oklahoma State was able to defeat Texas last year 33-16 after several years of disappointment against the Longhorns. This year the Cowboys bring one of the nation’s top-ranked offenses to face a Longhorn secondary that is struggling to find it’s collective identity.
    Oklahoma State was able to defeat Texas last year 33-16 after several years of disappointment against the Longhorns. This year the Cowboys bring one of the nation’s top-ranked offenses to face a Longhorn secondary that is struggling to find it’s collective identity.

    The last time Oklahoma State walked off the field at DKR, it was victorious in a 33-16 shellacking of the Longhorns. And don’t let the score fool you, it wasn’t that close. The Cowboys rode into Austin, put up 532 total yards of offense — 409 through the air — and jumped out to a 26-3 lead by halftime.

    But it usually isn’t like that when these two teams face. Usually, it’s the Cowboys who end up disappointed.

    In 2004, Texas trailed OSU 35-7 at halftime in Austin. The Longhorns came out in the second half and put up 49 unanswered points behind running back Cedric Benson’s five touchdowns. Longhorn quarterback Vince Young helped out a little, too, with 123 yards rushing and 278 yards passing.

    A year later, the Longhorns traveled to Stillwater to face the Cowboys. Texas was down at halftime 28-12. The second half proved no different than the year before. The Longhorns stormed back behind Young’s astonishing 267 yards rushing, and a now-famous 80-yard touchdown dash where he pump-faked a Cowboy defender into the air.

    In 2007, Texas found itself in the same position once more. The Longhorns trailed the Cowboys 35-14 at the end of the third quarter. Once again, Texas mounted another comeback, riding strong plays by Jamaal Charles and Colt McCoy and a last-second field goal by Ryan Bailey to win the game, 38-35.

    The poor Cowboys couldn’t catch a break.

    Fast forward to its 2010 game against Texas and OSU caught a lot more than just that. The Pokes snagged 29 balls for 409 yards. That’s 14 yards a pass. Wide receiver Justin Blackmon caught nine passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. Brandon Weeden completed 68 percent of his passes, picking apart a veteran Texas secondary that produced three NFL draft picks last April.

    Compared to the Longhorns’ 358 total yards, the Cowboys produced 49 percent more offense. Weeden doubled Garrett Gilbert’s passing total. Most importantly, the Cowboys finally beat the Longhorns in all four quarters of a football game.

  • Fantasy Frenzy: Start or sit?

    Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman congratulates receiver Mike Williams during a recent game for the Buccaneers.
    Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman congratulates receiver Mike Williams during a recent game for the Buccaneers.

    Week 6 is upon us. Just like every other week, you’ll have some tough decisions to make with your roster. Here are a few suggestions of players to start and to sit.

    Start:

    Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Freeman is a quarterback that leads his teams to wins and comes up clutch in the fourth quarter (except for last week’s embarrassing loss to San Francisco). But unfortunately for Freeman’s fans, his fourth quarter stats count for the same amount as the numbers in the other three — where Freeman is an average quarterback mostly because of Tampa Bay’s heavy reliance on the run. But this week, he will be forced to throw the ball to keep up with the explosive New Orleans Saints, so expect at least 300 yards throwing and a few touchdowns.

    Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals — The former Longhorn running back hasn’t had the greatest start to the season. He’s seen eight man fronts all year as defenses try to force rookie quarterback Andy Dalton to throw. But this week Benson comes up against a very favorable matchup with the Colts’ run defense, so he is a must start.

    Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers — The wideout has had a horrendous start this year with only 183 yards in five games after a stellar rookie campaign where he compiled 1,147 yards and 12 touchdowns. Expect Williams to get back on track this weekend against New Orleans, as Freeman should be targeting his most talented receiving option early and often.

    Sit:

    Santana Moss, Washington Redskins — Moss has been a solid fantasy option this season, averaging just under nine points a contest. But this week, the Redskins are going against an Eagles team that desperately needs a win, and a desperate team is a dangerous one. Expect Washington’s offense to be handcuffed all game, especially Moss who will be covered by this off-season’s biggest prize, Nnamdi
    Asomugha.

    Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts — Without Peyton Manning, the Colts have struggled, and Addai is no exception. He has only 249 yards and a touchdown this year, and to make matters worse, he went down with a hamstring injury last week. Don’t expect Addai to provide anything for your lineup this weekend, as it is questionable as to whether he will even see the field.

    Jahvid Best, Detroit Lions — The second-year running back had a breakout game Monday against the Bears, rushing for 163 yards and a touchdown. But because Best had only rushed for 190 total yards in four previous games, his owners should be careful of the statistical anomaly. This week Best comes up against a stingy San Francisco defense, further raising the likelihood he will underperform.

  • Fantasy Frenzy: Week 5

    Tim Tebow almost led the Denver Broncos to a dramatic comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers Sunday, sparking a quarterback controversy. If he wins the job, he could be worth picking up.
    Tim Tebow almost led the Denver Broncos to a dramatic comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers Sunday, sparking a quarterback controversy. If he wins the job, he could be worth picking up.

    Week 5 of the fantasy season is in the books. Here are a few fantasy players who had scorching performances, plus a few who made owners shake their heads in disgust.

    Victor Cruz,
    New York Giants

    One great game can be an anomaly and two can still be a fluke. But when you get to three, it becomes a trend. Cruz has now ascended into trend territory after an eight-catch 161-yard day against the Seahawks. This is the third straight game where he has 98 yards or more, and he is quickly becoming Eli Manning’s second favorite receiver behind Hakeem Nicks.

    Tim Tebow,
    Denver Broncos

    The NFL’s most talked about backup finally saw the field after starter Kyle Orton struggled in the first half, and he performed well. Tebow passed for 79 yards and made a real impact running the ball, finishing the day with 16 points in ESPN leagues. Denver is heading into its bye week and with a full-blown quarterback controversy, but look for the former Heisman winner to come out on top.

    A.J. Green,
    Cincinnati Bengals

    The rookie has quietly been one of the most consistent options at wide receiver this year, putting up 10 or more points in each of his first four games. Expect Green to keep it up next week with the Bengals taking on a weak Colts secondary.

    Thomas Jones,
    Kansas City Chiefs

    He just hasn’t gotten the job done filling in for Jamaal Charles. Jones is only averaging three points a game since becoming the starter and — even worse — he hasn’t averaged more than 3.3 yards a carry in any of those games. Jones should ride your bench for a while and, if he doesn’t turn it around quickly, should be dropped for a steadier option.

    Mario Manningham,
    New York Giants

    As Cruz has gone up in the Giants pecking order, Manningham has fallen. He has not had more than five fantasy points yet, and since coming back from injury two weeks ago, has only been targeted six times. Watch carefully next week to see his targets, and if they’re lower than Cruz’s, it might be time to hit the waiver wire.

    Kevin Kolb,
    Arizona Cardinals

    Four points from your quarterback: ouch. That was the number Kolb put up this week, following a five point-performance the week before. With little talent outside other than Larry Fitzgerald, Kolb is struggling. Therefore, he should never see the light of your
    starting lineup.

    Printed on October 11, 2011 as: Cruz becoming reliable fantasy option

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