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Entertaining, intelligent, and thought-provoking discussion about Texas Football from Rod Babers, Jeff Howe, and Matt Butler.

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    Longhorn Blitz: Where Texas, other Big 12 programs are headed

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 83:19

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss Texas coming off of an open date on the 2021 schedule. While the Longhorns were getting ready for their next battle against Baylor, a lot has changed across the Big 12 and within the realm of the coaching carousel that could impact Steve Sarkisian and Co. beyond the current season. And, with the landscape changing, it's brought about some old questions about how the Texas program got to where it's at and where it might be headed. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn, Austin's home for University of Texas athletics, airs Longhorn Blitz Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Texas kicks off second half of Big 12 play at No. 16 Baylor

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 52:18

    Texas football had a lot to work on over the bye week as the Longhorns look to rebound from back-to-back, late game losses this weekend when they hit the road for Waco, Texas to take on No. 16 ranked Baylor. Prior to the season, few people would have expected this week's road game to be a challenge for Texas with Baylor coming off of a 2-7 record in Year 1 of the Dave Aranda era in 2020, but the Bears have proven to be no joke this season as they remain in contention in the Big 12 title race. The Flagship Podcast gets the week started off with a loaded show as Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes talk about the Longhorns progress during the bye week, which included a lot of focus on the team's psyche coming off of the back-to-back losses against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. The Flagship weighs in on the key areas of focus for Texas entering the latter stretch of the 2021 season and what to make of the offense, including the latest on redshirt junior QB Casey Thompson. The Flagship discusses how Thompson needs to show why he earned the starting QB role after his up and down performances against TCU and Oklahoma State as he leads this team to back-to-back road games against ranked opponents in Baylor and Iowa State.  After a short break, The Flagship returns with our ‘Love it or leave it' segment, with this week's topics focused on why the safety position needs to step it up for the defense, if Thompson's job is on the line with another poor performance and more! Get your week started off right with Monday's episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    State of Recruiting: Texas looking for two quarterbacks in 2022 class

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 71:32

    The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris discuss the big recruiting event on campus, the second quarterback take in this class, basketball recruiting notes and game picks with Guy Frazier. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Longhorn Legend Michael Griffin goes in depth on Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 59:01

    In Texas' off-week after losing double-digit leads in back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, The Flagship Podcast checks in with Michael Griffin, a member of UT's 2005 national championship team and former Pro Bowl safety with the Tennessee Titans, to get his thoughts on the Longhorns (4-3, 2-2 Big 12). Griffin, who is currently an analyst on the Longhorn Network, doesn't hold back while discussing some of his concerns, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Griffin talks about what he thinks the Texas defense is lacking and how he'd go about addressing things among the players in the locker room. Does Texas need to make some changes at the safety position? Griffin shares his thoughts about how his position is now being represented by the Longhorns. Griffin talks about the importance of being a player-led team and how players should be holding each other accountable. How is Steve Sarkisian handling things? Griffin discusses which situations he thinks Sarkisian needs more time to fix and which ones need to be a quick fix. Griffin talks about the things he likes about this team and some things he believes the Longhorns can build on as they prepare to play at No. 20 Baylor (6-1, 3-1) on Oct. 30.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Another gut-wrenching setback brings about big-picture issues for Steve Sarkisian, Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 75:28

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss Texas' 32-24 loss to Oklahoma State and take a big-picture view of where the Longhorns stand during their bye week, which comes seven games into Steve Sarkisian's first season on the job. What has Sarkisian's offense done well and where did things go wrong in the team's most recent setback? How dire is the situation on defense following yet another unsavory performance? Are one-possession games and the program's recent results in them a systemic issue? It's not a problem Sarkisian created, but it's one he has to fix and it might be the most significant hurdle he has to clear to keep the 2021 season from coming off of the rails. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn, Austin's home for University of Texas athletics, airs Longhorn Blitz Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Texas has a lot to work on during the bye week

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 48:37

    The Longhorns have made their way to the first and only bye week of the season and it couldn't have come at a better time with Texas entering the bye coming off back-to-back losses to Top 25 ranked teams. The Flagship Podcast gets the week started off with a loaded show as Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes discuss what Steve Sarkisian had to say about his team as they make their way through the bye week on the schedule. The Flagship weighs in on some of the key areas of focus for Texas this week, including getting the Longhorns back on track from a mental standpoint after dropping third quarter leads in back-to-back games, which ended in losses. Sarkisian addressed the team's mental focus and how the coaching staff intends to correct the psyche of the team to get them ready for the final five games of the regular season starting next Saturday at Baylor. The Flagship also weighs in on some of the personnel questions Texas is facing after seven games of the season and if a schematic change, particularly on defense, could be the solution to help the Longhorns down the stretch of Big 12 play. After a short break, The Flagship returns with our 'Love it or leave it' segment, with this week's topics focused on if the psyche of the team is correctable by Sarkisian and his staff, adjustments that need to be made during the bye week and the biggest surprises so far in Big 12 Conference play at the mid-point of the 2021 season. Catch all of that and much more on The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Late game struggles plague Texas in loss to Oklahoma State

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 26:53

    The Longhorns had the chance to bounce back from last weekend's second-half collapse to Oklahoma when Texas hosted No. 12 ranked Oklahoma State Saturday. The Longhorns led for the majority of Saturday's game against the Cowboys, only to once again collapse in the second half, leading to a 32-24 loss to Oklahoma State. On this week's game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes break down the Longhorns' second conference loss of the season, this time to the Cowboys, which was a bit reminiscent of last weekend's late game loss to Oklahoma. The Flagship weighs in on the offensive issues that plagued the team in the second half, which once again was a product of poor offensive line play, penalties and the offense taking their foot off the gas as the game wore on, especially after going up by double digits on the Cowboys early in the third quarter. Chip and Taylor also discuss what Steve Sarkisian had to say about the Longhorns' psyche when games start going in their opponents favor and how the bye week will be a chance for the coaches to try to correct the mental fragility of this Texas team. Catch all of that and much more on this week's loaded Texas-Oklahoma State game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The State of Recruiting: Massive weekend on deck for Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 61:47

    The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris discuss recruiting implications from Texas-OU, preview the big visit weekend on campus, the push for Arch Manning, and high school picks with Guy Frazier Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship Preview: What to expect from Oklahoma State

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 34:16

    The Flagship Podcast goes behind enemy lines this week as Oklahoma State radio sideline reporter Robert Allen joins the show for an in-depth preview of the Cowboys ahead of Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff between No. 25 Texas and No. 12 Oklahoma State. Allen weighs in on Mike Gundy's defense-first team this season, what to make of the Cowboys' offense with QB Spencer Sanders leading the charge under center, key players to watch when Oklahoma State comes to town for Saturday's game and much more! Fans won't want to miss this week's behind enemy lines preview edition of The Flagship Podcast with Oklahoma State radio sideline reporter Robert Allen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Red River recap and Texas' biggest issues at the halfway point of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 76:38

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss Texas' 55-48 loss to Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown. How exactly did the Longhorns blow a 21-point lead? What lessons do Steve Sarkisian, Pete Kwiatkowski and the players need to learn from the heartbreaking defeat? And, furthermore, what does Texas have to emphasize heading into the second half of the 2021 season? You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Texas will face Oklahoma State without two key starters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 34:00

    The Longhorns will need to have a short memory to put last weekend's heart-breaking loss to Oklahoma in the past and get ready for another Top 25 battle this Saturday when No. 12 ranked Oklahoma State heads to Austin for an 11 a.m. kickoff against No. 25 ranked Texas. But the Longhorns will be without two key starters on both sides of the ball when they host the Cowboys this weekend. The Flagship Podcast gets the Texas-Oklahoma State game week started off with a loaded show as Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes discuss all head coach Steve Sarkisian had to say Monday after he watched the film of the Longhorns' loss to the Sooners in the Red River Shootout. The Flagship weighs in on Sarkisian's concerns coming out of the Oklahoma game, including the lack of pass-rush shown in the second half against Oklahoma and the Longhorns' inability to get pressure on true freshman QB Caleb Williams, and also how Texas will replace two key players on offense and defense after he announced wide receiver Jordan Whittington (clavicle) and edge-rusher Jacoby Jones (foot) will undergo surgery after both went down with injuries against the Sooners. The co-hosts discuss the guys who are next in line to replace the injured Longhorns, and why sophomore edge rusher Alfred Collins has a chance to solidify a starting role on the defense after back-to-back games where he made big plays coming off of the bench. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with our Love it or Leave it segment, with this weeks topics focused on how alarming the defense's last three games have been, the level of concern for the Texas offense in replacing Whittington and what to make of Oklahoma State's 5-1 record against Texas in the last six games in Austin. Get your week started off right with the latest episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Red River recap of Texas' stunning loss to Oklahoma

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 29:39

    It was the tale of two halves for Texas football Saturday inside the Cotton Bowl. The Longhorns got off to a roaring start against the Sooners and enforced their will throughout the first half of the Red River Shootout. But the first-half dream turned into a second-half nightmare when Oklahoma erased an 18-point deficit coming out of halftime and handed the Longhorns their second loss of the season, 55-48. The Flagship Podcast returns with a recap of Saturday's thriller between Texas and Oklahoma. Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes break down the Longhorns' performance against the Sooners and weigh in on everything from the play by Casey Thompson, to the impressive career performance of wide receiver Xavier Worthy and the key moments that led to the second-half collapse in the Cotton Bowl. Chip and Taylor take a look at the defense's performance and explain why fans need to tap the breaks on calling for jobs considering the amount of plays (81) and time (35:23) the defense was on the field against the Sooners compared to that of the Texas offense, which only managed 61 plays on 24:37 time of possession and converted just one third down in the second half of the game against Oklahoma. The Flagship wraps up the show with an early look at what's to come for the Longhorns as they enter the second half of the 2021 slate beginning Saturday when Texas returns to Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium to host Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. CT on FOX. Texas fans won't want to miss this week's Red River recap episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    State of Recruiting: Breaking down Brenen Thompson's commitment

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 61:09

    The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris break down Brenen Thompson's commitment, discuss visitors for the Texas-OU game and do weekly high school picks with Guy Frazier. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship Preview: Former Oklahoma OL Gabe Ikard breaks down what Texas will face against the Sooners

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 44:52

    The Flagship Podcast goes Behind Enemy Lines leading up to the Red River Showdown as former Oklahoma OL and SiriusXM Big 12 Today host Gabe Ikard joins the show for an in-depth preview of what Texas is up against when the Longhorns take on the Sooners Saturday in the Cotton Bowl. Ikard delivers a detailed breakdown of this year's Oklahoma team, including ways Texas can take advantage of the issues on the Sooners' offense, why he believes Bijan Robinson is the best running back—if not the best player—in college football, gives his key matchups to watch when the Longhorns take on the Sooners in the 2021 Red River Showdown and much, much more! College football fans won't want to miss The Flagship Podcast's loaded preview of Saturday's rivalry battle between Texas and OU! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Where Texas stands heading into the Red River Showdown with Oklahoma

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 75:10

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss Texas' 32-27 win over TCU and the Red River Showdown with Oklahoma. It's clear that Bijan Robinson has established himself as a superstar, but how far can he carry the Longhorns? Rod explains that while Matt brings numbers to the table that put into focus the battles Texas has to win to topple the Sooners inside the Cotton Bowl. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Texas set for heated Red River Shootout battle against Oklahoma

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 51:15

    It's Red River Shootout week on The Flagship Podcast! The Longhorns and Sooners are set for the annual battle in the Cotton Bowl as No. 21 ranked Texas and No. 6 ranked Oklahoma prepare for the 117th meeting between the two rivalry programs. On the early week edition of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes take an early look ahead to Saturday's Texas-OU game. The Flagship recaps all first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian had to say during his Monday press conference with the Longhorns coming off of a much-needed road win at TCU last weekend. The co-hosts deliver the latest injury update on the Longhorns, including some bad news for the offense after Sarkisian announced senior offensive lineman Denzel Okafor will soon undergo season-ending surgery after he went down in last Saturday's game against the Horned Frogs. The Flagship discuss what Okafor's absence will mean for the Texas offensive line, which will need to play its best game of the year against a solid Sooners' defense that currently ranks No. 7 in the country against the run. Chip and Taylor also discuss the production of sophomore running back Bijan Robinson coming off of his outstanding performance against the Horned Frogs that saw him rush for 216 yards and two touchdowns in the 32-27 win over TCU, and how crucial it is for the Longhorns' receivers to step up their game and help take some of the workload off of Robinson this weekend when they take on the Sooners. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with our 'Love it or leave it' segment, with this week's topics touching on the level of concern for Texas after showing some struggles on both sides of the ball against TCU, how important it is for Texas to not expect Robinson to continue to carry the load for the Longhorns' offense and what to make of the Sooners close games and early offensive struggles this season. Get your Texas-OU week started off right with the latest episode of The Flagship Podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Recapping Longhorns' road win at TCU

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 35:39

    Texas posted a significant win over the weekend against an opponent that always seems to have the Longhorns' number in TCU. On this week's game reaction episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes recap the Longhorns' 32-27 road win over the Horned Frogs, which saw Texas RB Bijan Robinson put the game on his back and lead Texas to a much needed win in the game before this year's Red River Shootout. Texas fans won't want to miss this week's game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Voice of TCU breaks down Horned Frogs

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 30:35

    In this week's preview edition of The Flagship Podcast ahead of Texas' attempt to claim the Longhorns' first win over TCU in Fort Worth since 2013 (when a lightning storm caused a three-hour delay in the middle of the game), we talk to Brian Estridge, the voice of TCU football and longtime morning show host on WBAP in Dallas-Fort Worth. We get right to it and ask Estridge what the (bleep) happened to the TCU defense in giving up 595 yards, including 350 yards rushing, in a 42-34 loss at home last Saturday against crosstown rival SMU in the Battle For The Iron Skillet. In addition to four members of the SMU staff having worked at TCU previously under Gary Patterson, including SMU head coach Sonny Dykes (as an analyst), the Horned Frogs were missing some key defensive starters who should be back this week to face Texas, Estridge said. Estridge weighs in on if Patterson might be simplifying some things this week to help some of the inexperienced members of TCU's secondary. So how has TCU gone 2-8 in games before facing Texas the past 10 years and 3-6 in games after facing the Longhorns yet has gone 7-2 against UT the last nine years? Estridge shares his can't-miss theory on the matter. Gone is offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie (now at Texas Tech). So the TCU offense is being run by prodigal Horned Frogs' play caller Doug Meacham (who served as co-coordinator with Cumbie previously) with influence from analyst and former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, Estridge said. Estridge breaks down the play of a TCU offense loaded at the skill positions. Horned Frogs' RB Zach Evans is averaging a Big 12-best 110.0 yards per game rushing and 7.9 yards per carry; and WR Taye Barber is averaging 23.0 yards per catch; while quarterback Max Duggan, who is 2-0 against Texas, has seven TD passes with two interceptions and is the team's second-leading rusher (behind Evans). Saturday marks Texas' first Big 12 road game of 2021, and Estridge talks about what kind of a reception the SEC-bound Longhorns and former TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte might receive. Estridge wraps things up with how he thinks Saturday's game will play out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: How high can a 35-point thrashing of Texas Tech lift Texas?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 68:20

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss Texas' 70-35 win over Texas Tech and look at a critical upcoming conference road battle with TCU. The latest edition of the Longhorn Blitz podcast breaks down a breakout performance by the Texas offensive line, the potential of Bijan Robinson and Xavier Worthy to be superstars on offense, why the development of Alfred Collins needs to be accelerated and how concerned the burnt orange faithful should be about the chunk-yardage passing plays the Longhorns surrendered to the Red Raiders. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Texas enters gauntlet stretch of Big 12 play beginning Saturday at TCU

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 51:33

    Texas football got off to a solid start to Big 12 play in the Longhorns' 70-35 win over Texas Tech. The stout performance will need to continue in the coming weeks as Texas prepares for a gauntlet stretch of the 2021 schedule, which starts this weekend against TCU. The Flagship Podcast starts off the week with a loaded show as Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes weigh in on the Longhorns' dominant win over the Red Raiders and look ahead to what Texas will face this weekend at TCU. The Flagship talks about the Horned Frogs' upset loss to SMU, particularly the questionable at best performance by the TCU defense, which allowed 350 yards rushing to the Mustangs. Chip and Taylor discuss how Texas will likely see a far improved TCU team this week considering the Horned Frogs' success in preparing for Texas since joining the Big 12 and weigh in on ways the Longhorns can further expose this TCU defense with the continued production shown by Casey Thompson and the plethora of dominant running backs Texas has at its disposal, starting with Bijan Robinson. The Flagship also weighs in on the Texas defense's performance to start Big 12 play and discuss some key areas of focus for the unit as the Longhorns make their way through conference play. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with our 'Love it or leave it' segment, with this week's topics touching on the surprising performance by both the Texas offense and the TCU defense last week, how prepared this Horned Frogs' team will be when they take on the Longhorns Saturday and give some way-too-early odds for Texas' chances at being in a Big 12 title game after some of the top teams in the conference struggling early in the season. Catch all of that and much more on The Flagship Podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Reacting to Texas pummeling Texas Tech to open Big 12 play

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 25:19

    The Longhorns took care of business against the Red Raiders in posting a 70-35 win over Texas Tech to open Big 12 play. On this week's game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 managing editor Taylor Estes recaps the Longhorns' dominant performance against the Red Raiders as Estes weighs in on QB Casey Thompson's impressive showing in his second career-start for Texas. The Flagship talks the running game success against a Texas Tech team that entered the game allowing only 1.7 rushing yards per attempt prior to the defeat by the Longhorns, how Thompson's connection with true freshman receiver Xavier Worthy may be the difference maker down the stretch, the Longhorns' defensive performance against the Red Raiders and much more! Make sure to catch this week's game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The State of Recruiting: Previewing visitors for the weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 69:15

    The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris preview the big visitors Texas is bringing in for this weekend's game and pick the high school slate with the help of Guy Frazier. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Behind enemy lines preview of what Texas will face in Texas Tech

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 30:10

    Last year, Texas was a 17-point favorite at Texas Tech in both teams' Big 12 opener, and the Longhorns needed minor miracles to overcome a 15-point deficit in the last 3:13 to escape Lubbock with a 63-56 overtime victory. Joining us this week on The Flagship Podcast to preview the 2021 Big 12 opener between the Longhorns and Red Raiders is Jarret Johnson, publisher of InsideTheRedRaiders.com, who said Tech coach Matt Wells "mentions that game against Texas last year a lot" to his team. Gone is Tech quarterback Alan Bowman - replaced by 6-foot-5, 230-pound Oregon transfer Tyler Shough. Johnson explains why Shough is off to an up-and-down start for the Red Raiders. Tech running back SaRodorick Thompson, who ripped off a 75-yard touchdown run against Texas last season, is returning from injury. But Johnson tells you why Tech hasn't missed Thompson thanks to freshman running back Tahj Brooks, who is averaging 8.1 yards per carry. Johnson talks about how Tech's 6-foot-3, 220-pound sophomore receiver Erik Ezukanma, who had seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown against Texas last season, has only gotten better. Tech is 3-0 after victories against Houston, Stephen F. Austin and Florida International and trailed early in all three games. The Red Raiders needed a fourth-and-goal pass breakup on the last play of he game against FCS opponent SFA to hold on to a 28-22 victory. Johnson says because of the competition, it's hard to tell just how strong Tech's 3-0 start really is. Johnson also says Tech's offensive line has been inconsistent and really struggled against SFA. Johnson talks about the Tech defense, which he says has a strong front seven and has been stout against the run but might be vulnerable in the secondary. Johnson tells you how Tech coach Matt Wells, who found linebacker Colin Schooler (brother of Texas safety Brenden Schooler) in the transfer portal last year, went to the transfer portal again in 2021 and found gold (in addition to QB Shough).  Johnson also talks about Wells' job security after going 4-8 and 4-6 in his first two seasons in Lubbock. How do Tech fans view Texas now that the Longhorns have said they're leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference? Johnson tells you and gives you his prediction for how Saturday's game at 11 am CT (on ABC) at Royal-Memorial Stadium plays out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: A 58-point palate cleanser as Texas heads into Big 12 play

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 62:16

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss Texas' 58-0 win over Rice while looking ahead to the Big 12 opener with Texas Tech. The latest edition of the Longhorn Blitz podcast looks at what Steve Sarkisian and Co. fixed coming off of a humbling loss to Arkansas, what should give the burnt orange faithful hope for brighter days ahead and what part of the 2021 squad remain unknown or concerns heading into conference play. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Texas ramps up for Big 12 play

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 40:01

    Texas wrapped up the non-conference slate on a positive note when the Longhorns manhandled Rice, 58-0, last weekend. With the first three games in the rear-view mirror, Texas will not shift its focus to the Big 12 schedule, which could be a tough road for the Longhorns starting this weekend when Texas Tech heads to Austin for an 11 a.m. kickoff. On the early week edition of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes dive in to the first Big 12 game of the year for Steve Sarkisian and his staff against the Red Raiders. The Flagship discusses some of the key comments from Sarkisian to start the week as his team looks to continue on the winning path when they host Texas Tech this weekend. The Flagship weighs in on the first-year head coach announcing QB Casey Thompson will once again start for Texas Saturday, while the playing time for Hudson Card is up in the air and is not a guarantee.  With Thompson and the offense coming off of the monster performance against the Owls, Chip and Taylor give their take on what to expect from that side of the ball down the stretch of conference action. The Flagship also delivers an early preview of the Red Raiders, particularly on offense with Texas Tech fielding a more balanced group that has the talent to gash opponents on the ground and in the passing game. The Texas defense will be tasked with a difficult challenge in facing Texas Tech QB Tyler Shough — who averaged 270.67 passing yards per game for the Red Raiders in non-conference — and why Saturday's game will be the first true test for the Texas secondary in going up against the Tech offense. After a short break, The Flagship returns with our 'Love it or Leave it' segment, with this week's topics touching on what, if anything, we learned about Texas from the Rice game, level of concern for Joshua Moore's limited production through the last two games and how close Saturday's game between Texas and Texas Tech could be based off how the two teams have played one another in the past. Get your week started off right with the latest episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Reacting to Texas' dominant win over Rice

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 33:36

    The Longhorns rebounded in a big way Saturday night in Austin when Texas dominated Rice 58-0. After a humbling Week 2 loss to Arkansas, the Longhorns made a statement at all three phases of the game in the final non-conference regular-season matchup of Year 1 of the Steve Sarkisian era. On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes react to the Longhorns' performance against the Owls starting with the production of the Texas offense. Junior quarterback Casey Thompson logged his first career start at Texas and made his first college start one to remember as Thompson led the Texas offense on seven of eight scoring drives, all of which ended with touchdowns, before he hung it up midway through the third quarter. The Flagship also weighs in on the electric performance from the Texas running back room against the Rice defense, which has been a recent strength for the Owls under Mike Bloomgren, and rushed for a total 427 yards and six touchdowns in the ball game. Four different RBs found the end zone against Rice, led by sophomore RB Bijan Robinson with 127 yards and three touchdowns, while Roschon Johnson, Keilan Robinson and Jonathon Brooks all added a touchdown of their own. The Flagship then shifts focus to the defensive side of the ball in the shutout of Rice, which marked the first shutout win for Texas since 2017. The Longhorns enforced their will early and often against the Owls, and held the Rice offense to less than 300 total yards and no points. Texas fans won't want to miss this loaded game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: In-depth look at what Texas could face against Rice

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 27:31

    The Flagship Podcast takes you behind enemy lines previewing the Longhorns upcoming home game against Rice with AtTheRoost.com reporter, Matthew Bartlett. The Flagship Podcast goes in-depth on what Texas could expect from the Owls Saturday night, the strengths and weaknesses of this Rice team, the latest injury updates leading up to Saturday's game and much more! Texas and Rice fans won't want to miss this exclusive preview of what the Owls could bring to the table Saturday against the Longhorns with AtTheRoost.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Putting Texas back together after getting bullied by Arkansas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 63:25

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to make sense of the 40-21 thumping the Longhorns suffered at the hands of Arkansas. The 19-point loss is the program's worst since the end of the 2016 season and every potential flaw in Steve Sarkisian's first squad was exposed in front of a national television audience. What can Texas realistically fix before getting back on the horse and taking on Rice? And what deficiencies do Sarkisian and his staff need to work around the rest of the way? You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Casey Thompson named Texas' starting QB

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 34:01

    A big change has been made on the Forty Acres. Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday that junior quarterback Casey Thompson will get his first-ever career start this Saturday when the Longhorns host Rice at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. What does this decision mean for freshman QB Hudson Card and the offense? On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes weigh in on Sarkisian's decision to replace Card for Thompson as the Longhorns' starting QB ahead of Saturday's game, and how the quarterback change could impact the offense down the stretch. Chip and Taylor express their thoughts on Thompson getting his first start at Texas and why this was probably the right move for the Longhorns after last weekend's humbling upset loss to Arkansas. The Flagship also discuss the glaring issues on the offensive line that need to be cleaned up sooner rather than later, and how the O-line's struggles will only continue to plague the offense in Big 12 play if those problems do not get resolved. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with our Love it or Leave it segment, with this week's topics focused on how surprised you were at Sarkisian's QB change, if the starting job is Thompson's for the future and the level of concern for the Texas offensive line after showing struggles in the first two games of the season. Texas fans won't want to miss this loaded episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship Game Reaction: What to make of Texas' loss at Arkansas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 26:43

    The Longhorns got a taste of SEC football Saturday night in Fayetteville, Ark. when No. 15 ranked Texas fell to Arkansas, 40-21. The Razorbacks controlled the entire game against the Longhorns, and had an answer for any potential of opportunity for Texas to build momentum in the ball game. On this week's Texas vs. Arkansas game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes give their immediate post-game thoughts on the Longhorns' loss to the Razorbacks. The Flagship weighs in on what to make of the quarterback position after seeing redshirt freshman Hudson Card struggle against the Arkansas defense, and discuss head coach Steve Sarkisian's post-game comments about the QB rotation after he pulled Card for Casey Thompson late in the third quarter. The Flagship also addresses the glaring concerns across the offensive line and how the receiver group did no favors for Card in his first road game as the starting quarterback at Texas. Moving over to the defensive side of the ball, Chip and Taylor discuss the defense's performance against the Razorbacks and how the lack of production from the Longhorns' offense was crippling to the defense as the game wore on. Catch all of that and much more on this week's Texas vs. Arkansas game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The State of Recruiting: Texas lands Justice Finkley and stays hot on trail

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 71:15

    The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris discuss the big commitment from Justice Finkley, how the first win of the season affects recruiting, and this week's high school picks. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: In-depth Arkansas preview with HawgSports publisher Trey Biddy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 30:32

    The first road game of the season is right around the corner, and we have a special guest to preview the matchup been No. 15 ranked Texas and former Southwest Conference rival Arkansas. HawgSports.com publisher Trey Biddy joins this week's interview edition of The Flagship Podcast and delivers an in-depth look at the Razorbacks, who enter Saturday's game against the Longhorns as a touchdown underdog. Biddy weighs in on Arkansas' season opening win over Rice and what to watch from the Razorbacks when they host the Longhorns Saturday evening. Texas fans will not want to miss this in-depth preview of the Longhorns' opponent with HawgSports.com publisher Trey Biddy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Texas looks different one game into Steve Sarkisian's tenure

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 65:18

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to break down the 38-18 season-opening win over Louisiana and what's different about Texas under Steve Sarkisian. A lot of things that were left to be desired under the previous regime were cleaned up in the first game of the Sark era, which has created optimism heading to a highly-anticipated road trip to Arkansas. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Early preview of Texas' first road game vs. Arkansas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 44:43

    The Flagship Podcast returns with a loaded episode this week as Horns247 managing editor Taylor Estes and columnist Chip Brown weigh in on what Steve Sarkisian had to say about the Longhorns' performance against Louisiana and give an early preview of Saturday's road game at Arkansas Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Game reaction of Texas' win over Louisiana

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 25:52

    Texas put up an impressive win over a Top 25 ranked opponent Saturday when the Longhorns took down the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns for the 2021 season opener at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium, On Sunday's episode of The Flagship Podcast Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes recap the Longhorns' start to the Steve Sarkisian era, which ended with Texas taking down Louisiana 38-18. Chip and Taylor discuss everything from the impressive performance by sophomore running back Bijan Robinson, the third-down go-to guy in wide receiver Jordan Whittington, how redshirt freshman Hudson Card fared in his first collegiate start and Pete Kwiatkowski and the Texas defense getting off to a solid start in holding a Top 25 ranked opponent to fewer than 20 points in the defense's debut. Catch all of that and much more on this week's game reaction edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The State of Recruiting: Recapping a red hot week on recruiting trail

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 65:23

    The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris discuss a red-hot week in Texas recruiting, the opening of the contact period for the 2023 class and high school picks. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: In-depth look at Ragin' Cajuns with ULL reporter Raymond Partsch

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 34:54


    On this week's interview edition of The Flagship Podcast we preview Texas' season opener against the 23rd-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns with Raymond Partsch, host of RP3 and Company on 103.7 The Game in Lafayette (La.) and beat writer covering Louisiana for the Daily Iberian. Partsch covers it all with Horns247 columnist Chip Brown - from how Louisiana, which is starting a season in the AP Top 25 for the first time in school history, had to adjust for Hurricane Ida coming ashore near New Orleans last weekend to coach Billy Napier as well as the offense, defense and special teams of the Ragin' Cajuns. Partsch explains why he thinks Napier, the receivers coach at Alabama while Steve Sarkisian was an analyst for the Tide in 2016, turned down interest from Auburn and South Carolina as a head-coaching candidate after Louisiana went 10-1 last year, including a season-opening, 31-14 victory at Iowa State. Partsch breaks down the Louisiana offense, starting with fifth-year "super senior" quarterback Levi Lewis (5-10, 190), whom Partsch says "makes good decisions and doesn't get you beat by making the big mistake" and who coaches turned loose more in the running game last season (when Lewis averaged 6.1 yards per carry). Louisiana's leading rushers from last season - Elijah Mitchell and Trey Ragas - are in the NFL now, so the Ragin' Cajuns are looking to sophomore Chris Smith (No. 21) and freshman Emani Bailey (No. 20) of Denton Ryan to carry the load in Louisiana's run-first attack.  Louisiana has some big receivers, but Partsch says it's a mystery as to which one would be considered the go-to guy in the passing game, because Lewis spreads the ball around, including passes to the running backs. Partsch breaks down the playmakers from a defense that he says is the strength of the Louisiana team and returns 10 starters from last season.  Partsch gives the edge in special teams to Louisiana, in part, because running back Chris Smith returned a couple kicks for touchdowns last season. Partsch provides an injury update on the Ragin' Cajuns and wraps up the interview with a prediction for how the game will play out - so check it out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Flagship: Previewing Texas' home opener against Louisiana

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 35:25

    IT'S GAME WEEK!!! And The Flagship Podcast is here to get you ready! In this week's episode, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown takes a three-dimensional view of everything that will be going on outside and inside DKR - before, during and after the Longhorns make their debut under new coach Steve Sarkisian. Throw in the fact that Sarkisian's debut comes against a veteran Louisiana team (opening the season in the AP Top 25 - at No. 23 - for the first time in school history), coached by Billy Napier, who drew interest from two SEC coaching vacancies after last year's 10-1 season and the intrigue escalates. Brown talks about how facing the Ragin Cajuns' fifth-year, dual-threat quarterback Levi Lewis will be good preparation for the other dual-threat quarterbacks Texas will face this season against the likes of TCU, Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Baylor. This week's episode also gets into Sarkisian's decision to start redshirt freshman quarterback Hudson Card (a story Brown broke last Saturday) with plans to also play redshirt junior QB Casey Thompson and how that's a departure for Sarkisian from past decisions about his signal-callers. Brown covers all the variables that will impact Saturday's game - right down to a near-100-degree forecast - and how he's not surprised the betting line favoring Texas has shrunk.  The Flagship also dissects the Texas depth chart release this week and how Horns247 members shouldn't have been surprised by any of the starters. But Brown admits there were a few surprises beyond the starters and discusses which ones. Brown has done his homework on the Ragin' Cajuns and points out some key players to watch on offense - in addition to Lewis at quarterback, and why Louisiana's 3-3-5 defense is no joke. In everyone's favorite segment - Love It, Or Leave It – The Flagship gets into whether Saturday's game will be high scoring or low scoring and if special teams will play a significant role as well as what everyone's favorite new attraction on Bevo Boulevard will be on Saturday. It's game week!! Let The Flagship Podcast get you ready!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Reacting to Texas' first depth chart and previewing the Louisiana game

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 91:49

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to break down the first depth chart release of the Steve Sarkisian era ahead of Saturday's season opener against Louisiana. From the confirmation by Sarkisian that Hudson Card will take the first snap to how the position battles heading into camp played out, the latest episode of Longhorn Blitz leaves no stone unturned when it comes to the roster before diving into a preview of the opener with the Ragin' Cajuns. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Joel Klatt talks Texas Football, Big 12 and ever-changing College Football landscape

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 38:03

    This week's interview edition of The Flagship Podcast features a very special guest as FOX college football analyst Joel Klatt joins Horns247 columnist Chip Brown to check in on the state of college football leading up to the start of the season. Klatt and Brown weigh in on everything from the Longhorns and Sooners pending move to the Southeastern Conference, size up Texas football under first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, where the Longhorns could finish in the Big 12 race, what the new ‘Alliance' between the Big 10, Pac 12 and ACC means for the remaining Big 12 members and much, much more! Texas and college football fans won't want to miss this exclusive interview episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The State of Recruiting: We're back just in time for the start of the season

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 65:23

    The State of Recruiting is a podcast about recruiting in the State of Texas. Horns247 recruiting analysts Mike Roach and Nick Harris work the road in Texas week in and week out to collect the latest recruiting information. Mike Roach and Nick Harris return after a few weeks off to get you ready for the season. After discussing the commitments that went down since the last recording, they talk about the latest in high school football news and answer the mailbag. The show finishes off with a preview of this week's high school coverage. Hosts: Nick Harris and Mike Roach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Key indicators pointing to Hudson Card being named Texas starting QB

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 58:19

    Horns247 reported Wednesday morning that key indicators are pointing to Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian turning to redshirt freshman QB Hudson Card to start the season off for the Longhorns. But what does this mean for the position itself with redshirt junior QB Casey Thompson having two years left of eligibility? On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes deliver the latest on the Texas quarterback battle between Card and Thompson and why signs are pointing to Sarkisian relying on the redshirt freshman Card to start for the Longhorns' opening game against Louisiana. Chip and Taylor discuss some of the behind the scenes intel gathered that has lead to the QB competition trending in Card's direction and what this means for Thompson's future at Texas. The Flagship weighs in on all of the layers of this decision by Sarkisian, including if Thompson will head elsewhere with his two years of college eligibility still in tact as a grad transfer. Chip and Taylor also discuss some developments coming out of preseason training camp, and what to make of the stomach virus that has been plaguing the Longhorns' locker room over the last week. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with this week's edition of 'Love it or Leave it', which covers everything from how the running back position may or may not help Texas while the offense breaks in a first-time starting quarterback, if we think Card is the right guy to lead the offense and much more! Texas fans won't want to miss this loaded episode of The Flagship Podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Where things stand after Texas' second preseason scrimmage

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 46:46

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss the second preseason scrimmage for the Texas Longhorns under Steve Sarkisian. There's once again a lot to unpack on the latest edition of Longhorn Blitz, but ultimately, what should be made of the tables turning after the offense moved the ball up and down the field on the defense two weeks ahead of the season opener? You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: CBS analyst Brian Jones previews Texas' upcoming season

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 34:51


    Jones says he's frustrated with the lack of player development at Texas the past decade and hopes Sarkisian and Co. can do something about it. Jones was in Austin during spring football and said, "From the janitors to the athletic director - to a man - they said there was a sense of urgency and discipline." Jones said Sarkisian's track record of selecting starting quarterbacks and developing them should give Texas fans comfort as Sark prepares to pick either Hudson Card or Casey Thompson to start at QB for the Longhorns. Count Jones among those who believe sophomore Bijan Robinson is the next big thing at running back for Texas. On the defensive side of the ball, Jones said someone needs to step up at his former position (linebacker), but has confidence in Sarkisian's defensive staff as well as the talent up front. Jones has some bold predictions for the 2021 season, including his selection of a team other than Oklahoma to win the Big 12. (Jones also says to watch out for Texas A&M as a possible College Football Playoff team.) Jones also shares his thoughts on Texas' looming move to the SEC and how "the target on the Longhorns just got larger." Texas fans won't want to miss this week's interview edition of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    The Flagship: What to make of the Texas QB battle, positions of concern

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 68:05

    Texas football has made it through the first complete week of fall camp as the Longhorns prepare for the upcoming season. First-year head coach Steve Sarkisian was not too thrilled with his offense's performance coming out of the first scrimmage of preseason training camp and is looking for substantial improvement this week leading up to scrimmage No. 2 this Saturday. On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes return with a loaded show starting off with the latest intel on the quarterback position. Redshirt freshman QB Hudson Card and redshirt junior QB Casey Thompson have been battling it out, though Card got the first-team reps in both Monday and Tuesday's practices. Chip and Taylor weigh in on the progress of Card and what Thompson needs to do to take control of the starting role. The Flagship also weighs in on the latest concerns at wide receiver and guys who have stood out at the position, while also discussing players who have work to do to get into the rotation. On the flip side of the ball, Chip and Taylor address the guys who have stood out on defense and weigh in on the progression of some of the key transfers the Longhorns added prior to the start of the 2021 season. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with this week's edition of Love it or Leave it, with topics including if the shift in QB reps means Card is running away with the starting role, how stout the defensive front could be for the Longhorns this season and what the biggest areas of concern are for the offense at this point in fall camp. Texas fans won't want to miss this loaded episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Takeaways from Texas' first preseason scrimmage

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 59:35

    Rod Babers, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe are back to discuss the first preseason scrimmage for the Texas Longhorns under Steve Sarkisian. Whether it's the quarterback battle, the state of the offensive line, concerns at wide receiver or what to make of the defense's performance, there's a lot to unpack on the latest edition of Longhorn Blitz. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Texas QB battle heating up, positions of concern

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 61:14

    On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown and managing editor Taylor Estes recap the first week of Texas spring practice, leading with the latest intel on the quarterback battle between Casey Thompson and Hudson Card, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: A depth chart snapshot early in camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 57:18

    Rod is back from his wedding and he's ready to break down the first few Texas fall camp practices under Steve Sarkisian with Matt and Jeff. This week's episode of Longhorn Blitz goes through the depth chart based on what's been gleaned from the start of camp and how key position battles like quarterback, linebacker and safety/nickel might shake out given the early intel. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: ESPN analyst Ian Fitzsimmons previews upcoming season

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 47:52

    ESPN college football radio/TV analyst Ian Fitzsimmons, who co-hosts Freddie and Fitzsimmons (with Freddie Coleman) weeknights on ESPN Radio, joins The Flagship Podcast for an exclusive interview this week to talk ball!! Fitzsimmons, who got his start in radio in Alabama in the 1990s and knows the Southeastern Conference inside and out, attended Big 12 football media days and spent some one-on-one time with Texas coach Steve Sarkisian, running back Bijan Robinson and defensive tackle Keondre Coburn. "My No. 1 preseason man crush is Bijan Robinson," Fitzsimmons told the Flagship Podcast before detailing how Robinson's close relationship with his grandfather, who served on officiating crews in the Pac-10 and Pac-12, led to Robinson idolizing Reggie Bush.  Fitzsimmons talks about why Texas fans should really like Sarkisian's coaching staff and if Fitzsimmons thinks Sark is comfortable being back in the glare of coaching one of the nation's top brands in college football. Fitzsimmons, like our own Chip Brown at Horns247, says the first two games of the season for the Longhorns - at home against Louisiana and at Arkansas - are going to be difficult challenges for UT that will serve as a big barometer for Texas' entire season. "A 2-0 start for the Horns would provide real momentum for Sarkisian's team in year one, because those games won't be easy," Fitzsimmons said. Of course, Fitzsimmons, who used to host a show on JOX Radio in Birmingham, Ala., (when Paul Finebaum was still at JOX) called The Cheap Seats, weighs in on Texas and Oklahoma accepting invitations to the SEC and how it will impact this season and beyond. Then, Brown and Fitzsimmons get into a fascinating, in-depth conversation about what could be next in terms of realignment for the remaining eight schools in the Big 12 - and across college athletics - that you don't want to miss. As Brown and Fitzsimmons wrap things up, the conversation turns back to the 2021 season and how Fitzsimmons sees the Big 12 playing out, including his contenders and pretenders. "The Big 12 is wide open," Fitzsimmons said before offering a surprise team to keep an eye on. If you consider yourself a Texas or college football fan, you can't miss this interview episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Flagship: Latest on Texas' move to SEC, in-depth fall camp preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 54:34

    On this week's episode of The Flagship Podcast, Horns247 columnist Chip Brown managing editor Taylor Estes deliver a loaded show, beginning with the latest on the Longhorns' upcoming move to the SEC. The Flagship weighs in on what to know after Texas lawmakers held a six hour long senate meeting on the University of Texas' decision to leave the Big 12 and join the SEC. Chip and Taylor discuss how the meeting went for the Longhorns and when to expect Texas officially joining the SEC. The Flagship shifts focus to Texas football as the Longhorns are set to return to campus for the start of fall camp later this week. Chip and Taylor recap the summer offseason and how the team is shaping up after several months spent under Texas director of football performance Torre Becton's offseason conditioning program. The Flagship then gives an in-depth preview of the key storylines to watch at the start of fall camp for the Longhorns, including who has impressed in team-led practices this summer, where things stand with the on-going quarterback battle between redshirt junior Casey Thompson and redshirt freshman Hudson Card and more. After a quick break, The Flagship returns with our weekly Love it or Leave it segment, with this week's topics including what to make of the hype surrounding speedy WR Xavier Worthy, if Texas has an even bigger target on its back this season with the pending move to the SEC and what to make of the remaining schools in the Big 12 Conference. Texas fans won't want to miss this loaded episode of The Flagship Podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Longhorn Blitz: Texas position group battles to watch in fall camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 33:20

    With Rod Babers out on a special assignment, Matt Butler and Jeff Howe march forward on the latest epsiode of Longhorn Blitz. With Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian welcoming players back to the Forty Acres on Thursday ahead of the team's first fall practice on Friday, this week's show looks at some of the more intriguing battles for playing time expected to play out leading up to the Sept. 4 season opener with Louisiana. You can get the latest Longhorn news and analysis at Horns247. The Horn is where Rod (3-7 p.m.) and Jeff (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) can be heard on the air daily. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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