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2015 Texas Longhorns football team

The 2015 Texas Longhorns football team, known variously as "Texas", "UT", the "Longhorns", or the "Horns", was a collegiate American football team that represented the University of Texas at Austin as a member of the Big 12 Conference in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team played its home games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, where the team is based. The Longhorns were led by second-year head coach Charlie Strong. Shawn Watson and Joe Wickline ran the offense. Vance Bedford served as defensive coordinator. They finished the season 5–7, 4–5 in Big 12 play to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place.

2015 Texas Longhorns football
The logo for the Texas Longhorns athletic programs. Designed to denote the head of a longhorn, the logo generally takes the shape of a horizontally elongated "y", with two tusks and two ears; the logo is a monochromatic dark orange.
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2015 record5–7 (4–5 Big 12)
Head coachCharlie Strong (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJay Norvell (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorVance Bedford (2nd season)
Base defense3–3–5
Home stadiumDarrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 100,119)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 Big 12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 5 Oklahoma $^   8 1         11 2  
No. 20 Oklahoma State   7 2         10 3  
No. 7 TCU   7 2         11 2  
No. 13 Baylor   6 3         10 3  
West Virginia   4 5         8 5  
Texas Tech   4 5         7 6  
Texas   4 5         5 7  
Kansas State   3 6         6 7  
Iowa State   2 7         3 9  
Kansas   0 9         0 12  
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

PreseasonEdit

In 2014, first-year head coach Charlie Strong led the Texas Longhorns to a 6–7 record, including a 5–4 record in conference play and a 7–31 loss against Arkansas in the 2014 Texas Bowl. In the aftermath of the bowl game, Strong described it as well as a 10–48 loss to TCU a month prior an "embarrassment to the program" and stated that a competition between players for the quarterback position as well as other positions was needed to improve the team as a whole after quarterback Tyrone Swoopes received heavy criticism following the game.[1] On December 31, 2014, then-tight ends coach Bruce Chambers and wide receivers coach Les Koenning were released from their coaching duties. Bruce Chambers had been the only coach to have been retained following Charlie Strong's hire earlier in 2014.[2] On January 16, 2015, the Longhorns hired former Oklahoma wide receivers coach Jay Norvell to the same position at Texas. Norvell had been fired from Oklahoma earlier that month following the fallout from the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl.[3]

On February 6, less than two days after National Signing Day, defensive-line coach Chris Rumph left Texas to coach the same position at the Florida Gators after just one season with the Longhorns.[4] A week later, Texas hired Brick Haley and Jeff Traylor to fill the team's coaching vacancies at the defensive-line and tight end. Haley was the defensive-line coach at LSU at the time of hire and had previously coached the same position with the Chicago Bears, Mississippi State, and several other schools.[5] Traylor was previously a 15-year head coach at Gilmer High School, where he amassed three state championship titles.[6]

Spring gameEdit

RecruitingEdit

A total of 28 players pledged non-binding commitments to the 2015 Texas Longhorns football team during the 2015 recruiting cycle.[7] However, these players would not officially become part of the team until they signed their National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day, which occurred on February 4, 2015.[8] However, junior college recruits could sign earlier, and as a result all three of Texas' junior college prospects signed their letters of intent on December 17, 2014 and became the first recruits to sign on the Longhorns' 2015 recruiting class.[9] Six players joined the Longhorns as early enrollees, meaning that they would be able to train with the team during the spring of 2015.[8] One player did not sign with the team and instead elected to grayshirt, meaning that they would not be officially part of the team or receive financial aid from the athletic department until the spring semester of 2016 (on August 7, 2015, after more scholarships became available, Merrick was offered an immediate full scholarship).[10][11] The first player to commit was offensive guard Patrick Vahe, who committed on July 28, 2013. Three commits came from a players in either junior or community colleges, while the rest came from high schools.[7]

Of Texas' 29 commitments, 14 were listed on the ESPN 300, which lists the 300 top recruiting prospects nationwide according to the network's metrics.[7] According to ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com, and 247Sports.com, linebacker Malik Jefferson was the Longhorns' highest rated prospect; Jefferson was considered the third best linebacker nationwide and fifth best prospect overall in Texas.[12] Three players announced their commitments to Texas at two nationally televised high school all-star games, including one at the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game held on January 2, 2015 and two from the 2015 US Army All-American Bowl held the following day.[13] Among Texas' recruits in 2015 were a group of five players from Florida who visited Texas in 2014 as they played West Virginia in Austin. Given the moniker of the "Florida Five", the five—Cecil Cherry, Devonaire Clarington, Davante Davis, Tim Irvin, and Gilbert Johnson—were heavily sought after during the recruiting process and were all eventually committed to Texas by January 4, 2015.[14] However, Tim Irvin would decommit from Texas on January 18[15] and Gilbert Johnson was unable to gain academic eligibility for The University of Texas.[16] Throughout the recruiting process, five players revoked their former Texas-commit status.[15][17][18][19] However, one recruit, John Burt, recommitted to Texas on January 26, 2015.[20]

Texas' 2015 recruiting class was ranked 9th, 12th, 7th, and 10th by ESPN, Rivals.com, Scout.com, and 247Sports.com, respectively. These rankings also placed Texas as having the best recruiting class in the Big 12 Conference.

RecruitsEdit

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2015 Texas Longhorns football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 John Burt Fr
WR 3 Armanti Foreman So
WR 4 Daje Johnson Sr
WR 5 Lorenzo Joe So
WR 6 DeAndre McNeal Fr
WR 7 Marcus Johnson Sr
WR 8 Dorian Leonard So
QB 9 Josh Covey Fr
WR 11 Jacorey Warrick Jr
QB 13 Jerrod Heard   Fr
QB 14 Kai Locksley Fr
QB 15 Trey Holtz   Jr
QB 16 Logan Vinklarek   So
QB 17 Jimmy Greenwood So
WR 17 Ryan Newsome Fr
QB 18 Tyrone Swoopes Jr
QB 19 Matthew Merrick Fr
RB 25 Chris Warren III Fr
WR 27 Roderick Bernard So
WR 27 Connor Huffman   So
RB 28 Kirk Johnson Fr
WR 29 Hunter DeGroot   Jr
RB 30 Tim Yoder   Fr
RB 32 Johnathan Gray Sr
RB 33 D'Onta Foreman So
TE 36 Alex De La Torre Sr
RB 39 Gaston Davis   Jr
RB 40 Trenton Hafley   Fr
RB 41 Tristian Houston Fr
TE 42 Caleb Bluiett   Jr
TE 42 Jay Harper   Fr
TE 43 Logan Mills   Sr
TE 47 Andrew Beck So
FB 48 Dominic Cruciani   Sr
C 50 Jake Raulerson   So
OL 51 Terrell Cuney   Fr
OL 54 Garrett Graf So
OL 55 Connor Williams Fr
OL 57 Clark Orren Jr
OL 58 Brandon Hodges Jr
OL 59 Michael Welsh   Fr
OL 63 Alex Anderson   Fr
OL 65 Marcus Hutchins   Sr
OG 66 Sedrick Flowers   Sr
OL 68 Frank Lopez   So
OL 69 Austin Allsup   Fr
OL 70 Buck Major Fr
OL 72 Elijah Rodriguez   Fr
C, OG 74 Taylor Doyle   Sr
OT 75 Tristan Nickelson So
OG, OT 76 Kent Perkins Jr
OL 77 Patrick Vahe Fr
OL 79 Garrett Thomas Fr
TE 80 Blake Whiteley   So
WR 81 Ryan Roberts   So
WR 82 Michael Wilson   Fr
TE 83 Matt Center   So
WR 85 Philipp Moeller   Fr
WR 86 Jake Oliver   So
TE 87 Garrett Gray   Fr
WR 88 Ty Templin   Jr
TE 89 Chris Fehr   Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 1 Shiro Davis Sr
CB 2 Kris Boyd Fr
S 4 DeShon Elliott Fr
DB 5 Holton Hill Fr
DB 9 Davante Davis Fr
S 11 P. J. Locke III Fr
S 14 Dylan Haines   Jr
CB 15 Bryson Echols   Jr
DB 16 Jermaine Roberts, Jr.   Fr
S 18 Kevin Vacarro   Jr
LB 19 Peter Jinkens Sr
CB 21 Duke Thomas Sr
DB 23 Jordan Strickland   Fr
CB 24 John Bonney   Fr
CB 25 Antwuan Davis   So
S 26 Adrian Colbert   Jr
CB 29 Sheroid Evans   Sr
LB 30 Timothy Cole   Jr
S 31 Jason Hall So
LB 35 Edwin Freeman   Fr
DB 36 Dillon Boldt   Jr
LB 37 Johnny Tseng Jr
DB 38 Tyler Lee Jr
DB 39 Tyler Marriott Sr
DE 40 Naashon Hughes   So
LB 43 Cameron Townsend Fr
LB 44 Breckyn Hager Fr
LB 45 Anthony Wheeler Fr
LB 46 Malik Jefferson Fr
LB 48 Trey Gonzales   Sr
DE 49 Derick Roberson Fr
LB 55 Dalton Santos Sr
DT 61 Alex Mercado Jr
DT 62 Patrick Ojeaga   Fr
DE 90 Charles Omenihu Fr
DE 91 Bryce Cottrell   Jr
DE 92 Quincy Vasser Jr
DT 93 Paul Boytette, Jr.   Jr
DT 94 Alex Norman   Jr
DT 95 Poona Ford So
DT 96 Jake McMillon   Fr
DT 97 Chris Nelson   Fr
DT 98 Hassan Ridgeway   Jr
DT 99 Desmond Jackson   Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 13 Michael Dickson Fr
PK 23 Nick Rose Sr
PK 28 Nick Jordan   Jr
PK 35 Jon Coppens Fr
PK 37 Evan Moore   Fr
P 38 Mitchell Becker   So
DS 41 Kyle Ashby   Jr
P 49 Matthew Sims So
DS 53 Jak Holbrook   Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Vance Bedford (2nd year defensive coordinator/secondary)
  • Brick Haley (1st year defensive line)
  • Brian Jean-Mary (2nd year linebackers coach/recruiting coordinator)
  • Jay Norvell (1st year wide receivers coach)
  • Tommie Robinson (2nd year running backs coach)
  • Jeff Traylor (1st year tight ends/special teams coordinator)
  • Chris Vaughn (2nd year defensive backs coach)
  • Shawn Watson (2nd year assistant head for offense/quarterbacks coach)
  • Joe Wickline (2nd year offensive coordinator/offensive line coach)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster
Last update: September 23, 2015

Depth chartEdit

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:30 p.m.at No. 11 Notre Dame*NBCL 3–3880,795
September 127:00 p.m.Rice*LHNW 42–2886,458
September 197:30 p.m.California*
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
FOXL 44–4591,568
September 262:30 p.m.No. 24 Oklahoma State
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
ESPNL 27–3087,073
October 311:00 a.m.at No. 4 TCUABCL 7–5048,694
October 1011:00 a.m.vs. No. 10 OklahomaABCW 24–1791,546
October 2411:00 a.m.Kansas State
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
FS1W 23–988,283
October 316:00 p.m.at Iowa StateFS1L 0–2453,616
November 77:00 p.m.Kansas 
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
LHNW 59–2092,529
November 1411:00 a.m.at West VirginiaESPNUL 20–3856,736
November 266:30 p.m.Texas Tech
FS1L 45–4894,299
December 511:00 a.m.at No. 12 BaylorESPNW 23–1748,093
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

at Notre DameEdit

Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner Sources
2–8 1996 #9 Notre Dame 24–27 [21][22]
Texas at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Longhorns 0 030 3
#11 Fighting Irish 14 3147 38
  • Date: September 5
  • Location: Notre Dame Stadium
    Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Game start: 6:30 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 80,795
  • Game weather: 82°F • Wind: E 3 MPH • Weather: Clear & Humid
  • Referee: Mike Defee
  • TV announcers (NBC): Dan Hicks and Doug Flutie

vs. RiceEdit

Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner Sources
71–21–1 2011 #24 Texas 34–9 [21][22]
Rice at Texas
1 234Total
Owls 0 14014 28
Longhorns 21 0210 42
  • Date: September 12
  • Location: Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
    Austin, Texas
  • Game start: 7:00 PM CST
  • Television network: LHN

vs. CaliforniaEdit

Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner Sources
5–0 2011 Texas 21–10 [21][22]
Cal at Texas
1 234Total
Golden Bears 7 17210 45
Longhorns 7 17020 44
  • Date: September 19
  • Location: Darren K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
    Austin, Texas
  • Game start: 6:30 PM CST
  • Television network: FOX

vs. Oklahoma StateEdit

Overall record Previous meeting Previous winner Sources
23-6 2014 W 28-7 {{{Notes}}}
Oklahoma State v. Texas
1 234Total
Cowboys 14 376 30
Longhorns 6 1470 27
  • Date: September 26
  • Location: Darren K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
    Austin, Texas
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CST
  • Game attendance: 87073
  • Referee: Names Withheld

2016 NFL drafteesEdit

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Hassan Ridgeway 4 116 Defensive tackle Indianapolis Colts

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