2017 Texas Longhorns football team

The 2017 Texas Longhorns football team, known variously as "Texas", "UT", the "Longhorns", or the "Horns", was a collegiate American football team representing the University of Texas at Austin as a member of the Big 12 Conference in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season; the 2017 team was the 125th to represent the university in college football. The Longhorns were led by first-year head coach Tom Herman with Tim Beck as the team's offensive coordinator and Todd Orlando as the team's defensive coordinator. The team played its home games at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

2017 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.
Texas Bowl champion
Texas Bowl, W 33–16 vs. Missouri
ConferenceBig 12 Conference
2017 record7–6 (5–4 Big 12)
Head coachTom Herman (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorTim Beck (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorTodd Orlando (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumDarrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 100,119)
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2017 Big 12 Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Oklahoma y$^   8 1         12 2  
No. 9 TCU y   7 2         11 3  
No. 14 Oklahoma State   6 3         10 3  
Texas   5 4         7 6  
West Virginia   5 4         7 6  
Kansas State   5 4         8 5  
Iowa State   5 4         8 5  
Texas Tech   3 6         6 7  
Baylor   1 8         1 11  
Kansas   0 9         1 11  
Championship: Oklahoma 41, TCU 17
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Following a 5–7 season the previous year, the 2017 preseason involved a complete overhaul of the coaching staff for the Texas Longhorns football team. On November 27, 2016, Houston head coach Tom Herman was hired as the Longhorns head coach, replacing Charlie Strong.[1]


Position keyEdit

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR


Texas signed a total of 18 recruits.


An entire staff needed to be built as Coach Herman chose not to retain any current staff members that were under Coach Strong. The initial group of 6 that followed Herman from Houston to Texas included four assistant coaches, all of whom have extensive coaching experience in the state of Texas with three being Texas natives. Former Longhorn great Oscar Giles, Corby Meekins, Derek Warehime and Jason Washington all were coaches on Herman's Houston staff and will join him in Austin. Positions and titles for the assistant coaches will be announced after the completion of the staff. In addition, Fernando Lovo will serve as Assistant AD for Football Operations, while Derek Chang will be Director of Player Personnel. Both also come from Herman's UH staff.[2]

Texas then added another former Herman UH assistant, the one year offensive coordinator from Rutgers Drew Mehringer as the passing game coordinator.[3] 4 more pieces of the puzzle then were announced on Dec 19, more from his Houston staff. Todd Orlando, who was Hermans Defensive Coorindator at Houston comes over in the same role. Assistant Coach Craig Naviar also joins him. Additionally, Yancy McKnight will serve as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football, while Tory Teykl will be Director of Football Operations.[4] Herman also added the recently retired NFL player and former Longhorn Michael Huff as a quality control/assistant DB coach.[5]

Roster and coaching staffEdit

2017 Texas Longhorns football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 John Burt Jr
WR 6 Devin Duvernay So
WR 3 Armanti Foreman Sr
WR 84 Lil'Jordan Humphrey So
WR 14 Lorenzo Joe Sr
QB 7 Shane Buechele So
WR 8 Dorian Leonard Sr
WR 9 Collin Johnson So
QB 11 Sam Ehlinger Fr
WR 13 Jerrod Heard Jr
WR 14 Kai Locksley Fr
WR 17 Reggie Hemphill-Mapps Fr
QB 18 Josh Covey So
RB 21 Kyle Porter So
RB 25 Chris Warren III Jr
RB 26 Tim Yoder Jr
RB 27 Roderick Bernard Sr
RB 28 Kirk Johnson So
RB 30 Toneil Carter Fr
WR 36 Eric Gonzalez So
RB 40 Trenton Hafley Jr
RB 41 Tristian Houston So
TE 43 Robert Willis Sr
TE 47 Andrew Beck Sr
OL 51 Terrell Cuney Jr
OL 54 Garrett Graf Sr
OL 55 Connor Williams Jr
OL 56 Zach Shackelford So
OL 58 Brandon Hodges Sr
OL 63 Alex Anderson Jr
OL 64 Jake McMillon Jr
OL 67 Tope Imade Fr
OL 69 Austin Allsup Jr
OL 70 Buck Major So
OL 71 J.P. Urquidez Fr
OL 72 Elijah Rodriguez Jr
OL 73 Patrick Hudson Fr
OL 74 Jean Delance So
OT 75 Tristan Nickelson Sr
OL 77 Patrick Vahe Jr
OL 78 Denzel Okafor So
OL 79 Garrett Thomas So
WR 82 Michael Wilson Jr
WR 16 Davion Curtis Fr
WR 85 Philipp Moeller Jr
TE 87 Garrett Gray Jr
TE 89 Chris Fehr Jr
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Kris Boyd Jr
S 4 DeShon Elliott Jr
DB 5 Holton Hill Jr
CB 18 Davante Davis So
DB 11 P.J. Locke III Jr
DB 15 Chris Brown Fr
DB 19 Brandon Jones So
LB 23 Jeffrey McCulloch Fr
DB 23 Jordan Strickland Jr
CB 24 John Bonney Jr
CB 7 Antwuan Davis Sr
DB 26 Eric Cuffee Fr
DB 27 Donovan Duvernay Fr
DB 28 Jarmarquis Durst Jr
S 31 Jason Hall Sr
LB 31 Kyle Hrncir So
OLB 32 Malcolm Roach So
DB 33 Trevor Carr So
LB 35 Edwin Freeman Jr
LB 36 Demarco Boyd Fr
LB 39 Edward Pequeno So
LS 39 Michael David Poujol Fr
DE 40 Naashon Hughes Sr
LB 42 Jay Harper Jr
LB 43 Cameron Townsend So
DE 44 Breckyn Hager Jr
LB 45 Anthony Wheeler Jr
LB 46 Malik Jefferson Jr
DL 48 Andrew Fitzgerald Fr
DS 53 Jak Holbrook Jr
DE 90 Charles Omenihu Jr
DL 94 Gerald Wilbon So
DT 95 Poona Ford Sr
DT 97 Chris Nelson Jr
DL 98 D'Andre Christmas So
DL 99 Chris Daniels Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 37 Michael Dickson Jr
PK 45 Chris Naggar Fr
P 38 Mitchell Becker Sr
PK 49 Joshua Rowland Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches


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

Last update: September 5, 2016


September 211:00 a.m.Maryland*No. 23FS1L 41–5188,396
September 92:30 p.m.San Jose State*
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
LHNW 56–088,117
September 167:30 p.m.at No. 4 USC*FOXL 24–27 2OT93,607
September 287:00 p.m.at Iowa StateESPNW 17–751,234
October 76:00 p.m.Kansas State
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
FS1W 40–34 2OT90,462
October 142:30 p.m.vs. No. 12 OklahomaESPNL 24–2993,552
October 2111:00 a.m.No. 10 Oklahoma State 
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
ABCL 10–13 OT92,506
October 2811:00 a.m.at BaylorESPNUW 38–739,110
November 46:15 p.m.at No. 10 TCUESPNL 7–2448,042
November 115:00 p.m.Kansas
  • Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium
  • Austin, TX
LHNW 42–2796,557
November 1811:00 a.m.at No. 24 West VirginiaESPNW 28–1453,133
November 247:00 p.m.Texas Tech
FOXL 23–27100,629
December 278:00 pmvs. Missouri*ESPNW 33–1667,820
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time

Media affiliatesEdit

Texas' flagship radio station is KTXX-FM ("The Horn", 104.9 FM) based in Austin, Texas. Fourteen other FM stations and twenty-one AM stations cover UT's football games around Texas, while a pair of FM and AM stations based in Austin cover Texas games in Spanish. Texas Longhorns football games are broadcast via satellite radio on Sirius channel 117, XM channel 202, and SiriusXM channel 969.[7]


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released