Texas QB pic­ture ap­pears un­cer­tain


Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Con­tin­ued from C Former Texas stand­out P.J. Tucker is with the Phoenix Suns af­ter stints with sev­eral teams overseas. DANNY JOHN­STON / AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Con­tact Kirk Bohls at 4453772. Twit­ter: @kbohls

backs on cam­pus. If Texas signs Wa­ters, I would as­sume a cur­rent quar­ter­back would trans­fer. Just sends a hor­ri­ble mes­sage, es­pe­cially to sopho­more starter David Ash. Very cu­ri­ous about the Longhorns’ of­fen­sive iden­tity go­ing for­ward.

3. I know they le­gal­ized the use of mar­i­juana in Washington and Colorado, but Roger Good­ell had to be par­tak­ing of some sub­stance when he sug­gested the NFL con­sider elim­i­nat­ing kick­offs be­cause they’re so dan­ger­ous. They are dan­ger­ous. The sport is dan­ger­ous. That, like NASCAR, is part of the ap­peal for fans. What’s next? Touch foot­ball? Hey, I broke my neck play­ing high school foot­ball, but I’d play the sport again to­mor­row if I could. Note to com­mish: Quit tam­per­ing with the sport. Do all you can to en­sure the play­ers’ safety, but let ’em play.

4. Good to hear that P.J. Tucker is play­ing in the NBA af­ter cash­ing in overseas. The former Texas for­ward took a pay cut — he makes only $762,000 — to play for the Phoenix Suns af­ter av­er­ag­ing 16 points and seven re­bounds a game in Ger­many and play­ing in Ukraine, Greece, Is­rael and Puerto Rico. He’s av­er­ag­ing about five points and four re­bounds a game.

5. Now that Johnny Manziel has won the Heis­man, how long be­fore crit­ics start to sug­gest he’ll never play quar­ter­back in the NFL at his size and with his style? True, he doesn’t have Doug Flu­tie’s arm, but Manziel has only played 12 games. Give him time. He’s such an amaz­ing ath­lete, the 6footer could be a smaller Brad Smith in the Wild­cat, a shifty Wes Welker or a great kick re­turner.

6. Hank Carter said he hasn’t been to any high school foot­ball play­off games since his Lake Travis team was ousted from the 5A play­offs in the first round. He said coaches from Ore­gon State — who will face Texas in the Alamo Bowl this month — came by to check out se­nior quar­ter­back Baker May­field. Carter ex­pects May­field to re­ceive more of­fers be­fore sign­ing day but doesn’t think he’d walk on at TCU, his school of choice.

7. A much-de­served shoutout to Tex­ans wide re­ceiver An­dre John­son, who chose 12 young­sters from Child Pro­tec­tive Ser­vices and let them go on a one-minute hol­i­day shop­ping spree to the tune of $19,000. Also, two Austin boys — Ri­ley Zayas, 8, and brother Luke, 5, who have been play­ing base­ball since they were 3 — de­cided to send hun­dreds of base­ball cards to poor chil­dren in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic af­ter watch­ing a doc­u­men­tary on base­ball there. They called it “Cards for a Cause” and raised money through fam­ily and friends, and they con­tacted a min­istry in the Do­mini­can called “Meet­ing God in Base­ball” at meet­ing­god in­base­ball.org to dis­trib­ute the cards. Ri­ley’s fa­vorite player is former Ex­press pitcher Mark Ham­burger; Luke loves long­time Round Rock star Matt Kata.

8. Won­der­ing about the where­abouts of former Texas quar­ter­back Mike Cor­daro from Dar­rell Royal’s fi­nal sea­son in 1976.

9. Rented “Moon­rise King­dom,” a quirky, lit­tle film with big stars such as Bruce Wil­lis and Ed Nor­ton who play against type. Wil­lis plays a bum­bling sher­iff. Nor­ton’s role as a bum­bling Scout­mas­ter is hi­lar­i­ous. Poignant script about young love and chil­dren who feel un­ac­cepted or out of place. Didn’t care for the over­done cli­mac­tic scene. Gave it 6½ ducks.

10. One crazy pre­dic­tion: The Lak­ers will not make the play­offs, and Kobe Bryant will de­mand to be traded.

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