HERMAN AIMS TO PUT TIGHT ENDS BACK IN UT OFFENSE
Seemingly forgotten position taking on new prominence at UT.
Pardon the laughs, but Tom Herman must’ve been tilting at windmills this spring when he worried about tight end.
Come now, do any Texas fans even remember what a tight end does? During the Charlie Strong era, that position became an afterthought.
Geoff Swaim did have 10 catches in 2014. Caleb Bluiett had eight in 2015, and Andrew Beck had four last year. As Swaim once famously said, “That ain’t (expletive).”
It can’t get any worse, right? “That is very true,” Beck said.
Herman takes the position seriously, though. The past two years at Houston, Tyler McCloskey caught 37 passes for 390 yards and five touch- downs. That’s double the numbers that Beck, a senior, has posted the past three years at Texas.
The Longhorns haven’t had a game-breaking tight end since David Thomas (2002-05) and Jermichael Finley (2006-07). Things are changing. Herman has already landed
Longhorns Grayson Campbell and Alison Gibson swept the USA Diving National Championships on Tuesday, each winning the 1-meter event in Columbus, Ohio.
Gibson, who also has an NCAA title in the event, qualified at the top of the standings Tuesday morning for the 1-meter finals. She won the title with 271.80 points.
The UT sophomore was in third place heading into the final round and scored 54.60 points with a front 1½ somersault with two twists. The result completed a sweep for the UT men and women in the event.
Earlier in the day, Campbell scored 366.90 points to take the men’s title without ever relinquishing the lead. He won by almost 30 points.
Campbell, also a UT sophomore, was a freshman All-American last season. He is a 13-time junior national champion, and this is his first title at the senior level of the USA Diving National Championships. He won the boys’ 16-18 1-meter championship two years in a row.
Campbell helped Texas take its third straight NCAA Championship in March with an eighth-place finish in the 3-meter event.
In March, at 17 years old, Gibson won the NCAA title in her first appearance at the NCAA Championships. She took 25th place at the FINA World Championships in July.
Track and field: Olympic gold medalist and former Longhorn Michelle Carter advanced to the shot put finals at the IAAF World Championships in London on Tuesday.
The American record holder hit the automatic qualifying mark on her only throw, putting the shot 62 feet, 1 inch. She’s attempting to win her first outdoor world championship; she won the indoor title last year and took bronze in the 2015 World Championships in
Women’s basketball: Former Texas forward Brianna Taylor has been named the director of women’s basketball operations at the University of Nebraska Omaha, UT officials announced Monday.
In addition to her responsibilities with the Omaha women’s basketball team, the 2017 Big 12 defensive player of the year will pursue her master’s degree in health behavior at the school.
“I’m excited to join the basketball staff at Omaha,” Taylor said. “I want to thank Coach (Brittany) Lange for giving me this great opportunity to begin my career in college athletics and to continue my education at UNO.”
Taylor helped Texas to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three Sweet 16 showings and an Elite Eight appearance in 2015-16.
“We are very fortunate to welcome another young, rising coach to our staff,” Lange said.
UT sophomore Grayson Campbell competes during the senior men’s 1-meter final during the 2017 USA Diving National Championships.