HER­MAN AIMS TO PUT TIGHT ENDS BACK IN UT OF­FENSE

Seem­ingly for­got­ten po­si­tion tak­ing on new promi­nence at UT.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Davis bdavis@states­man.com

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.

KIRK IR­WIN / GETTY IM­AGES

UT sopho­more Grayson Camp­bell com­petes dur­ing the se­nior men’s 1-me­ter fi­nal dur­ing the 2017 USA Div­ing Na­tional Cham­pi­onships.

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