Local College Sports Notebook


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Monday was the final day for college football underclassmen to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Several players have declared across the country, and here are the players who have declared from area universities.

Baylor University: DL Siaki Ika

University of Houston: WR Nathaniel Dell

University of North Texas: QB Austin Aune

University of Oklahoma: OL Anton Harrison, WR Marvin Mims Jr.

TCU: CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, RB Kendre Miller, QB Max Duggan, WR Quentin Johnston

University of Texas – Austin: DL Moro Ojomo, RB Bijan Robinson, RB Roschon Johnson

Texas A&M: CB Jaylon Jones, RB Devon Achane, S Antonio Johnson

Texas Tech: EDGE Tyree Wilson

College All-Star Games

With the beginning of the offseason comes the start of College All-Star games. These games will happen throughout the country and give pro scouts opportunities to further evaluate the top players before the draft.

Here are the local players participating in the games this year.

Hula Bowl — already played on January 14: G Grant Miller (Baylor), G Khalil Keith (Baylor), TE Trent Thompson (Texas-El Paso), TE Ben Sims (Baylor), DL Jeffrey Johnson (Oklahoma).

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl — January 28: RB SaRodorick Thompson (Texas Tech), WR Xavier Gipson (Stephen F. Austin), WR Taylor Grimes (University of Incarnate Word), OL Ahofitu Maka (Texas-San Antonio), LB Jimmy Phillips Jr. (SMU), LB Dillon Doyle (Baylor), LB Krishon Merriweather (Texas Tech), CB C.J. Coldon (Oklahoma), CB Mark Milton (Baylor).

East-West Shrine Bowl — February 2: OL Connor Galvin (Baylor), DL Ikenna Enechukwu (Rice), DL Keondre Coburn (Texas), DL Moro Ojomo (Texas), DE/FB Derek Parish (Houston), DE BJ Thompson (Stephen F. Austin), DB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson (TCU), CB D’Shawn Jamison (Texas), S Gervarrius Owens (Houston), P Michael Turk (Oklahoma).

Senior Bowl — February 4: QB Clayton Tune (Houston), QB Max Duggan (TCU), RB Roschon Johnson (Texas), RB Eric Gray (Oklahoma), WR Derius Davis (TCU), WR Rashee Rice (SMU), TE Brayden Willis (Oklahoma), OL Wanya Morris (Oklahoma), OL Steve Avila (TCU), DL Jalen Redmond (Oklahoma), DL Siaki Ika (Baylor), DE Dylan Horton (TCU), EDGE Tyree Wilson (Texas Tech), LB DeMarvion Overshown (Texas).

Trio of Freshmen All-Americans

Three players from Texas colleges have been named to the Football Writers Association of America’s freshman All-America team: WR Evan Stewart (Texas A&M), RB Richard Reese (Baylor), and OL Kelvin Banks Jr. (Texas).

Reese had the fifth-most rushing yards and second-most touchdowns among freshmen this season. Stewart tallied 649 yards on 53 catches to lead all freshmen in the SEC. Banks started all 13 games for the Longhorns at left tackle as a freshman.

Rice Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

Texas guard Sir’Jabari Rice has been named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after the Longhorns defeated TCU and Texas Tech. He averaged 16.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists last week while playing 25.5 minutes per game.

The graduate transfer joined the Longhorns after five seasons at New Mexico State and averages 10.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 24 minutes. He is fourth on the team in scoring and assists and third in rebounding.

Dykes & Duggan Receive More Awards

TCU head football coach Sonny Dykes has been named the recipient of the Steve Spurrier First-Year Coach of the Year and the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year awards.

The awards make it an even 10 for Coach Dykes this postseason.

He has also been honored by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN Home Depot, Sporting News, CBS Sports, and the American Football Coaches Association while being selected for the Eddie Robinson Award and Stallings Award.

Quarterback Max Duggan has won the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award –his third national award of the year.

Duggan joins former quarterback Trevone Boykin (2014) as the only two TCU players to win the award, which is given to a player who was either born in Texas, graduated from a state high school, or plays at a Texas-based University.

Texas Tech Wide Receivers Coach

Texas Tech has hired Justin Johnson as its new assistant head coach, offensive passing game coordinator, and wide receivers coach.

Johnson played wide receiver at the University of Houston and has spent time on the coaching staffs at Baylor, Houston, and Kansas.

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