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Sporting News Top 25: Previewing the 2018 Texas Longhorns

Sporting News Top 25: Previewing the 2018 Texas Longhorns

It’s Year 2 for Tom Herman at Texas, and although the Longhorns finally won a bowl game last year and finished with a winning record — firsts since 2012 and 2013, respectively — Herman knows going 7-6 and winning the Texas Bowl isn’t anywhere close to good enough.

This Texas team still has big questions at quarterback and elsewhere, particularly on offense. The receiving corps is young and talented, but the running game is in shambles and may need a boost from incoming freshman running back Keaontay Ingram. The defense took some sizable losses, too, with four seniors and three juniors departing.

 Texas is ranked No. 22 in Sporting News’ way-too-early top 25 heading into spring practice and, with significant quarterback changes at the top of the Big 12, has become a dark horse to challenge for its first conference title since 2009.

Is Texas finally back? Maybe that question needs a qualifier: Is Texas finally good again, or good enough to win the Big 12? Here’s a spring primer for the 2018 season:

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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