Apr 19, 2014; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Malcolm Brown (28) carries the ball during the Spring Game at Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Longhorn Headlines: Getting Ready For Football!

Headlines and happenings from around Longhorn Nation. Football season is less than 50 days away!

The University of Texas football program released a hype video to start getting fans excited about the Charlie Strong era.

Texas Athletics released the first hype video for the 2014 football season. It focuses around Charlie Strong and a new era of Texas football–highlighting key returners like Cedric Reed, Quandre Diggs, David Ash, Marcus Johnson and Dalton Santos.

How will Johnathan Gray bounce back from the Achilles injury he suffered last season? The prognosis for recovery from such an injury is varying for football players.

Projecting comebacks from an Achilles injury is nearly impossible.  Some athletes are never the same, others return on schedule but as a shadow of themselves, some bounce back effectively without missing a beat.  Centrifuges in Germany are making the latter outcome increasingly common.

ESPN takes a look at defensive end Cedric Reed, and what kind of impact he might – or might not – have this season. After not having a player drafted this year, fans are hoping Reed improves enough to have his named called next year.

Reed is not a surefire first-round NFL draft pick, at least not yet. He needs to continue developing his pass rushing moves and his strength/physicality this fall.

Malcolm Brown and Quandre Diggs – who decided to return for their senior seasons – are on several prestigious football watch lists.

Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs and defensive lineman Malcom Brown both were named to three postseason awards watch lists last week.

Texas has jumped into the Daron Payne sweepstakes. Never heard of him? Apparently he wasn’t a serious candidate for the Longhorns, until now.

The battle for defensive tackle Daron Payne (Birmingham, Al. Shades Valley Sch) was believed to be a two-team fight between the two in-state programs, Alabama and Auburn, however a third team is making their move for the five-star recruit.

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