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Texas QBs: Two for the Show?
KANSAS CITY -- Pencil-in RS-freshman Colt McCoy as Texas' starting QB if the 2006 season was to start today, but keep an eraser handy. Everything could change by the September 2 home-opener, head coach Mack Brown said Tuesday. Then again, the situation may still be unsettled at mid-season. This we know: both McCoy and true freshman Jevan Snead will play.

Taylor to Transfer from Texas
KANSAS CITY -- RB Ramonce Taylor will transfer from The University of Texas, head coach Mack Brown announced Tuesday during the Big 12 Football Media Conference in Kansas City.

Position Preview: Running Backs
In the Tuesday position preview Inside Texas looks at the running backs, a position where the situation has just changed with today's announcement that Ramonce Taylor will transfer from the University of Texas.

Audio: Inside Texas Roundtable, Part 3
The wide receivers were listed as one of the biggest question marks coming into the 2005 season, and they performed admirably. What's the outlook at wide receiver in 2006, especially in light of the quarterbacks entering the season having taken zero snaps in a college game?

All things being equal, Horns still undecided at QB between McCoy, Snead
Austin American-Statesman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Who starts at quarterback for the defending national champion Texas Longhorns still is all anyone wants to talk about these days. By design, it will remain an impassioned topic long into September, as the Texas coaching staff tries to effectively make the transition from dynamic, All-American Vince Young to a neophyte teen-ager who has never taken a college snap.

No Vince? No problem, Longhorns contend
Austin American-Statesman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the roll for the top college football teams in 2006 is called by the experts, it surprisingly takes a while before Texas' name is mentioned. And that single act of omission has the Longhorns committed to making that work in their favor.

Big 12 previews
Austin American-Statesman

UT at QB: No clear No. 1 yet
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It could be argued Ohio State coach Jim Tressel's decision to juggle Justin Zwick and Troy Smith at quarterback against Texas last season cost the Buckeyes dearly in their 25-22 loss to the Longhorns, who went on to the national title. When Ohio State comes to Austin on Sept. 9 in Week 2 of the season, Smith will be the Buckeyes' clear choice at quarterback. It will be the Longhorns who may well be playing two quarterbacks – Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead – cringe-worthy material for fans who recall the divisive Chris Simms-Major Applewhite era.

UT teammates wish Taylor well
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Teammates took the news hard Tuesday that Texas running back Ramonce Taylor, the team's all-purpose yardage leader in 2005, is going to transfer.

UT putting the rings away
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown said he has his national championship ring in a safe at home. He said wearing it would send the wrong message to this year's team.

Perception of Brown takes high road in Big 12 ranks
San Antonio Express-News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It's there in black and white, present for football fans everywhere to see. Less than a year after he was being called "Mr. February" for his recruiting prowess that never seemed to materialize in a championship, Texas coach Mack Brown is being hailed as a football savant.

Big 12 notepad: Taylor leaves Texas
San Antonio Express-News

'Horns try to shed one-man team tag
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas heads into the fall with the nation's longest active winning streak and a BCS crystal football on prominent display in the school trophy case. But the defending national champions will open fall drills Aug. 7 missing more than multi-talented quarterback Vince Young. They're also minus the residual respect usually afforded a team that enters a football season with a 20-game winning streak and 14 returning starters.

UT tailback will transfer
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Texas tailback Ramonce Taylor, a multi-purpose threat who scored 15 touchdowns during last year's national championship season, announced Tuesday he will transfer to another school.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A shift in power in the Big 12
Houston Chronicle
KANSAS CITY, MO. — As a stickler for preparation, Texas coach Mack Brown conceivably knew how he would handle questions this week about a national championship repeat moments after Vince Young's triumphant touchdown during January's Rose Bowl. Brown would do his best to convince the media this preseason that even with the most electrifying player in college football back for his senior season that each year is different. Click to learn more... That would have been Brown's best-case scenario. But with Young cashing in on his football brilliance a year early in the NFL, Brown is dealing with the reality that not only is there no expectation of a national title repeat, but the media don't believe the Longhorns will defend their Big 12 South Division title.

Embattled Taylor isn't returning to UT
Houston Chronicle
KANSAS CITY, MO. - Faced with ongoing legal and academic issues, Texas tailback Ramonce Taylor said Tuesday he will transfer to another school.

Big 12 notes: Splitting time at QB
Houston Chronicle
Texas coach Mack Brown said Tuesday that the Longhorns probably will split playing time at quarterback between redshirt freshman Colt McCoy and true freshman Jevan Snead early in the season.

Texas 'D' knows it needs to capitalize
Daily Texan
Kansas City, Mo. - Texas football is entering its 113th season, but with the early exit of already-legendary Vince Young, it seems time to reset the count. This is 1 AVY, the first year after Vince Young, and the questions in Kansas City centered around how the team would handle the loss.

With questions raised, teams begin to answer
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Any worries that the Longhorns are resting on their considerable laurels can be fairly put to rest. Safety Michael Griffin says that since the dramatic Rose Bowl win they've been working hard just to guard against complacency. Picked to finish second in their division mere months after winning the national title, Texas players realize they've got their work cut out for them.

Taylor to transfer, hopes for fresh start
Daily Texan
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Losing Vince Young to the NFL this offseason was a huge blow to the Longhorns' potent offense. The good news, though, was that Texas still looked forward to having three explosive backs this season, including the versatile Ramonce Taylor, who led the Longhorns in all-purpose yards during its championship run. But that number was cut to two Tuesday as Texas released statements from the junior-to-be saying he will leave Texas before the start of next season.

Another QB two-step
Kansas City Star
If Texas coach Mack Brown had to choose a starter today, Colt McCoy would take the first snap in the opener at quarterback. Not a shock, really. As a redshirt freshman, McCoy has spent a year in the program. He's a year older than true freshman Jevan Snead. It just feels like the easy decision. But when it comes to multiple quarterback candidates at Texas, the decisions haven't always been easy or popular with the fans.

Mack Brown actually isn't a new man
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Besides fretting that the national championship trophy might literally slip through his sweaty hands as he held it aloft after Texas' spine-tingling 2006 Rose Bowl victory over Southern California, Longhorns coach Mack Brown has relished the aftermath of the school's first football title since 1970. Not that Brown was gloating or preening.

Texas in shape for another roll
Bryan-College Station Eagle
KANSAS CITY - Texas football coach Mack Brown always thought quarterback Vince Young would return for his senior year. So when Young announced he was leaving for the NFL, any danger of a lingering hangover from winning a national championship was over. It was time for everyone to get back to work.

Not Young anymore: UT looking ahead
Waco Tribune-Herald
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After waiting 22 years to win his first conference title, you would think that Texas coach Mack Brown's national championship party might still be going. But other than a trip to the White House, throwing out the first pitch at a Texas Rangers game and starting a NASCAR race in Fort Worth, Brown's whole off-season focus has been on going "back to work."

Texas thinking repeat
Norman Transcript
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas is in a precarious spot. Last season it claimed its first national championship in four decades. The title lifted a huge weight off coach Mack Brown and validated any questions that his Longhorns couldn't win big games. Clearly, the Longhorns didn't run from their success.

Texas-sized void awaits Brown
Lawrence Journal-World
Kansas City, Mo. — Call Texas coach Mack Brown optimistic to a fault. But even after Vince Young dazzled the college football world in a heroic Rose Bowl effort, Brown thought it wasn't the last he'd see of his prodigy quarterback.

Texas tries to replace QB Young
Columbia Missourian
Missouri isn't the only Big 12 Conference team replacing arguably its best quarterback in school history. Texas will have to try to do the same this year. Now without Vince Young, who finished second in last year's Heisman trophy voting behind Southern California running back Reggie Bush, the Texas offense is sure to change.

UT has huge question at QB
Boulder Daily Camera
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Watching two young quarterbacks struggle might be the price Texas and coach Mack Brown will have to pay this fall for being spoiled by the talents of Vince Young last season when the Longhorns rode his coattails to the national championship.

For Longhorns, the ring's the thing
Wichita Eagle
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - To his surprise, what Selvin Young was carrying was upstaged by what he was wearing Tuesday. The Texas senior running back was one of several Longhorns -- make that defending national champion Longhorns -- who were attending the Big 12 media days. But Young was the only one on assignment.

Post-Young Longhorns have eye on life without star QB
USA Today
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They have rings. They have memories. And college football's defending national champions have a mantra. "This program," Texas coach Mack Brown repeated Tuesday, "has not always been about Vince."

Longhorns' media guides break new boundaries
USA Today
A few seasons ago, the University of Georgia sports information office broke new ground with a small hologram on the front cover of its football media guide, showing two images of the Bulldogs. Last fall, Oklahoma went a step farther with a full-page 3D presentation showing an image of coach Bob Stoops holding up the Big 12 championship trophy and, with a slight turn of the book, another image of commissioner Kevin Weiberg presenting Stoops with the trophy. Now, Texas, coming off its national championship season, has gone all the way: 3D photos on both sides of its media guide with a total of four images, one of which features nine rings from bowl or championship games in the coach Mack Brown era.


Cotton picking Arlington in future?
Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – AT&T Cotton Bowl officials have taken the first step toward potentially moving their annual game from Dallas to the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington.

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