Monday Longhorn Sports Page

Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.

Football:

Position Preview: Offensive Line
InsideTexas.com
The Texas offense ran like a well-oiled machine last season and a big reason for it is the play along the offensive line. Who will be the hogmollies responsible for protecting the young quarterbacks and clearing the way for the Texas backs?

Inside Texas Blog: Advantage Sooners, If...
InsideTexas.com
The Inside Texas staff unanimously picked Texas over Oklahoma in the Big 12 race, but IT's Clendon Ross looks at what could make the Big 12 media's OU pick a prescient one.

Inside Texas Inside Scoop
InsideTexas.com
So, Ramonce Taylor is officially gone. Why, where's he off to, and what does his exit mean for true freshman RB Vondrell McGee? Which freshman QB has the "Brett Favre-like arm" and which one reminds Selvin Young of one Major Applewhite? Michael Griffin talks about his, and others', fall spot in the secondary. Plus, are the Horns in line for a weekend football commitment?


Dallas Morning News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The 2006 Big 12 season could be as hard to predict as Missouri's Gary Pinkel outcoaching Steve Spurrier in the 2005 Independence Bowl.Texas won the national title, has 14 starters returning – none of them named Vince Young – and isn't even picked to win its division in the Big 12.

UT stocks all-star game with its recruits
San Antonio Express-News

Football recruiting:

Elite 11 MVP Brantley: Livin' Right
InsideTexas.com
Everybody knows the old axiom about "Livin' right"? Well, if you don't -- consider Johnny Brantley. State champion. All-American quarterback, Texas commit. MVP of the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp. Survivor.

Barksdale Makes Surprise Visit to Ann Arbor
InsideTexas.com
Detroit Cass Tech defensive tackle Joseph Barksdale made his way to Ann Arbor yesterday for a bit of face time with the coaching staff. While in town he learned that a great deal of what he had been told about Michigan's program was incorrect ... which left the Wolverines in a much more favorable position than the one they were in before he came.

Hoops:

The skinny on Texas freshman Pittman
Austin American-Statesman
Pittman, 6 feet, 10 inches, is the tallest of coach Rick Barnes' seven freshmen. He's also by far the widest, which some believed would result in a redshirt season during which Pittman could lose weight and make much-needed improvement in his conditioning. But if Pittman's transformation during two months on campus is an indication, he's angling to help the team this season. Pittman said he has reduced from more than 360 pounds to 325 under the guidance of Longhorns strength coach Todd Wright.

Alumni:

Ray Dowdy: 1950-2006
Austin American-Statesman
Former University of Texas defensive tackle Ray Dowdy, who played for the Longhorns' 1970 national championship team, died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 56.

Camp brings Thomas back to father's roots
Clarksville (Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle
They say you can never go home again. But for second-year wide receiver Sloan Thomas, being and practicing at home just may land him a spot of the Titans' roster this season.

Dolphins sign draft pick Wright
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
DAVIE – The Dolphins on Saturday announced the signing of seventh-round draft pick Rodrique Wright, a defensive tackle, to a four-year contract.

Other:

DeLoss Dodds: The architect of Texas' success for the past 25 years
Austin American-Statesman
DeLoss Dodds finally got it right. He has become an overnight sensation, give or take 9,100 or so nights, many of them sleepless. Lately, he's enjoyed many an Austin evening with a view of the University of Texas Tower wearing a burnished orange glow in the horizon.

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