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Texas QBs: So Happy Together
Redshirt freshman Colt McCoy and true freshman Jevan Snead said all the right things when they met with the media Wednesday for the first time this season. Now, it remains to be seen which quarterback makes all the right moves and establishes himself as the starter when the 2006 campaign kicks off in a couple of weeks.

Defense is Bringing the House Against QBs
Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis recently told RS-freshman Colt McCoy and true freshman Jevan Snead that he loved them both enough to want to have them as sons-in-law. But, at some point this season, only one will earn the starting assignment. And that's why it's been a week of 'tough love' for the young signalcallers.

Inside Texas Blog: 'Scorching'?
It's "scorching" in Columbus while it's just another August day in Austin. So will the weather affect the Buckeyes' -- or the Horns' -- performance during the Sept. 9 showdown at DKR? IT's Clendon Ross thinks not.

The Inside Texas Podcast
On this week's episode of the Inside Texas Podcast, we're talking QB competition, the O-Line shuffle, Rhett Bomar news and the legacy that should have been for OU.

Texas quarterbacks discuss their preseason for the first time
Austin American-Statesman
The two quarterbacks competing for the starting job at Texas finally spoke to the media Wednesday.

The kids are all right
Austin American-Statesman
Day 10, and the Texas quarterbacks came out. OK, so it wasn't a sighting of Boo Radley, but it was newsworthy all the same. For the first time since fall drills began Aug. 7, the two Longhorns battling to become the next Vince Young emerged from hiding Wednesday.

More depth, more rest for defensive line.
Austin American-Statesman
Senior defensive end Tim Crowder admitted there were games last season when he felt fatigued before the fourth quarter. That may not be the case this year since several young players could provide depth at the position.

Texas QBs getting more comfortable
Dallas Morning News
Quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead met with reporters Wednesday for the first time since fall camp started Aug. 7. McCoy and Snead both said they're more comfortable in the offense, are getting more vocal in the huddle and have a good working relationship with each other. Both were careful not to say anything about the competition that would raise the ire of teammates and coaches.

Texas QBs think either can do job
Houston Chronicle
The two freshman quarterbacks vying to replace Vince Young at Texas offered little insight into their competition Wednesday but said fans will be surprised when the season begins next month.

Expect McCoy to start at QB for the Horns
Highly-touted true freshman quarterback Jevan Snead looks the part of a future star. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, the Stephenville High School product has a prototypical frame and good mobility. Even more impressive is his arm strength; the ball explodes off his hand faster than any freshman quarterback I have witnessed since LSU's JaMarcus Russell. However, despite his impressive natural tools, Snead is nowhere near ready to assume the role vacated by Vince Young. For now, at least, that honor should go to redshirt freshman Colt McCoy.

Longhorns' QB candidates still unsure of status
Associated Press
After months of team-imposed silence, freshman quarterbacks Colt McCoy and Jevan Snead faced the media yesterday and the No. 1 question in the Texas training camp: Who's going to replace Vince Young? Neither was ready to declare himself the front-runner in the competition.

Buckeyes' Pittman often overlooked
Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Antonio Pittman had a spectacular 2005 season with little attention and fanfare. The Ohio State tailback ran for 1,331 yards - the 10th-best single-season mark in school history - and he's at best the third-most recognizable player on an explosive offense led by quarterback Troy Smith and receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

Mack and Watson Brown labor in different coaching situations
Associated Press
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Mack Brown's Texas teams were winning just about every game, but couldn't snare a national title, beat rival Oklahoma or satisfy hard-to-please Longhorns fans. So he called big brother Watson and got a healthy dose of perspective.

Imperfect contenders
Sporting News
When all else fails, ask the old guy. He tried to wrap his hands around it, tried to find a way to explain the utter magnificence of the complete unknown. "I don't think," Bobby Bowden says, pausing for effect, "I've ever seen a season where so many teams have a chance."

Football recruiting:

Marcus Wright: Speed kills
Speed is one of the most important qualities that a football player can possess. Ronald Reagan athlete Marcus Wright could be the fastest prospect in Texas for the class of 2008. Because of his 4.3 speed, Wright is already hearing from a couple of elite Big 12 programs.

2008 DE should begin drawing interest soon
Horn defensive end Donyea Hamilton is looking forward to improving on a very impressive sophomore season. He used last year as a learning experience and is ready for a breakout season. Hamilton has already established a leader and should begin drawing more interest as his junior season progresses.

Hoops recruiting:

Bayless decides...again
The Jerryd Bayless saga seems to have come to an end. On Wednesday afternoon the Phoenix guard made his second verbal commitment to the Univeristy of Arizona in a less than a year's time.


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