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Cyclones Bringing Blue Collar Work Ethic
Are you ready for some (smashmouth) football? Texas' Big 12 opener Saturday against Iowa State shapes up as the most physical home game of the season.

Inside Texas Blog: A Good Start...
Last week, IT's Clendon Ross had several preparation suggestions for the Horns as they tune up for OU. Today, he reviews how well the Horns addressed those areas vs. Rice at Reliant.

Audio: Clendon Ross on ESPN Radio
Inside Texas' Clendon Ross joined ESPN Radio's Kevin Scott, AJ Hoffman and former Longhorn All-American Dan Neil on Wednesday to talk Texas football as the Horns prepare for Iowa State.

Iowa State receiver to be a handful for Texas
Austin American-Statesman
Watching Iowa State's Todd Blythe stride down the sideline so effortlessly last season against Texas A&M got the attention of the Texas Longhorns. But because the Cyclones were not on the Longhorns' schedule, the Texas secondary was spared from having to prepare for one of the Big 12 Conference's most explosive wideouts. There will be no such break this time around.

Notebook: Texas sticking with Johnson
Austin American-Statesman
Texas coach Mack Brown said Wednesday that if he needs to spell kicking specialist Greg Johnson, he'll do it with walk-on Justin Moore. The thinking is that Brown can redshirt freshman Hunter Lawrence, who has yet to play this season.

Buckeyes taught UT safety a lesson
Dallas Morning News
Texas senior strong safety Michael Griffin was touted in his team's media guide as a Bednarik, Nagurski and Lott trophy candidate before the season. And why not? He led Texas in tackles last season and had one of the biggest plays in the Rose Bowl, intercepting USC quarterback Matt Leinart in the end zone. But against Ohio State two weeks ago, in a game that was supposed to showcase Griffin and Texas' veteran secondary, everything went wrong.

UT CB Ross in shadow of girlfriend Richards
Dallas Morning News
Texas senior cornerback Aaron Ross gets nothing but grief from coaches and teammates about being in the shadow of his girlfriend, 400-meter track star Sanya Richards. Ross tied the Texas school record for punt returns for touchdowns in a career (three) Saturday against Rice with a 46-yard return for a score in the second quarter. But earlier in the day, Richards broke the 22-year-old American 400-meter record in Athens.

Ross' shoes made for journey to UT
San Antonio Express-News
They say you can never judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes. When it comes to Texas cornerback Aaron Ross, this begs the obvious question: Which pair?

Sweed making 'big' his new catchword
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas' big receiver made no promises this week.

Big 12 Power Rankings
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Hills could be next great left tackle for Texas
Associated Press
Tony Hills signed with Texas as one of the best tight end prospects in the country. Three years later, he hasn't caught a pass. But no worries. Instead of bowling over defensive backs in the secondary, Hills is now firmly entrenched at left tackle and could develop into the next Longhorns All-American on the offensive line.

Longhorns' Cosby changes gears
Cedar Rapids Gazette
The last time most Cedar Rapidians heard of Quan Cosby was the summer of 2004. He wrapped up his second consecutive season of batting .249 for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. As far as anyone knew, the outfielder would head to minor-league spring training the following March and then play for Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.), the next step on the Los Angeles Angels' organizational ladder. Cosby made it to spring training. But instead of going to Rancho, he ended up in Austin, Texas … as a college football player for the Texas Longhorns.

ISU's Flynn has personal NFL cheerleader
Des Moines Register
They're teasing Austin Flynn around the Iowa State football complex this week. The receiver's girlfriend will attend Saturday's 2:30 p.m. Big 12 Conference game at Texas. And in case his teammates didn't know it, cornerback DeAndre Jackson reminded them Sunday that she is a member of the Houston Texans cheerleading squad.

Football recruiting:

Big Time DE Prospect at Fossil Ridge
R.J. Washington from Keller Fossil Ridge High School in Texas has the potential to be one of the top five defensive end prospects for the class of 2008. He has all the tools to take over and dominate a football game. Several Big 12 schools are already paying Washington a lot of attention. Head Coach Hal Wasson raved about his stud defensive end.


Kainer may be home by weekend
Austin American-Statesman
Recovering nicely from a kidney transplant, Texas outfielder Carson Kainer hopes to be home as soon as this weekend to watch some college football games with his family.


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