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Hills happy to be UT's 'goofy guy who never shuts up'
Austin American-Statesman
Look out on the field before Saturday's game and you will see Texas' No. 79 dancing and clowning around with his teammates. That's Tony Hills, the locker room loudmouth who has supplanted Vince Young as the player who gets every Longhorn loose before a game.

Longhorns Notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Questions on helmets, scoreboards and conservative coaches
Austin American-Statesman

Big 12 going through growing pains
Dallas Morning News
Last week was brutal for the Big 12. The league went 5-7 in nonconference games, including 0-4 against the Pac-10 – if you include Oklahoma's loss at Oregon. (OU president David Boren doesn't want you to count it. As of Wednesday, Boren, a former governor, was still politicking. He and coach Bob Stoops were talking about things like dropping a game at Washington in 2008 if the Pac-10 didn't change its policy of allowing only Pac-10 officials to work home, nonconference games.) Perhaps the biggest reason the Big 12 is down this year is the youth at quarterback. All of the top teams in the Big 12 South – Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas A&M – are playing QBs with less than a season of starting experience.

Defending Blythe a tall order for Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Texas co-defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has a tall task in front of him this week. That task is 6 feet, 5 inches tall, to be exact. And it goes by the name of Todd Blythe.

UT kicking update
San Antonio Express-News
Greg Johnson will continue to handle Texas' punting, placekicking and kickoff chores for the time being, coach Mack Brown said. The announcement leaves Hunter Lawrence's season still in limbo. Brown said that if Lawrence, a freshman kicker from Boerne, doesn't play soon he could be a candidate to redshirt.

Cyclones confront Texas task
Cedar Rapids Gazette
Maybe the Texas Longhorns are just what Iowa State's football team needs to get its hit-and-miss offense hitting more regularly again.

Smalltown QB feels ready for Austin showtime
Des Moines Register
This is too good to be true: The starting quarterback Iowa State faces at seventh-ranked Texas Saturday is ... Colt McCoy... of Jim Ned High School... with a senior class enrollment of 68 ... in Tuscola, Texas (pop. 714). "Where?" asked Iowa State receiver Austin Flynn, who hails from the Houston suburb of Deer Park.

Football recruiting:

The Top 10
Here is a little sneak preview of the Top 10. We will unveil our team recruiting rankings in the next two weeks after we go through a rankings revision and rank each position deeper. Those changes will obviously have implications on the overall team rankings.

Vince Young's HS Coach Speaks about Jr Class
Madison High School in Houston has produced several elite college football players over the past few years, including their most notable product, quarterback Vince Young. Madison has two monster offensive tackles and several other valuable pieces on the offensive side of the ball this year. Head Coach Ray Seals talked about the talent of each of his junior prospects.


The road to recovery
The word "battle" is often associated with sports -- so-and-so battles so-and-so in a big showdown this week. University of Texas senior outfielder Carson Kainer is winning a real "battle" -- a fight for sustaining life. Kainer, a resident of Tomball, Texas, is currently recovering from a kidney transplant performed last week at Texas Children's Hospital. Carson and his father, Ron Kainer, who donated a kidney to his son, both went through the eight-hour surgery without complications.


Is Simms or Young in a better NFL situation?
San Antonio Express-News
Which former UT quarterback is in a better situation: Chris Simms with the Buccaneers, or Vince Young with the Titans?


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