Thursday Longhorn Sports Page

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Football:

He's the Real McCoy, But What About Snead?
InsideTexas.com
Texas' 28-10 win against Oklahoma is further evidence that Colt McCoy is settling in as Texas' starting QB, but it raises questions about whether Jevan Snead is willing to settle as the team's backup.

Audio: Clendon Ross on ESPN Radio
InsideTexas.com
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. Among the topics: The freshmen linebackers, what challenges Texas will face against Baylor and more.

Horns' elder receiver offers maturity to teammates
Austin American-Statesman
Quan Cosby has heard all the old man jokes from teammates in his two seasons on campus. But don't sign him up for the shuffleboard tournament just yet. The former baseball center fielder-turned-sophomore wideout has become a dependable option for quarterback Colt McCoy, ranking second on the team in receptions (12) and receiving yards (129). More important, he has the total confidence of his head coach off the field.

Longhorns notebook
Austin American-Statesman

It's old-home week for Baylor assistant
San Antonio Express-News
Baylor defensive coordinator Bill Bradley says he's looking forward to hooking up with a few college buddies this weekend in Austin. Bradley earned the name "Super Bill" as a defensive back at Texas in the late 1960s. He expects to see some of his ex-teammates, but only briefly, when Baylor plays at No. 6 Texas on Saturday.

Big 12 Midterm Report Card
San Antonio Express-News
With eight new starting quarterbacks at Big 12 schools this season, a transitional year for the conference seemed to be in the works. Still, the league's growing pains have been more severe than expected. One major black eye — a 0-9 record against ranked opponents outside the Big 12. Another — for the first time in league history — the Big 12 doesn't have a team ranked in the top five in either of the two major polls. Staff writer Tim Griffin offers this report card on Big 12 teams at the season's midpoint:

For another Young, the time has come
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Watch him on any given running play, and you'll learn everything you need to know about Selvin Young. Young's running style is about patience. He makes a move behind the line of scrimmage, often hesitating while his linemen find their blocks. The counters, sweeps and other runs to the outside take time to develop. Whether he planned on it or not, his career at Texas has required some patience, too. The senior running back is quietly having a solid season as the Longhorns prepare to host Baylor this Saturday.

By the numbers, some things becoming clear
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Midseason statistics in college football, with rare exception, tend to be bloated by all-you-can-gain September buffets against nonconference creampuffs. Not all Big 12 schools are guilty. But enough teams chow down at that trough, said Texas coach Mack Brown, that he considers it "way too early" to put much stock in this week's stats as an accurate predictor of the league's power brokers down the stretch. Scratch the surface, however, and you'll find some defining digits that put the Big 12 race into perspective at the halfway point. With six games down and six to go for most teams, here are several that jump out:

Texas saves trash talk for game
Daily Texan
Texas' game against Baylor is set for Saturday, but both teams are parleying a war of words in the week leading up to it. Or, to be more accurate, Baylor is firing shots, and Texas is not returning.

Big 12 Power Rankings
Daily Texan

Bears D tries to close gaps
Waco Tribune-Herald
Don't expect the Texas Longhorns to revive the wishbone for Saturday's game against Baylor. But they might be tempted after watching the Bears struggle to stop Colorado's rushing attack.

Hoops:

New faces with high hopes
Austin American-Statesman
Enjoy the moment. Savor each performance. But don't look too far ahead, certainly not beyond next spring. The Texas Longhorns, who begin basketball practice on Friday, introduced seven freshmen to the media on Wednesday, unveiling the No. 3 ranked recruiting class in the country. In another era, that might have suggested a program building toward national title contention in the next few years. And now? The best of the freshmen, 6-foot-9-inch, 225-pound wing player Kevin Durant, already is projected by some as the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft next June.

Youth to serve Longhorns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Kevin Durant's youthful face belies his mature talent. He is soft-spoken, quick to smile and easy in conversation. And Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes already says the just-turned 18-year-old is, "the most talented player we've ever coached in terms of his ability to do so many things." The 6-foot-9 freshman from Maryland is used to such accolades. But the player who was judged the No. 2 recruit in the nation when he signed with the Longhorns said Wednesday he feels no pressure as the No. 1 recruit in what might prove to be Barnes' best-ever class.

Football recruiting:

Aundre Dean: Explosive RB at Katy
InsideTexas.com
Katy High School is home to one of the most talented junior running backs in the state of Texas. Aundre Dean is putting together a very successful season for the Tigers' offense. He is a hard-nosed runner and is a tough assignment for any defense. Head Coach Gary Joseph talked about his star running back.

Hey, recruits: It's not always as it seems
San Antonio Express-News
When top-flight recruits begin the process of choosing their college, most scrutinize their options from every conceivable angle. Location. Conference affiliation. Coaching style. Tradition. Depth chart. National-championship aspirations. Nothing, not even mascots and school colors, is overlooked. The thinking is simple. Unless you're Rhett Bomar, you only pick your college once. So do it wisely. With so many factors in play, the opportunities for missteps are plentiful — especially when you don't look at the entire picture.

Other:

Inside Texas Blog Archive
Inside Texas

Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns Blog
Houston Chronicle


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