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Football:

Texas Looks to Establish a 'No Passing' Zone
InsideTexas.com
RCB Tarell Brown and SS Marcus Griffin are expected to play Saturday at Nebraska. Their return comes at an opportune time as Texas continues to try to shore up its uncharacteristically porous secondary while preparing for the Cornhuskers' West Coast passing attack.

IT Blog: Game Observations and Looking Ahead
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Baylor game and, with the BCS rankings out, has a look ahead at the Horns' chances for a Big 12 title, a BCS bowl and maybe more.

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: Injury status of the Horns, growth of the offense, the Nebraska game and more.

Blalock: Top of the line
Austin American-Statesman
Off the field, the image hardly befits a big, tough offensive lineman who would plant his grandmother on the ground if she lined up in front of him. For one thing, Justin Blalock giggles like a girl. Really does. (I can type that from afar.) And he loves chocolate, so much that he played in last year's Rose Bowl at a pudgy 336 pounds. It's fitting for a guy with the nickname Dancing Bear his line coach stuck on him. When it comes to his job, there are no Snickers and less snickering. He's one of the best offensive linemen in University of Texas history and has proven it over 45 consecutive starts. That's longer than the streak of any Longhorn but Dan Neil and his run of 49.

Texas' top 10 offensive linemen
Austin American-Statesman

Horns' McWhorter continuing juggling act on offensive line
Austin American-Statesman
Mac McWhorter's offensive linemen call him a drill sergeant, a master motivator and an extremely tough grader. None has ever referred to him as a juggler. Injuries up front have McWhorter doing his best Ringling Bros. impersonation, moving tackles to guard, guards to tackle, centers to guard. And basically cross training everybody.

LONGHORNS FOOTBALL NOTES
Austin American-Statesman

Griffin, Brown expected back for Nebraska
Dallas Morning News
Texas has prided itself on depth, but there is clearly a drop-off in the secondary when starting safety Marcus Griffin and cornerback Tarell Brown are out of the game.

Nebraska QB makes appeal to crowd
San Antonio Express-News
Quarterback Zac Taylor is issuing a call to Nebraska fans as the No. 17 Cornhuskers prepare to welcome No. 5 Texas on Saturday. Come early, be loud, stay late, wear red.

UT's 'Roll Left' remembered
San Antonio Express-News
Ten years ago, the Texas Longhorns shocked the nation with a 37-27 upset victory over third-ranked Nebraska in the inaugural Big 12 championship game. They did it, in part, with a play that will forever live in Longhorns lore. Roll Left.

Huskers' offense gaining ground by a power of four
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Once again under coach Bill Callahan, Nebraska has made it to mid October with its leading rusher more than 500 yards away from a 1,000-yard season. But this time, the Cornhuskers are further removed from accusations of having an anemic ground game. In fact, they've spent the past year going from worst to first among Big 12 rushing attacks.

Multi-task masters
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
After being missing in action early in the season, Texas' tight ends are starting to reappear in the passing game. The group has accounted for only 13 catches and three touchdowns after seven games. The numbers don't quite match up to last year's production, but you won't hear the tight ends making excuses. Catching passes is only one of their responsibilities.

Wheaties honors Lone Star Showdown with special box
Daily Texan
You'll have to put up with some Aggie maroon if you want to buy the latest Texas football Wheaties cereal box.

Big 12 Power Rankings
Daily Texan

Texas defensive back Ross overcame snafu, waited patiently to become a star
Associated Press
Aaron Ross had to feel like he was in the Twilight Zone. He was 20 years old and back in high school. Sitting among 15- and 16-year-olds in sophomore English, he listened to the same discussions about composition, literature and poetry he had already heard years before. And yet, he was happy.

Suh making most of playing time
Lincoln Journal Star
Ndamukong Suh's formidable size and overall maturity tend to belie his youth. Same goes for his patience. Although the 6-foot-4, 305-pound Nebraska nose tackle quickly has become one of the team's foremost playmakers, he has no problem at all with his backup role, he said.

Breaking down the Longhorns
Lincoln Journal Star

Husker Footbal Notes
Lincoln Journal Star

Memories of his late dad motivate NU's Jackson
Omaha World-Herald
Brandon Jackson grabs the Polaroid from his bag and tapes it to his locker. Every game. He kisses it. He asks God to let the man in the photo watch over him. And then he turns toward the football field, where a lonely boy can act a man.

Longhorn 'D' thriving under Chizik
Omaha World-Herald
Take a close look Saturday as the Texas defense lines up at Memorial Stadium. Watch the UT safeties drop into zone coverage and guard against the big play. See the defensive ends position their bodies far from the tackles to gain a wide angle in pursuit of the quarterback. Notice the rangy linebackers cover the whole field. This is Gene Chizik's defense. The Longhorns' second-year assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator is the hottest thing going among assistant coaches in the Big 12 as fifth-ranked Texas visits No. 17 Nebraska for an 11:10 a.m. kickoff.

NU Football Notes
Omaha World-Herald

Football recruiting:

Jeffrey Fuller: Big WR at McKinney Boyd
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns will have a total of seven upperclassmen at the wide receiver position next year. This should open up room for Texas to bring in at least two or three wide receivers in the class of 2008. McKinney Boyd High School in the Dallas area is home to a very tall wide receiver that has the potential to dominate smaller corners.

Women's hoops:

UT women try to regain respect
Dallas Morning News
Texas' women's basketball team suffered through what coach Jody Conradt called "the perfect storm" last season. Seven freshmen, several major injuries and a difficult schedule conjured up a burnt-orange disaster.

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