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Hobbled Horns Look to Hook Tech
Texas Tech ran 93 plays against Texas last season and, even with this year's time-shortened games, the Red Raiders will take 65+ snaps Saturday against the Horns. Does injury-riddled Texas have enough healthy bodies?

Inside Texas Blog: Hire Greg Davis
So, you really want to get rid of offensive coordinator Greg Davis, do ya? Alright. Here's how...

Audio: Clendon Ross on ESPN Radio
Inside Texas' Clendon Ross joins ESPN Radio's Kevin Scott, AJ Hoffman and former Longhorn All-American Dan Neil to talk running problems, the Nebraska game, the blame placed on Michael Griffin and more.

The next big thing at Tech
Austin American-Statesman
Who can forget the sight of Kliff Kingsbury, racing downfield with his "horns down" as he celebrated one of his six touchdown passes against Texas in 2002? It was Kingsbury's finest hour as a college quarterback — a 42-38 victory over Texas that happens to be the Longhorns' only road loss in their past 29 games. While Kingsbury is working out in Lubbock in hopes of returning to an NFL roster, he has closely watched the development of Graham Harrell, the first sophomore beside Kingsbury to start at quarterback in Mike Leach's spread offense.

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Delayed impact: Ross is rolling for Texas
Dallas Morning News
Texas senior cornerback Aaron Ross didn't know if he'd get the chance to make game-changing plays like the ones he did against Oklahoma and Nebraska. On a tear the last six games, forcing seven turnovers and scoring a touchdown, Ross was initially turned away from Texas because of what school officials called a clerical error in his transcript.

Little towns produce some of Big 12's best
Dallas Morning News
It's a giant leap for a quarterback to go from a small town to the Big 12. How big is the jump? "Take the best guy you played against in high school," Baylor senior quarterback Shawn Bell said. "You see 11 of him every week." But Bell is one of a few quarterbacks from small Texas towns enjoying successful seasons for Big 12 programs. He'll face fellow Class 3A alum Stephen McGee on Saturday, when the Bears play Texas A&M at Floyd Casey Stadium. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy comes from 2A Tuscola Jim Ned.

Griffin tired of being UT scapegoat
San Antonio Express-News
Over the course of the past 12 months, Texas safety Michael Griffin has been assigned to defend many of the country's best receivers, such as Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio State and Dwayne Jarrett of Southern Cal. That's nothing compared to Griffin's latest assignment. Defending himself.

Longhorns sophomore pulls double duty
San Antonio Express-News
Banged up at defensive end and tackle heading into Saturday's game at Texas Tech, Texas could turn to Aaron Lewis for help at both spots.

Injuries give subs chance to make mark
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
If Texas' defense were hit with any more injuries, the Red Cross would start a blood drive. Luckily for the Longhorns, their substitutes have done much more than fill holes.

Tech offense not up to par
Houston Chronicle
The formula has worked well for Texas Tech and coach Mike Leach the last four seasons. Leach plus any able-armed quarterback always were able to produce the usual gaudy offensive statistics for the Red Raiders. But after four years of watching Kliff Kingsbury, B.J. Symons, Sonny Cumbie and Cody Hodges make the annual transition appear seamless, Tech's passing attack this season has been lacking on several fronts.

Derry does his rocking on the field
Daily Texan
Helmet off and in a pair of jeans, Scott Derry looks more like an alternative-rock lead singer than he does a football player. Hearing the comparison, his eyes crinkle and he breaks into a good-natured smile. "I picked up a guitar for some time, but with football I really just didn't have time for it." Derry said. "I definitely love rock and roll. I love all types of genres, but I was born and raised on rock and roll." This season he's rocked more than a few opponents and sent even more rolling on the turf.

Big 12 Power Rankings
Daily Texan

Even Lubbock has share of - gasp! - UT fans
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Even on the darkest nights, Bobby and Becky Garcia's house is easily spotted. That's what happens when you have orange and white Christmas lights on your roof and around your yard from October to January. And at this house, a visit by Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns might be more exciting than a visit from that jolly fat guy who comes down the chimney.

Ninja not dead, just taking a nap
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Football recruiting:

Daniel Campbell: Already with 5 Offers
Aldine offensive tackle Daniel Campbell will be one of the most sought after prospects in the nation in the class of 2008. The consensus is that the massive tackle is one of the top junior offensive linemen in Texas. He has already picked up five scholarship offers from several highly respected programs.

Lamar Harris: Another Gilmer Standout
Gilmer High School in Texas has been churning out high level Division I prospects for quite some time. Corner back Curtis Brown already committed to the Texas Longhorns earlier this year. However, Gilmer's junior class may be even better than this year's group.

Brantley's not going anywhere but Austin
San Antonio Express-News
When it comes to recruiting, Texas has few – if any – peers. But if Internet message boards are to be believed, even the neighborhood bully has moments of insecurity. As we write, countless Longhorns fans are composing countless posts fretting over the future of UT commitment John Brantley, the quarterback wunderkind from Ocala, Fla.

Men's hoops:

Professor Barnes starts experimenting
Austin American-Statesman
Welcome to the University of Texas basketball laboratory. That's Rick Barnes in the white coat. The Texas basketball coach enjoys experimenting with different lineups, and the diverse players on this year's team present him with that opportunity.


Scholarship taken from UT baseball team re-instated
Austin American-Statesman
A scholarship taken from the Texas baseball team because of poor academic performance was re-instated by the NCAA after the Longhorns' appeal of the penalty was upheld.

Texas travels to quieter ground for Fall World Series
Daily Texan
Standing in the middle of Disch-Falk Field isn't easy. Not because there's rusted tin and splintered wood on the Astroturf. That debris is laying on what used to be the stadium's concourse. But the constant sound of backhoes, bulldozers and jackhammers makes it uncomfortable for anyone standing in the aged stadium. The Texas baseball team had to deal with that for nearly two weeks. The Longhorns held fall practices, which started Oct. 12, at Disch-Falk. The Longhorns get a break from the noises at Disch-Falk today and Friday when they travel to Round Rock's Dell Diamond for the Fall World Series Oct. 26-27, though coach Augie Garrido almost welcomes the loud sounds at from the Longhorns' home field.


Young gets chance to impress hometown
Austin American-Statesman
Coach Jeff Fisher and the Tennessee Titans knew exactly what they were getting when they chose Vince Young with the third pick in the NFL draft. They liked the strong arm, athletic ability and leadership of the 6-foot-5-inch quarterback, who will face his hometown Houston Texans for the first time Sunday in Nashville.


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