Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Football:

Griffin Expects to Play Against Cowboys
InsideTexas.com
He may be wearing a soft cast on his wrist, but Texas SS Michael Griffin said he will play Saturday against Oklahoma State.

Melton May Get More Looks At DE
InsideTexas.com
RB Henry Melton logged a couple of series at DE during Texas' 35-31 comeback win at Texas Tech Saturday. Given his diminished role in the offense, on what side of the ball can we expect the sophomore to log the most snaps the rest of the season?

Texas Tech Game Report Cards
InsideTexas.com
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 35-31 win over Texas Tech.

Longhorns try to stomach their 112th national ranking in pass defense
Austin American-Statesman
Texas safety Michael Griffin insists he isn't a stat freak. He doesn't see a need to dwell on national rankings. Maybe the rest of the Longhorns' secondary should adopt his number naivety. After all, ignorance is bliss when statistics show you're the 112th-ranked pass defense in the country.

Notebook: Brown wants Longhorns thinking pink
Austin American-Statesman

Brown hopes UT can endure
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown called October one of the hardest months he can remember in coaching. Texas played Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas Tech – all away from Austin – with one home game, against Baylor. UT had to come from behind in all four wins.

UT secondary doing bang-up job
Dallas Morning News
Texas All-Big 12 safety Michael Griffin said Monday a left arm injury that took him out of Saturday's game at Texas Tech won't keep him out of this week's game against Oklahoma State.

UT's rush defense is No. 2 in the nation
San Antonio Express-News
Texas safety Michael Griffin walked into the team's press luncheon Monday blissfully unaware of exactly how poorly the Longhorns' porous pass defense ranked. Leave it to a horde of sportswriters to ruin his day.

McCoy can only laugh at Heisman campaign
San Antonio Express-News
Texas freshman quarterback Colt McCoy laughed Monday when apprised of one national columnist's assertion that he should be considered a Heisman Trophy contender.

Brown: McCoy is Heisman worthy
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Colt McCoy, Heisman Trophy candidate? Such talk is justified in the estimation of Texas coach Mack Brown, who fielded questions Monday linking his redshirt freshman quarterback to college football's top individual honor.

A thoroughbred Colt
Houston Chronicle
After throwing a first-quarter interception that was returned for a touchdown Saturday, Texas redshirt freshman quarterback Colt McCoy did the unusual. He walked to the sideline, exchanged high-fives with his teammates and didn't show a nervous bone in his body.

'Baby-faced' no longer
Daily Texan
Colt McCoy took his gun-slinging ways to Lubbock, and his four-touchdown day earned him the nod as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Despite ugly numbers, Texas defense still good
Daily Oklahoman
Asked if he's concerned after watching film of Oklahoma State's explosive offense, Texas coach Mack Brown quipped: "Yeah, scared to death," Brown said.

OSU football: Notebook
Daily Oklahoman

Questions & Answers
Daily Oklahoman

Oklahoma State coverage
GoPokes.com

Football recruiting:

Lester Ward: One of Best in Texas
InsideTexas.com
Brenham High School in Texas is home to an incredibly large group of senior and junior prospects. They already have six kids from their senior class committed to Division I programs, including Longhorn commits Brandon Collins and Ahmard Howard. Probably their best junior prospect, Lester Ward was very humble about the opportunity to play big time college football.

Darius Darks: First Look at 2008 S
InsideTexas.com
Pflugerville (Texas) always produces Division I talent, and this year's junior class is no exception. There are two extremely talented defensive backs in the Pflugerville area. Zaviar Gooden and Darius Darks should both make a big splash in the recruiting pool in 2008. Pflugerville Connally Head Coach Matt Monzingo talked what Darks brings to the football field.

Men's hoops:

If the Suns can also rise, why not the Longhorns?
Austin American-Statesman
The concept of basketball with feet on the accelerator might become more than a sales pitch for the Texas Longhorns.

Barnes leads freshman-heavy team against Lenoir-Rhyne to open season
Daily Texan
It's nothing new to Texas coach Rick Barnes. Barnes has been in a position like this before, where he's had to help educate younger players on and off the court. But there's a twist when it comes to this year's seven incoming freshmen.

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