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Running Attack Has Been 'Tweaked'
SAN ANTONIO -- Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis says the Longhorns have "tweaked" their running game for the Alamo Bowl and will feature a different style off attack than what's been used this season.

The Inside Texas Podcast
On this edition of the Podcast we go over the bizare Aaron Ross car crash, whether or not Colt McCoy should be playing in the Alamo Bowl, what the Texas offense will look like next season, Kindle at running back and Tennessee Titans playoff scenarios.

Audio: Interview with Justin Blalock
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger sits down with senior OL Justin Blalock before the Longhorns' Alamo Bowl match-up to talk about the Longhorn running game, looking back at his position change, his decision to come back to Texas for his senior year and more.

Texas Players Tout Tate
Drew Tate established himself as a high school hero during his days at Baytown Lee. Those exploits were recognized by players on the Texas, many of whom prepped in the Lonestar State. Read what they had to say and also other Longhorn views of Iowa in this Premium HN Notebook.

Texas Offense AUDIO
Colt McCoy, Selvin Young, Justin Blalock, Quan Cosby, Kasey Studdard, and offensive coordinator Greg Davis spoke with the media on Thursday.

Texas decides to tweak its running game in time for Alamo
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns have been merely workmanlike in rushing the ball, as opposed to spectacular.

How they stack up: The cornerbacks
Austin American-Statesman

Bohls: NFL teams watching Ferentz like a hawk
Austin American-Statesman
For now, coach only interested in taking Iowa to higher level

Kelso: The Alamo Bowl: providing Iowans with a chance to get the heck out of there
Austin American-Statesman
I had a chance to go to the Alamo Bowl Saturday in San Antonio to watch Texas play Iowa, but I decided to go to Amarillo instead. You'd be better off staying home and flogging yourself.

UT's Blalock shakes lineman stereotypes
Dallas Morning News
SAN ANTONIO – Kids who win science fairs and score 1120 on the SAT in seventh grade, who get invited to prestigious academic camps and play the tuba in their middle school band, aren't supposed to be the best player on the football team.

UT's 11-year run likely to end
Dallas Morning News
SAN ANTONIO – Texas has featured a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the last 11 seasons, the NCAA's longest active streak and only one season behind the NCAA record set by North Carolina from 1973 to '84.

UT in rush to fix run game
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
SAN ANTONIO - In its last public unveiling, a Texas ground game that ranked among the nation's best in September sputtered its way to a season-low 70 yards in a Nov. 24 loss to Texas A&M.

Alamo Bowl Notes
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tate keeps plugging away
Houston Chronicle
Iowa QB looks to finish trying senior season on a high note

Horns, Hawkeyes set for brawl at Alamodome
San Antonio Express-News
University of Iowa fans have been to San Antonio so many times, they're starting to talk like Texans. When University of Texas coach Mack Brown spoke at a high-energy pep rally for both teams Thursday night, the first thing he did was welcome the Iowans back to the Lone Star State, even though it was only the second football matchup in the history of the two schools.

Alamo Bowl notebook: UT coordinator Davis says Kines not likely to join staff
San Antonio Express-News

Iowa's Young looks to put injury problems behind him
San Antonio Express-News
Poised for his biggest season in college, Iowa tailback Albert Young couldn't have been more prepared.

Charles shrugs off quiet season at UT
San Antonio Express-News
Texas tailback Jamaal Charles isn't much for any kind of talk, be it small or trash. He doesn't often say much in the huddle, hardly ever pounds his chest after a big run. He rarely addresses the media, and when he does, it is generally in "yes sir," "no sir," platitudes.

Football Recruiting:

Horns Fill Hole at QB With Kinne Pledge
A source close to Gilmer football confirmed to Inside Texas Thursday evening that QB G.J. Kinne has switched his commitment from Baylor to Texas.

Spencer Reeves: Leads by Example
Skyline High School was home to one of the stingiest defenses in the Lone Star State in 2005. Junior linebacker Spencer Reeves was the leader of their star-studded defense that includes four potential Division I prospects. Reeves laid out his top five schools at this point in time.


Texas Wins as Conference Play Approaches
The Longhorns struggled early and often, but regained their composure to beat the Centenary Gents, 76-66, and improve to 9-3 as Big 12 Conference play looms on the horizon.

Texas gets past Centenary 76-66
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorn basketball players seem to have something in common with their fan base. They know which games are important, and the one on Thursday against Centenary did not qualify.

Durant leads Texas by pesky Centenary
San Antonio Express-News
Texas guard A.J. Abrams' face lit up when hearing teammate Kevin Durant tied a school freshman record with 17 rebounds in Thursday's 76-66 victory over Centenary.

Hoops Recruiting:

GSK Invitational: Day 1 Rundown
RALEIGH, N.C. – St. Raymond's and St. Benedict's needed overtime to settle a local score. Meanwhile, Larry Drew and Taft advanced to the title tilt.

Scout On The Road: December 28th Update
The December high school tournament season is coming to a close. We spent the last couple weeks at various tournaments in California and had the opportunity to watch Kevin Love, Malcolm Lee, Klay Thompson and Jrue Holiday, among others...


Young has erased doubts over season
The Tennessean
Vince Young had millions of reasons to be happy, but early in his first NFL season he wondered if it was all worth it. The Titans were winless and the rookie quarterback felt disharmony around him. It was so far from where he stood just a few months earlier, on top of the world at the University of Texas.

Scaife practices, says he's playing
The Tennessean
Titans tight end Bo Scaife practiced Thursday for the first time in nearly three weeks as he continues to work his way back from a right ankle injury.

Patriots Must Stop Young Sensation
After clinching their fourth straight AFC East title last week in Jacksonville, the Patriots get ready to travel to Tennessee to take on the surging Titans. Depending on what happens with the Colts, the Patriots could rise as high as the third seed in the AFC. Meanwhile, Tennessee still has slim postseason hopes after winning six straight games.

FISHER: Concerned about Adjustments
Tennessee head coach Jeff Fisher was with the Titans organization when it was the Houston Oilers. He talked about the the growth he and the franchise have had during his tenure, his relationship with Steve McNair (Now with the Ravens), Vince Young's ability to create something from nothing, and what the Titans have to do about the Patriots defense.

Chargers cornerbacks answering the bell
Despite all the praise and accolades the Chargers have received this season, there is one area of the team not getting nearly the credit it deserves - the cornerbacks. Quentin Jammer, Drayton Florence and Antonio Cromartie have all played lights-out football this season in anchoring a pass defense which now ranks in the league‘s top dozen.

AROUND THE NFL: Ex-UT Star Might Leave Cards
Houston Chronicle
Offensive tackle Leonard Davis could play his final game as an Arizona Cardinal on Sunday.


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