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Alamo Bowl Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 26-24 win over Iowa.

Texas' will build its 2007 team around Colt McCoy
Austin American-Statesman
Moments after the Texas band finished the last strains of the school song Saturday evening, Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy made a quick dash toward the seats in the southwestern corner of the Alamodome, and slapped high fives with every fan he could see wearing burnt orange. It was so very Vince Young-like. But the 26-24 Alamo Bowl victory over Iowa reintroduced Texas fans to a likely new hero in McCoy, the player who will be the nucleus of next year's team.

Run game key for UT in 2007
Dallas Morning News
Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis was asked minutes after Saturday's narrow 26-24 Alamo Bowl victory over Iowa what he planned to do about the Longhorns' running game in 2007. "I'm going to enjoy this one for a little while," Davis laughed. But starting next month, when spring practice convenes, the Longhorns will have several questions to answer if they hope to make good on a return trip to San Antonio for next season's Big 12 title game.

Brown has call to make
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown said he will take his time before deciding who will take over for Gene Chizik calling plays on defense next season.

Texas QB McCoy grows up fast
San Antonio Express-News
He's not 6-foot-5, doesn't run with a particularly ethereal grace, can't bend his limbs in ways limbs ought not to bend and doesn't have that supremely confident smirk. It's more like an impish grin. Colt McCoy isn't Vince Young. Never will be. But for all the things McCoy has that can't stand up to the otherworldly gifts of the former Texas quarterback, the Longhorn freshman seems to have the one thing that separated Young from other similarly talented players.

Aside from QB, UT has holes to fill
San Antonio Express-News
Looking back, Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam admits he once had his doubts about Colt McCoy. How, he wondered, could a baby-faced freshman from a tiny school in some middle-of-nowhere town replace the great Vince Young as the Longhorns' quarterback? Ten victories, 29 touchdown passes and one Alamo Bowl comeback victory over Iowa later, McCoy has changed the nature of that conversation, as well as its punctuation.

2006 mistakes give 'Horns goals for 2007
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As confetti and colored balloons dropped from the Alamodome rafters, signaling Texas' 26-24 victory over Iowa, linebacker Rashad Bobino sought out a television camera. He peered into the lens and offered his thoughts on what the Alamo Bowl triumph means for a team that finished 10-3 but let the Big 12 South Division title slip away with consecutive losses to close the regular season. "Next year, we'll be right back here in the Alamodome for the Big 12 [Championship Game]," Bobino said, smiling broadly. "You can mark it down."


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All-American Bowl: Brantley expecting boos
San Antonio Express-News
From facilities to championship potential, top-rated Ocala (Fla.) Trinity quarterback John Brantley thought he'd scrutinized every factor from every angle when he committed his football future to Texas in April. Every factor, that is, except arguably the most important: Mom's home cooking. Brantley said his desire to stay closer to home, and not the prospect of sitting for three years behind Longhorns starter Colt McCoy, was the primary reason for his recent switch from UT to Florida.


Two Horns make an impression on Barnes
Austin American-Statesman
One made an extended appearance, the other a cameo. Both accomplished something. Longhorns J.D. Lewis and Craig Winder helped solidify the trust of coach Rick Barnes with their performances at Tennessee on Dec. 23.

Preview: Texas-Arlington at Texas
Austin American-Statesman

Texas' D.J. turned the tables against Arkansas
Austin American-Statesman
You would think a player whose last name begins with "A" would be listed higher than third on a team's alphabetical roster. That's just fine with Texas freshman point guard D.J. Augustin, who knows something about being third. A.J. Abrams and Connor Atchley rank ahead of him at roll call, but Augustin proved a most valuable No. 3 option Wednesday in the Longhorns' 80-76 victory over Arkansas before 11,936 fans, the liveliest home crowd to see a game at the Erwin Center this season.


Ernie Koy, one of the first Longhorns legends, dies at age 97
Austin American-Statesman
Ernie Koy Sr., one of the first superstar athletes produced by the University of Texas, died at his home in Bellville on Monday. He was 97. Koy was believed to be the oldest living Longhorn letterman when he died. Ted Koy said his father passed away in his sleep Monday morning. He had been an active rancher until he broke his hip a month ago, while feeding his animals.


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