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OL Shaping Up as Spring Football Winds Down
The battles have been intense; the play, reportedly, has been solid. But there's been enough separation among candidates to fill the void on Texas offensive line that coordinator Greg Davis named the starters for this Saturday's Orange-White scrimmage.

Marshall Makes the Move to TE
RS-freshman Josh Marshall has moved from WR to TE, Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said Monday. But true freshman TE Blain Irby will also get a good a look when the California-product reports this summer.

The Top Ten Players in Texas Football History
Inside Texas subscribers voted on the Top 10 in Texas football history in 10 different categories. The final entry in a daily release of the lists is the Top Ten Overall Players.

The Top Ten Individual Performances
Inside Texas subscribers voted on the Top 10 in Texas football history in 10 different categories. The ninth entry in a daily release of the lists is the Top Ten Individual Game Performances.

A look ahead for Longhorns football
Austin American-Statesman
In case your eyeballs will have to be surgically removed from your television screen because of the college basketball craziness, and you'll be unable to attend the Texas spring football game this weekend, allow me to enlighten you on what Mack Brown accomplished in the past month. Consider this the early Cliffs Notes version before the summer football magazines start cluttering your mailbox in June. Until then, here's what you should know.

The rights of spring
San Antonio Express-News
Colt McCoy looks bigger, stronger and more precise than before. Jamaal Charles looks reinvigorated. The Longhorns' remade offensive line and defensive secondary looks solid. Limas Sweed is leaping tall buildings in a single bound. If you listen to reports coming out of Texas' spring workouts, it sounds as if the Longhorns are ready to challenge the 1972 Miami Dolphins to a best-of-seven series. That's the beauty of spring football, especially when those pesky cynics in the media aren't allowed to watch. Everybody looks good.

Football recruiting:

Russell Shepard Checks Out Austin
Cypress Ridge, Texas is home to arguably the top quarterback prospect in the entire country in the class of 2009. Russell Shepard took a trip to Austin yesterday to check in with the Texas coaching staff. Many among the Longhorn faithful believed that he might receive an offer during his trip. How did his trip go?

Aaron Williams Shines in Dallas Combine
Round Rock McNeil's Aaron Williams burst on to the scene at the U.S. Army National Combine. He showed great coverage skills and tremendous speed as he locked down some of the top receivers in the country. The scary thing is that Williams seems to have improved since then. He proved to be one of the top defensive backs in the Lone Star State at the Scout combine in Dallas on Sunday.

Emmanuel Acho Enjoys Dallas Combine
The Dallas combine was full of outstanding linebacker prospects, and St. Mark's Emmanuel Acho was one of the best on hand. Acho was eager to see how he matched up against some of the better prospects in the Lone Star State. He talked about the combine and his plans for his senior year.

Antoine Hicks: Gets First Look at WR
Several members of the Mansfield Timberview football team competed in the Scout Combine held at the Dallas Cowboys training facility on Sunday. The most notable was Texas commit Antoine Hicks. Hicks had the opportunity to work out at wide receiver for the first time and had a decent showing.

Dan Buckner: Pure Competitor
When Dan Buckner walked into the Dallas Cowboys training facility with a Texas Longhorns toboggan and a pink backpack on, he was all laughs. But Buckner never backs down from a challenge, and he showed a competitive streak unlike any other at the combine when he competed in every drill despite having aggravated a quad injury.


Writers tab Durant as player of year
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant will have to clear space for another trophy or two. The Longhorn freshman was named player of the year Tuesday by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, which awards the Oscar Robertson Trophy, and by the Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky, which gives the Adolph Rupp Trophy.

UT's Durant racking up awards
Dallas Morning News
Texas freshman Kevin Durant will need an extra suitcase for his trip today to the Final Four in Atlanta. After being named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press on Monday, Durant was named the recipient of the Oscar Robertson Trophy as the national player of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday. He will receive that honor at an awards breakfast in Atlanta on Friday.

UT, A&M signed up for this drama
San Antonio Express-News
In two athletic department offices 100 miles apart, near-identical feelings of helplessness fill the air. Outside forces pull at each program, threatening to steal away the most promising basketball star each has ever had. And there's not much anyone in Austin or College Station can do about it, except to cross their fingers and hope. But as Kevin Durant ponders a bigger league and Billy Gillispie considers a bigger job, the people at Texas and Texas A&M should pause, stop their fretting and think back for a minute. Isn't this exactly what each school signed up for?


Horns Go Yard Against Owls
Kyle Russell continued his assault on Texas' single-season home run record and DH Russell Moldenhauer added a solo shot to lift the No. 10 Longhorns past No. 8 Rice, 6-4, at Disch-Falk Field Tuesday.

Longhorns beat Rice 6-4
Austin American-Statesman
Rice coach Wayne Graham had one thing to say about the Texas Longhorns. "If their pitching comes around, they are the best team in the country," Graham said. "I don't think there is any doubt about that." And that was after Texas committed three errors Tuesday. That also was after the Longhorns were held to eight hits and six runs, both below average. Despite all that, the ninth-ranked Longhorns beat the eighth-ranked Owls for the 10th consecutive time, winning 6-4 in front of 5,133 fans at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Boone needs to be the bullpen answer
Austin American-Statesman
There was a time when a team that was losing to Texas after six innings was done. A loser with three innings left to play.

Texas utilizes late hits to defeat the Owls
Daily Texan
Austin Wood had every right to be upset. Kyle Russell's errant throw from right field to the dugout allowed Rice to score two runs and ruined what had been a scoreless outing for starter Wood. Instead of getting frustrated, Wood finished off the last out in the fifth inning and acted as if nothing had happened.

Boone puts bad outing behind him to save game
Daily Texan
Hours before he got the call in the ninth inning, Randy Boone was working in the bull pen. Texas' closer threw some pitches to his catcher out beyond the left-field wall as the rest of his team was just starting to warm up before Texas' 6-4 win over Rice. The senior was trying to make sure he could hit the corners and get ground balls, though lately that hasn't been working out for him.

Women's hoops:

UT closes in on new coach
Dallas Morning News
Duke women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors could be named the new head coach at Texas as early as today. Goestenkors, who has spent 15 seasons at Duke in her only head coaching job, reaching four Final Fours and the national championship game twice, is scheduled to arrive in Austin today, according to two sources close to the Texas program.

Goestenkors candidate for Texas job
Houston Chronicle
The University of Texas received permission Tuesday to interview Duke women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors about replacing Hall of Famer Jody Conradt. According to a person close to the UT athletic department, Goestenkors is considered the leading candidate to replace Conradt, who resigned with 900 career victories March 11 after the Longhorns failed to make the NCAA Tournament.


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