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Spring Scrimmage a Sneak Preview for 2007
The annual Orange-White scrimmage at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Saturday put coach Mack Brown's 10th session of Longhorn spring football in the record books. Here's what we know now about the 2007 Longhorns.

Spring Scrimmage Observations
The back-up QB battle, running game concerns, generation of explosive plays, defensive battles across the board and much more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from Texas' Spring Scrimmage.

McCoy, receivers show dominance
Austin American-Statesman
Texas football coach Mack Brown and his coordinators purposely left out the exotic when they drew up the plan for Saturday's orange-white spring game at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Instead, the scrimmage, played in front of a crowd estimated at 42,500 fans, was all about hints of what could transpire once the season starts Sept. 1 against Arkansas State.

Horns' pass defense needs improvement
Austin American-Statesman
Things looked pretty rosy for the Texas secondary at first glance. One look at the sideline and you saw Michael Griffin and Cedric Griffin, buff and in shape, a few pads and a chinstrap from taking the field. Why worry with that type of experience a few feet from Mack Brown's headset? That's the problem. These guys don't play here anymore.

Orange-white game notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Backup QB plan emerging for UT
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Mack Brown says if Colt McCoy hadn't gotten hurt against Kansas State in the second-to-last game of last season, who knows how the Longhorns might have finished up – maybe 12-1 instead of 10-3. "We saw last year how important having a backup quarterback ready to go can be," Brown said. So all eyes were on backup quarterbacks Sherrod Harris of Arlington Bowie and John Chiles of Mansfield Summit during Saturday's annual Spring Game. They didn't disappoint – at least from a running standpoint.

Horns' search for backup QB produces two solid candidates
San Antonio Express-News
Saturday was billed as "Back to the Future Day" at Texas' Royal-Memorial Stadium. Before the Longhorns took the field for the scrimmage that marked the end of spring drills, teams comprised of former lettermen — all of them older, grayer and considerably slower than in their heyday — took turns simulating plays from past UT playbooks. Once the scrimmage kicked off, a pair of UT freshmen took turns re-enacting X's and O's of a more recent vintage.

Backup QBs run into the spotlight
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Last season, Colt McCoy was fighting for a starting job. Now that he's the unquestioned starting quarterback, his potential backups put on a show at Texas' annual spring scrimmage.

Backup QBs put on a show
Daily Texan
The quarterback hands the ball to a running back. Then he pitches it to an oncoming receiver, who pitches it to yet another receiver. Misdirection is the object of a double-reverse, and the Orange offensive squad broke one out during its 38-8 win during Texas' annual Orange-White scrimmage at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium. And if Texas coach Mack Brown has much to do with it - the Longhorns will use more gadgetry next fall.

Second-string quarterbacks vie for position behind Colt McCoy
Daily Texan
At this time last year, it was a toss up on who would be the next Texas quarterback. Now, things are a bit different for Colt McCoy. "I thought Colt looked as good as I've seen him, he's just stronger, and he's even more accurate if that's possible," Texas coach Mack Brown said after the Orange-White scrimmage. "Colt is the starter, period. He's done great." But this doesn't mean there's no longer any competition taking place at quarterback for the Longhorns. For both Sherrod Harris and John Chiles, they see themselves in a position similar to that of the one McCoy was in last season. The player who earns second-string duties will be more of a factor next season than most people expect.

Football recruiting:

Gideon: 'It was like a dream come true'
On the first day of April, the Texas Longhorns have already virtually locked up its 2008 class. Their 18th commitment came on Friday in the form of Leander safety Blake Gideon. He talked about his decision to play football for Mack Brown and company.


Texas' Durant wins Naismith Award as nation's top player
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant's excellent adventure at the Final Four festivities ended Sunday night when he received the prestigious Naismith Trophy as the nation's top college basketball player. But the University of Texas freshman didn't spend much time reveling in the glory. Shortly after the ceremony at the Georgia World Congress Center, he was on a plane back to Austin. At 11 a.m. today, he'll be in his liberal arts class. Four days of accepting trophies hasn't seemed to inflate the head of the Longhorns' young superstar. "No, not at all," he said. "I haven't accomplished anything yet."

UT's Durant wins Naismith trophy
Dallas Morning News
Texas forward Kevin Durant's postseason tour reached a crescendo Sunday night, when he became the first freshman to receive the Naismith Trophy.

Durant remains silent on future
San Antonio Express-News
Texas forward Kevin Durant joked after winning the Naismith Award that he won't need a workout for a few days. Durant culminated an awards grab over the weekend by earning the award, presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club at the National Association of Basketball Coaches Guardians of the Game Awards Show.

Durant nets fourth award
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Kevin Durant is officially the most decorated men's basketball player in University of Texas history. The Longhorns' freshman received the Naismith Award on Sunday night. He's now four-for-four in major Player of the Year awards. The last one to be announced is the Wooden Award, which will come Friday.


Texas Drops Another Sunday Outing
For the third time this season, the No. 9 Texas Longhorns won the first two games of a weekend set and lost the third, this time to the No. 17 Oklahoma Sooners, 5-2. It was OU's first win in Austin in over 10 years.

Sunday struggles strike again as Texas falls to Oklahoma
Austin American-Statesman
So much for a sweep. Somewhere between Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons this season, the Texas Longhorns go from dominant to average. That was no different Sunday as Texas found ways to end a 15-game home winning streak against Oklahoma, falling to the Sooners 5-2 in front of 4,963 people at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Texas wins two, loses finale against Oklahoma
Daily Texan
It's a curious phenomenon. After winning the first two games of each series, the Texas baseball team has routinely failed to hold on for the Sunday finale. "That's almost impossible to sort through," Garrido said. "All I know is the same as everyone else does and that, in hindsight, we lose on Sundays. Does it have to be that way? Is it about luck? Is it a curse? It's a combination of things we don't know about." After defeating Oklahoma both Friday and Saturday, the Texas offense just couldn't get into a rhythm and fell 5-2 in the finale.


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