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Inside Texas
SAN ANTONIO -- From wide-eyed freshman to record-setting quarterback to undisputed leader of the 2007 Longhorns, Colt McCoy has come out guns blazing from Day 1. He's got the numbers, but now he has what is most important for him as a leader: His teammates' respect.

Chemistry 101: Do Horns Have Right Formula?
Inside Texas
SAN ANTONIO -- Here's how the Texas football team spent its summer vacation: addressing lapses in team chemistry that may have contributed to the two-game tailspin at the end of the 2006 regular season.

McCoy has emerged as team leader
Austin American-Statesman
SAN ANTONIO — The moderator issued the two-question warning to about 100 members of the Big 12 media Wednesday morning as Texas football coach Mack Brown finished off his opening remarks. Then someone spoke up from the balcony. He didn't have the wireless microphone, which was being passed around downstairs. He just shouted an impromptu question. "How do you feel about small-town guys?" asked Colt McCoy, the pride of Tuscola, population 714. "Are they good guys?"

Horns secondary: Weakest Link, Jeopardy or Survivor?
Austin American-Statesman
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio. For a Longhorn, it's a nice place to visit. But you wouldn't want to play there — unless you're in the 2007 Big 12 championship game.

Notebook: Chiles' days at QB may be numbered
Austin American-Statesman

Previews of Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
Austin American-Statesman

UT now has several leading men
Dallas Morning News
SAN ANTONIO – The greatest example of what Mack Brown hopes is new-and-improved leadership at Texas this season came from sophomore quarterback Colt McCoy during an impromptu exchange Wednesday.

Oklahoma St. in limbo over linebacker
Dallas Morning News
SAN ANTONIO – Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy said Wednesday he's not sure what he'll do with starting linebacker Chris Collins if the sophomore goes on trial next month for a sexual assault charge dating to 2004.

Food For Thought
San Antonio Express-News
Mack Brown understands the dangers of talking about injuries. He realizes it can make a man in his position sound as if he's making excuses, and he also knows there are now federal privacy regulations that discourage coaches from mentioning the concussions, separated shoulders and bum ankles they once discussed freely. But as Brown walked through the lobby of the St. Anthony Hotel on Wednesday morning, he couldn't help himself.

Colt in control
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown was nearly finished with his time at the dais Wednesday at the Big 12 media days when a lone voice from the back of the room interrupted an otherwise staid session of Q&A. It was quarterback Colt McCoy, shouting his own question across a ballroom full of much-amused media members.

UT welcomes Okam back
San Antonio Express-News
Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam spent much of a sub-par 2006 season harboring a dirty little secret. He had been playing most the year on a left knee in which the joints were misaligned and the cartilage was torn. He just didn't want to tell anybody.

Lokey gives 'Horns a big double edge
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
SAN ANTONIO -- The last time Derek Lokey wore a Texas uniform, he walked to the sideline before allowing trainers to examine a broken leg that required season-ending surgery. Lokey, a senior defensive tackle and short-yardage fullback, never shed a tear that day in Lincoln, Neb., despite the physical pain.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas seeks formula for success
Houston Chronicle
SAN ANTONIO — For the next three days, Texas coach Mack Brown and his coaching staff will gather for a retreat in south Texas. They'll be cooking up a plan for the right mix of veterans and newcomers to blend on defense. They'll be fishing for some much-needed help in the backfield, secondary and tight end. while also hunting for a front-runner for the backup quarterback job. Those are just a few of the major issues Brown said his staff will address with 10 days remaining until players report for summer workouts.

Brown recalls losing Lokey to injury
Houston Chronicle
SAN ANTONIO — When it came to naming the Longhorns' biggest loss last season, Texas coach Mack Brown didn't mention Kansas State or Texas A&M. He said it was losing defensive tackle Derek Lokey to a knee injury in Week 8.

Longhorns ready for new challenges
Daily Texan
SAN ANTONIO - Derek Lokey had already made four tackles against Nebraska last season when he went down with a broken leg. Despite the injury, he walked off the field himself, then refused any treatment until he was back in the locker room. Even after the true extent of his injuries were discovered - he had also suffered torn knee ligaments - the defensive tackle came back to the sideline on crutches and regretfully informed head coach Mack Brown he wasn't going to be able to play the rest of the game.

McCoy's confidence soars as he prepares for sophomore year
Daily Texan
SAN ANTONIO - Colt McCoy wasn't going to let the press conference end without getting in a question of his own. Standing on the second floor, above a room full of reporters and cameras, McCoy made sure his presence was felt.

Brown says parity now part of Big 12
Bryan College Station Eagle
SAN ANTONIO - Mack Brown is not a betting man. He doesn't make wagers on the golf course, not even for something as small as a soft drink over a round with friends. He used to pick teams in the office's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament pool, but he won't do that any more, either. Brown doesn't want to condone gambling of any kind, which would send a bad message to young people. It pains him to think someone could ruin their career or future over a senseless wager. As for picking which teams will play in the Big 12 Championship in December, Brown thinks even a betting man should take an all-bets-off approach.

McCoy more relaxed, confident leading 'Horns' offense
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
SAN ANTONIO - Colt McCoy looked over the balcony railing and interrupted his coach's news conference. As Texas football boss Mack Brown gazed out over a hotel ballroom dotted with rows and rows of reporters, the Longhorns' quarterback called out from a level above.

McCoy emerges as UT leader
Waco Tribune-Herald
SAN ANTONIO — Following Vince Young at Texas is like trying to replace Cal Ripken as the Baltimore Orioles' shortstop or stepping into Bear Bryant's shoes at Alabama. It's next to impossible. But that's exactly what redshirt freshman Colt McCoy did last year, leading the Longhorns to another 10-win season and throwing for 2,570 yards and a school-record 29 touchdown passes.

Texas coach Brown sees a balanced Big 12
Daily Oklahoman
SAN ANTONIO – Mack Brown, his Texas team fresh off a three-loss season, on Wednesday hailed the arrival of parity to the Big 12 Conference.

UT's McCoy comes of age
Daily Oklahoman
Colt McCoy leaned over the balcony railing, his arm flailing. He didn't wait to be recognized by the press conference moderator. The Texas quarterback had a question for his coach during Big 12 Media Day, and even though he had no notebook or camera, he was going to ask it.

McCoy has come a long way
Norman Transvript
SAN ANTONIO — Texas coach Mack Brown was fielding questions from reporters Wednesday at Big 12 Football Media Days when he was interrupted from a loud shout from the ballroom balcony of the St. Anthony Hotel. Colt McCoy, who is entering his second season as the Longhorns' signal-caller, was in a joking mood and figured why not have a little fun with his coach.

Texas is still leaning on QB McCoy
Kansas City Star
SAN ANTONIO | One final question for coach Mack Brown at Big 12 media day on Wednesday. What do you think of players from small towns? The voice came from the balcony. Not from a reporter, but from a player posing as one: quarterback Colt McCoy from tiny Tuscola, Texas.

Longhorn 'D' piles on the praises of Chizik
Des Moines Register
San Antonio, Texas - Want to know more about Gene Chizik? Spend a few moments with Texas defensive tackle Derek Lokey, who gave Iowa State's new football coach a glowing review during Wednesday's Big 12 Conference meetings.

Football recruiting

North Mesquite's Next Big Thing
Inside Texas
Three years ago, North Mesquite High School was home to one of the biggest offensive tackles in the state in the form of J'Marcus Webb. Fast forward a couple of years to the class of 2009, and North Mesquite has another mammoth tackle ready to hit the field.

Photo Gallery: Joseph Okafor
Inside Texas
In the final of a daily series of prospect photo galleries, one of the most athletic defensive ends in the 2009 class: Joeseph Okafor from Bellaire.


Priest Holmes to report to Chiefs camp
Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Three-time Pro Bowl running back Priest Holmes will report to the Kansas City Chiefs' camp Saturday in a surprise development that comes 21 months after he was knocked out of football by a devastating hit.


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