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Football

Now, About Those Linebackers...
InsideTexas.com
Some have suggested that the weak link on an otherwise solid Texas defense the past couple of seasons has been its linebackers. Now, new co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Larry Mac Duff weighs in on the subject.

Running of the Horns
InsideTexas.com
Will Texas feature more plays out of the "I" formation in 2007? Greg Davis gives a progress report on where the running game stands and which players will be counted on to improve the numbers from 2006.

Shotgun lets Texas put 'best 11 guys on the field'
Austin American-Statesman
Meet the reason Texas coach Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Greg Davis don't relish the I-formation: Quan Cosby.

Horns' Finley has big upside at tight end
Austin American-Statesman
When Texas first began recruiting Jermichael Finley, the gifted athlete from Diboll had designs on being a two-sport star.

In winning condition
Austin American-Statesman
Poor Blue Bell. The little creamery in Brenham lost one of its most consistent customers in March. That's when Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis decided it was time to drop the ice cream and drop to his playing weight.

Longhorns football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorns football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Mac Duff praises UT sophomore Muckelroy
Dallas Morning News
First-year co-defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff, who coaches the linebackers, said he's been impressed with all of his linebackers but really likes the progress of sophomore Roddrick Muckelroy.

UT's McCoy says he's not feeling pressure
Dallas Morning News
Though sophomore quarterback Colt McCoy has set the bar extremely high after a record-setting freshman season, he says he's not feeling pressure from expectations or from coach Mack Brown announcing that Texas "is Colt's team."

UT sophomore linebacker learning new position
Dallas Morning News
Sophomore linebacker Rod Muckelroy, who missed most of last season with a hand injury, is learning the strongside position after having played on the weak side in 2006.

Longhorns' Davis promises Charles more carries
San Antonio Express-News
Texas tailback Jamaal Charles can expect to touch the ball between 25 and 30 times per game in his first season as the team's primary tailback, UT offensive coordinator Greg Davis said.

UT defensive coaches go way back
San Antonio Express-News
Twenty-three years later, new Texas co-defensive coordinator Larry Mac Duff can still remember the first time he met Duane Akina.

Longhorns may use true freshmen on O-line
San Antonio Express-News
With holes abounding in the Texas two-deep at offensive line, coach Mack Brown is prepared to turn to an unlikely source in his search for depth. True freshmen.

Texas notebook
San Antonio Express-News

It's time for Charles to be in charge
Houston Chronicle
Two years ago, Jamaal Charles put himself on such a fast track to stardom that even with his sprinter's speed, he found it difficult to keep up.

Bigger, stronger Charles expected to carry load for Texas
Associated Press
Jamaal Charles' mission was simple: Get bigger and stronger because Texas needs him to carry a much larger load at tailback this season. There was another, quieter goal: get tougher.

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The 300
InsideTexas.com
We unveiled it for the first time two months ago and here is the first revision of the Scout.com National Top 300.

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Texas-ex Applewhite takes reins of Alabama's offense
Associated Press
John Parker Wilson has never seen Major Applewhite play quarterback. "He's a little too old," the Alabama quarterback said, grinning. Old? The 29-year-old Applewhite was the nation's youngest offensive coordinator last season at Rice and now holds the same job under Nick Saban at Alabama, making him more whiz kid than old man.

Simms buried on Bucs' bench
Associated Press
While Luke McCown and Bruce Gradkowski were on the field competing for Tampa Bay's backup quarterback job, Chris Simms remained on the sideline. It's been that way much of training camp, and the situation didn't change during the team's preseason opener against the New England Patriots.

Russell Adds to Cubs Draft Crop
InsideTexas.com
After drafting an influx of college hitters in the first 10 rounds of the 2007 draft back in June, the Cubs were hoping to sign an assortment of pitchers selected in the middle rounds to strengthen the rotation. Former Longhorn pitcher James Russell could do just that.

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