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One-on-One with Jamaal Charles
If Texas can run the ball this season, Texas can run the table. As such, the Horns' championship aspirations rest as much on RB Jamaal Charles' shoulder pads as anyone else in the starting lineup. Inside Texas caught up with the junior running back.

Two Stars on the Rise for Texas
Two Longhorn backups have certainly raised eyebrows so far during the preseason. Texas coach Mack Brown said they are not necessarily surprises, but ‘pluses'. Who did Brown single out as August camp nears the midway point?

McCoy-to-Sweed: Two of a kind
Austin American-Statesman
A little over a year ago, after he found out Vince Young was turning pro, Colt McCoy started calling some of his older receivers, establishing rapport. He wanted to stand out. He wanted to reach out. One, in particular, reached back.

Big Ten mulling growth, but Texas won't be part of it
Austin American-Statesman
Just imagine the possibilities. Texas and Michigan in the Big House. The Longhorns and Buckeyes, Round III. Mack Brown's Longhorns vs. Pat Fitzgerald's Northwestern Wildcats. OK, so they can't all be sexy. But the prospects of some of those potential marquee football games are pretty tantalizing. They are even more appealing, given the fact we are counting the days until that soon-to-be-instant classic, Texas vs. Arkansas State.

Football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

UT's defense looking to bring more blitzes
Dallas Morning News
Senior linebacker Scott Derry said co-defensive coordinators Duane Akina and Larry Mac Duff have some surprises for opposing offenses this season.

Running game still looking for life after Vince
San Antonio Express-News
From snap to whistle, the play takes all of three seconds. It won't cause fans to offer anything more than a polite golf clap. It won't win anybody the Heisman Trophy. A typical, vanilla 4-yard run won't ever show up as the lead highlight on "SportsCenter." But to Texas coach Mack Brown, it just might be the most beautiful play on Earth.

UT doesn't worry about hype affecting McCoy
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coaches are confident that sophomore quarterback Colt McCoy will handle the onslaught of hype surrounding him.

Return of the roaches?
Mineral Wells Index
Darrell Royal once referred to TCU as ‘cockroaches.' The Frogs hope to mess things up for Texas, BCS in '07

Football recruiting:

Alex Okafor Likes Two
Pflugerville, Texas defensive end Alex Okafor will likely be one of the most sought after prospects in the Lone Star State for the class of 2009. He took full advantage of the summer months making stops in Austin, Baton Rouge and Stillwater for camp visits. After a busy summer, Okafor now has two schools sitting atop his list. Which are they?


Summer catch: Recap of Baseball summer action
It was a busy summer for Texas Baseball as 23 current Longhorns and four newcomers stayed active with summer action throughout the country. Twenty-two players participated in collegiate summer leagues, while Jordan Danks spent the summer touring with the U.S. National Baseball Team.


Can Young scramble his way out of ‘Curse'?
Kerrville Daily Times
The worry is that it might be all a little too much. But, honestly, it might be the least of Vince Young's worries.


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