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IT Members Only: Limas Sweed update

Fall Practice Video Slideshow
See a video slideshow of Inside Texas photographer Will Gallagher's exclusive photos from practice as the Longhorns are grinding through August camp and getting ready for the 2007 season.

Sweed should be ready for opener
Austin American-Statesman
Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed is expected to be ready for the Longhorns' season opener against Arkansas State on Sept. 1, a Texas spokesman said Thursday.

Secondary ready to show worth on the field
Austin American-Statesman
The statistics provide motivation in themselves. They've oft been repeated since the Longhorns' 2006 football season ended with an Alamo Bowl win over Iowa. Still it's important to remember that Texas' defense ranked an abysmal 99th in the nation against the pass last season. It's also important to remember that three of the four starters from the Texas secondary left for the NFL, including first-round picks Michael Griffin and Aaron Ross. Who's left to correct the problem?

Scouting the defensive backs
Austin American-Statesman

UT's quarterback has full backing
Dallas Morning News
For all Mack Brown's considerable gifts as a head coach – a CEO with campaign skills that would make presidential wannabes look like hayseeds – he's not particularly innovative at play. Comfortable inside the box, you might say. His critics say it regularly, until recently, the second Saturday of just about any given October. But you don't have to hit him over the head, either. He's learned from his mistakes at Texas, as well as his successes. A quarterback controversy once all but overwhelmed his program, but then a quarterback validated it. Brown will never again underestimate the importance of the position, which is why he didn't just name Colt McCoy his quarterback. He crowned him.

Trouble at tackle
San Antonio Express-News
The news of J'Marcus Webb's transfer from Texas more or less fell through the cracks in the news coverage this offseason. When other players on your team are getting arrested with the frequency of Bo and Luke Duke, news of a player leaving voluntarily doesn't exactly stop the presses. It didn't seem like a big deal at the time: A backup lineman leaving, reportedly, for academic reasons. Yawn. But with summer camp now in full swing and the Longhorns in desperate search of depth on the offensive line, make no mistake: They miss Webb now.

Bring on the blitz and Andre Jones update
Houston Chronicle
The word out of training camp has been the physical play of the defense. The Longhorns' four-man front could eventually be one of the best in the nation, but where the new aggressive approach is expected to help the most is at the linebacker position. This group underachieved last season and was partly to blame for some of the pass coverage woes.

Football recruiting:

Chancey Aghayere, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound five-star defensive end from Garland, Texas, has previously said he was going to make his announcement on Sept. 17, which is also his birthday. Apparently, he's pushing back this decision so that he can take another official visit before making up his mind.


Russell and Clark Officially Back
OF Kyle Russell and C Preston Clark will officially return to the University of Texas for their junior seasons.

The SB with Drew Bishop: Aug. 16


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