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Limas Sweed Talks About Wrist Injury
Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed, who injured his wrist in the team's first August scrimmage, spoke about the injury, how he's doing and when he expects to be back in action. Details inside...

Billy Pittman Suffers Shoulder Injury
The Longhorns suffered another blow to the wide receiver corps. Senior wide receiver Billy Pittman sustained a left shoulder injury and sat out Saturday morning's practice.

Texas No. 4 in Preseason AP Poll
The first AP poll for the 2007 season has been released and the Texas Longhorns are No. 4.

Derry behind the scenes
Austin American-Statesman
With fewer than two weeks before the Longhorns' season opener, Duane Akina and Larry Mac Duff have yet to announce a single starting linebacker, much less three of them. For that matter, the defensive co-coordinators haven't named starters at any of the 11 positions, but your mother-in-law and pet Yorkshire terrier can pencil in at least six starters on that side of the ball. Frank Okam, for instance, is a good bet to start. Marcus Griffin? Write him in. Linebacker? Now the coaches aren't doing the whole eeny-meeny-miny-moe thing, but they aren't exactly choosing between Tommy Nobis and Britt Hager these days.

Scouting the linebackers
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorn Ogbonnaya has overcome plenty of tragedies
Austin American-Statesman
The seemingly lifeless body fell straight to the ground, grabbing everybody's attention as the teenager's head smacked hard against the white tiles of the small church basketball court. Play stopped. Time stopped. And within seconds, Chris Ogbonnaya was kneeling next to the unconscious, convulsing body.

Scouting the running backs
Austin American-Statesman

Despite high ranking, UT has work to do
Dallas Morning News
Texas' Mack Brown has never liked preseason polls. His view remained unchanged after learning his Longhorns were fourth in Saturday's first Associated Press Top 25 poll. The position matches the Longhorns' ranking in the USA Today coaches' poll, which remains important as a component in the Bowl Championship Series standings. What does it mean? The Longhorns get an all-access pass to the BCS contenders line, led by consensus No. 1 Southern California. They don't have to worry about leapfrogging 25 other teams, just three. Beyond that, not much.

UT may pass on power game in '07
Dallas Morning News
Given a choice, Texas coach Mack Brown would prefer a smash-mouth running team. Brown craves power football. Running the ball is a sign of toughness. He loves dominating teams at the line of scrimmage, running play-action and wearing teams down in the fourth quarter by hammering between the tackles. But a power running game may not be an option this season.

UT safety Griffin trying to be more vocal
Dallas Morning News
Senior safety Marcus Griffin was the quiet one. His twin brother Michael, the leading tackler at Texas the last two seasons who was drafted in the first round by the Tennessee Titans this year, was the loud one. Now, Marcus finds himself the leader of the UT secondary and is trying to be more vocal.

UT Coach Brown's knee feeling much better
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown said he would have seriously considered retiring if his left knee didn't start feeling better after last season. Brown had left knee replacement surgery in May 2006. Now, Brown says the knee feels great.

Longhorns remain a favorite despite 'starting over'
San Antonio Express-News
With his 56th birthday rapidly approaching, Texas coach Mack Brown lately has found himself engaging in one of the favorite pastimes of the middle aged — making himself feel old. Earlier this summer, for instance, Brown realized he was coming up on his 10th season at UT. So he did a little bit of math.

Longhorns' Jamaal Charles ready to step into big Texas boots
Beaumont Enterprise
On this day, it's more of the same. This is Jamaal Charles, answering one more question about football. It's the middle of training camp, heading into his junior season at the University of Texas, and now he's the starting tailback. And now the pressure's really on.

Longhorns' anchor back on board
Associated Press
As a defensive tackle, Derek Lokey was a mauler, anchoring a Texas unit that ranked No. 1 against the run most of last season. On offense, he was the masher. As the short-yardage fullback, Lokey opened holes for the tailbacks to get that extra yard or into the end zone. Then a broken leg against Nebraska sent him to the sideline midway through the season, and the Longhorns were never quite the same. Now he's back in the game, and Texas should be better on both sides of the football because of it.

Football recruiting:

Shepard Gets Offer No. 4
The Class of 2009 is loaded with talented quarterbacks and Cy Ridge's Russell Shepard is definitely one of them. After lighting the scoreboards up for more than 25 touchdowns as a sophomore, he has caught the attention of several DI programs and has already received a few scholarship offers. Recently, he pulled in another one. Shepard talks about each of his top schools, including Texas.


Titans Press Pass: Vince Young
Vince Young spoke after the first win of the season against the Patriots. After sitting out last weeks game on suspension from Coach Jeff Fisher, Young was excited to get back on the field.


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