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Football

A Change of Plans
InsideTexas.com
Once the deepest unit on the 2007 Texas Longhorns, the wide receiving corps is getting thinner and thinner with three receivers (Jordan Shipley, Limas Sweed, Billy Pittman) suffering injuries this summer. Texas wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy and offensive coordinator Greg Davis talk about what the Longhorns plan to do now that they've been forced to go to option B -- or C, or D, or E...

Photo Gallery - The Big Uglies
InsideTexas.com
For success on offense, it all starts out up front. Here is a look at a few of the players Texas fans can expect to see opening holes in the running game and keeping Colt McCoy healthy and upright.

Audio: Interview with Scott Derry
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger sits down with Texas starting weakside linebacker Scott Derry to discuss his career at Texas, what he wants from this season and how he got where he is today.

Wide receiver - a position that can handle the sprains and strains
Austin American-Statesman
It was talk typical of early August, when optimism often goes unchecked. Before anyone had taken a hit or made a tackle, some pondered whether the Texas Longhorn receiving corps — as deep as it was talented — might be among the best in the nation and possibly tops in school history. But as Texas' Sept. 1 season-opener approaches, August's rhetoric has been replaced by realism, as minor injuries have taken a toll.

Scouting the receivers
Austin American-Statesman

LONGHORNS NOTEBOOK
Austin American-Statesman

UT's Akina expects little dropoff at defensive end
Dallas Morning News
Despite losing Tim Crowder, UT's first double-digit sacker (10.5) since 1999, and Brian Robison, co-defensive coordinator Duane Akina said he doesn't expect any dropoff. He points to the play of junior ends Brian Orakpo and Aaron Lewis.

Offensive lineman Hall pushing to be UT starter
Dallas Morning News
Offensive coordinator Greg Davis said sophomore lineman Chris Hall of Irving is making a strong push for a starting job at center or either guard position with one of the best training camps of any player on the team.

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.

Texas: Monday practice report
Dallas Morning News

More physical Charles impressing Longhorns
San Antonio Express-News
Texas players say they've noticed a new and improved Jamaal Charles during summer workouts.

Texas' secondary tries to make improvements
Associated Press
Individually, the Texas secondary last season was as good as it gets. Collectively, it couldn't have been much worse. The Longhorns had three senior starters, including Thorpe Award winner Aaron Ross, and each was drafted by the NFL. Yet opponents passed the ball up and down the field, regularly ripping Texas for long touchdowns. They never resolved the oddest of conundrums as they fell from national champs to second in the Big 12 South. Now No. 4 Texas is looking for improvement from a mostly new group.

Opponents:

Standout DE Blake returns to TCU campus
Associated Press
TCU standout defensive end Tommy Blake was back on campus Monday for the first day of classes after missing five practices and an intrasquad scrimmage last week.

Defensive tackle Vess won't be allowed to play in 2007
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
James Vess, one of nine returning starters on TCU's defense, won't be allowed to play this season after violating university rules, coach Gary Patterson said Monday.

Katy's Dalton wins TCU quarterback battle
Houston Chronicle
Andy Dalton has been named TCU's starting quarterback, coach Gary Patterson said.

Football recruiting:

Thomas Ferguson Talks Recruiting
InsideTexas.com
It's no secret that South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas is loaded with talent from the 2009 class. Many consider defensive lineman Randall Dent to be the top prospect from SGP, but it was actually safety Thomas Ferguson that brought home Sophomore of the Year honors in district play last year.

Alumni:

Durant, Collison dropped from U.S. team
Associated Press
After last year's world championships, the United States knew it needed better shooters, stronger defenders, and more experienced players. That last one cost Kevin Durant.

Griffin trying to turn corner at his new position
Associated Press
Michael Griffin says he's still trying to get comfortable at cornerback after playing safety in college. The Tennessee Titans liked his performance at his new position enough to let their top pick work with the first-team defense on Monday.

The Secret of Robison's Success
KSTP.com
An impressive stat sheet for Vikings defensive end Brian Robison after two NFL pre-season games. Eight tackles, two sacks, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, and a flurry of hurries. Not bad for a 4th-round draft pick in his rookie season.

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