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Football

Hall Making His Mark
InsideTexas.com
Before August camp, sophomore guard Chris Hall was seemingly an afterthought on the Texas depth chart. Now, less than two weeks before the start of the 2007 season, coaches are raving about what Hall has done in camp. He's pushing hard for a starting job and it might not even be at offensive guard...

Another title would secure Mack's legacy
Austin American-Statesman
When it comes to head football coaches at Texas, Darrell Royal has clearly lapped the field. With three national championships and 11 Southwest Conference titles in 20 seasons and a popularity base deeper than Davy Crockett's, the Longhorn icon still represents the gold standard of coaches in Austin. No one else can come close. Not even Mack Brown.

Brown now sees need to balance fun, intensity
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown never writes a speech. He's never taken a class or had oratory training. The Texas coach relies on what his heart is whispering to his brain, and oftentimes, he speaks with an evangelist's zeal. Such was the case the evening of Jan. 4, 2006, moments after Texas' dazzling Rose Bowl victory. Texas had just capped off an 11-point comeback with Vince Young's 8-yard glide to the end zone securing the Longhorns' first football national championship in 35 years. As confetti flew, someone handed Brown a microphone. He had no idea what he would say.

Wait might be worth it for Horns senior Jackson
Austin American-Statesman
Erick Jackson could be confused with that concerned relative, sitting there, hoping the news from the doctor is good. For Jackson, the football field has been his waiting room for the past four seasons. Nothing of the medical nature, mind you. Just a lot of waiting. Twenty-eight games to be exact.

Cosby says he won't leave early for NFL
Austin American-Statesman
There's been mild speculation that junior receiver Quan Cosby might leave school early for the NFL. But Cosby said Tuesday that he intends to play two more years for the Longhorns.

Scouting the Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
Position-by-position look at Texas.

Mack's longtime assistants
Austin American-Statesman
Aides who've served Brown's full tenure at Texas Listen to this article or download audio file.

Triumphs and tribulations of Mack Brown's tenure
Austin American-Statesman
The highs and lows of coach's time at Texas.

UT's Okam, Lokey hit books and backs
Dallas Morning News
If it's possible to be best friends and ultimate rivals, Texas senior defensive tackles Frank Okam of Lake Highlands and Derek Lokey of Denton Ryan have done it.

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.

A Drew of all trades
San Antonio Express-News
In real life, there isn't much Texas safety Drew Kelson can't do. He is an avid chess player. He speaks Spanish with the fluency of a Telemundo anchor. A voracious reader, Kelson is as comfortable holding a conversation about the collected works of Afghan author Khaled Hosseini as he is holding conversation about the collected blitzes in the UT playbook. He's the kind of player who does for the "dumb jock" stereotype what Yao Ming does for the "short Asian" stereotype. Talking to him is a bit like talking to a bilingual Alex Trebek — interesting, but kind of intimidating.

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TCU picks redshirt freshman for QB
Dallas Morning News
Andy Dalton was in the movie theater, taking in Superbad, when the call came Sunday. He had good news awaiting his return to campus. TCU coach Gary Patterson named Dalton the starter at quarterback. Dalton, 19, of Katy, Texas, beat out sophomore Marcus Jackson for the job.

Bradford named OU's starting QB
Dallas Morning News
The wait is finally over. Oklahoma's three-man race for starting quarterback that began last spring ended Tuesday as coach Bob Stoops announced redshirt freshman Sam Bradford will start the season opener Sept. 1 against North Texas.

Young Dalton appears undaunted in his role as Frogs QB
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
You know the moment I am thinking about. I know you do. You've been listening to people talk about how the whole presentation/fundraiser/fill-in-the-blank project hinges on whether this one person can deliver when it hits you: Oh no, they are talking about me. Welcome to Andy Dalton's world, where everybody is definitely devoting serious think time to him.

Football recruiting:

Horns Offer Dorsey
InsideTexas.com
Is the 2008 recruiting class still not done? According to Tyler defensive tackle Adren Dorsey, the Texas Longhorns have offered him a scholarship. Dorsey talked about recruiting, his top schools and preparation for his senior season.

Dexter Pratt: Offers on the Way
InsideTexas.com
Navasota, Texas running back Dexter Pratt burst onto the scene during 7-on-7's this summer and has quickly become one of the top prospects in the '09 class. Pratt has great versatility on the football field and could likely play either running back or linebacker on the next level. It's still unsure where Pratt will line up in college, but he will definitely bring in a number of offers on Sept 1.

Jeremy Hills: Prepped and Ready to Go
InsideTexas.com
Hard work, determination and passion are all qualities that describe Alief Elsik running back and Texas commit Jeremy Hills. Hills committed to UT back in February and since then hasn't turned to look back. He spent the majority of his summer working out with his brother and current Longhorn Tony Hills and it appears to have paid major dividends.

Alumni:

Catching up with Longhorns playing pro baseball
TexasSports.com
In 2007, seven former Longhorns have made Major League appearances, including Roger Clemens, Brandon Fahey, J.P. Howell, Omar Quintanilla, Stephen Randolph, Huston Street and Curtis Thigpen.

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