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Texas Football Here at Last
As Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins put it: "It's Division I football! It's the Big 12!"...and it is here. Teams around the country are gearing up and on Saturday the Longhorns take on Arkansas State. Inside Texas takes you position-by-position and previews the 2007 Texas Longhorns.

Photo Gallery - The Linebackers
With a healthy Roddrick Muckelroy and a slimmed down Rashad Bobino, the linebackers hope to elevate their level of play in 2007.

Austin American-Statesman

Big 12 eyes a return to the top
Dallas Morning News
The last four years, the Big 12 has been a two-team league: Oklahoma and Texas. While both are getting a lot of preseason praise from voters, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Texas coach Mack Brown sound markedly different about their teams.

Preview: Texas Longhorns
Dallas Morning News

UT's Brown downplays AD talk
Dallas Morning News
Texas football coach Mack Brown on Wednesday brushed aside a question about whether he would be interested in succeeding Longhorns athletic director DeLoss Dodds when he retires from coaching.

Everyone benefit with rekindling of old rivalries
Dallas Morning News
When we still had the Southwest Conference to kick around, gauging the strength of Texas' Division I-A football schools was fairly simple. To wit: Most of them played each other. The rest of the country can't get it together for a playoff, but at least we played for the national championship of Texas. An even worse aspect of the SWC's inevitable breakup was the end of old rivalries, especially if you're a have-not forced to make up the lost payday with Marshall or Tulane. But look what's happened since Steve Hatchell turned out the lights a little more than a decade ago: The SWC is back.

Texas running backs coach recovering at home
San Antonio Express-News
Texas running backs coach Ken Rucker was released from the hospital Wednesday after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer earlier in the week.

'Horns of plenty
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In new situations, perspectives can differ greatly depending on the vantage point. A prime example is the Texas defense, where the Longhorns are talented but seek three new starters in the secondary.

Bowie exes reunite in Texas secondary
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The last time Brandon Foster and Ryan Palmer appeared in the same starting lineup, their team won a state championship. In track.

Houston Chronicle
Dunking a basketball came naturally to the UT's Limas Sweed, who stood 6-foot-5 as a 10th-grader and had visions of a Michael Jordan-like career in his future. But Sweed was persuaded to give football a try, and has become one of the nation's best receivers.

As usual, story figures to end one of two ways
Houston Chronicle
Is this the year somebody other than Oklahoma or Texas wins the Big 12 South?

Arkansas St.-Texas Preview
Associated Press
At the beginning of last season, Colt McCoy was a 19-year-old kid with no college football experience who was supposed to replace Vince Young as the quarterback at Texas. By the end of the season, McCoy's absence was one of the main reasons that Texas couldn't defend its first national championship in 35 years. Now fully recovered from a neck injury that bothered him late last season, McCoy looks to build on his strong first year as No. 4 Texas tries to rebound from a disappointing season - at least by Longhorn standards - when it opens 2007 by hosting Arkansas State on Saturday.


ASU has a few with Texas connections
Associated Press
Montis Harrison could be a marked man this weekend when the Arkansas State defensive back takes the field at No. 4 Texas. It seems Harrison grew up in Houston -- and was a Texas A&M fan.

Arkansas State won't be the Indians much longer
Austin American-Statesman
What if Texas no longer could be the Longhorns? If the NCAA wouldn't allow it? If they had to change their mascot immediately or be banned from playing in championship bowl games or any postseason events? That's exactly the situation in which Arkansas State finds itself. The Indians won't be the Indians much longer.

TE puts hurt on defense
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
College teams aren't required to submit weekly injury reports, as the 32 clubs in the NFL must. If the NCAA did require that practice, though, it's a safe bet TCU would list Shae Reagan each week. When Reagan is healthy, he's TCU's top tight end. He's a big-play threat and a matchup nightmare in an offense that is looking for a go-to receiver.

Football recruiting

'09 RB Likes Longhorns
When you talk about the top running backs from the 2009 class, Christian Michael's name is bound to come up. The Beaumont West Brook star stepped up as a sophomore and has already established himself as one of the top two running backs in the Lone Star State. Where do the Longhorns stand with Michael?


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