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What the Running Game Needs Is....
Texas' ground game does not need a different scheme, offensive coordinator Greg Davis insists. Nor does it require a predetermined number of running plays to be productive, he added. But RB Jamaal Charles said Tuesday that the offense's "sideways" rushing attack has made him a more "hesitant" ball carrier.

Culpepper's Commentary: Arkansas State Game
I retired from coaching football in 1998 and was able to begin watching the Longhorns in person again, and this was the worst opening game I've seen Texas play since that time. Poor effort and execution show a Longhorn team in serious trouble just one game into the season.

The Inside Texas Podcast
Disaster? Bad luck? Fluke? Horrible omen? On this episode of the Inside Texas Podcast, IT's Ross and Ross break down Texas' kind-of win over Arkansas State.

More close games on the horizon for Texas
Austin American-Statesman
Get used to seeing Texas in these close contests. No more beating the traffic before the fourth quarter. What was 2005's BMW is now a Honda Accord — solid but unspectacular.

TCU doesn't see itself as underdog
Austin American-Statesman
When TCU's first-year running backs coach Justin Fuente came into the staff meeting Sunday after the Horned Frogs' 27-0 victory over Baylor, he was walking with an extra bounce in his step. The Horned Frogs had just shut out a Big 12 opponent, and he was ready to stop the press. Then he looked around. The other coaches weren't excited. They weren't any more energetic than usual.

Longhorns notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Lots of questions for Longhorns
Dallas Morning News
While Brown tried to keep things light with the media, there's no doubt No. 7 Texas has serious questions going into Saturday's Southwest Conference revival against No. 19 TCU.

UT's Hills expecting good match with Blake
Dallas Morning News
Senior left tackle Tony Hills called TCU senior defensive end Tommy Blake "a pretty good speed rusher" and vowed to treat Saturday's game with the Horned Frogs as "just another game."

UT's Brown writes letters to Carr, Moore
Dallas Morning News
Mack Brown said he wrote letters to Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore after Appalachian State upset Michigan, 34-32, on Saturday.

Frogs focused firmly on UT
Dallas Morning News
TCU coach Gary Patterson spent Tuesday talking about the importance of playing Texas – and Air Force five days later. Despite Patterson's best efforts to link Saturday's game with the Longhorns and the Mountain West opener, fans have already deviated from the script. Patterson admitted as much even as he preached perspective. The absolute priority for TCU fans is the first meeting with the Longhorns in 12 years, one that features two top 25 teams and old rivals from the Southwest Conference.

McCoy's mistake? Knowing too much
San Antonio Express-News
Late in the second quarter of last week's season-opening victory over Arkansas State, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy dropped back, stared down a receiver and made what appeared to be a very rookie mistake. He threw the ball directly into the eager arms of a waiting Indians defensive back. It was an interception UT offensive coordinator Greg Davis saw coming from eight months away.

Brown again keeping mum on poll voting
San Antonio Express-News
One of the running storylines of this week's Texas-TCU game involves last year's USA Today coaches poll. Some Horned Frogs fans are still outraged at Brown's refusal to include TCU on his ballot in the final poll of the regular season.

Frogs 'D' must bring its 'A' game to Austin
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
On defense, the closer to zero the better. That goes for yards allowed and passes completed, but it's especially true with points a team surrenders. Zero is a perfect score, or so it would seem. At TCU, though, the zero posted by the Horned Frogs during a 27-0, season-opening victory against Baylor is somewhat empty.

Patterson pleased with QB
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
If Andy Dalton feels as if his coach is giving him the cold shoulder, he wouldn't be entirely wrong. TCU coach Gary Patterson has said he was pleased with the redshirt freshman quarterback's performance Saturday against Baylor, but Patterson doesn't want Dalton to get a big head entering this week's game at Texas.

Longhorns' starters officially on notice
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The videotapes have been graded and the Texas depth chart, at multiple positions, remains clouded as the No. 7 Longhorns prepare for Saturday's meeting against No. 19 TCU.

Trouble on O-Line
Daily Texan
With No. 19 TCU on the horizon, No. 7 Texas is running out of time to put together the puzzle its offensive line has become.

Injuries may slow down TCU in Austin
Daily Texan
The status of two prominent TCU football players remains uncertain heading into this weekend's matchup against Texas. Senior defensive end Tommy Blake and junior running back Aaron Brown have arguably been the center of attention since the conclusion of the Frogs' 27-0 win against Baylor on Saturday.

Longhorns looking to get on the run
Kerrville Daily Times
For a good part of Saturday, the Texas running game was stuck in reverse. Which, both in terms of production and expectations, is the wrong direction.

Brown's spin a sign of scary times for Texas
Associated Press
Texas players tried to say all the right things after an unsettling win over Arkansas State: Glad to be 1-0. Moving on. Nothing but little problems that can be fixed. Maybe everything will be all right by the time No. 19 TCU comes to town Saturday. But here's a little fact about the No. 7 Longhorns that won't make their fans feel any better: In coach Mack Brown's first nine seasons, Texas lost the second game four times. In 3 of those Texas was ranked No. 6 or higher.

Football recruiting

Russell Shepard: More Than a Hot Commodity
It's no secret that Cypress Ridge QB and Texas target Russell Shepard is going to be one of the most highly recruited athletes in the nation next year. Shepard picked up four verbal offers before even stepping onto the field for his junior season. Since then, he has picked up three more offers, one being from one of his top schools. So, who's offered?

Photo Gallery: Luke Poehlmann
High school football is back and that means Texas' 19 commits for the class of 2008 are back in action. Check out exclusive photos taken of offensive line commit Luke Poehlmann as his Brenham Cubs took on Nederland.


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