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Football

Ask James Brown
InsideTexas.com
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions about the Longhorns' running game (or lack thereof), and suggests a play to improve it, and talks about his experience playing the Horned Frogs the last time Texas and TCU squared off.

Texas' narrow season opening win could be good news
Austin American-Statesman
How's this for a glass-is-half-full analogy of Texas' less-than-spectacular season opener against Arkansas State: The 21-13 victory, rather than masking potential problems for the Longhorns this season, immediately brought them to the forefront as Texas prepares for a home date this Saturday against No. 19 Texas Christian.

On the outside looking in
Austin American-Statesman
After a nomadic existence for the last 11-plus years that only Don Imus' joke-writer could love, TCU is finally coming home. For a day.

UT praises TCU DE Blake
Dallas Morning News
UT coach Mack Brown said TCU senior defensive end Tommy Blake "is as good as Julius Peppers," the star pass-rusher for the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

UT's Okam impresses coach
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown said senior defensive tackle Frank Okam of Lake Highlands had his best game at UT against Arkansas State last Saturday after posting 2 ½ tackles for a loss of 19 yards, including 1 ½ sacks.

TCU DE Blake, RB Brown questionable to play
Dallas Morning News
The status of defensive end Tommy Blake and running back Aaron Brown remained unchanged. Blake (undisclosed illness) practiced, but it's not known if he'll play Saturday at Texas. Brown (knee) did not practice, but he hasn't been ruled out for UT.

TCU faces ultimate measuring stick — Texas
San Antonio Express-News
A resounding chant rumbled through Amon G. Carter Stadium for most of the fourth quarter of TCU's victory over Baylor last week. The Horned Frogs hadn't finished with the Bears before fans were already looking ahead to perhaps the biggest game in the recent history of the 111-year program. "It's easy for them to say, 'We want Texas,' because they don't have to play them," TCU coach Gary Patterson said. Saturday's showdown between the No. 7 Longhorns and No. 19 Horned Frogs is the game that nearly every purple-clad Frog backer has long been waiting for. And it also represents the ultimate test for a TCU program that has become the scourge of the Big 12 over the past several seasons.

UT notebook
San Antonio Express-News

Sophomore helping 'Horns redraw line
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Chris Hall looked around and noticed something missing when spring drills began six months ago. It was three-quarters of Texas' 2006 starting offensive line. The departures of Kasey Studdard, Lyle Sendlein and Justin Blalock finally sunk in.

TCU FOOTBALL NOTES
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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.

TCU Eyes Rare Chance To Be State's Lone Star
Washington Post
Texas Christian football players understand their marching orders when they conduct their Friday walk-through this week: Go ahead and appreciate the oversize dimensions of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium because come Saturday night, their eyes need to be focused squarely on the field.

Longhorns have reason to worry about TCU
Kerrville Daily Times
There was a time when a matchup with TCU was a sure ‘W' for Texas. Of course, Saturday's win over Arkansas State should have been a gimme, too. And, with eight bowl appearances in the last nine seasons, this is not your father's version of the Horned Frogs. And so, with that in mind, here is a look at Saturday's revival of the old Southwest Conference showdown.

No measuring stick bigger for TCU than visit to Texas
Associated Press
Three 11-win seasons the past four years. A five-game winning streak against the Big 12. A perennial Top 25 team. After all that, TCU finally has a chance to make everybody else take notice -- and prove the Horned Frogs are legitimate Bowl Championship Series contenders. For all the measuring-stick games the 19th-ranked Frogs talk about, none has matched the magnitude of going to No. 7 Texas on Saturday night for their first meeting since 1995.

Football recruiting

Thomas Ashcraft: Bring on the Big 12
InsideTexas.com
It would be an understatement to say that Cedar Hill offensive lineman Thomas Ashcraft had a big weekend. His Cedar Hill squad got the season started off right Friday night with a 23-16 victory over Colleyville Heritage. Then, Ashcraft received five written offers over the span of the next three days. The Big 12 schools are all over Mr. Ashcraft.

Alumni

Five Longhorns headed to minor league playoffs
TexasSports.com
With minor league baseball regular-season action wrapping up across the country, seven players who completed their collegiate career at The University of Texas are headed to the post-season, highlighted by J.P. Howell (Durham Bulls) on the Class AAA level. In addition to Howell, former Longhorns headed to the playoffs include Seth Johnston (Lake Elsinore Storm) and David Maroul (San Jose Giants) in the Class A California League and Carson Kainer (Dayton Dragons) and Drew Stubbs (Dayton Dragons) in the Class A Midwest League.

Women's hoops

UT women hope to benefit from surprise returns
San Antonio Express News
Mariana Mergerson spent the summer months inside a gym, rehabbing her left knee. Carla Cortijo was running around on a beach in her native Puerto Rico, working on her tan. But both were thinking about the same thing — playing basketball at Texas.

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