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Football

Can Chiles Come Out and Play?
InsideTexas.com
QB Colt McCoy is coming off a 333-yard outing against Rice -- just 13 yards shy of his career-best -- and there's no question that he is the undisputed leader of the Longhorn offense. But what are the odds that dynamic backup John Chiles will factor more into the offense as, potentially, a change of pace?

Rice Game Report Cards
InsideTexas.com
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' 58-14 win over Rice.

Audio: Interview with Frank Okam
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas talks with Texas senior defensive tackle Frank Okam about the struggles he went through last season, the depth on the defensive line and more.

Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses: Rice
InsideTexas.com
Jeff Conner's commentary on the Horns' 58-14 win over the Owls.

Revenge a dish best served somewhere else
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas Longhorns remember 45-42, when Kansas State's Jeff Snodgrass kicked a game-winning 51-yard field goal. They were supposed to beat Kansas State that day. They were supposed to celebrate a Big 12 South title in front of the Wildcats. But it was the Wildcats celebrating as the Longhorns faded into oblivion. One year later, as the teams prepare to meet Saturday in Austin, it's time for revenge. Right? Wrong.

Two-quarterback system?
Austin American-Statesman
The Longhorns' use of quarterbacks Colt McCoy and John Chiles on the field at the same time might be a sign of things to come, according to Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis.

K-State defense has Longhorns' attention
Dallas Morning News
Kansas State has switched to a 3-4 defense, a rarity in college football. According to Texas coaches, K-State brings at least four players on blitzes 60 percent of the time and five players on blitzes 36 percent of the time.

UT awaits Kansas State with much to prove
San Antonio Express-News
Texas tailback Jamaal Charles is accustomed to people getting in his way on the football field. He just expects them to be wearing uniforms. But expectation disappeared into the frigid air swirling over the Midwestern plains last year against Kansas State — for Charles and his Longhorns. The Wildcats' stunning 45-42 upset last year in Manhattan, Kan., removed UT from the national championship picture and cut into the shield of invincibility the Longhorns carried after the 2006 Rose Bowl.

UT puts Chiles, McCoy together
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said Monday he plans to expand the Longhorns' offensive package using his top two quarterbacks on the field simultaneously.

No time for looking back
Houston Chronicle
From an injury to starting quarterback Colt McCoy on the opening drive of the game to turnovers and trick plays, nothing went right for the Texas Longhorns in a stunning 45-42 upset loss at Kansas State last season. By the time the Wildcats fans stormed the field to celebrate one of the biggest triumphs in school history, the Longhorns could have clicked their cleats three times and said, "We're not in the national championship picture anymore." Ten months later, you won't find "Remember Manhattan" — as in the Little Apple, not the Big Apple — T-shirts being sold on the Texas campus.

Immune to criticism?
Daily Texan
Mike Gundy is now one of the most popular searches on YouTube. After Oklahoma State's victory over Texas Tech this weekend, the Cowboy coach began and ended his press conference on the same note by verbally abusing The Daily Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson. Carlson wrote her column in Saturday's edition of the Oklahoma City paper on Bobby Reid and wrote that he was not tough enough to be the starting quarterback for Oklahoma State. Needless to say, Gundy didn't like any part of the column and burst into a tirade before any reporters could offer questions.

Freshman QB adds dimension for Texas offense
Associated Press
Texas' freshman quarterback ran to his right, speeding past defenders on his way to a big gain in his first game. John Chiles made it look so easy that he kind of looked like -- dare we say it -- Vince Young. Whoa! Let's not go there just yet. But getting Chiles on the field puts an exciting new wrinkle in the No. 7 Longhorns' Big 12 opener Saturday against Kansas State (3-1).

Sweet Chiles o'mine
Kerrville Daily Times
The plan — the original plan — was to give John Chiles a chance to watch and learn. That plan changed when Sherrod Harris suffered a knee injury this summer. Plan B was to get the true-freshman in one of the usual non-conference blowouts early on and give him a chance to get his feet wet before facing Big 12 competition. But, three games into the season, that hadn't happened. Rice helped Texas avoid moving on to Plan C.

K-State isn't overlooking Texas
Kansas City Star
Kansas State senior nose tackle Steven Cline senses a buzz about the Wildcats' football team. A game on the horizon has the campus stoked, Cline notices. There's one issue, however. It's not Texas.

Wildcats' Moore still out, Prince says
Kansas City Star

Recruiting

Big Changes at Dayton High
InsideTexas.com
Coming into the 2007 season, Dayton High School had arguably one of the most dynamic offenses in the Lone Star State. Quarterback Cody Green and wide receiver A.J. Dugat were supposed to be the backbone of the offense, but things changed drastically when Green went down with a leg injury. Dugat is now running the show on offense.

Alumni

Young leads Titans past Saints
Los Angeles Times
In a Monday night game featuring three of the stars from that Texas-USC national championship - Vince Young, Reggie Bush and LenDale White - it was the elusive quarterback who once again took control. Young, showing the finesse that made him last season's rookie of the year, threw two touchdown passes and kept the Saints off balance with his running to lead Tennessee to a 31-14 victory at the Superdome.

Watching Young play won't grow old
MSNBC.com
Vince Young made this team better just by pulling on shoulder pads and a helmet. The Titans were nothing before he got there, nothing when he was sitting on the bench waiting his turn, and winners when he stepped on the field.

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