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Football

McCoy Gets His Shot at K-State
InsideTexas.com
It's fourth-and-goal from the one on Texas' opening drive against Kansas State. QB Colt McCoy is under center. You make the call...

Culpepper's Commentary: Rice Game
InsideTexas.com
I know all of you are catching it from your Aggie, Red Raider and Sooner buddies and the MOB from Rice joined in the fun Saturday night. There is an old saying. "When a big tree falls, everyone brings their axes," which is the position Texas fans are now in.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger and Clendon Ross discuss Texas' dominating victory over Rice, what the performance means, what changes will and should be made to the gameplan, what issues remain and more.

Freeman a big challenge to handle
Austin American-Statesman
How big is too big? "265 pounds," Josh Freeman said. The 6-foot-6-inch Kansas State quarterback should know. As a true freshman, he became the Wildcats' starting quarterback in the middle of the 2006 season. He entered training camp this summer with high expectations and an even higher weight. Freeman came into the Wildcats camp weighing 265 pounds. Then, he failed his conditioning test.

Notebook: Foster may be recovering
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns cornerback Brandon Foster, who injured a quadricep Saturday during pregame warmups, could be seen jumping and laughing during a photography shoot after practice Tuesday.

Young Colt settles in at UT
Dallas Morning News
Texas fans have to hope quarterback Colt McCoy's epiphany against Rice was a season-altering revelation and not simply the product of facing one of the worst defenses in the Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A). McCoy said Tuesday night he's been trying too hard.

Texas must be aware of Kansas State deja vu
San Antonio Express-News
It wasn't just that Texas was knocked out of the national championship hunt after the Longhorns' loss to Kansas State last season. Or that UT quarterback Colt McCoy was left injured after the game, starting the stunning skid that sent the Longhorns freefalling all the way to the Alamo Bowl.

Chiles shows he needs to be on the field somewhere
San Antonio Express-News
For a short time last Saturday night, Jamaal Charles and Nate Jones, Texas' typical playmakers, stood on the sidelines and enjoyed the show. They got to watch someone else make plays. Freshman quarterback John Chiles entered the game with seven minutes still to play in the third quarter, and, running five times for 49 yards on his first drive, Chiles led the Longhorns into the end zone for yet another score in UT's 58-14 thumping of Rice.

UT notebook
San Antonio Express-News

Sizing Up The Big 12
San Antonio Express-News

Texas not thinking of revenge
Daily Texan
Colt McCoy had never been injured before facing Kansas State last year. He'd been hurt like any football player. Bruises and scrapes are a necessary and almost obligatory part of the game. But after playing the Wildcats, who also happen to be this week's opponent, Texas' starting quarterback couldn't even hold a football with his throwing hand.

Wildcats still hard to solve
Wichita Eagle
His team is undefeated and ranked No. 7 in the nation. His team is led by a Heisman Trophy candidate. His team has the storied tradition, a national championship on its resume just two years ago. And his team is playing at home Saturday, likely in front of 80,000-plus fans, most decked out in burnt orange and white. Nonetheless, Texas coach Mack Brown chose his words carefully Monday when discussing Kansas State.

Wildcat defense not backing down from Longhorns' speed
Manhattan Mercury
"Coach (Ron) Prince says we're as fast as anybody that we're going to play. You can mark that down. We're not concerned with how fast they are." The not-backing-down-from-no-one words were those of Kansas State linebacker Reggie Walker as the Wildcats prepare for Saturday's 2:30 p.m. ABC clash with the always ultra-fast Texas Longhorns.

Alumni

Longhorn legend reminisces
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
James Street never played in the NFL and never made the major leagues, but he was part of something so special in the state's sports history that 38 years later, he was the guest speaker at an event auctioning off a lunch date with the man. Street, who was in town to speak at the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse's fundraiser dinner Tuesday, was 20-0 as the University of Texas starting quarterback and led the Longhorns to a national title in 1969. He also was the first quarterback to run the Wishbone offense. On the baseball field, he helped lead the Longhorns to three straight College World Series appearances and posted a 29-8 record with a 1.86 earned-run average.

Longhorn legends: Football Hall of Honor inductee Randy McEachern
TexasSports.com
When it came time for Randy McEachern to make his college debut at quarterback, the stakes couldn't have been higher. It was fall of 1977 and No. 5 Texas was playing against No. 2 Oklahoma when both the starting quarterback and his backup went down with injuries in the game. Though McEachern entered the game as the third-string quarterback with two years of limited action, there was nothing limited in his performance, as he helped guide Texas to a come-from-behind victory, and a perfect regular season record of 11-0, before losing to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl.

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