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Running Game: Strength or Liability?
The Texas running game has stalled. The Texas running game has produced big runs. It's produced fumbles. It's produced touchdowns. As Big 12 play begins, is the running game a strength or a liability on the Texas football team?

Ask James Brown
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions about the leadership on this year's team and in his final season at the helm, what his role in the program is (and what he'd like it to be) as a former letterman, and whether he's still a "fan".

Wholesale changes with the linebackers
Austin American-Statesman
A miniature version of two-platoon defensive football hit Royal-Memorial Stadium for the first two quarters of the Longhorns' game against Rice on Saturday. That's when Texas coach Mack Brown made wholesale changes with his starting linebackers, subbing out his starting vets for their much younger backups.

Notebook: K-State not looking past Texas?
Austin American-Statesman
Has it come to this? Is Texas' 4-0 start really that unimpressive? The Kansas City Star ran the headline (with a straight face), "K-State isn't overlooking Texas." Huh? Isn't Texas the one with the No. 7 ranking, the perfect record and a date with Oklahoma next week?

UT's Charles carries on brother's legacy
Dallas Morning News
Texas running back Jamaal Charles has a pair of burnt orange Nikes specially designed by a cousin that feature a painted image of Charles carrying the ball along with the words "2005 National Champions." You could call them decorated footsteps. When Charles gets asked about them, he shrugs, smiles and says he might want to join his cousin in the clothing design business one day. But now the only footsteps he's trying to follow belong to his older brother, ShanDerrick.

Longhorns preparing for K-State trick plays
Dallas Morning News
Last season, Kansas State burned Texas with consecutive trick plays – a double pass and halfback pass – on a critical touchdown drive after a turnover that helped the Wildcats score 21 unanswered points in a 45-42 victory over the Longhorns. So Texas says it will be prepared for trick plays Saturday as UT and K-State open Big 12 play in Austin.

Longhorns get passing grade
San Antonio Express-News
It was a scene that started out pitiful but ended in potential. Early in the first quarter against Rice last weekend, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy let the snap pass through his hands, rushed to pick the ball off the turf and rolled to his left. There, 12 yards down the field, receiver Quan Cosby was waiting. And McCoy found him. Four plays later on third-and-12, McCoy found Cosby again. This time 17 yards away, in the end zone. It was merely the Longhorns' first touchdown in a 58-14 romp over the Owls, but it represented more — like UT finally establishing an offensive identity.

LB's style is loud and clear
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
When Roddrick Muckelroy makes a play, everyone around him hears about it. Every sack or tackle from the Texas linebacker brings a celebratory scream, which usually gets the rest of the Longhorns defense fired up. And the more pain he inflicts, the louder he gets. Call him Dr. Jekyll on the gridiron. Off the field he's just Muck, the quiet guy who isn't easily noticed.

Longhorns, McCoy have a debt to pay
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As he prepares for a much-hyped rematch with the Kansas State defense, Colt McCoy wants the world to know the quarterback sneak is definitely in Texas' game plan this week. McCoy, who sustained a season-turning neck stinger while sneaking for a first-quarter touchdown in last year's loss to K-State, is prepared to plunge early and often in goal-line situations Saturday.

Mentor meets pupil when Kansas State takes on Texas
Kansas City Star
He may not have known it at the time, but Kansas State senior running back James Johnson helped mold the Big 12 Conference rushing leader. That protégé, Texas junior Jamaal Charles, was a budding sophomore at Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas. Johnson, who was a senior at Memorial, set the example. Part of that had to do with his eye-catching 9.26 yards per carry.

Johnson, Charles set for reunion Saturday
Manhattan Mercury
ames Johnson gives a, "Sure, I'll be calling," answer about this week's to-do list, which includes his weekly phone call to Jamaal Charles. "I call and check on him once a week." This week's conversation might be shorter than the norm, and Johnson promises, there won't be any smack talk.

K-State hopes for repeat upset of Texas
Associated Press
Kansas State linebacker Ian Campbell isn't making any guarantees about the Wildcats' upcoming game against No. 7 Texas. He even went so far this week as to say that Kansas State's upset of the Longhorns last season would have almost no effect when the two teams meet Saturday in Austin, Texas. And Campbell laughed when asked if he agreed with fans' sentiments that the Wildcats might "own Texas."

Football recruiting

Dan Buckner: Making Noise
Allen, Texas wide receiver Dan Buckner was one of the most sought after recruits inside the 2008 class and it's no secret that he loved the attention. But when he committed to Texas, things started to die down. That is until he took the field for his senior season. Buckner may not be getting the full effects of recruiting anymore, but he is still making noise on the football field.

Rhontae Scales: Enjoys Visit to 40 Acres
It's no secret that the state of Texas produces quality offensive linemen every year and the class of 2009 is no different. Killeen's Rhontae Scales will likely be one of the most highly recruited prospects at the position. Scales was in Austin last weekend for the Rice game and he talked about the experience.


Basketball a consideration for UT freshman
Dallas Morning News
Texas freshman basketball player Gary Johnson, whose heart condition detected in a routine physical by the school earlier this year threw his college career into jeopardy, has been taking part in individual workouts supervised by Longhorns coaches this month, according to Johnson's high school coach.


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