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Football

McCoy Still the Man Against OU
InsideTexas.com
Rumors of Texas QB Colt McCoy's demise have been greatly exaggerated, according to head coach Mack Brown. The sophomore is slated to start against Oklahoma, Brown said Wednesday, amidst speculation that mild concussion-like symptoms would sideline McCoy against the Sooners.

Ask James Brown
InsideTexas.com
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions about whether a true freshman can be ready to play quarterback in the Texas-OU game, John Chiles' abilities, and his personal experience leading the Longhorns over the Sooners as a redshirt freshman.

Culpepper's Commentary: Kansas State Game
InsideTexas.com
Former walk-ons out-playing sure to be NFL players and an opposing coaching staff determined not to let their team commit the same errors that cost them a game are good places to start when trying to understand why Texas lost by 20 points, at home, with everything to be gained by a victory.

Texas pressing for turnovers against Oklahoma
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns defense didn't force a turnover in 41-21 loss to Kansas State. That's happened only eight other times under Mack Brown.

The Big 12 South - and North - just ain't what it used to be
Austin American-Statesman
League teams have had a reversal of fortunes so far this season

UT's Charles learns from legend
Dallas Morning News
Giving advice can be hard, even when you qualify as a legend. Receiving advice is equally difficult, especially when you've always heard how good you are. Former Heisman winner Earl Campbell and current Texas running back Jamaal Charles quickly worked past any generational differences to help each other.

Texas-Oklahoma chat: Winner still in BCS hunt
Dallas Morning News

For Sooners, one loss is all it takes
Dallas Morning News
Texas-OU is an elimination game, all right, but for more than just the Big 12 title.

OU, UT lag in graduate rates
Dallas Morning News
Texas and Oklahoma rank poorly in graduating football players, according to figures released Wednesday by the NCAA. The Longhorns' graduation success rate, which is calculated by the NCAA, was 42 percent. Oklahoma's was 44 percent.

Jamaal Charles learning from the best
San Antonio Express-News
Texas running back Jamaal Charles spends a lot of time watching football. Or, rather, he spends a lot of time watching players play football. Like Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, or West Virginia's Steve Slaton — big-time players with big-time aspirations. Which is exactly what Charles wants to be.

McCoy gets starting nod after 'a good week'
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown said Wednesday that quarterback Colt McCoy, who suffered a mild concussion last week against Kansas State, is still the Longhorns' starter going into Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Young Longhorns make ends meet -- at the QB
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas entered the season knowing it would be forced to rely on younger players at several key positions. And junior defensive end Brian Orakpo's injury in the Longhorns' season opener against Arkansas State didn't help. Luckily for the Longhorns, sophomore Lamarr Houston and true freshman Sam Acho are his backups. Though Orakpo is cleared to play for No. 19 Texas (4-1, 0-1 Big 12), Houston and Acho are expected to play key roles for the Longhorns' defense in the Red River Rivalry on Saturday against No. 10 Oklahoma (4-1, 0-1) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Stoops heaps praise on Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wasn't getting backed into a corner commenting on Texas' 5-3 record in its past eight games, dating to last season's 1-2 finish.

UT pass rusher says he's '100 percent'
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo participated in contact drills Tuesday for the first time in almost five weeks and declared himself at "100 percent" for Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

OU run game vs. UT defense
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

CATCHING SOME OF THE BLAME
Houston Chronicle
Receiving threats Limas Sweed of UT and Malcolm Kelly of OU will try to bounce back Saturday after doing little to help their teams avoid last week's upsets

Stories of the Texas-OU rivalry that fans (and players) should know
Daily Texan

Same problem, different place
Daily Texan
It is no secret the Longhorns have been very disappointing on the football field this season. It is their actions off the field, however, that have garnered far more public scrutiny. The recent string of six football player arrests within four months may seem unheard of and bizarre, but it is really all just a cycle.

Defenses turn up the heat on UT sophomore
Oklahoman
The nickname "Colt .45" fit perfectly for Colt McCoy a year ago. Now, a smaller caliber might be in order.

Texas' Chiles means double trouble for OU
Oklahoman
Meet John Chiles, Texas' backup quarterback. Wild card quarterback.

Texas keeping things simple
Oklahoman
One of the realizations Texas coaches came away with from the Kansas State loss: the offense might be too complicated.

Sooners' young signal-caller off to a strong start
Oklahoman
Once upon a preseason, the wishful-thinking question went out among Sooner fans: Could Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford perhaps be the next Colt McCoy? Five games into the season, the answer returns with a resounding yes!

Under pressure
Norman Transcript
Football is the ultimate team sport. Name another sport where as many as 40 players will get on a field or court for either team in a tight game. But for all the positions on a football team, none measure up to a quarterback in terms of importance. That will be obvious at 2:30 p.m. Saturday when No. 10 Oklahoma (4-1, 0-1 Big 12) faces No. 19 Texas (4-1, 0-1) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

Football recruiting

Paden Kelley: Interest Growing
InsideTexas.com
The Texas Longhorns have made a living on bringing in athletic offensive linemen that have room to grow and Lake Travis offensive tackle Paden Kelley definitely fits the bill. Kelley has already visited a number of schools this year and already has a Big 12 scholarship offer. He talked recruiting with Inside Texas.

LB Austin Moss Talks Texas
InsideTexas.com
It's no secret that the Texas Longhorns have had problems at the linebacker position this season, but help could be on the way. The 2009 class is chocked full of linebacker talent and South Garland's Austin Moss is one of the best in the state. Moss has already received three scholarship offers and is getting mail from schools all over the country. He talked recruiting with IT.

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Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

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Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

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