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Football

Marcus Griffin making his own identity as a Longhorn
Austin American-Statesman
The call was expected early Sunday. And so were the only-half-kidding comments. Michael Griffin, the rookie defensive back with the Tennessee Titans, phoned his home in South Austin, wanting to congratulate his fraternal twin, Marcus, for his 91-yard interception return for a touchdown he scored the day before against Baylor.

LONGHORN FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Austin American-Statesman

Kelson's playing time could increase
Dallas Morning News
Texas senior safety Drew Kelson got 36 plays on defense against Baylor's spread passing attack last week and could see more playing time as the Longhorns face Nebraska's West Coast offense Saturday, according to co-defensive coordinator Duane Akina.

Piece of paper reflects this kicker's worth
San Antonio Express-News
Ryan Bailey claims to not remember much about his game-winning kick last season against Nebraska, and that's understandable, because it's not like the details are all that interesting. It was just a 22-yarder with 23 seconds remaining and the Cornhuskers leading Texas 20-19. There were the frigid temperatures and the snow flurries. All Bailey, then a freshman walk-on, was asked to do was beat Nebraska in Lincoln. And did we mention that was the first kick of his career?

Texas safety carves out his own identity
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Marcus Griffin was eating in a local restaurant Saturday with his father, Ronald, when a fan told the Longhorn he was doing a good job. Thing is, the fan thought Griffin was his paternal twin, Michael, who is now in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.

Brown, Longhorns turned out to be right fit
Houston Chronicle
Mack Brown has gotten more than he bargained for in 10 years at Texas. Long-term to Brown meant staying in Austin for half that time, especially considering the track records of his two predecessors. A decade later, Brown has a national title, financial security and a job waiting for him after he decides to leave the sidelines.

Running game sorting self out
Daily Texan
Texas' rushing attack has gone through a change recently, moving from a one-man show to a running back by committee. Before Saturday's win over Baylor in Waco, Longhorn coaches decided they would hand the ball to three runners - Jamaal Charles, Vondrell McGee and Chris Ogbonnaya. With this, the coaches were attempting to fix the problems with Texas' offense that just won't go away.

Recent downfall of Cornhuskers, Callahan not as fun as it should be
Killeen Daily Herald
This could be an absolute first for me, but I'll say it anyway. I hate it that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are the laughing stock of the Big 12 Conference.

Nebraska tries to find fix for broken season
Kansas City Star
All too often Saturday at Memorial Stadium, a Nebraska defender would firmly wrap up one of Texas A&M's players … the wrong one, that is. Meanwhile, the guy with the football was moving downfield.

Backups to see time for Texas
Omaha World Herald
Mack Brown is 56, with veteran coach written all over him. Brown's next win will be his 100th in 10 seasons at Texas, where he owns a national championship. His total football wins stand at 185. But when Brown sends out his entire second-team offense Saturday against Nebraska — tentatively on the Longhorns' third series — it'll be proof that even an old dog can try new tricks.

Insider: Texas
Lincoln Journal Star
Breaking down the stats and key players for the Texas Longhorns.

Still no Blackshirts in practice
Lincoln Journal Star

Walk-on Vergari thrilled about suiting up for Texas football team
The Journal News

Football recruiting

Ashcraft Talks Recruiting Visits
InsideTexas.com
By this time, just about everyone has heard of Thomas Ashcraft. The Cedar Hill product has already received eight scholarship offers and was recently named part of the 2009 National Top 100. Ashcraft has been pretty busy over the last couple of weeks taking several unofficial visits. He talked recruiting with IT.

Local Product likes UT
InsideTexas.com
Austin LBJ linebacker Kerry Hyder was putting up some very impressive numbers before his sophomore campaign was cut short due to injury. However, he has come back strong and several schools have already taken notice.

The '09 National Top 100
InsideTexas.com
Here is an early list of the top 100 juniors in the nation. Scout.com has given ten prospects five-stars for the class of 2009 while assigning the next 90 four-stars.

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Longhorns breeze past top-ranked Nebraska
Austin American-Statesman
As the final ball went wide, faces turned from intense concentration to happiness to shock, and the University of Texas volleyball team gathered for the first time as a proven national power. The coaching staff exchanged high fives and fist pumps and a raucous crowd let loose one final roar. No. 5 Texas bested No. 1 Nebraska in shocking fashion Wednesday night, turning a program that desperately wanted to be included with the nation's elite into one that can also dominate one of the elite.

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Inside Texas

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Austin American-Statesman

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Dallas Morning News

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Houston Chronicle


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