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Safety Separation
The most unsettled position on the Texas defense is safety, where at least six players are vying for starting jobs. However, according to defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, redshirt freshman Earl Thomas has been head and shoulders above the rest and should take one of the two starting spots.

College coaches are on the clock, and time changes could benefit Texas
Austin American-Statesman
College football is on the clock. Again.

Mack Brown's to-do list is long
Austin American-Statesman
The official wakeup call for the 2008 football season comes at 4:30 a.m. today. That's when members of the Texas football team roll out of bed, grab some breakfast, then head out to campus for a 6 a.m. workout, the first of 27 preseason practices sprinkled over the next month. There's significant work ahead, as the Longhorns prepare for the season opener, Aug. 30 at home against Florida Atlantic.

Longhorns football notebook: Thomas impresses his new coach
Austin American-Statesman

Texas redshirt freshman impresses at safety
Dallas Morning News
Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said he likes what he sees in safety Earl Thomas, a redshirt freshman from Orange.

UT aide looks for safeties to step up
San Antonio Express-News
Perspiration seeped through Will Muschamp's white Texas Longhorns visor, and beads of sweat dotted his face. Not even a 6 a.m. practice to open fall camp on Monday could counter a sweltering heat wave. And it didn't help that Muschamp already has turned up the heat on his defensive backs.

Texas coaches plan to place "slash" tag on backup QB Chiles
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Place a "slash," as well as two other positions, next to John Chiles' role with the Texas offense, coach Mack Brown said Sunday. Chiles, a sophomore from Mansfield Summit who is the Longhorns' backup quarterback, will have expanded duties this season that will place him on the field more frequently in tandem with starter Colt McCoy.

Texas kicks off football practice
Daily Texan
It's that time of year again. Football players were up at the crack of dawn Monday to hit the field for the first practice of the season at 6 a.m. Coach Mack Brown spoke to the media on Sunday with excitement about finally getting down to business.

Longhorns' newcomers must mesh with veterans
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
Mack Brown hasn't missed attending the Texas High School Coaches Association's annual coaching school in his 11 years as Texas football coach. His presence there has helped foster ties with the state's coaches, who in turn have produced the athletes that helped lead Texas' return to national prominence. For one of the few times since he arrived at the Forty Acres in 1998, Brown's Longhorns, 10-3 last season, aren't picked to contend for the Big 12 title this season. Three years after winning the national championship, however, being an underdog might work in their favor. It all will depend on how quickly the newcomers can mesh with the few veterans the Horns have returning when drills begin Monday.

Football recruiting

Marcus Davis: Going the Extra Mile
When football season kicks off, Clear Creek's Marcus Davis will likely be considered the top cornerback in the Lone Star State and one of the best in the country. He may have already proved himself on the football field, but Davis isn't satisfied just yet.


Andress grad, suspended Texas Longhorn player Andre Jones to enroll at UTEP
El Paso Times
When Andre Jones graduated early from Andress High School a year and a half ago, he was hailed as one of the best high school football players this city ever has produced. Now, he is aiming for a super-sized story of redemption at his hometown school.

Former Longhorn Aaron Ross cheers on fiancee, ex-Horn Sanya Richards
Associated Press
Aaron Ross is thinking about more than football at the New York Giants' training camp. He's got Olympic fever, and with good reason.

Richards runs for her life
Houston Chronicle
There are days Sanya Richards makes running look comfortable and easy, her long, graceful strides, her pumping arms and relaxed expression carrying her over the track like a summer breeze. Yet there were plenty of days not so long ago when running was painful.

Longhorn finds way to Olympic stage in 1,500-meter race
Associated Press
He is too short, too small, too raw, too . . . everything to be here. Yet somehow Texas senior Leo Manzano made his way. To America. To a better life. To the Olympics.


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