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No 'Secondary' Concern?
Texas replaces three starting DBs from a 2007 defense that yielded a school record 277.8 passing ypg, and that may not be such a bad thing. Here's how secondary coach Duane Akina sizes up his young troops following the first week of August camp.

Sergio Kindle: QB ‘going to be my prey'
SLB Sergio Kindle, the jewel of Texas' 2006 recruiting class, insists you ain't seen nothin' yet.

Texas cleans up image
Austin American-Statesman
Just three weeks remain before the season opener, and Texas can be found nowhere in the latest rankings. Georgia's right there at the top, and Oklahoma's drawn its share of attention. Wisconsin's getting some notice as well, while Penn State is front and center. Arkansas, too, has made its presence felt. But the Longhorns have not been ranked. They haven't been booked, charged or incarcerated either. In fact, if it weren't for Cedric Benson's shenanigans, we wouldn't have had any summertime courtroom drama at all. We speak, of course, of the police blotter for football players, and the unofficial rankings of the college teams most out of control.

Miller is an unblockable force
Austin American-Statesman
Texas senior defensive tackle has been described as a difference maker by coaches.

Texas backed up by one too many backs
Austin American-Statesman
They call it a three-headed monster. Chris Ogbonnaya, Vondrell McGee and Fozzy Whittaker. Three Longhorn running backs competing for one starting job. There's power in numbers but in this case, two heads are better than three.

Scouting report: Defensive line
Austin American-Statesman
The defensive line is a tale of two positions. Led by Brian Orakpo, the talent and depth at end is spectacular, enough so that two starters from a year ago moved to tackle. However, tackle will rely heavily on Roy Miller, while hoping that the two former ends — Lamarr Houston and Aaron Lewis — can stop the run as well as they can rush the passer.

Notebook: Defensive line getting deeper
Austin American-Statesman

Football notes
Austin American-Statesman

UT expects 3 running backs will carry the load
Dallas Morning News
The tailback position at Texas could be a nightmare this season. The unanswered question: For whom?

Texas Longhorns junior settles at center
Dallas Morning News
Looks can be deceiving when it comes to Texas offensive lineman Chris Hall. The Irving product has apparently found a home at center after playing five line positions last season.

Allen receiver making adjustment with Texas Longhorns
Dallas Morning News
True freshman receiver Dan Buckner of Allen is still making the adjustment to the college game, receivers Bobby Kennedy said.

Question marks still surround UT
San Antonio Express-News
When Texas players reported for the beginning of fall camp last week, coach Mack Brown even acknowledged that the Longhorns had more questions than answers as they readied for their Aug. 30 opener against Florida Atlantic. From finding a third receiver to identifying first-team safeties, UT's to-do list ?is a long one.

Longhorns ready to prove they are a Top 10 team
Houston Chronicle
Every chance he gets, Texas coach Mack Brown expresses his distaste for preseason rankings.

Three potential RBs not bickering, despite contest
Daily Texan
Behind door number one is a team leader, skilled blocker and a productive pass catcher. Behind door number two is a powerful back with a quick burst of speed when hitting the hole. Behind door number 3 is a shifty back with good lateral quickness and the ability to break off the big run. Who do you choose as your running back? If you're the Longhorn football team, you'll take all of the above.

Football recruiting

American-Statesman's Fabulous 55
Austin American-Statesman
The top 55 college football recruits in Texas.

Gilbert or McFarland? For Fab 55, give me the QB
Austin American-Statesman
Give me the quarterback. While ranking the Fabulous 55 this year, it was quite obvious that Lufkin defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland and Lake Travis quarterback Garrett Gilbert were Nos. 1 and 1A.


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