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Saturday Scrimmage Report
Saturday morning's scrimmage at DKR gave the Texas coaches a better idea of where players' stand on the depth chart and, perhaps even more importantly, a better grasp of the identity of this football team as the offense and defense went head-to-head once again. Get the report inside...

Post-Scrimmage Notes
Notes from post-scrimmage interviews with Texas players and coaches on Roy Miller's new role, young DBs that are stepping up, some shuffling on the offensive line and more.

Q package is the talk of preseason for UT
Austin American-Statesman
The development is so new, the set of plays featuring Texas quarterbacks Colt McCoy and John Chiles has yet to earn a catchy nickname. For now, it's simply called the "Q Package." It's when McCoy and Chiles, the top two Longhorns quarterbacks, are on the field at the same time. And if implemented outside the UT practice field, it's guaranteed to provide the quarterback position a dimension it didn't possess in Mack Brown's previous 10 years.

Schnellenberger's comments big topic as Horns scrimmage
Austin American-Statesman
Who does Howard Schnellenberger think he is? He called out the Texas Longhorns? Accused Mack Brown's Bevos of not being tough? Called Greg Davis' offense a bunch of "dink and dunk" passes? The Florida Atlantic coach expects to come in here Aug. 30 and deliver a beatdown to a team that's 9-1 in home openers under Mack? On the same day Vince Young is having his jersey retired? On the same day that 98,000-plus will fill the newly renovated stadium? Now that's gusto. There's nothing like some preseason seasoning to put a little sizzle into a 2008 opener that was lacking a little crackle and pop before last week.

Unseasoned secondary must grow up quickly
Austin American-Statesman
Deon Beasley's brow furrowed and his head tilted. He was confused. The 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound cornerback was being asked how his experience would help the Texas Longhorns' extremely young secondary.

Longhorn Football Notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Texas Longhorns' Ken Rucker embracing role as 'surrogate dad'
Dallas Morning News
Ken Rucker always viewed his football future as being a whistle on the field, not a whisper on the shoulder. Then came January. Too many Texas players were making too many bad choices, leading to six arrests in a four-month span in 2007 and the accompanying embarrassment. "Book 'em Horns" had become a Big 12 catchphrase. Part of the solution was Rucker, who coach Mack Brown moved from running backs coach to the newly created position of high school relations and player development.

Texas' Chiles stays focused on improving at quarterback
Dallas Morning News
For all the talk of using him as a runner or receiver, John Chiles remains entrenched as the backup quarterback to Colt McCoy. The sophomore from Mansfield Summit said he is improving at his primary position.

Intense workouts help Horns answer questions
San Antonio Express-News
Two weeks of fall camp and two scrimmages down for the Texas Longhorns. Players are getting antsy to line up against a jersey that's not orange, and quarterback Colt McCoy said he wouldn't mind if the season started today.

Healthy Shipley a key to UT offense
San Antonio Express-News
Jordan Shipley was right where he needed to be. Texas quarterback Colt McCoy knew he would be there. Even though McCoy couldn't see it.

Committee approach may work for UT at running back
San Antonio Express-News
If nothing else, Texas' running back situation is keeping its own defense on its toes.

Mack Brown has re-established Texas as a national power
San Antonio Express-News
This summer, almost 2,000 high school players crowded the practice fields at the University of Texas football camps. Only one, however, arrived courtesy of a 1,800-mile Greyhound adventure that started in New York. When Mack Brown learned of this, he was a little tickled.

Taking a crack at Mack
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas Longhorns have won more games (103) than any other major-college program since Mack Brown arrived before the 1998 season. Only a select few coaches have enjoyed success vs. UT in the past decade. Here's a look at the coaches with the best records against the Brown-led Longhorns:

2008 Texas Longhorns at a glance
San Antonio Express-News

Express-News Big 12 rankings
San Antonio Express-News

Defense will decide Longhorns' fate in 2008
Associated Press
Mack Brown hears that some folks don't expect much from his Texas Longhorns this season. Exactly how does talk like that start? Texas is loaded with top-flight recruits, returns half the starters from a 10-3 season and has a hot-shot new defensive coordinator. So why would anyone take this team lightly? Oh, right: that defense, and that schedule, and all those untested players at key positions...

UT's Brown playing up 'underdog' role in 2008
Grand Island Independent
Heading into his 11th season as the head coach at Texas, there's little debate that Mack Brown has revived the Longhorns and molded them one into of college football's most consistent winners.

Football recruiting

Audio: Marcus Davis and Greg Timmons
Aldine Eisenhower WR Greg Timmons and Clear Creek CB Marcus Davis, along with 26 other top Greater Houston area players, were honored at the 43rd Annual Touchdown Club of Houston preseason awards dinner honoring Bruce Matthews. In an exclusive to Inside Texas, high school recruiting analyst Ahmard Vital talks with Timmons and Davis about the upcoming season, their commitment status and more.


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