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Football

Can Texas' Linebackers Get Defensive
InsideTexas.com
Defensively, much of the preseason attention has been focused on coordinator Will Muschamp's efforts to generate an honest pass rush from his front four as well as replacing three starters in the secondary. The perception the past two seasons, though, was that Texas' linebackers have been the unit's weakest link.

Ulatoski ready to man the blind side
Austin American-Statesman
It's called the blind side, and a mistake there can put a healthy quarterback on a stretcher. Blind-side duty falls on the offensive tackle — which one, left or right, depends on which arm the quarterback uses to throw the football. With right-handed Colt McCoy behind center, Longhorns left tackle Adam Ulatoski has the role of bodyguard. Protector of the blind side.

Offensive line could benefit from last year's injuries
Austin American-Statesman
Many players came of age quickly in 2007

Scouting report: offensive line
Austin American-Statesman

LONGHORNS FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Austin American-Statesman

Secret play on offense excites Texas WR Cosby
Dallas Morning News
Receiver Quan Cosby endorsed the Longhorns' great camp experiment, the one that features quarterbacks Colt McCoy and John Chiles of Mansfield Summit together in the same package.

Experience, depth bolster UT offense
San Antonio Express-News
Back in the disco era, Mac McWhorter played on the offensive line at Georgia, but you wouldn't know it by looking at him. The Texas offensive line coach has a build that looks better suited for pounding the pavement, not pounding shoulder pads. But just listen to McWhorter talk, and it's easy to understand why he's comfortable in the trenches.

Kindle determined to fulfill lofty recruiting promise
ESPN.com
Sergio Kindle arrived at Texas as one of the most heralded recruits of the Mack Brown era. And he's determined to make a name for himself this season to finally fulfill those lofty expectations. New defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has arrived with a new philosophy and an idea of creating a "Buck Package" that will utilize Kindle's power and speed as a pass-rushing threat off the edge. It's put Kindle in the mix as the prime playmaker on the Longhorns' defense.

Miller disputes Schnellenberger's claims about Texas
ESPN.com
After learning by a text message that Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger had doubted his team's toughness, Texas senior defensive tackle Roy Miller wasn't in any mood Tuesday to answer those taunts.

Texas trying to plug holes in pass defense
Associated Press
The numbers were as glaring as Texas' play on the field was galling. The Longhorns set school records last season in pass defense futility, giving up the most yards (3,611) and touchdowns (23) and the highest completion percentage (61 percent). They were poor by anyone's standards, ranking 109th nationally. So coach Mack Brown made some changes.

FAU's defense looks to improve at scrimmage
Palm Beach Post
Florida Atlantic will hold its second scrimmage of the pre-season at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon at the Tom Oxley Practice Field, and Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger will be watching his defense closely. After a lackluster performance in the first scrimmage, when the offense moved the ball with ease, Schnellenberger is hoping for a better performance from his defense but doesn't know what to expect.

Olympics

Richards fades in 400 meters, settles for bronze
Austin American-Statesman
When she hit the straightaway in the 400 meters, Sanya Richards was running away with the gold medal. The Austinite and Texas ex was comfortably ahead of her competition, feeling fine and on schedule to break 49 seconds, just as she'd planned. Then her body betrayed her.

Texas-ex Sanya Richards 'snakebit' by bronze
Dallas Morning News
This time, for sure, Sanya Richards was in the clear. In the biggest race of her life, Tuesday's Olympic 400-meter final, the University of Texas product who had overcome debilitating illness and major-meet misfortunes powered through the final turn leading by five meters. But with 80 meters left, the unimaginable happened. Richards felt her right hamstring tighten. She tried to push on, but more excruciating than the pain was the helpless feeling that her gold medal was slipping away.

Richards runs into trouble at worst time
Houston Chronicle
Sanya Richards came off the second turn like she had stuck out her thumb and hitched a ride on the wind. She was outrunning the field, outrunning the memories, outrunning everything that has made her the most accomplished-yet-unfulfilled runner in U.S. track and field today. Ranked No. 1 in the world for the past three years and the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters, Richards was suddenly reminded why she is equally unmatched at heartbreak.

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