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A Meeting With Mack
Away from lights and cameras of the weekly press conference, Texas head coach Mack Brown discusses with beat reporters the youth on his roster, when the depth chart will really be set, some simplification in defensive schemes, what last year's team was missing and more.

Texas Depth Chart Filled With Youth
On Monday, the Texas Longhorns released their first official depth chart of the 2008 season and 21 freshmen (10 true, 11 redshirt) are on the two- or three-deep.

Freshmen DBs Prepping for Crash Course
RS-freshmen safeties Earl Thomas and Christian Scott are listed as co-starters in Texas' initial depth chart of the 2008 season, released Monday. That makes them the old men of the bunch.

Audio: One-on-One With Adam Ulatoski
Inside Texas sits down with left tackle Adam Ulatoski to discuss his position as Colt McCoy's blindside protection, this weekend's game against Florida Atlantic and more.

Depth chart doesn't answer many questions
Austin American-Statesman
So much for definitive depth-chart decisions. On Monday, Texas coach Mack Brown revealed his two-deep roster for the Longhorns' opener Saturday against Florida Atlantic. It contained 11 bracketed, either/or starting spots, with no firm decision at running back or in the secondary.

Horns already are consistent, but are they great?
Austin American-Statesman
The catchy new motto inscribed on the players' and coaches' orange wrist bands says it all: Consistently good to be great. Hey, it sure beats "Take dead aim" from last year, when Texas double-bogeyed and started Big 12 play with back-to-back losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma.

Longhorns football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Texas Longhorns' toughness questioned again
Dallas Morning News
People have questioned Texas' toughness before, although the comments have usually come from somewhere in the known football universe. Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schnellenberger calling out the Longhorns from the football hotbed of Boca Raton last week had a different feel, even if the talk came from a familiar face. In his own way, Schnellenberger, a Bear Bryant disciple, may have done Texas a favor. If the Longhorns, faced with depth chart uncertainty, might have been looking past a Sun Belt opponent, they aren't now.

Safety position gets even younger for Texas Longhorns
Dallas Morning News
Junior Ishie Oduegwu, the only returning safety with starting experience, underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder Monday and will be sidelined indefinitely. Oduegwu, from Denton Ryan, had undergone surgery on the same shoulder during spring practice. His absence leaves five safeties on the team's first depth chart, all redshirt or true freshmen.

Starters in secondary unclear for Horns
San Antonio Express-News
Pass defense has been an area of concern entering this season for the Texas Longhorns. After all, UT gave up school records in passing yards and touchdowns last season. Just days away from the Longhorns' season opener against Florida Atlantic, it is still a concern — considering they aren't exactly sure who is going to be in the secondary doing the defending. UT released its depth chart Monday, and coach Mack Brown reiterated there isn't any separation for the two starting safety spots.

Longhorns turn to youth in the secondary
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas' last line of defense in Saturday's season opener will be manned exclusively by freshmen, a development coach Mack Brown termed "a real concern" during Monday's news conference.

UT turns green in secondary
Houston Chronicle
If possible, the Texas Longhorns' secondary got even younger Monday. Junior Ishie Oduegwu, the only returning safety with starting experience, is out indefinitely following surgery on his left shoulder. His absence leaves coach Mack Brown sorting through a group of five freshmen as the No. 11 Longhorns prepare for Saturday's season opener against Florida Atlantic.

Texas' young secondary faces huge challenge against FAU
The defensive calls are simpler and some of the best young recruits in college football will be playing Saturday night in Texas' secondary in the Longhorns' season opener against Florida Atlantic. And it still won't make Texas coach Mack Brown rest any easier over the next several nights before his team's first game. The Longhorns will open the season with unprecedented youth in the secondary, including freshmen safeties Blake Gideon and Earl Thomas in the starting lineup.

Texas sets wide receivers and running backs
Texas coach Mack Brown released his depth chart for Saturday's game against Florida Atlantic. The Longhorns' biggest questions at running back and wide receiver remained unsettled after the announcement at his press conference.

Football recruiting

Kirkpatrick Shines in Jamboree Against Hoover
Dre Kirkpatrick, Scout.com five-star cornerback from Gadsden (Ala.) City, had a terrific game against Hoover Friday night where the starters for both teams played two full quarters in a fall jamboree. Kirkpatrick talks of his performance and updates recruitment.


Longhorns world class at Olympics
Daily Texan
The University of Texas has been known to produce world-class athletes. But now, the Longhorns can say they produce world-class champions. Twenty-three Longhorns were represented at the games and 10 former and current University of Texas student athletes combined to win 14 medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics - 10 of which were gold.


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