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Aaron Lewis, Come On Down
Aaron Lewis has started ten games in his UT career, but none at defensive tackle. Now, because starting DT Lamarr Houston is out for at least the UTEP game, Lewis must step up at a position that is considered one of the thinnest on the roster. Lewis and fellow Texas defensive linemen talked with Inside Texas about the senior DT stepping into the spotlight, facing the Miners this weekend and more.

Culpepper's Commentary: Florida Atlantic Game
Don't get carried away – this Texas team has miles to go before they can compete with Oklahoma or Missouri.

Lamarr Houston's arrest reminds us to stop and think
Austin American-Statesman
Lamarr Houston became a statistic early Sunday. And we're not talking about his three tackles, two of them for losses in Texas' season-opening football game. The Texas defensive tackle was arrested and charged with drunken driving just hours after he played well in the Longhorns' 52-10 win over Florida Atlantic. There were more than 7,800 such arrests in Travis County alone in 2007. That's up from 6,422 the preceding year. So Houston's got company. Too much of it.

UTEP coach Price has watched his team's fortunes sink a bit since back-to-back bowls
Austin American-Statesman
The coach walked into the locker room with a bowling glove, a bowling jersey, a top hat and a bowling ball. He paused. His players stared. And then Mike Price fired a bowling ball across the room. "We're going bowling!" he said. The team cheered. That was how Price informed his Texas-El Paso football team that it was headed to the GMAC Bowl in 2005. The 45-13 loss to Toledo that followed came in the last bowl the Miners have taken part in, which is why Price, in his fifth season in El Paso, has mixed emotions when he talks about the job he's done.

Longhorns football notebook
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Border abuzz as UTEP prepares to host Texas
Dallas Morning News
Because the school now known as UTEP has fielded a football team since 1914, no one is calling Saturday's game against Texas the most important in school history. As an event, though, the meeting at the Sun Bowl certainly has no equal for the Miners.

Task gets tougher for young Texas safeties
Dallas Morning News
After surviving Florida Atlantic in the opener, Texas' young safeties will face a different a challenge against UTEP's spread offense.

McCoy's running aids Horns
San Antonio Express-News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy jolted off on a 70-yard scoring run during the Longhorns' first scrimmage of fall camp in early August. McCoy joked about it at the time, noting that it took him "about 25 seconds" to score. A month later, the joke is on Florida Atlantic. McCoy ran for a game-high 103 yards and passed for 222 more in Saturday's 52-10 victory over the Owls at Royal-Memorial Stadium. As a result, one discussion in the camp of the 10th-ranked Longhorns this week centered on how much McCoy should be used as a runner this season.

Norton named hard-hitter
Daily Texan
Fiery new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has added an extra incentive for the Longhorn defense this season: the player with the biggest hit that week earns the new Hard Hat Award. This week's honor went to Jared Norton for his hit on the goal line against Florida Atlantic receiver Lester Jean at the beginning of the third quarter.

McCoy, Texas riding wave of confidence
El Paso Times
Unless you happen to be Major Applewhite or Vince Young, there are few jobs that can bring a 20-year old more criticism than playing quarterback for the University of Texas. Being the quarterback who follows Vince Young ratchets that through the roof. Need proof? Google up the words "Colt McCoy sophomore slump" and glance through the first page of the "about 10,100" results.

Price has plenty of respect for Texas
El Paso Times
Unlike last week's Texas game, when Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger made some comments to the student paper that were interpreted as questioning the Longhorns' toughness, the run-up to this game has been more restrained. In Mike Price's Monday press conference, however, he accused Texas of chicanery.

Texas coach bloody good in debut
Associated Press
The blood smeared across Will Muschamp's left cheek as it dripped from an inch-long cut near his ear. Texas players looked at him and looked at each other, expecting him to wipe it off. Instead, the Longhorns' new defensive coordinator kept barking orders about busted plays and what to do the next time they went on the field.


Longhorns Profile: Rick Barnes
San Antonio Express-News
This all started for Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes that way it usually does when he's involved – he started asking questions.


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