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UTEP Preview: Go West, Young Horns
Out in the west Texas town of El Paso, the locals are braced for the biggest spectacle to hit town since Marty Robbins.

The Inside Texas Podcast
Inside Texas' Ross and Ross break down the Longhorns' win over Florida Atlantic, talk about what it tells us about this team, what it means for the rest of the season, what the Horns will face out in El Paso and more.

Excitement buzzes in El Paso before matchup with Texas
Austin American-Statesman
Nate Poss sat in his office at University of Texas at El Paso trying to talk to the manager of the hotel the Miners were going to stay at Friday night. The phone rang. A friend wanted to talk about the Texas game. It rang again. This time somebody wanted tickets. It rang a third time, a fourth time, a fifth time.

McCoy willing to sacrifice body, and soda, for Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Colt McCoy celebrates a unique anniversary today. Exactly nine years ago, he said goodbye to soda. It was a difficult break — McCoy confessed recently to drinking six Dr Peppers a day. "I loved them," he said. But McCoy knew the parting was a necessary one, no matter how much it hurt. McCoy heard someone speak about athletic performance, and the moral was to cut out the fizzy stuff. Stick to water and Gatorade. And that's pretty much all McCoy allows himself now, besides milk.

Longhorns Mailbag: UT still has questions, but not new ones
San Antonio Express-News
The entire purpose of The Mailbag is to provide answers. You ask, and we answer. Or, at the very least, we throw together some thoughtful sentences that resemble an answer. This time of year, there are still a lot more questions than answers surrounding the Texas Longhorns — or any football team for that matter — that's why it's called a season. So, as the Longhorns look to Texas-El Paso and wrap up Florida Atlantic, what answers were provided in that 52-10 blowout?

Versatile quarterback leads offense
Daily Texan
Each time Texas quarterback Colt McCoy scrambled last Saturday, he made the Florida Atlantic defense pay, picking up 103 yards on 12 carries... McCoy has spent the entire offseason training to bulk up and work on his running game. With Texas' zone-read offense, a scrambling quarterback is almost a necessity.

Texas Longhorns may use John Chiles more often Saturday
El Paso Times
Part of the buzz of Texas' offseason was its new "Q" package that features backup quarterback John Chiles on the field at the same time as Colt McCoy. Texas only used it four times in the opener against Florida Atlantic with limited effectiveness, but the Longhorns plan to come back to it.

UTEP Miner kicker Jose Martinez ready for record books
El Paso Times
Jose Martinez knows his record-book moment is coming. UTEP's superstar kicker couldn't quite manage it last week against Buffalo, when his field goal attempt from 66 yards needed a bounce to clear the upright. It could come Saturday against Texas, or maybe not. But at some point this year, Martinez is confident he's going to line up from 66 yards away or more right here at the Sun Bowl, swing his golden right leg and score three points from further out than any kicker ever has, at any level.

UT-Austin has big plans for UTEP Miner game
El Paso Times
The University of Texas at Austin football team, which will play on Saturday against the University of Texas at El Paso at Sun Bowl Stadium, will bring a festive roundup of more than 300 band members, cheerleaders, a live mascot and at least 3,500 Longhorn season-ticket holders, said Texas Exes El Paso chapter officials.

Buzz starts early for Horns in El Paso
Associated Press
This remote border city has never been one of those college football-crazed places where everything shuts down on game day, parking lots overflow with tailgaters and major events like weddings rarely get scheduled for Saturdays during the season. You'd never know it this week, though. Football's the talk of this typically basketball-minded town as Texas-El Paso takes a rare turn in the national gridiron spotlight Saturday night by hosting the mighty Texas Longhorns.

UTEP's Mike Price still upbeat about UT game
Seattle Times
After his Texas-El Paso team had its pants pulled down in its opener at Buffalo, 42-17, Mike Price did his best to keep his sense of humor intact. Looking to this week's opponent, he deadpanned: "I hope they're not as good as Buffalo." In reality, yes, the University of Texas might be as good as Buffalo. The Longhorns are indeed playing UTEP this week, and, more's the rage for UTEP, they're playing it in El Paso.

Football recruiting

Garrett Gilbert: More Than a Passing Threat
Garrett Gilbert put in a very Colt McCoy-like effort Thursday night. Gilbert put up 212 yards passing and a touchdown Thursday night, but also rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns on ten carries as he and fellow Texas commit Paden Kelley topped Westlake, 38-17.

Expect a Late Decision
"I want to wait and not decide until late," Jarvis Jones explained. "I want to see everyone and take all my visits. I really want to get to know the coaches, especially my position coach and make sure I have a good relationship with them. I want to be able to have good communication with my coaches and want to go where I'll be able to get better as a player." Jones hasn't set any official trips.

Dre Kirkpatrick Senior Highlights
Dre Kirkpatrick, five-star cornerback from Gadsden (Ala.) City, is working hard to regain the No. 1 defensive back ranking in the country. Kirkpatrick has done nothing to disappoint in the fall jamboree against Hoover and opening game against Tuscaloosa County. presents highlights from the two games.


Texas obviously doesn't understand how things work -- thank goodness
I got Kenton Paulino on the phone and interrogated him fiercely. Just look at the line of questioning.


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