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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp now has two games under his belt. It's enough for him to candidly evaluate his unit as the Longhorns prepare for Saturday's renewal of the once-heated rivalry against Arkansas.

Audio: One-on-One With Sergio Kindle
Inside Texas sits down with Serigo Kindle to talk about junior linebacker finally being healthy, why there's such a split between total yards given up and total points, the halftime adjustments the Horns have made this season and more.

Horns seek to avoid defensive breakdowns before halftime
Austin American-Statesman
A reporter approached defensive coordinator Will Muschamp following the Texas Longhorns' 42-13 win over University of Texas-El Paso last Saturday. "What are you going to do about the problem of giving up so many yards?" the reporter asked. "What problem?" Muschamp responded. Well, you gave up more than 400. "I don't worry about yards. The only thing I worry about is giving up points," Muschamp said. And, if that's the case, then not only has the Longhorns' defense been downright nasty this year, it's been perfect in the second half of games.

Ike may cause Texas-Arkansas postponement
Austin American-Statesman
The University of Texas athletic department is keeping a close eye on the path of Hurricane Ike, which could make landfall on the Texas coast at about the same time the Arkansas game is scheduled to kick off Saturday afternoon.

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Texas hasn't settled on starting running back
Dallas Morning News
The starting tailback situation remains unsettled, with no starter listed on the depth chart for Arkansas.

UT defense strives to limit yards like it does points
San Antonio Express-News
Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is nothing if not fiery. He came in advertised that way and showed it Saturday against Texas-El Paso. After the Longhorns forced two-straight incompletions and a punt late in the first quarter, Muschamp leaped into the arms of linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy. "I think I caught him," Muckelroy said. But, probably even more than his high-energy demeanor, Muschamp is a perfectionist.

'Horns sticking with committee of running backs
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coaches listed all three tailbacks as either/or starters on Monday's depth chart, signaling a possible increase in playing time for freshman Fozzy Whittaker, who rushed for a team-high 72 yards in last week's 42-13 victory over UT-El Paso.

Longhorns QB steps up after sophomore slump
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Colt McCoy is playing like a freshman again. That's good news for Texas.

McCoy Back To Freshman Form
Northwest Arkansas Morning News
Colt McCoy felt the pressure. Texas' junior quarterback felt the weight of the Longhorns' 2007 hopes on his shoulders. And, at first, he didn't respond well last season, one year after earning national freshman of the year honors. Texas coach Mack Brown watched McCoy make awful decisions and throw interceptions throughout his team's 4-3 start in 2007. McCoy didn't possess as many weapons from, as Brown put it, "a supporting cast that won the (2005) national championship," and the then-sophomore initially slumped. "We were trouble in some games early and probably gave him too much to do as a staff," Brown said. "I think he felt that and tried to win every game on every play." But then, McCoy settled down.


Longhorns' Balbay to miss season opener
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns point guard Dogus Balbay will miss only one game this season as an NCAA penalty for playing on a professional team in his native Turkey.


UT version of Young disappears in Nashville
Houston Chronicle
Vince Young is either a spoiled brat, a troubled young man or some combination of the two. That's the problem with screaming at him to grow up and deal with things virtually every other NFL quarterback has to deal with. There could be something more serious going on. Those of us on the outside simply don't know what's going on inside his head. But what we do know — or what we think we know — is troubling.


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