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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 Blaine Irby's knee injury, alternatives on offense, Cody Johnson's development and more, including a full breakdown of what has exceeded and what hasn't lived up to expectations this season.

Is There a Tight End in the House?
Sophomore TE Blaine Irby's season is done (dislocated knee); Texas coaches have just begun to figure what they can do to shore-up a spot decimated by injuries. Is it wiser to shift personnel or significantly adjust schemes? Or both?

Culpepper's Commentary: Rice Game
Former Longhorn standout Pat Culpepper comments on the Texas aerial attack, and just how big a loss Blaine Irby is to the offense, plus an improving defensive line but a still very worrisome secondary, where Blake Gideon "gets" the safety position while Earl Thomas does not.

Rice Game Report Cards
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' win over Rice.

Horns still have no answers at tight end position
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas offense may go retro for the rest of the season, back to the days when the tight end wasn't so much a passing option but a blocker for the running game. Think 2002 — Chris Simms' senior season — when the Longhorns used four- and five-receiver sets on obvious passing downs. That may be the best offensive option in answer to a devastating injury suffered by tight end Blaine Irby in the second half of Saturday's 52-10 victory over Rice.

Longhorns notebook: Shipley not looking ahead to possible sixth year
Austin American-Statesman

Texas still searching for go-to running back
Dallas Morning News
Coach Mack Brown said Monday that averaging 204.3 yards rushing – along with 298 yards passing – would be OK at most places. But this is UT, and the search for a go-to running back remains.

Tight end situation in state of flux at UT
San Antonio Express-News
With the unexpected departure of Jermichael Finley last spring, the tight end position was a work-in-progress for the Texas Longhorns. Three games into this season, having lost Blaine Irby to a season-ending knee injury, it still is.

Longhorns may search defense for a tight end
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas' search for its next starting tight end may extend to the Longhorns' defensive roster. Texas coach Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Greg Davis both acknowledged that possibility Monday when discussing ways to replace Blaine Irby, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Saturday's 52-10 victory over Rice.

Under the Radar
Daily Texan
On the field, Colt McCoy has gotten used to throwing to roommate Jordan Shipley. But off the field, Shipley's still getting used to his quarterback taking things from him.

Longhorn receiving corps quiet, but effective
Killeen Daily Herard
Outside of Austin, names like Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley might not be household names, but along with the rest of the Texas receiving corps, the Longhorns might have one of the most dangerous receiving units in the Big 12 Conference this season.

Texas quarterback McCoy answering critics
Boulder Daily Camera
Texas fans want to kiss and make up with their starting quarterback.

No. 7 Texas still respectful of Arkansas
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Texas Coach Mack Brown has something in common with the Arkansas Razorbacks and their fans. Brown, whose Longhorns play Arkansas on Saturday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, wishes the Razorbacks hadn't lost to Alabama 49-14 to open SEC play last week.

A Second Chance To Prepare For One Game
Northwest Arkansas Morning News
Monday felt a bit like Groundhog Day. Everything that had happened two weeks ago was oddly played out for a second time. Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was again asked about facing seventh-ranked Texas, and his players spent another Monday afternoon watching film on the Longhorns. Not surprisingly, Texas coach Mack Brown felt a sense of deja vu as he began preparing for the second time this season to host Arkansas in Austin.

Miller charged about matchup with Arkansas' Luigs
Texas has waited for two weeks for the chance to play Arkansas in a game that was postponed by Hurricane Ike. Defensive tackle Roy Miller can't wait.


ESPN analyst tempers comments on Titans' Young
Nashville City Paper
ESPN analyst Merril Hoge tried to temper remarks made in a recent interview about Vince Young on a Pittsburgh radio station and also said that he has no personal vendetta against the Tennessee Titans quarterback he has openly criticized.


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