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A Meeting With Mack
Seven sacks against Rice was a good place to start, but even a less-than-vintage Arkansas team will be a better barometer of how far Texas' pass rush has progressed under first-year defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Conner's BOG: I Believe in the Fantastic Four
In his political and pop-culture infused off-beat commentary known as "Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses", columnist Jeff Conner writes on Texas' red zone defense and its running game, but what he really wants to know is...DO YOU BELIEVE?!

Texas defense is showing some offensive numbers
Austin American-Statesman
There's a near certainty facing the Texas defense — its statistics are ugly now and destined to grow uglier, as the Longhorns finish their non-conference schedule and start worrying about what looms in October.

Austin American-Statesman

Texas' Shipley putting up healthy numbers
Dallas Morning News
Getting Texas receiver Jordan Shipley to detail the extensive list of injuries in his career is almost painful. The fifth-year senior from Burnet would much rather talk about going deer hunting or fishing with his roommate and life-long friend, quarterback Colt McCoy. Or the concentration it takes to catch a 60-yard scoring pass when you're as wide open as you've ever been. Pretty much anything else.

Razorbacks' center offers Texas a tough matchup
Dallas Morning News
One key matchup Saturday against Arkansas will feature defensive tackle Roy Miller and Arkansas' Jonathan Luigs, who won the Rimington Trophy last year for the nation's top center.

UT lacks tight end experience
San Antonio Express-News
There has been one reality for the Texas Longhorns all season. They're talented, yes, but also young. Depth hasn't been the issue, experience has. UT coaches haven't lacked bodies to fill spots, they've just wanted some seasoning. The exception to this situation, however, has been at tight end. And, as it happens, that's where the Longhorns received their latest blow.

Longhorn is patience personified
Houston Chronicle
Texas wide receiver Shipley has been plagued by injuries, but the senior is finally on the field and has become a much-needed deep threat.

"Irby injury inhibits offense"
Daily Texan
The Longhorns are losing more than just a player in tight end Blaine Irby, who is out for the season after dislocating his knee during the Rice game. They're losing a big part of their offensive philosophy.

Arkansas keeps plugging
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Alabama's first snap Saturday against Arkansas might as well have been an invitation to rumble. There wasn't an ounce of finesse in the power run up the middle, which blew open for 17 yards for Crimson Tide tailback Glen Coffee. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, Coffee averaged nearly 17 yards on all of his 10 carries, which included touchdown runs of 87 and 31 yards, as Alabama ran through massive creases in the Arkansas defense. Coffee finished with 162 rushing yards as part of Alabama's 328-yard effort on the ground in a 49-14 victory. Not surprisingly, the Razorbacks expect other teams, including No. 7 Texas on Saturday, will try to run them over as well following Alabama's success.

Razorbacks report
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Longhorns next for struggling Hogs
Associated Press
First-and-goal from the 1. Finally, a chance to make a game of it. Moments later, Arkansas was leaving the field in frustration. Throughout their 49-14 loss to Alabama last weekend, the Razorbacks were beaten at the line of scrimmage. Arkansas allowed 328 yards rushing and failed to score from near the goal line toward the end of the first half. The Hogs have plenty to improve before Saturday's game at No. 7 Texas — and line play is certainly among the areas that could use a boost.


Layne remembered as QB who went full-speed on - and off - the field
Austin American-Statesman
There aren't many places where you can buy a cocktail at Royal-Memorial Stadium, but if there were, a series of toasts would be in order on Saturday. This week, the University of Texas will retire the No. 22 jersey worn by Bobby Layne, the record-setting Longhorns quarterback of the 1940s who went full speed on and off the field in a time when hard living was more acceptable behavior from athletes than it is now.

Roy Williams has had Lion's share of losing
Dallas Morning News
Ask Roy Williams about his losses in high school at Odessa Permian and he can remember each and every one. There were 19 in four years. Ask Williams about his losses in college at Texas and he can remember each and every one. There were 10 in four years. He can even offer up details. But ask Williams about his losses the last five years with the Detroit Lions and his memory becomes a blur.


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