Thursday Longhorn Sports Page

Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.


Ask James Brown
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions on what Texas should do after the loss of Blaine Irby, the Horns' running back committee, if Colt McCoy is an NFL QB and more.

Conner Comic: Greener Pastures
Inside Texas columnist Jeff Conner, author of the off-beat "Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses" feature, presents a weekly comic.

Kindle moving forward, finally
Austin American-Statesman
They stood six, maybe seven, deep waiting just to glimpse the living legend. There were fathers, sons and even other high school football players. They screamed his name. They pushed closer for a peek. When linebacker Sergio Kindle was a senior at Woodrow Wilson High in Dallas, he was a prep idol with a following. He was everybody's all-American, one of the top five recruits in the country in the view of every recruiting service.

Hogs vs. Horns: Catch it while you can
Austin American-Statesman
Once it became clear that Texas and Arkansas would not play their football game in Austin on Sept. 13 as scheduled because of risks stemming from potentially catastrophic Hurricane Ike, the rumors were running wilder than Darren McFadden. Move the game to that Friday or Sunday. Play it in Texas Stadium. Play it in Fayetteville. Don't play it at all. One person close to the UT football staff told me that Arkansas wanted to cancel the game altogether.

Sergio Kindle in fast-forward mode for Texas Longhorns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Throughout a two-year stretch that overlapped Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle's darkest days as a football player, the phone calls to former coach Bobby Estes never stopped.

Texas Longhorns lineman making noise with his play
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas offensive tackle Adam Ulatoski didn't get much of a chance to speak up his freshman year. Surrounded by the likes of Jonathan Scott, Kasey Studdard and Justin Blalock — all three of whom currently are playing in the NFL — he didn't feel like there was anything he could add. So the 2004 Southlake Carroll graduate simply kept his mouth shut. Enough so that UT offensive line coach Mac McWhorter called the 6-foot-8, 300-pound giant "mumbles" his entire freshman year.

Johnson making case for playing time
Daily Texan
With the Longhorns' running game sputtering and failing to get off the ground, freshman tailback Cody Johnson seems to be getting better and better.

Bouncing back fast
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
For two weeks, Casey Dick was a football hero on the Arkansas campus. The senior quarterback, who had never been allowed to be a playmaker of great consequence in three previous seasons, had been given the keys to the Bobby Petrino offensive machine and had made it purr at crunch time. Dick had sparked a pair of fourth-quarter rallies with clutch passing and key fourth-down conversions, and he was leading the SEC in passing and total offense. He's still atop those statistical categories, but the vibe isn't as perky today.

Razorbacks report
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Freshman getting legs under him on kick returns
Northwest Arkansas Times
Atonement opportunities by the half-dozen aren't good for your team if you return kickoffs. Nevertheless, what Dennis Johnson did with his six kickoff returns comprised some rare Razorback bright spots in Arkansas' 49-14 SEC loss to Alabama last Saturday.

Football recruiting

Film Session: Devon Kennard
Devon Kennard's high school career ended last Friday night when he tore his ACL, but the Texas target, who should recover by next season and whose Longhorn offer still stands, was injured late enough in the game to still give plenty of highlights. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger breaks down Kennard's film from the game and what we can expect to see from him in college. Team Recruiting Rankings Revealed reveals its Football Team Recruiting Rankings. Who are the early leaders as we count down to signing day? Who is the surprise team of 2009, and who is poised to make the biggest jump towards the top?


Texas is still eyeing Lions' Roy Williams
Detroit Free Press
Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Lions. Wouldn't they rather be Cowboys?...It's long been rumored that the Cowboys are interested in the former Texas Longhorn, and their fans certainly are.


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