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Football

Preview: This Little Piggy Went to Austin
InsideTexas.com
Current Longhorns are too young to recall when Texas and Arkansas teed-it-up on a regular basis. In fact, they can barely remember the last time the Hogs came calling just five years ago. But Texas' home loss to Arkansas in 2003 did more to reconfigure the current state of Longhorn football than people realize.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas' Ross and Ross break down this weekend's game against Arkansas. How much will the loss of Blaine Irby affect the Horns? Are the Pigs as bad as the scores have indicated or will they be able to jump up and surprise the Longhorns? And should Texas even be playing against Arkansas in the first place?

If Colt's got the best legs, let him run wild
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown won't say it, but he's not happy. Not happy with the criticism of his Longhorn rushing attack that's putting up 204 yards per game and 5.1 yards per attempt. Not happy that what worked so well for Vince Young is viewed differently when duplicated by Colt McCoy. Basically, the Texas coach doesn't understand why Vince rushing for 100 yards was met with glee back in the day while a 100-yard performance by Colt is met with questions about him running too much and risking injury.

This time, Razorbacks just another game for Horns
San Antonio Express-News
Aaron Lewis has no complaints about his position. Or, rather, positions. Shifting between defensive end and tackle for the Texas Longhorns really only causes Lewis a mental ache or two, he says. Lewis does have to spend some extra time sifting through his defensive quiz book...But Lewis confessed to needing some extra tutoring this week, and it didn't have anything to do with Arkansas' offense. He's just curious about Arkansas — and that whole "Horns Down" hand sign.

Now, not-so seriously folks ...
San Antonio Express-News
One thing about Texas coach Mack Brown that gets lost on people is his humor. He's actually one of the funniest people you'll ever encounter. Problem is, Brown isn't into slapstick. He's dry, sarcastic, and if you're not listening closely, you miss it. That happened this week.

Emphasis on inspiration
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
It took one football game for Will Muschamp to begin bleeding for the Texas Longhorns. But Muschamp didn't bleed burnt orange in his debut as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator. That was real blood dripping from Muschamp's forehead early in Texas' 52-10 victory over Florida Atlantic in this season's opener.

Freshman backs asked to step it up
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas tailback Michael Smith needed to have an intravenous fluid injection at halftime of the Louisiana-Monroe game. He didn't need the IV during his second game, Saturday's 49-14 loss to Alabama, but Smith, 5-7, 173 pounds, could still use some relief in the Arkansas backfield. Smith has 338 rushing and receiving yards in two games, while the other Razorbacks ball carriers have totaled 45 yards from scrimmage, including eight rushes for 13 yards.

Razorbacks report
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Looking To Start Fast
Northwest Arkansas Morning News
Arkansas' offense hasn't scored in the first quarter this season. That's right. Forty-five minutes, zero points. So needless to say, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino knew exactly how to respond to a question about whether he hoped for a quick start Saturday at No. 7 Texas.

Football recruiting

Jr. Safety is Enjoying the Process Thus Far
InsideTexas.com
S Eddrick Loften was a constant thorn in the side of his opposition last year as a sophomore. So to say he is doing the same thing this year would be an understatement. Loften leads the district in interceptions with four: two of which he returned for TDs.His productivity has attracted him BCS level interest and Scout.com talked to him about who has thrown their hat in the pool of competition.

Alumni

Nobis cherishes S.A. memories
San Antonio Express-News
Texas football icon Tommy Nobis, who has lived in the Atlanta area since his third season with the Falcons 40 years ago, marvels at San Antonio's growth every time he visits his hometown. He expressed his amazement again Thursday after flying into the city with his wife, Lynn, and driving to the Alamo Heights home of her parents, R.L. and Jo Stewart.

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