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The Running of the Horns?
Sure, junior Colt McCoy has been an uber-accurate, dual threat QB during Texas' weak non-conference schedule. But can UT's tailback-by-committee get'r done during its murderer's row Big 12 slate, starting Saturday at Colorado?

Horns get high marks before Big 12 play... but challenges haven't really started yet.
Austin American-Statesman
This Texas football season started with as much puzzlement as it did promise. There were more question marks than at a grammarians convention, as Mack Brown was uncertain about his running backs, tight ends, young wideouts, younger safeties, everything but his 401(k). But four games — and four lopsided wins — into the year, the fifth-ranked Longhorns launch into Big 12 play against Colorado far ahead of schedule...

Longhorns' hurry-up defense brings back the sack
Austin American-Statesman
For much of the season, Texas coaches downplayed the importance of getting sacks — citing all the ultra-efficient passing teams on the schedule. However, with Big 12 Conference play kicking off Saturday at Colorado, Texas is in a three-way tie for the national lead in sacks, averaging four per game. The statistic swelled over the past two games because the Longhorns posted seven sacks in each of them, against Rice and Arkansas.

Longhorns football notes: Johnson meets media
Austin American-Statesman

Ogbonnaya to play some FB, Texas' Brown says
Dallas Morning News
Chris Ogbonnaya will get more snaps at fullback with the season-ending knee injury to Luke Tiemann, coach Mack Brown said.

For UT's McCoy and Shipley, it's just like old times
San Antonio Express-News
Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley have been playing catch since their boyhood days running around on small-town sandlots. They always thought they'd end up doing the same on a college football field — McCoy the quarterback and Shipley his receiver — but the dream back then was meager. McCoy and Shipley figured they would follow their fathers and play for Abilene Christian. These days, though, they're the pass-and-catch duo for the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns.

Longhorns to scrap two-QB formation
Daily Texan
The midterm grade for Texas' new Q-package is in, and it's an F. Head coach Mack Brown said the team will not use the formation with quarterbacks Colt McCoy and John Chiles on the field at the same time very much anymore.

Texas not path walked by Scott
Denver Post
The opening third of Darrell Scott's freshman season has not exactly gone as planned. But if the ballyhooed tailback doesn't show more bounce in his step Saturday, Colorado running backs coach Darian Hagan will be the most surprised onlooker at Folsom Field. Scott hyperextended his knee in the second week against Eastern Washington but is feeling better. And No. 5 Texas is coming to town.

CU report: Be patient with Scott
Rocky Mountain News
A freshman is the Buffaloes' leading rusher, but he's not celebrated California recruit Darrell Scott, who has carried 39 times in four games (3.7-yard average, one touchdown). Freshman Rodney "Speedy" Stewart, meanwhile, is averaging 87.3 yards a game and a team-best 5.6 yards per carry. Not to worry, coach Dan Hawkins said, Scott's time is coming.

Football recruiting

Blake Considering His Options
Emory Blake has been a hot commodity as of late in recruiting for the class of 2009. The Austin High receiver has been getting attention from across the country, including from the Texas Longhorns. However, Texas' offer is for 2010, meaning Blake would grayshirt if he came to UT. So, along with the 2010 Texas offer, which schools with 2009 offers are being considered by the talented wideout?


Bengals acquire ex-Bear Benson
Cincinnati Enquirer
The Bengals on Tuesday signed free agent halfback Cedric Benson and placed halfback DeDe Dorsey on the reserve/injured list. Benson, 5 feet 11 and 220 pounds, is a fourth-year NFL player. He was the Chicago Bears' first-round selection in the 2005 draft after a Texas career that included 5,540 rushing yards and the third-most touchdowns (64) in NCAA history.


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