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Conner Comic: Nepotism At Its Finest
The latest edition of the columnist Jeff Conner's new feature to Inside Texas.

Son rises to star for Dad's Buffaloes
Austin American-Statesman
Dan thought Cody would be a scientist, a businessman or any number of other possibilities. He never would have pictured this situation, where he's coaching his son, the Buffaloes quarterback. The Buffaloes (3-1) are going to need Cody to have a big game if they want to upset No. 5 Texas on Saturday in Boulder.

Xs and Os, fathers and sons mix just fine
Austin American-Statesman
Sometimes, the wins of the father are visited upon the son. So are the losses. Second-generation football players are more likely to succeed in football than others in some cases because the game has been ingrained in them from the lunch line to the locker room. Take Colt McCoy. He wasn't overwhelmed by the prospect of playing football at the University of Texas. He had been a student of the game for 14 years before he ever stepped foot in Austin. Cody Hawkins will tell you that being a college quarterback at Colorado is about as natural as brushing your teeth every morning.

Longhorns notebook: Brown says he's 'proud' of Benson
Austin American-Statesman

Texas' big runner working to become smaller
Dallas Morning News
Running back Cody Johnson has taken on a bigger role in the offense by becoming smaller.

Texas Longhorns duo have better endurance, one jab at a time
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
When Lamarr Houston and Brian Orakpo suited up for workouts this summer, they didn't put on pads or cleats. Instead, they reached for their boxing gloves.

Big 12 has the best quarterbacks in the nation
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Forget the Heisman Trophy. College football's toughest honor to win this season will be first-team quarterback on the All-Big 12 squad.

Longhorns ready for Big 12 lineup
Daily Texan
Not that blowouts are all that bad, but Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is looking forward to a close game.

Texas defense has tricks up its schemes
Denver Post
The Texas defense is not just fast and physical. It's tricky, too.

CU's Bahr jumps into football fire
Denver Post
Colorado's newest first-time starter, offensive right tackle Matt Bahr, isn't the kind to get big-headed. And the realities of college life wouldn't allow it anyway... Bahr replaces sophomore Ryan Miller, who suffered a season-ending fracture of his left fibula against Florida State. Bahr likes to say Saturday's game against No. 5 Texas is "just another week." But he knows this will feel different.

Texas young in secondary
Rocky Mountain News
Few weaknesses are easily traceable when scouring No. 5-ranked Texas, but if there is one, it might be that the Longhorns are painfully young in the secondary. The Longhorns' best form of pass defense is their pass rush, but if Colorado's offensive line can protect quarterback Cody Hawkins, Buffaloes receivers believe there will be plays to be had when the teams meet Saturday at Folsom Field.

Buffs' Bahr ready for first start
Boulder Daily Camera
The cliches didn't work the way they're supposed to for Matt Bahr this week. When asked about preparing for the first start of his college career against No. 5 Texas on Saturday, the Colorado redshirt freshman offensive lineman said this week would be just like any other. He smiled a little and let his guard down when his bluff was called.

Bigger Buffs hope for better results
Longmont Times-Call
When Colorado coach Dan Hawkins had his staff, several months ago, conduct a study of the size of the offensive and defensive lines of recent Big 12 champions, he did so with a day like Saturday in mind. That's when No. 5 Texas makes its first visit to Folsom Field (5 p.m., FSN) since 2004, when the Longhorns pushed around a smaller CU team and won, 31-7.

Hawkins' Press Luncheon Recap
University of Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins held his Texas week press luncheon Tuesday at the Dal Ward Athletic Center, previewing Saturday night's game against with the Longhorns.

Football recruiting

2010 Texas Target Off to a Fast Start
Round Rock McNeil's Kurt Killens, one of the top linebackers in the state of Texas for the class of 2010, has already racked up 40 tackles in just three games this season, which is one of the reasons the Longhorns have kept a close eye on him. Killens talked with Inside Texas about recruiting and his visit to Texas for the Arkansas game.

Hoops recruiting

Nationally ranked basketball player makes Henderson home
One of the nation's top high school basketball players is making a home for himself in Henderson. Avery Bradley of Tacoma, Wash., transferred to Findlay College Prep at the end of August and is expected to be a force for the nationally recognized prep school team. Ranked No. 8 in the country by recruiting Web site, Bradley averaged 23.8 points per game for the United States Select Team in Brazil this summer as he led the team to a 4-0 run in the tournament. He recently committed to Texas.


Ricky didn't lose his number
San Diego Union-Tribune
It's been just short of a full decade since I spent that weekend in Austin, a bit of it hanging with Ricky Williams before and after the Texas Longhorns hoss ran roughshod over A&M, for a Union-Tribune profile of the Patrick Henry High product on his final approach to a Heisman Trophy. I'm not going to pretend to have come away from that experience knowing Williams any better than anybody else, just enough to attribute his demeanor to shyness and introversion, along with perhaps a little mistrust of somebody sent such a long way to pepper him with questions about why he was the way he was. Peculiar.

Vince Young returns to practice
The Tennessean
A familiar Titan returned to the field Wednesday in an unfamiliar role, but for quarterback Vince Young, it was at least a start. Young practiced for the first time since injuring his left knee in the season opener on Sept. 7. Since then he lost his starting job, leaving him with the unglamorous mission of proving he's healthy enough to be a backup.


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