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Brian Orakpo: Promise Fulfilled
InsideTexas.com
Back in December, defensive end Brian Orakpo made a promise. He'd seen enough bickering, he'd seen enough individuals, he'd seen enough selfishness. He planned on making sure that he and his teammates knew each other and that they worked together. His promise was to make Texas a team.

Longhorns' safety Gideon a real backbreaker
Austin American-Statesman
The back was already bad, with aches here and pains there. Every once in a while it would flare up. There was Blake Gideon, bad back and all, just a freshman in high school.

Mizzou not going away
Austin American-Statesman
Missouri's coming to town on Saturday night for the biggest Texas home football game since, well, two years ago, but let's face it: By every measuring stick you can think of, the Tigers have already arrived.

Notes: Bill Cosby a Longhorn fan
Austin American-Statesman

No. 1 ranking puts focus squarely on Longhorns
Dallas Morning News
Texas has quickly discovered the attention that comes with the No. 1 ranking.

Quarterbacks at Texas, Missouri stay in touch
Dallas Morning News
Colt McCoy knew about Chase Daniel before he ever got to meet him. Each was a star high school quarterback as a sophomore. But the similarities ended there.

Oklahoma set a template for Texas to follow
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Welcome to Orange October, plus one. For fans of the top-ranked Texas Longhorns, the phrase lacks the same catchiness — as well as the movie tie-in — that became a rallying cry for Oklahoma in its Hunt for Red October that culminated with the Sooners' most recent national championship in 2000. But it summarizes what No. 1 Texas must do over the next three weeks if the Longhorns (6-0, 2-0 in Big 12) are to use last week's 45-35 victory in the Red River Rivalry as a springboard to bigger achievements, such as a January triumph at the BCS national championship game.

High school pals to Heisman hopefuls
Daily Texan
Colt McCoy and Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel go a long way back. Both became friends as successful Texas high school quarterbacks and have gone on to thrive in college and are experiencing Heisman buzz.

MU football team has a definite Texas flavor
Kansas City Star
One of the big story lines of Missouri's game at Texas on Saturday night will be the return of one-time, would-be Longhorn Chase Daniel as the Tigers' quarterback. But there will be 27 others playing for the Show-Me State who hail from the Lone Star State and once dreamed of football Saturdays in Austin.

No. 1 . . . for now
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was asked about coaching a highly ranked team that competes week to week with a target on its back. Pinkel, who has resurrected football at the state university on footings of pride and determination, embraced the distinction.

Secondary will face stern test
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Leading 17-14 late in the third quarter against Oklahoma State, the Missouri defense had limited the Cowboys to 118 passing yards and thwarted any big plays through the air. But two huge throws by quarterback Zac Robinson changed the course of the game. The 40- and 31-yard touchdown catches by Damian Davis, who entered the game with six career receptions, were instrumental in keeping the Tigers from claiming a No. 1 ranking.

Tigers have mixed feelings on Texas trip
Columbia Missourian
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel has heard all the talk about how big a deal it is to play Texas, given how the Longhorns turned down the Southlake, Texas native before trying to offer a scholarship after he committed to Missouri. He's heard all about the connections between himself and Colt McCoy, a good friend who ended up as the Texas quarterback. But the Texas connection is not a big deal to Daniel anymore.

What might have been: An alternate-reality tale
Columbia Tribune
Chase Daniel couldn't resist the lure of burnt orange, and, really, who could blame him? When the Texas quarterback accepted an 11th-hour offer from his beloved Longhorns on the eve of national signing day 2005, the upshot was felt a few hundred miles north where the Missouri football program went into full-blown panic mode.

Colt real McCoy for the Longhorns
Denver Post
After going through early career struggles, the QB has raised his game and is a Heisman front-runner.

Colt McCoy shoots from the hip
SportsIllustrated.com
Colt McCoy is one smooth college quarterback.

Orakpo a sack machine for No. 1 Texas
Associated Press
At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, Lamarr Houston is a big man with a big punch. But even he knows enough not to mess with 'Rak.

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