Covering Your Bases..

As a seasoned Texas tailgater, you know that shade and cold beer are two very essential things to staying comfortable when you’re outside for eight hours. Sure you went to Walmart early and beat the last minute rush for that Longhorn pop up tent. Yea you’ve managed to bring more sponsors on board this year. But do you really have all of your bases covered? I’m willing to bet there’s one item you’ve left off your list, if entirely by mistake, that you will consider a priority within the first few hours of the Wyoming tailgate.

Anti Monkey-Butt Powder. Yes, you read that correctly.

If there’s one thing more certain that Texas beating OU this season, it’s getting swamp-ass at a tailgate. Your Under Armor tee may have moisture-wicking properties, but until someone comes out with miniature air conditioning units, Mother Nature has determined, at least in Texas, that tailgating butts will sweat.

Specifically formulated to absorb excess sweat and reduce frictional skin irritation, Anti Monkey Butt is ideal for butt busting activities like long airplane rides, mechanical bull riding, and even tailgating. If you’re like Kosler, you can even put it inside your Sperrys.

Get yours at Walmart or CVS today, you’ll thank me in the morning.

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Get Ready..

Locked and loaded. Saddle Up.

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Malcolm Brown Commits!

The nation’s top running back recruit, Malcolm Brown, called the Texas coaches Wednesday night to inform them that he is coming to TEXAS!

Brown held scholarship offers from nearly every elite college football program in the country. The commitment caps a months long recruiting battle with Alabama for the 5-star running back from San Antonio. Brown is considered to be the top running back prospect from Texas possibly within the last five years, drawing early comparisons to Longhorn greats Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson.

As a junior, Brown rushed for 2,170 yards and 33 touchdowns on 201 carries, earning all state honors, and proving his reliability as an every-down back.

Brown is the Longhorns’ 23rd commitment of the 2011 class, and the highest-ranked overall. His senior season kicks off against Madison High School running back and Texas recruit Aaron Green on August 28th.

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Texas Recruiting Update

Yesterday, the nation’s top tight end prospect Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6’5”, 265lbs) committed to play his college ball at the University of Washington.  The Horns were widely considered to be the front runner during the majority of his recruitment leading up to his unofficial visit to Austin the first week of August.  While hardly anyone can deny his abilities as a tight end, many people (including Texas) believe that, after a year or so in a collegiate weight training program, he will undoubtedly mature into a tackle.  The prospect of moving permanently to OL at Texas is believed to be a contributing factor behind the UW commitment.

The Horns now turn their attention to 5-star Cibolo Steele running back Malcolm Brown (6’0″, 210lbs), the #1 ranked running back recruit in the nation according to Rivals.  Long considered the #1 target in the Horns’ already stellar recruiting class, Brown has narrowed his choices down to Alabama and Texas, with Texas being considered the leader by multiple recruiting sources. Brown performed so well at last month’s FBU Top Gun camp that he jumped from #10 to #8 in the Rivals 100 this week.  There is a chance that Brown will announce his school choice before Cibolo-Steele begins its season on August 28th.

The recruitment of Brown has seemingly decreased the chances of Texas reeling in 4-star Madison High School running back Aaron Green (5’11”, 191 lbs).  Green has received a lot of attention from Nebraska, where his older brother plays.  Green and Brown have stated publicly they are interested in playing together at Texas, which could potentially add a “Thunder and Lightening” dimension to Texas’ mediocre running game of late.

Also moving up in the rankings this week was Brownwood receiver Jaxon Shipley (6’0”, 170lbs).  The younger brother of standout Jordan Shipley performed exceptionally well at the Top Gun camp last month and moved up from #183 to #61 this week.  Many scouts consider Shipley to be underrated, referring to him as “the most polished a receiver you’ll find in the 2011 class, the most college-ready right now.” At the Grid Iron Kings 7-on-7 tournament, Shipley proved to be a dominating force who was hard to stop.

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Be Wary of the Horns When…

When trying to hold a fourth-quarter lead: Mack Brown

Mack Brown has been Captain Comeback in 12 seasons as Texas’ coach. The Longhorns have averaged two second-half comebacks per season under Brown, including 13 fourth-quarter comebacks. They stunned defending BCS national champion USC with a last-minute rally in the 2006 Rose Bowl and had the mother of all comebacks against Oklahoma State in ’04 (down 35-7 in second quarter) and again in ’07 (trailed 35-14 at start of fourth quarter). In fact, the Horns have recorded the six largest comeback victories in school history under Brown’s watch.

When playing offense on third down: Texas

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp loves to bring heat on third down, and the Longhorns led the country in third-down defense last season. The Longhorns’ opponents converted only 53 of 200 (26.5 percent) third-down plays. In fact, the Longhorns sacked opposing quarterbacks 19 times on third down last season.

Basically what this tells me as a Longhorn fanatic is that we are never out of a game, no matter how bad things might look and that our defense is stout as hell.

This was taken from an article published on ESPN.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/preview10/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=5460788

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