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08:22 AM ET 09.07 | Texas tailback Tre Newton has been promoted and named the Longhorns' starter against Wyoming. The move was announced on Monday's updated depth chart, the lone significant personnel tweak from last week. Newton, who led the team in rushing last season (552 yards), backed up starter Cody Johnson in the team's 34-17 victory over Rice to open the season. Johnson, a 250-pounder, was the team's goal-line back last season and managed just 59 yards on 15 carries against the Owls. Newton had all three of Texas' rushing TDs against Rice. He carried 18 times for a team-high 61 yards in the contest.

The Dallas Morning News

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September 7, 2010  09:12 AM ET
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Prayers out to the players and families at Wyoming.

Agreed. A senseless tragedy. I could not imagine the pain as a parent.

September 7, 2010  09:14 AM ET

And he was the second string back why?

September 7, 2010  09:22 AM ET

15 for 59 is better than 18 for 61, isn't it? Is this strictly from an injury perspective, or does Tre do things like blocking better?

I am not saying Tre isn't better, but how do you lose the starting spot over numbers like that when your numbers were better?

September 7, 2010  09:33 AM ET

That Whitaker kid had some good plays. What's his story?

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September 7, 2010  10:02 AM ET
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So Rivals was wrong.. WTF... LOL...I think Newton is good though... You like the change in philosophy since GG came in a spread QB?

GG passed for over 4,800 yards in a drop-back offense his junior year. He passed for over 4,800 yards in a spread offense his senior year. Switching schemes and being just as productive says a lot. It's the offensive line that has a lot of work to do with regards to transition.

September 7, 2010  10:19 AM ET

Are Texas kids overrated? Or is Texas coaching underwhelming? Is it a combination of the two? Year in and year out, UT is purportedly loaded, but I'm always left feeling like they are overrated or under-performing when I watch them at times. Last year, I thought they were elite. Most years I feel like the 'Horns are a step below elite though.

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September 7, 2010  11:39 AM ET
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Here's the article for anyone who missed it:FORT COLLINS, Colo.(AP) -- A University of Wyoming football player was killed and three teammates were injured when a pickup drifted off a Colorado highway and crashed on Monday, authorities said.Ruben Narcisse, 19, of Miami was killed, the Colorado State Patrol said.Trey Fox, 19, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Christian Morgan, 18, of Aurora, Colo., and J.J. Quinlan, 19, of Everett, Wash., were injured and were taken to hospitals in Laramie, Wyo., and Loveland, Colo.Morgan's injuries were serious but were not believed to be life-threatening, troopers said. Fox had moderate injuries.The nature and extent of Quinlan's injuries weren't known.Fox was driving and apparently fell asleep, investigators said. They said alcohol and drugs aren't believed to be factors.The pickup was northbound on U.S. 287 six miles south of the Wyoming border at about 5:30 a.m. when it went off the left side of the highway, struck a rock embankment and a tree and then rolled.University President Tom Buchanan offered condolences to Narcisse's family."The loss of any student saddens us immeasurably," Buchanan said in a statement. "The entire university community grieves his loss."Coach Dave Christensen called it a "terrible tragedy, and a terrible loss." He offered his support to the players' families.Counselors will be made available to players, coaches and other students, university spokesman Tim Harkins said.Narcisse, a freshman, was linebacker.Fox is a cornerback, Quinlan a linebacker, and Morgan a wide receiver. Fox and Morgan are freshmen. Quinlan is a redshirt freshman.None of the four played in Wyoming's 28-20 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.Wyoming plays at No. 5 Texas next weekend. Texas coach Mack Brown issued a statement offering his school's sympathy to the Wyoming players' families and the university."It's such a sad day to see a life taken so early," Brown said. "Our thoughts go out to Ruben's family, and we pray for them and the families of the injured young men."I don't have words appropriate for a level of tragedy and grief of this magnitude, so I won't try.

I almost know this will be taken wrongly, but I'm relieved it was not drinking or drug related. It's a tragedy, but the added tragedy of having the survivors being charged is something almost unbearable it seems. Too many tragedies happen when drugs and/or alcohol are involved and even the survivors lives are ruined as they usually go to prison.

September 7, 2010  11:42 AM ET
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He grew up with little Greggie McElroy at Southlake Carroll and even played some ball together.

I missed that last part. "Little Greggie McElroy"? Was that what they really called him?

And it seems reasonable since his dad played for the Cowboys and Greg's dad works in the exective level of management for the Cowboys.

Oh, and FYI, someone from a rival team SERIOUSLY implied our coaches of buying him an escalade as if his dad could not affoird one.

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September 7, 2010  12:10 PM ET
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I'm reminded also of the recent game between Ohio State and Marshall University's Thundering Herd. The pre-game media for Marshall recalled the tragic loss of almost their entire team, coaches, boosters, and flight crew on Nov. 14, 1970. 75 people died in that plane crash. This year marks the 40th anniversary of that terrible event.I know I'm dating myself here, but I remember that sad event well. I haven't seen "We Are Marshall" yet, but hope to get it soon. Remember the fallen.

I, too, remember (haven't seen the film either).

September 7, 2010  12:42 PM ET
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Nine consecutive seasons of 10+ wins. Ending ranking in top 15 all of those years, top 5 about half of them. Two Big XII championships during the period, 2 NC appearances, one NC.WTF are your standards for "elite", and who all do you put in that group?

The program is an elite program. I judge elite teams from season to season. It can be easy to put up 10+ win seasons when the only in-conference competition that you have on a regular basis is OU. Elite to me is the USC team where Leinart won the Heisman. Bama and UT '09 variations would be considered elite for me. The Miami team that almost won 2 MNCs is elite and so on.

It isn't a knock on the program as a whole, but sometimes I just see some puzzling, strange performances from a team that is loaded to gills with talent. I felt the same way about tOSU in the 90's.

Is there a culture on the campus that spoils the athletes, and they feel entitled, and therefore do not perform to "standard" at times? Is there a lack of discipline?

I was not trying to be offensive. I can't complain about programs at all. I'm an MSU fan that has seen very little winning in the years that I've been rooting for MSU.

September 7, 2010  12:44 PM ET
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I missed that last part. "Little Greggie McElroy"? Was that what they really called him?And it seems reasonable since his dad played for the Cowboys and Greg's dad works in the exective level of management for the Cowboys.Oh, and FYI, someone from a rival team SERIOUSLY implied our coaches of buying him an escalade as if his dad could not affoird one.

That fact that his dad could afford an Escalade is the perfect cover :-)

September 7, 2010  12:53 PM ET
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That fact that his dad could afford an Escalade is the perfect cover :-)

But, did he spring for the spinning rims?

 
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