Afternoon Tea

Congratulations are in order for Aaron Ross and Justin Blalock, each of whom was named to the first team of the FWAA All-America team. Both are worthy selections, and both will be sorely missed next season. Offensive line and the secondary will be Texas' biggest questions heading into the 2007 season.

The Gregory Gazelles fell just short of the Final Four, losing 3-1 to Stanford on Saturday evening (30-28, 34-32, 31-33, 30-24). The Gazelles had a great 2006 run, and with a young team, will be in terrific position heading into 2007. Congratulations to the ladies for a fantastic season.

We've covered last night's victory over LSU from just about every angle, in each case highlighting the phenomenal play of point guard DJ Augustin. Others noticed, too, as Augustin was named Big 12 rookie of the week. The freshman finished with career highs in points (25), rebounds (6), field goals made (9 of 16), and free throws 7 of 7). We've been talking about how this team finally showed how good it can be last night. What's scary is that last night was nowhere near Texas' ceiling. What happens when Durant's more active on offense and Jay Mason has a good evening? Look. Out.

Five-star quarterback commit John Chiles was in Austin this past weekend for his official visit. According to Rivals, Chiles still has his heart set on playing quarterback for the Horns, and got word from Mack Brown that he'll be able to "play wherever he wants to play." If you believe everything you read, of course, Texas will be starting three quarterbacks in 2008: Colt McCoy, John Brantley, and John Chiles. Should be interesting, huh?

SI's Peter King is catching VY fever. He slots the Titans at #12 in his power rankings and has this to say about Young: "Tennessee over the last half season: 6-2. And Vince Young has figured out when to hold 'em, when to fold 'em and when to escape the pocket and run for the stunning winning touchdown six miles from his boyhood home." And, later, in his 'Ten Things I Think': "It's so much fun watching Vince Young mature into a quality NFL quarterback. Bud Adams hasn't been right on much lately, but he was right in forcing Young into the lineup 10 games ago. Tennessee's 6-4 since."

--PB--

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