McGee, Newton should play for Texas

October, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


DALLAS -- Texas officials have cleared running backs Vondrell McGee and Tre' Newton to play in today's game against Oklahoma.

McGee returned to practice late in the week after injuring his shoulder against Colorado. He should be ready to go and is listed as the co-starter at the position on the latest depth chart with Fozzy Whittaker.

Newton sustained a mild concussion in the Colorado game and had his practice limited earlier in the week.

Their return will boost Texas' biggest offensive weakness. The Longhorns have struggled running the ball this season at times.

And the loss of McGee and Newton during the game last week helped lead to Texas producing only 46 rushing yards in 25 carries. It was the fewest rushing yards produced by Texas since the Longhorns produced 46 yards in a 17-14 victory at Kansas State on Oct. 19, 2002.

Their return should provide more balance for the Longhorns and keep them from being as one-dimensional. That was be pivotal as Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis attempts to counteract Oklahoma's blitzing defense.

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