Monday Texas Notes

Some news and notes from Monday's Texas football media day.

* The Longhorns will start their third running back in as many weeks. Junior Fozzy Whittaker earned the right to start against Texas Tech by running for 62 yards and scoring a touchdown against Wyoming.

"I thought that's the best Fozzy's looked since I've seen him," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "He's had some good runs, but he was consistent and he was physical up inside. So we're seeing him start to get better each week."

But Greg Davis, Texas offensive coordinator, said he wished a single running back would emerge from the group to win the starting job.

"We really would like somebody to take over and run with it," Davis said.

Davis said Whittaker's biggest problem has been his inability to stay on the field because of injuries sustained in his Longhorn career.

"He did the best in the ball game, so we're going to give him the start and then we'll play it from there," Davis said.

* Quarterback Garrett Gilbert raved about freshman receiver Mike Davis's work ethic, stating that it went back to this summer. Mack Brown and Greg Davis also had positive things to say about the receiver, following his seven-catch, 104-yard performance against Wyoming. The freshman also added a touchdown in the game.

"I was encouraged by Mike Davis," Greg Davis said. "He came in and showed what we had seen in camp. He really played well in the opener. We just didn't get him the ball."

When asked if Mike Davis reminded him of anybody, Greg Davis said he couldn't think of anybody specific.

"He reminded me of a fast guy," Davis said.

* Gilbert said that he is establishing his own leadership identity, after following Todd Reesing at Lake Travis High School and Colt McCoy at Texas. Reesing, who played at Kansas, and McCoy rank as two of the top passers in Big 12 history.

"I think in high school, being that sophomore who takes over for a guy who really took Lake Travis from not even being able to go to the state playoffs to state ranked, (it was about) learning just to be myself," Gilbert said. "Now with Colt, it's the same thing: Be yourself, be your own player, but also being able to take some of the stuff that he did as a leader onto the field."

Gilbert said McCoy told him to be his own player, but added: "Lead those guys, and if you work, they'll respond to that."

Gilbert said he had yet to get onto a Longhorn player, and said he wanted to remain more of a supportive, encouraging type of leader.

* Safety Blake Gideon was asked about the personal foul call Gideon received during the Wyoming game, when officials flagged him for "targeting."

"I don't even know what that means," Gideon said. "Of course, I was trying to hit him, so I guess I was targeting him. It's not going to change the way I play.

"We always talk about in the secondary that we want to establish the middle of the field," Gideon said. "So regardless of what the call was, other teams are going to turn that tape on at the beginning of the week and they're going to see that, and not many receivers are going to want to take that kind of hit."

* While the Longhorns were disappointed in the loss of Luke Poehlmann for the season, Greg Davis said that the staff still expected to see Tray Allen suit up this season. Davis said Allen was expected back sometime midseason. Allen was penciled in as the starting right guard, but has fought a nagging injury.

With Poehlmann's injury, Paden Kelley and Mark Buchanan will serve as swing tackles, meaning they will play both right and left tackle. Davis said talented freshman Trey Hopkins, who started camp at tackle and moved to guard, would also begin receiving some practice reps at tackle.

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