Monday Media Notes

Some news and notes from Monday's Texas Media Day.

Longhorn players described themselves as "awe-struck," "anxious" and "nervous" when talking about their first time playing in the Red River Shootout.

But perhaps the best answer about rookie experiences in the rivalry game came from linebacker Emmanuel Acho. He said he remembered running out of the Cotton Bowl tunnel for the first time.

"To my right was burnt orange cheering me on, to my left was just a random fan who just yelled, 'you suck,'" Acho said. "I was like, I might suck, but you don't know that yet.

"I hope I (proved him wrong) then, and I hope to again this weekend," Acho said.

* There were several changes on the weekly depth chart released Monday. D.J. Monroe was listed as an 'OR' with Fozzy Whittaker, meaning that the coaches feel they can utilize their entire package with him in the ball game. James Kirkendoll is also no longer listed as a starter at any of the receiver spots. Mike Davis is listed as the starter at Z, Malcolm Williams is the starter at X and Marquise Goodwin is the starter at Sub B. John Chiles is listed as an 'OR' with Davis, Darius White is listed as the backup at X and Kirkendoll is the backup to Goodwin at Sub B.

Defensively, Alex Okafor was listed as the starter at defensive tackle, with Tyrell Higgins listed as his backup. Emmanuel Acho moved from the starter at MIKE to the starter at SAM, where he will replace Dravannti Johnson. Dustin Earnest is listed as the starter at MIKE, with Jared Norton listed as an "OR" at the position.

* Brown said that both Cody Johnson and Tré Newton were banged up, and said that the staff thought Christian Scott would be good to go at safety heading into last week's game. Scott was a late scratch because his turf toe was acting up.

Mike Davis, meanwhile, is a wait-and-see for Saturday's game. Davis has a sore knee, and though Brown said it wasn't serious enough to keep him out for the season, it was enough to keep him from playing more than one play in the second half.

* Just how bad were the mistakes against UCLA? Along with the obvious turnovers, Brown cited 15 Longhorn missed tackles that cost Texas 92 extra yards, or about one third of UCLA's total offensive production. For comparison, Texas only missed three tackles against Texas Tech.

"You could take the first three games (combined) and we don't have 15 missed tackles," said defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Brown also said that the Longhorn defense missed 18 assignments over the course of the game.

* The team had a meeting Sunday, with defensive end Sam Acho talking to the team about the need to stand up together.

"We mostly talked about the need to get each others' backs," Acho said.

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