Wednesday Media Notes

Five thoughts from Mack Brown's Wednesday press conference.

* Brown sent his prayers out to Colton Tooley's family and friends, and praised Texas's risk management and the way they handled the situation. He said only one Longhorn was really affected by the incident, as he was moved from his dorm room nearby. Brown was also worried about his daughter, Barbara, who works near where the incident occurred. After about 30 minutes, Brown was able to make contact with Barbara.

Brown said that the process was difficult on the Longhorns, and emotionally straining, but added that the players were able to practice on-time -- Brown said it was a good session -- and get their work done.

"It was a long day, and a tough day for us," Brown said. "But that's what you do, and that's your job. So we tried to pick the guys back up and go back to work anyway.

"I think yesterday was a great reminder that football is not life and death," Brown said. "It's very, very important at Texas. It's very important to us. But obviously, people's lives are more important than some football games. So we're able to put things back in perspective a little bit as well."

* When does Texas start planning for Oklahoma? A better question might be when the Longhorns stop planning to face the Sooners.

"You work on the OU game year-round," Brown said. "You have a plan year-round. But you think, most of our coaches worked against their coaches for 12 years. Greg Davis and Brent Venables have had 11 game plans against each other. So they have a good idea going into this week what they're going to do."

At the same time, Brown said that both staffs liked to keep something up their sleeves for the game. Last year, Oklahoma rarely blitzed in the first several games of the season, only to send the house at Colt McCoy throughout the first half. This year, Brown said the Sooners ran many of their typical sets offensively, but added that the staff ran more screens and plays to get DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles into space than they normally would.

* Brown talked about Texas's struggles to find an offensive identity, saying that "I think right now, we're still trying to figure out what to do."

A large part of that indecision comes from Texas's changes in the running game, he said. The staff entered the season trying to feature 250-pound back Cody Johnson, only to have Johnson tweak his ankle in week one. He hasn't ever really recovered. Now, Brown said the staff was trying to explore how to get the ball to D.J. Monroe, a running back option who wasn't at the position in fall camp.

"It's not what we were thinking about coming into the season," Brown said.

Brown said that Tré Newton was recovering nicely, and added that the sophomore had been strong in practice so far this week. He said Johnson was also better than he had been the past few weeks.

* Brown said that receiver Mike Davis was still listed as questionable for Saturday's game. When asked whether Davis practiced on Tuesday, Brown smiled and declined to answer.

* Brown spent time talking about the atmosphere of the Red River Shootout, waxing poetic about the crowd splits and the bus ride through the fans. But he also cracked some jokes about how the rivalry stood out.

"When I was at OU, they used to keep score at the emergency room of how many Texas fans were beaten up and how many OU fans … and it was usually pretty tight," Brown said. "It was usually a tight game the Friday night before the game."


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