Monday Media Notes

News and notes from Texas's Monday press conference.

* There weren't any major changes on the depth chart. Emmanuel Acho will start his second consecutive game at strongside linebacker. Mike Davis was listed below James Kirkendoll at flanker, or Z. Kenny Vaccaro was listed as an 'OR' with Christian Scott. And after making four stops against Oklahoma, Alex Okafor earned his second straight start at defensive tackle. He'll still be backed up by Tyrell Higgins, while true freshman Ashton Dorsey was listed as the primary backup to Kheeston Randall, with an 'OR' with redshirt freshman Calvin Howell.

Texas coach Mack Brown lauded Okafor for his play, with defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said that Okafor was getting better every day.

On the injury front, both Mike Davis and John Chiles are listed as "probable" for Nebraska.

* Brown said that redshirts for the season were close to decided, barring unforeseen injuries at lean positions.

One exception to that thought is senior guard Tray Allen. Allen is off crutches, but the coaching staff still isn't sure how long it will take him to get game-ready. If he can come back in a week or so, the staff would like for him to play. But Brown said if Allen took three weeks or more, it wouldn't be worth wasting his season.

* Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis talked about the high number of horizontal passes, stating that while some were called plays, others were audibles on plays where teams showed run blitzes. The idea, he said, was to get the ball to a receiver in space where they had a chance to make a play. He said he didn't believe the offense was going too conservative early on, citing three early passes downfield against UCLA, but also admitted that the play-calling was somewhat conservative to build quarterback Garrett Gilbert's confidence while avoiding early turnovers.

At the same time, Davis said there were some called plays downfield that the Longhorns failed to take advantage on. He conceded that the receivers were having trouble separating at times.

* With Texas's struggles, Brown asked both Davis and Muschamp to perform a quality control check over the bye week.

Davis's assessment included a need to perform better on first downs in the red zone. Texas struggled to get even or ahead of the chains on first down, meaning that Gilbert was forced into passing situations on a smaller field where there was little chance for success.

Muschamp's buzzword was inconsistency. Eight times this season Texas has allowed an opponent to continue a drive because the Longhorns committed a penalty on third down. Muschamp also cited a need to create more turnovers.

* "Assignment sound" was the phrase of the day, one used by everyone associated with Texas's defense.

"It's nothing the other team has done," said linebacker Emmanuel Acho. "Against UCLA, we had 19 mental errors. Against OU, we had 17 plays were not up to our standard, whether they be penalties, mental errors, missed tackles, etc. So I don't think it's anything the other team is doing. I think it's completely us, and we have to focus on us. Then we can worry about others."

That includes this week's opponent, Nebraska. On quarterback Taylor Martinez, Acho called him "a good player" before stating that Texas's defense was equipped to stop the redshirt freshman.

"It's another game, it's another team, he's another quarterback," Acho said. "It's not about what he does, it's about what we do.

"He's a good player, but nothing that if we played at Texas's standard … that we should be just too worried about."

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