Tuesday Media Notes

Some quick notes from Tuesday's media availability.

* All three players made available — running back Fozzy Whittaker, cornerback Curtis Brown and receiver Malcolm Williams — talked about the effectiveness of the bye week.

Whittaker said the practices were physical, and "a lot like two-a-days." Brown said the bye week was important to reunite the team and getting the team back on track. And Williams said Texas was starting to piece together what the players could and couldn't do.

"We're putting it together," Williams said.

* Whittaker said finding openings against the Nebraska defense could be tricky.

"They're a very sound team," Whittaker said. "They don't make a lot of mistakes. They're very well-coached.

"We have to be sound as well," Whittaker said. They're fast," Williams added. "They're really fast, they're physical and they play hard through the whole game."

Offensively, Brown said it would be a challenge to deal with Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez.

"They're exciting to watch," Brown said.

* Brown will get the starting nod at punt returner, though he said he and Aaron Williams would rotate at the position as they have through the season. Williams has two fumbles as a punt returner, while Brown has one this year.

"We need to focus and make better decisions," Brown said.

* Whittaker said he was excited for the Lincoln trip.

"I know that they have one of the best fan bases in the world, and it's just going to be one of those things that's an exciting feeling," Whittaker said. "I just can't wait to go up there and play."

* Williams said he expected the offense to be able to open things up and take chances downfield. He said that should help the running backs find some room to run.

But beyond strategy, Williams said the Longhorns needed to just seize any opportunities.

"We feel like this is our family and we have to take control of it," Williams said. "We have to make it happen."

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