* Sunday, Colt McCoy will start his first NFL game for the Cleveland Browns. The week of the Browns' bye week, when Texas plays Baylor, the rookie quarterback will return to Austin to have his jersey retired.
The Longhorns used to retire jerseys only for Heisman Trophy winners, said Texas coach Mack Brown, though recently the qualifications were amended to include National Player of the Year awards. That allowed Texas to retire Vince Young's jersey, and it's the same one used for McCoy. McCoy finished his career as the winningest quarterback in school history.
Brown said McCoy texted him to say how excited he was to start his first game, though Brown quipped that potential condolences were due because the Browns' opponent is the Pittsburg Steelers. Brown joked that McCoy would have to say hi to former Longhorn and All-Pro defensive tackle Casey Hampton.
* Both Mike Davis and John Chiles are good to go for Saturday's game at Nebraska. Brown said that Chiles hadn't been well for several weeks, and added that he was worried about Davis's status before Davis practiced and played well on Tuesday.
* Kyle Kriegel won't play any games this season, though he could become a factor in the future at a new position: offensive line. Brown said that the staff was still trying to get Kriegel ready to play, and therefore didn't know which position on the line he would focus on. That's a decision that will be handled in the spring, Brown said.
* Brown said Nebraska primarily utilized the same players offensively that Texas shut down a year ago, with one huge exception: Taylor Martinez. He said it was a testament to Martinez's speed and ability that he was able to make that unit so strong overnight.
Brown said the plan was to try and get Nebraska into long situations where Martinez has to beat a team with his arm, though he said doing that wouldn't be easy.
"Everybody has tried that," Brown said.
* Brown talked about offensive coordinator Greg Davis's statement that the Longhorns could open up the passing game earlier in the game, stating that while it was a true statement, it always sounded easier than it actually was. He said it was always easy to talk about letting it rip when you're moving the ball, as easy as it was to run fake punts when fake punts work and going for it on fourth down when those plays are being successful.