Monday Media Notes

Texas coaches and players talk about the depth chart, injuries and the team's strong defensive play, including the development of a pair of freshmen.

* There weren't any major changes on the depth chart after Saturday's win at Nebraska.

At running back, Fozzy Whittaker is still listed as the starter, followed by Tré Newton and Cody Johnson, then D.J. Monroe. Newton and Johnson are separated by an 'OR'. Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis said that Monroe didn't play last game largely because he didn't fit what the scheme needed from him in terms of pass protection and making plays in the passing game out of the backfield.

On the injury front, Texas coach Mack Brown said that it looked like all of the players injured in the 20-13 win will have a chance to play against Iowa State, pending how they perform in practice.

* Obviously, Taylor Martinez is a better runner. But Saturday, the ground belonged to Garrett Gilbert. Gilbert had two fewer carries than Martinez (11 to 13) but rushed for 50 yards more (71-21). Gilbert also had two touchdowns.

"Martinez is a great player and a great runner, and that's really a testament to the job our defense did in that game," Gilbert said. "They really played great."

Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said the difference between Saturday's game and the defense's prior struggles came in two parts.

"I think as much as anything, it's just the execution and the tackling," Muschamp said. "I told the guys before the game: 'We execute, we tackle, we win. It's that simple to me.'"

* Muschamp talked about the play of true freshman linebacker Jordan Hicks and freshman safety Adrian Phillips, who played extensively in Saturday's game after a slew of injuries.

"Injuries are part of the game," Muschamp said. "It's frustrating, obviously. But one man's misfortune is another man's opportunity. Guys got to step up."

Both seized their opportunities. Hicks tied for the team lead with eight tackles while playing a whopping 40 snaps.

"He's a mature young man and he's going to be a great player here," Muschamp said. Muschamp said Hicks would have played more snaps to this point, except that he's backing up Keenan Robinson, who is playing at an All-Big 12 level.

Phillips played mostly at nickel back and broke up a pass intended for Niles Paul in the end zone.

"We always tell guys, you never know when your number is going to be called, and you better be ready when it gets called," Muschamp said. "We have a certain standard that we play to here, and at the end of the day, we're not going to say well, we had an injury. Nobody wants to hear that, starting with me."

* When Muschamp watches the way defenses play, he said that Iowa State head coach Paul Rhodes was one to follow. Muschamp said he followed Rhodes's defenses when he was the defensive coordinator at Pittsburg, and said he was impressed by the way they played.

Muschamp said he also watched the Pelini brothers defenses at Nebraska, as well as the defensive play at Alabama, which he said carried many similarities to Texas' defense.

* Muschamp also touched on cornerback Aaron Williams's 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. In the third quarter, Williams tackled Paul in the backfield and flashed the "bones" or Blackshirts sign when he stood up. The penalty gave Nebraska a first down rather than the third-and-12 that the 'Huskers were set to face. Nebraska went on to get a field goal from the drive.

"Nobody's worth 15 yards, starting with me," Muschamp said.

Williams said Monday that he was just caught up in the moment.


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