Wednesday Media Notes

Mack Brown talks about the Texas offensive line and Iowa State.

* Senior offensive guard Tray Allen will sit out the rest of the season with his foot injury, taking a redshirt year.

"The doctors told us yesterday that it would be at least another three weeks before he could play in a ball game," Brown said. "That just takes away the large majority of his year." Brown said Allen's weight held back his recovery time, much like Mason Walters' foot injury troubled him a year ago.

The positive thing, according to Brown, is that Texas will return three interior starters in 2011 with Allen, his replacement in Walters and center David Snow. The Longhorns will still have to replace tackles Kyle Hix and Britt Mitchell.

* Speaking of the offensive line, Brown said he was happy with the unit's progress, but added that he wanted to see it repeated. He said the line took a major step against Oklahoma and followed that up with the season's best performance against Nebraska.

"This is an offensive line technically that gave up nine sacks against Nebraska eight months ago," Brown said.

Brown singled out the improvement of Mitchell and Walters as two of the keys to success, and said that Walters was playing extremely well.

The line will face a different type of challenge on Saturday. Whereas Nebraska largely keeps its linemen stationary in their gaps, Iowa State slants, moves and angles its players to confuse opposing offensive lines.

* Brown said that quarterback Garrett Gilbert was growing both as a player and as a leader. Brown said he saw Gilbert show some emotion against Texas Tech, but added that Gilbert really impressed him, and the team, with the way he handled the Nebraska team.

Brown said it was often difficult for a quarterback to lead before they had proven themselves, and Brown said he believed Gilbert's performance Saturday inspired confidence in both the coaches and the players.

* Brown coached at Iowa State from 1979-1981, where he served first as wide receivers coach and then as offensive coordinator. During his time in Ames, the Cyclones broke 17 school and Big Eight offensive records and produced league leaders in rushing and total offense.

Brown said it was important for the Cyclones to find coaching consistency, which he said they had in coach Paul Rhoads.

"We know that Paul's an emotional guy and a very good football coach," Brown said. "(He's) a defensive coach a lot like Will Muschamp coming from Auburn because he's emotional with his team. And we know that he'll have them ready to play."

* Brown implored Texas fans to turn out in droves for this weekend's game, stating that the team needed the fans to show up and be loud. Texas had a 16-game home winning streak prior to the UCLA loss, which was Texas's last home game.

The Longhorns will play five of their final six games in Austin, with the lone trip coming when Texas will travel to Manhattan to take on Kansas State.

In fact, an advertisement on screams "WE NEED YOU," with Brown pointing and asking fans to come early to the Iowa State game and be loud.

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