Monday Media Notes

There were some changes to the depth chart Monday, as well as some comments on running back D.J. Monroe and Garrett Gilbert.

* There were some changes on the depth chart heading into this week. Tré Newton is the current starter at running back, followed by Fozzy Whittaker. Whittaker was listed as an 'OR' with Cody Johnson.

Mike Davis, John Chiles and Malcolm Williams were listed as the starting wideouts, with Williams in an 'OR' situation with James Kirkendoll. DeSean Hales was listed as the primary backup for Davis, while Marquise Goodwin is the main backup for Chiles.

Defensively, Dravannti Johnson was listed as the starter at strongside linebacker, with Emmanuel Acho assuming the starting job in the middle. Johnson was also listed as the primary backup to Eddie Jones at end, in an 'OR' situation, with Jackson Jeffcoat listed as Johnson's backup there. Jordan Hicks is the backup to Keenan Robinson.

Kenny Vaccaro is now listed as the starter at nickel back, with Aaron Williams listed as Vaccaro's backup. Williams is the starter at right cornerback.

* Offensive coordinator Greg Davis was asked whether he had any doubts about whether Garrett Gilbert was the right quarterback for the job. Davis replied that he still thought Gilbert would be a great quarterback, but added that Gilbert was pressing.

Davis went on to say that Colt McCoy (in last year's Big 12 Championship) and Vince Young (against Texas A&M) were also guilty of pressing, except that they pressed later on in their careers. He said that several NFL coaches likely felt that their quarterbacks were pressing.

* Davis assumed any and all blame for not playing D.J. Monroe more in Saturday's loss. Davis said he felt that his decision not to give Monroe any carries against Nebraska was justified, with the team needing more blocking and ball control.

But on Saturday, Davis said that Monroe should have seen more touches. Monroe is averaging nearly 12 yards per carry, though he only has 12 carries in seven games. Saturday, he carried the ball once, for 10 yards.

* Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said Monday that players needed to practice well, and added that players needed to be more productive to have players listen to their leadership attempts.

Muschamp went on to say that the defense didn't need to pick up the offense, adding that the defensive players needed to worry about playing better themselves.

* Brown has repeatedly linked this team with the 2007 squad, one that struggled to play on a week-to-week basis. He said he racked his brain to try and find ways to motivate that squad, eventually even stripping down to a camouflage outfit and doing a Soulja Boy dance before the Oklahoma State game.

That tactic didn't exactly work, as the Longhorns fell behind big early, though Texas did come back to win.

Though he said he wouldn't dance again, Brown said he faced many of the same challenges with getting this team up and ready to play this year. He did express confidence that the Longhorns would show up against former Southwest Conference rival Baylor on Saturday, stating that the Longhorns were an on week, off week team, and that this should be an on week.

Horns Digest Top Stories