Monday Media Notes

Coaches, players talk about Curtis Brown and how injuries will affect Saturday's depth chart.

* Count Michael Huey among the offensive line's wounded out for the regular season. Unlike fellow guard Tray Allen and tackle Luke Poehlmann, however, Huey could potentially be back for a bowl game. Texas coach Mack Brown said that Huey was out 4-6 weeks and wouldn't be back in time for the Texas A&M game.

Stepping into Huey's place will be true freshman Trey Hopkins.

Brown said that freshman defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat continues to fight a nagging ankle injury. The staff thought he might be ready to play against Baylor, but Brown said he couldn't push off his ankle in pregame. This week, he is back to his typical spot listed as the backup to senior Eddie Jones.

The only other potential depth chart changes could occur at both return spots. Brown said that Christian Scott would get some run this week as a kick returner, with Scott, Mike Davis and Adrian Phillips earning reps at punt returner.

* Brown said that senior cornerback Curtis Brown went into last week's game with a heavy heart. Curtis Brown's 1-year-old daughter was dying of a respiratory failure in Houston, and the cornerback made plans to go and visit her, only to have his trip delayed by a random drug test early Wednesday morning that kept him in town after he had planned to leave.

Curtis got up early for the drug test, then drove to Houston and was with his daughter for the next few days, returning on Saturday to play in the game. Coach Brown commended Curtis for his courage and the way he dealt with the matter.

Coach Brown did say that Curtis's daughter was doing better.

* Coach Brown and Greg Davis, Texas offensive coordinator, both touched on how the offense could be more successful in the red zone. Both said that getting Gilbert more involved with his legs was probably part of the key to opening up extra space.

"He looks like Ichabod Crane, but the first guy never tackles him," Davis said.

Receiver Malcolm Williams was more succinct in his analysis.

"We just need to execute better," Williams said.

* Is Texas a good run defense or a bad one? That was a question posed to several Texas defenders Monday, who said the answer was somewhere in the middle. Both Kheeston Randall and Sam Acho described the defense as one that played well against the run, but occasionally struggled at giving up the big play.

Both said that trend would need to end on Saturday, when Texas takes on Kansas State runner Daniel Thomas.

"He's a great player," Acho said.

* To some extent, that could be coming from players trying to do too much, according to defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

"I think we're all pressing," Muschamp said.

He said he didn't think that "pressing" meant doing so in a negative manner, just that players and coaches were operating with a sense of urgency. Muschamp said that this wasn't the first adversity faced by any of the members of the staff, but added that for some of the players, it might be their first time.

"You've got to coach through these times," Muschamp said.

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