Monday Media Notes

Players and coaches met with media members Monday to discuss Tre Newton, depth chart changes and "winning defense."

* Tre Newton has hung up his cleats, ending his Texas football career. Newton sat down with team doctors and his parents after a recent concussion suffered against Kansas State, and decided Saturday afternoon to stop playing. Newton said that the decision was his, and added that it was more about the future than the present, which made the decision harder because he felt like he could still play.

"I'm not thrilled, or even at rest with this," Newton said.

Newton will keep his scholarship after applying for a medical scholarship through the NCAA. That would remove him from the roster limit of 85. Newton is set to graduate in December of next year with a degree in corporate communications, and plans to look at graduate schools.

Newton's absence, as well as a recurring stinger injury to Fozzy Whittaker, means that the Longhorns are running thin at running back. Texas coach Mack Brown said Cody Johnson would get the start on Saturday, while H-back Chris Whaley is probably the third running back in line behind Whittaker. Ryan Roberson is also receiving reps at the position.

Davis said there were no plans to remove the redshirt from Traylon Shead, who described as having "a great" redshirt year.

D.J. Monroe isn't listed on the depth chart, with Davis stating that Monroe needed to pick up his practice production.

Check LonghornDigest later for a longer story on Newton's decision.

* There weren't really any changes to the offensive starting lineup on Monday's depth chart.

Whaley was listed with an 'OR' on the depth chart at H-back, just under Greg Smith, while DeSean Hales was listed with an 'OR' below Mike Davis. Calvin Howell is backing up Kheeston Randall at nose tackle, with Ashton Dorsey serving as Alex Okafor's primary backup.

Dustin Earnest is listed as the starter at middle linebacker, with Emmanuel Acho starting over Dravannti Johnson at SAM. The only other major change was the presence of redshirt freshman Eryon Barnett as Curtis Brown's backup at left cornerback.

* Junior linebacker Keenan Robinson is leading the team in production, while defensive tackle Alex Okafor was among the team leaders in that category on Saturday. Kenny Vaccaro was also among Saturday's leaders.

* Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp was asked about the difficulty in coaching defense with referees worrying about injuries with rules like head-to-head contact and the "defenseless player" rule.

Muschamp used a theoretical situation with a receiver coming over the middle on a dig route and a safety breaking over the middle. If the safety hits high, it's a helmet-to-helmet rule. If he hits the receiver anywhere else, because the receiver is looking for the ball, it's a personal foul called for hitting a defenseless player.

"We'll be playing flag football here in 15 years," Muschamp said.

* Muschamp was asked how many games he felt the defense had played "winning defense," and he responded with the number four, the number of wins the Longhorns have made.

He said that even when a team loses 3-0, it can't claim that it played winning defense because the defense could have prevented the field goal. "It's all about winning," Muschamp said. "Four and six is what matters, and that's not good."


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