Wednesday Media Notes

On, Longhorn freshman safety Nate Boyer's profile lacks any real description.

On the football side, that makes sense. Boyer didn't play high school football because his high school, Valley Christian (Calif.), didn't have it.

But on the personal side, the blank wall of text is somewhat ironic. Boyer's personal tale is longer than most players on the roster. For starters, the 5-foot-11, 188-pound walk-on is 29-years old. The fact that he made the Longhorn roster despite not playing high school football is another great story.

But that would only be scratching the surface. Texas coach Mack Brown said Wednesday that Boyer represents arguably the most interesting story on the team. After graduating high school, Boyer joined the special forces as a staff sergeant, eventually working his way into the Green Berets. He went on tour to the Middle East, and though he won't talk specifically about his locations there, he won a Bronze Star for his duty.

Brown said that once the players heard about Boyer's story, they asked that he be honored as an honorary team captain last week, and Boyer carried the American Flag as the Longhorns ran out onto the field.

* Despite rumors to the contrary, Brown said that running backs coach Major Applewhite would not be assuming more offensive responsibilities through the end of the year.

"We haven't changed anything," Brown said.

Brown also talked about his process when evaluating coaches, and about coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp's impact on that process.

"None. Will is the defensive coordinator, and that's the way it's been," Brown said. "Will's fighting really hard to help us on defense the best he can."

*Brown said that running back Fozzy Whittaker was still questionable for Saturday with his recurring shoulder injury. That means that H-back Chris Whaley and fullback Ryan Roberson are receiving repetitions at running back this week in practice. Brown said he wasn't sure whether Whaley's move would be permanent.

"With Tré (Newton) leaving, we'll have to look at our numbers and see how it fits," Brown said.

Brown said the staff also hadn't made a decision on whether to add another running back through recruiting.

"We've talked about it quickly, but we obviously haven't made any decisions on what we do with it because it's so quick," Brown said.

* Brown was also asked about the legacy of the senior class. He said it would be a largely positive one, citing their sophomore and junior year record of 25-2 over their current senior mark of 4-6.

"These guys have done really, really well," Brown said. "They just will not have finished like they wanted to."

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