Football Offseason Notes

Four notes on staff changes, a player departure and the NFL stock of Aaron Williams.

* A source with the team confirmed that Tevin Mims will no longer be with the program.

Mims's departure amplifies a potential depth issue at defensive end. Along with Mims, senior starters Sam Acho and Eddie Jones will graduate, potentially putting freshmen Jackson Jeffcoat and Reggie Wilson — the latter of whom didn't log a lot of miles in 2010 — as Texas's best defensive end options. The end position took two roster hits earlier this fall when Alex Okafor was moved to defensive tackle and Kyle Kriegel was shifted to the offensive line.

True freshman Greg Daniels redshirted this season, while junior-to-be Dravannti Johnson split time between the Buck end spot and SAM linebacker this year. The Longhorns have one defensive end commitment in the class of 2011: Cedric Reed. The Longhorns are still recruiting Louisiana native Jermauria Rasco, and are looking at potentially adding another end to the class, possibly Brenham HS product Brandon Alexander.

* Don't be surprised if Major Applewhite is the main guy for the Texas offensive coordinator job. But also don't be surprised if Mack Brown decides to bring in a co-offensive coordinator to work with Applewhite. Boise State offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin also appears to be one of the hot names for the position, with Alabama coordinator Jim McElwain and Tulsa coordinator/associate head coach Chad Morris.

* Three staff members are gone for sure — offensive coordinator Greg Davis, defensive tackles coach and special teams coordinator Mike Tolleson and offensive line coach Mac McWhorter. But it appears that two more coaches could be headed that way as well. As was earlier reported on LonghornDigest, it appears that receivers coach Bobby Kennedy is probably also out the door, as is strength and conditioning coach Jeff "Mad Dog" Madden.

Madden has been rumored as a possible strength and conditioning coach at Colorado.

Additionally, Davis has turned down a potential administrative job to attempt to find another job elsewhere. He has been rumored as a coordinator choice everywhere from Clemson to Texas State.

* I talked with an NFL scout who said that cornerback Aaron Williams currently carried a grade of late second round to early third round. But the scout also conceded that Williams could vastly improve his stock with impressive workouts.

Should Williams decide to come out, he certainly has a chance to improve in those situations. In shorts and a T-shirt, there are few cornerbacks in this class who would look better. Williams has great height and length, is well-built and will likely clock a strong 40-yard dash time for his size.

But will that be enough to push him into the first round should he decide to leave? But when Williams makes his decision either way, it will likely reflect his confidence level in putting up spectacular workout numbers.

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