Texas Media Notes

From what knocked off Texas's receiver pass attempts to which freshmen might play more this week, here are 10 quick hits from this week's press conference.

1) Knock on wood, but the Longhorns have stayed healthy. Other than kicker Anthony Fera, Texas plans to have every player available for this week's game against New Mexico. Fera is listed as doubtful, per Texas coach Mack Brown.

2) Brown called the Wyoming game "the perfect opener." Not in terms of performance, obviously. But the Longhorns largely graded out positively, and none of the mistakes were ones that reflect poorly on Texas's chances for success in the future. In short: everything was fixable. And many of those errors were fixed within the game itself, per the coaches. Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin said quarterback David Ash largely self-corrected his mistakes during the game. And defensive coordinator Manny Diaz pointed out that of the Longhorns' six-to-eight missed tackles, just one came in the second half.

3) Brown said he was largely happy with the Texas rushing attack, and now wanted the passing attack to catch up. Brown said ideally, the Longhorns would continue to rush for 280 or so, but add 250 passing yards. Ash passed for 156 yards against Wyoming on Saturday.

4) The Longhorns played 12 true freshmen on Saturday, and are expecting more to play this week. Texas played 19 true freshmen a year ago — though Sedrick Flowers, who appeared in a couple games, received a year of eligibility back — so the Longhorns aren't quite playing as many this year. Still, others like Daje Johnson, who wasn't on the depth chart because of a one-game suspension last week, and offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle figure to see some snaps this week.

5) Jaxon Shipley's two pass attempts went awry in part because D.J. Grant wasn't open. On the first, Grant was jammed up at the line, forcing Shipley to scramble away. He made something out of nothing, gaining 18 yards on the run. The second was an incomplete pass attempt to Mike Davis in the end zone, and he went to Davis after seeing that Grant was covered.

6) Meanwhile, Brown said Greg Daniels had an excellent game. Daniels continues to be an -OR- with Grant at tight end, and could be pushing for even more playing time. Keep an eye on M.J. McFarland as well. McFarland earned just seven plays on Saturday, but some of them were in key situations. Brown has said in the past that McFarland is an excellent receiver at the position, so he'll likely see some more use.

7) As will Johnathan Gray. Brown said that an ideal situation would be the Longhorns running backs getting 45 carries per game, with Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown and Gray each getting 15 (I would assume D.J. Monroe's touches would come from another pile). The goal in Week One was to get Gray some time, without putting him in bad situations, and the unknowns about Wyoming's defense were enough to limit his touches. Brown said that Gray added a big-play element to the offense.

8) Brown said the kickoff team was as good as it has ever been, thanks in large part to the sky-kicking abilities of Nick Rose. Texas had three kickoffs go for touchbacks … and those three kicks provided the worst field position (the 25) that Texas gave up on its kickoff coverage opportunities. On two of the plays, Josh Turner and Dalton Santos cut down returners short of the 10-yard line.

9) And that, coupled with missed field goals, could spell trouble for Nick Jordan. Brown said he was displeased with the placekicking position after Jordan missed two field goals and had an extra point blocked on Saturday. And Monday's depth chart confirmed that, with Rose now listed as an -OR- with Jordan. The two will battle it out for placekicking duties in Fera's absence.

10) New Mexico will provide a challenge that's "at the other end of the galaxy," according to Diaz. The Lobos run a modern triple option attack, complete with shifting, motion and misdirection. The decision to run the option was made by new head coach Bob Davie, formerly of Notre Dame and Texas A&M. Former Sam Houston offensive coordinator Bob Debesse captains the attack, which takes advantage of the speed of Ohio State transfer Lamar Thomas's speed.

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