Freshmen's Day One at Denius a wrap

The Longhorn freshmen's Day One at Denius is in the books and you can already add another Longhorn newcomer to the out-of-commission category.

RB Anthony Johnson wore the red jersey of the walking wounded Tuesday evening after the UT doctors discovered a hairline fracture in the freshman's right foot. Johnson apparently re-injured his right foot during the Horns' morning practice. Johnson, who wore a protective boot during the evening workout, suffered a stress fracture on that foot last fall that forced him to miss three games during his senior season at Jefferson. The doctors will reevaluate Johnson's foot tonight, but it is uncertain whether the injury will require surgery.

Alfio Randall and Rufus Harris (bruised quad, sore knee) also did not practice. Mack Brown tried to clarify Randall's situation after the evening workout. "He had his physical," the head coach said. "Some of the things they wanted to look at again or they didn't come out in the blood test, so they're redoing it. . . . I think (the doctors) think he'll be fine and he'll be out here for the varsity on Saturday, if not before."

The coach also updated O.J. McClintock's status, saying the junior DE "will probably be out till midseason" based on the doctors' current estimates. "O.J. will report on Thursday with the varsity and he will actually be here every day," Brown said. "The good thing about O.J.'s situation is other than his arm, he can condition every other part of his body. So he can run, he can lift on everything but the hurt arm, so he should be in great shape in every other phase of his conditioning except the one area that was hurt, and they'll just have to wait and see how quickly that (area) can respond."

Brown confirmed that Braden Johnson, who the Horns recruited as a safety, will play SAM linebacker in the Orange and White. The move, though, isn't much of a move at all. Starting this past spring, the Horns' have effectively made the SAM' backer position a "rover" spot that will be populated by safety-sized players. The Texas coaches expect the currently 6-1, 200-pound Johnson to eventually bulk up to about 215, bigger than this year's projected starter at SAM, the 205-pound Lee Jackson.

Another guy who may on first glance seem out of position is Braden Johnson's LB-mate Derrick Johnson. The Waco product is 6-4, 211, and he has already caught the coaches' eyes with his DB-like speed. "A couple of the coaches saw him running around out here this morning and said, Is he a safety or a corner? I said, No, he's a linebacker and he's real fast," said Brown. "He is one of those guys with outstanding talent that will get a look early."

Practice notes: All of the Horns' healthy DBs -- Michael Huff, Aaron Ross, Kendal Briles and Cedric Griffin -- saw some action at wideout along with the freshman class's lone listed wideout Brian Carter. Carter held on the kick team's end-of-practice field goal attempts while the four DBs worked on punt returns. . . . Speaking of field goal attempts, all four walk-on kickers got a chance to show their stuff at the end of Tuesday evening's practice. Dusty Mangum (No. 7) and James Baker (No. 43) seemed to show the strongest and most accurate legs of the four, but one practice does not consistency make. Mangum, Baker, Brady Noto and David Pino continued to work on their kicking after the remainder of the newcomers had headed for the buses. . . . To see IT's report on the Horns' Tuesday morning practice, click here.

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