Back-up left corner Monti Collier strained his right hamstring during 11-on-11 work and is listed as day-to-day. True freshman Aaron Ross took over Collier's spot with the second-team D. . . .
Another true freshman saw snaps today with the second-team D. With former second-team WILL 'backer Reed Boyd working with the DEs, Derrick Johnson is running with the second-team LBs along with MLB Austin Sendlein and SAM 'backer Aurmon Satchell. "He's a tall fast linebacker," Brown said of Derrick Johnson. "He'll be a good pass rusher and he can drop because he's 6-4, 211 and he can fly." . . .
The Texas offensive struggled in one-minute work Sunday, failing to move the ball effectively against either the first or second D. The third-team backfield of Chance Mock, Cedric Benson and Will Matthews worked a series with the second-team line (LT Alfio Randall, LG Beau Baker, C Jason Glynn, RG Trey Bates and RT Lionel Garr) and receivers against the first D. Mock misfired high for Bo Scaife on a right side rollout and also tucked it and ran for short yardage on another right side rollout. Benson had the best play of the series, taking a handoff for 10 or so yards over left tackle. . . .
Despite the one-minute offensive struggles, the coaches still set up the kickers for their "game-winning" attempts. Both Dusty Mangum and David Pino came up short into the wind on their 47-yard attempts. Mangum then missed short on a 45-yarder while Pino, from the same distance, had the leg but not the line, pushing his attempt wide left. The coaches moved the kickers up a bit closer for their final attempts, with Mangum splitting the uprights and Pino, after a low snap, hitting a line drive wide left. Brown said he made a mistake having the kickers try the longer field goals into the wind. Despite their struggles today, Mangum and Pino have been the most consistent kickers during the first few days of practice, the head coach said. . . .
Brown said Saturday night that Stevie Lee weighed in late last week at 313 pounds, but the coaches would like to see the redshirt freshman around 300 pounds by the opener. . . .
The head coach talked recently about the QB situation this August as opposed to last August: "Last year we had a Major who wasn't 100-percent because he was injured at this time and a Chris (Simms) that was really inexperienced and I probably made a mistake because I said both of them were ready to go and the truth after looking back, neither one of them were ready to go. Today, Chris is experienced and has proved he can win the big one and Major has broken 40-plus records at The University of Texas and has been the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and he's more well than he was at any time last year so we're real excited about where those two guys are." . . .
Brown said Simms is up to 225 pounds, several pounds heavier than his fall '00 playing weight and over 30 pounds heavier than when he first reported to the Forty Acres in summer of '99. . . .
The Horns have a great situation at offensive guard, with three All-Big 12-caliber players in Derrick Dockery, Tillman Holloway and Antwan Kirk-Hughes. All three, though, have missed time over the last year because of injury and Brown said the starting spots have yet to be nailed down. ". . . we're going to let those guys compete," the coach said Saturday. "We also have to look very closely at Antwan's shoulder. I asked him walking off (Saturday) and he felt like it was fine today." Kirk-Hughes plays on the right, Holloway on the left, and Dockery can swing to either guard spot. The coaches hope to add a fourth -- 288-pound LG Beau Baker -- to the above rotation.