Despite suffering a severe leg injury just over a week ago, WR Kyle Shanahan is doing conditioning work, including one-legged jump rope, in preparation for the season. The junior also caught balls during his time on the sideline with the other injured Horns. . . .
TE Mike Jones' strained hamstring is the only injury of note from the Monday morning session. SAM 'backer Tyrone Jones, after sitting out the Saturday evening and Sunday workouts, returned to practice and worked with the second-team defense. SAM/rover Lee Jackson took the first-team snaps. . . .
Several players, including Quentin Jammer, Matt Anderson and Mike Williams, missed part or all of the practice because of summer school obligations. The absence of several starters "forced our coaches to move some guys around and look at guys at different positions," Mack Brown said. "In injury situations, that's what you have to do. Even though it's a little bit if a distraction, it's a lot better for us to be forced to look at those situations so if they come up we'll be more prepared for it." With Jammer out, Vasher slid from strong safety to left corner and Dakarai Pearson took over at strong safety in the first-team defensive backfield. Because of those moves, Kendal Briles worked at second-team free safety (behind starter Ahmad Brooks) and Phillip Geiggar took the second-team strong safety snaps. At various points during the practice, true freshmen Aaron Ross (RCB), Michael Huff (LCB), Eric Hall (LDE) and Lance McFarland (RDE) also got some second-team snaps. In Anderson's absence, Jason Glynn worked with the first-team OL. With Williams out, both Robbie Doane and Derrick Dockery saw some action at right tackle. Dockery, along with his normal guard rotation duties and right tackle spot duty, also played some left tackle today. Despite the OL shuffling, Lionel Garr (on the right) and Alfio Randall (on the left) remain back-ups at the tackle spots. . . .
At wideout, B.J., Tony Jeffery and true freshman Brian Carter are the scholarship players working at the flanker spot while Roy, Flowers and Sloan Thomas are the scholarship Horns at split end. Aside from the obvious (Roy and B.J. are studs and often make difficult plays look routine), a couple of wideouts have impressed, starting with Montrell Flowers. Perhaps the senior is doubly motivated by the fact that this will be his final fall in the Orange and White, but whatever the cause, Flowers has consistently made plays during the first four full squad practices. And Carter, despite fewer accolades than some of his recruiting class teammates, has been steady since his arrival on campus. If Shanahan misses the first few games (we still don't know his return date), Carter could see the field in September as the No. 3 flanker. . . .
During shell work today, the backfield groupings of Victor Ike and Matt Trissel, Brett Robin and Chad Stevens and Cedric Benson and Will Matthews practiced tailback runs with lead blocking by the fullback plus passes to fullbacks coming out of the backfield. Until Texas begins full pad workouts Wednesday, though, any depth chart judgments on the RBs (and on several other positions) is probably premature. The head coach explained, "We're not going to make any position moves until we get out of shorts because we feel you play football in pads and it would be unfair to move a guy even though we're making some decisions right now to watch and see when we get in pads who would be a first-teamer and who might be a second-teamer." . . .
The highlight reel play of the day came from an unlikely source, at least given what the play entailed. Big DT Marcus Tubbs picked off a deflected-at-the-line Major Applewhite pass during 11-on-11 work, clutched it to his chest and took off up the left sideline, not stopping till he crossed the goalline some fifty yards downfield. The offense didn't give much of a chase, but the sight of the 300-plus-pound Tubbs lumbering down the field with many of his defensive teammates in tow provided a touchdown trot seldom seen on this team of speedsters. . . .
The offense struggled for the second consecutive practice in one-minute drills, with the Chris Simms-led first O failing to get into reasonable field goal range (they stalled at the 37, a 52-plus-yard attempt if tried) on their one series and the Major-led second O getting just one first down and moving 20 yards before pushing 0:00 on the game clock. After the first O's drive, Dusty Mangum split the uprights with his 38-yard attempt while Pino, after a low snap, hit his deep but wide left. The final kicks came after the second O's ill-fated drive, with Mangum providing enough leg from 42 out but pushing his attempt to the left and Pino, saddled with what looked to be a bad hold, coming up short on his 42-yarder. The Horns' only scholarship kicker Matt McFadden did not get an end-of-practice field goal try. . . .
One of Brown's post-practice comments: "I felt like the attitude was good. The guys bounced back. I like the way our schedule is working out right now. The morning schedule is the same as we've always had but I think the night schedule and the one (practice) every other day is going to be good for us because we're doing the same amount of work but they're getting more time off the field." . . .
We'll have highlights from our Monday morning conversation with D-coordinator Carl Reese in a later update.