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Today we'll look at the most notable takeaways from Charlie Strong's press conference on Tuesday.

Quarterback, not surprisingly, carried Strong's media availability in wake of David Ash's fractured left foot that will cost him the remainder of the spring.

From what we've been told, Ash was beginning to run away with the No. 1 spot.

While Strong wouldn't go that far, he did hint that the junior was playing really well.

"I wouldn't say so much that he is clear number one but he has established himself and he did a great job with just learning the offense and more with the terminology and just wanting to be a leader and lead the team," he said.

With Ash out, sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will assume first-team duties. It's an opportunity Strong isn't letting the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder forget.

"I told Tyrone, 'the key thing for you is it is all about confidence, it is all about you doing everything we ask you to do and play within yourself,'" he said. "I said, 'now that you are the quarterback just take the field and know this is your team and it is up to you to go lead it.'"

Strong mentioned that Swoopes threw "an unbelievable ball" to Marcus Johnson in Saturday's scrimmage down a sideline to beat a defensive back.

"It was a big throw but did a really good job and he settled in and had the confidence and just a different air about him when leading the offense."


Strong finally touched on the chatter that Joe Bergeron wasn't practicing with the team.

While he didn't directly express why the senior running back wasn't practicing, he did say, "If he does what I ask him, he has the opportunity to be back this summer."

Sources close to the situation have told LonghornDigest it had to do with his attitude.

"Well he needed some things worked on so if he gets that done then he will be back," Strong said.

Expect Bergeron to get things worked out and be back for fall camp. As for Saturday, anticipate seeing quite a bit of Malcolm Brown and Jalen Overstreet, who has a real opportunity to earn playing time if he performs well.


In a bit of surprising news, Strong listed Taylor Doyle as a guard working with the first-team offensive line.

The others listed – Dominic Espinosa, Kennedy Estelle, Desmond Harrison, and Sedrick Flowers – were expected.

But, Doyle? Eh, not so much. He has played in two career games and only one of those was spent at guard (last season vs. Kansas).

He is someone who came to the Longhorns with a winning attitude, though, winning three straight state titles with Lake Travis where he recorded 193 knockdowns in 48 consecutive starts.


In addition to David Ash (left foot) and Kent Perkins, Strong announced that redshirt freshmen Jake Oliver (elbow) and Erik Huhn (knee) won't participate in the spring game.

It's yet another setback for Huhn, who redshirted last season in part because he was still recovering from an ACL injury suffered on the second play of his senior season.

Strong said he'd been impressed with the 6-foot-3, 207-pound safety so far who required surgery similar to what Perkins had.

"Yeah, you know the thing I really liked about him is that was a big safety for us and we drop down our safeties in the box and they are like big and physical," he said. "It is just so tough because you never want to see anyone get an injury and he was really developing and coming along good for us."

Oliver brought plenty of cache to Texas as the state's all-time career prep receptions leader, but has yet to really get the opportunity for playing time. He was challenging players like Montrel Meander and Jacorey Warrick for the fourth WR slot.


Strong mentioned that true freshman Andrew Beck was working at SAM linebacker with Steve Edmond and Tim Cole inside.

He hinted that depth could be a factor at linebacker and that he would have like to have signed more than what they were able to in 2014 (Cameron Hampton). Strong did have positive things to say about Edmond.

"The thing about him is he just works and he always works hard and can provide the leadership," Strong said. "He doesn't say a lot but he lets his work speak for itself. I can remember when we were going through winter conditioning and I use to say, 'god almighty is he going to make it?' but then somebody kept saying you just wait until he plays and watch him, coach. And he does. When we scrimmage he tries to make every tackle and has done a really good job."

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