Wednesday morning practice notes

With their final scrimmage of two-a-days scheduled for this evening at DKR, the Horns went through a light, shorts-and-shoulder-pads workout this morning at Denius. Here are some of <B>Mack Brown's</B> comments about this morning's workout and tonight's scrimmage, plus a few practice notes from Denius:

Brown on this morning's practice: "We came out this morning to make sure the guys got up out of bed and got loose. We're also trying to find out who's going to compete when it's not a full practice because we need guys that are going to win 12 games, we don't need guys that are going to win seven and we've got to try to separate the two. So if a guy came out and practiced full speed this morning understanding that it was a 45-50 minutes practice, that means he's growing up and maturing. If he took the morning off and we had to yell at him all morning to get him to work at the end of two-a-days, that means he's probably a seven win guy and he's going to be flat a couple of games during the year, so we're trying to evaluate as much as we can the personality of each player so we can separate them."

Brown on tonight's scrimmage: "This is like a preseason game for us. New Mexico State plays Thursday night so they've got a full week on us and that's a great advantage to have a game before you do and it's also a great advantage to have a week's more practice than you do early in the season. . . . The second thing you want to see tonight is you want to see your ones dominate but you want to see your twos get in a position where some of those guys individually play well enough where they become ones because we're working on depth this time of the year. This has to be like a game in their mind and that's why we'll have pregame meal, etc. because we've got to make sure they understand that our game tonight will be like New Mexico State's game tomorrow night so we'll be full speed in 10 days."

Wednesday morning practice notes: The Horns practiced for about 45 minutes in shorts and shoulder pads and did just a few minutes of red zone 11-on-11 work. The highlights of the brief red zone scrimmage session were Cory Redding's interception of a Major Applewhite dump pass and Tony Jeffery's over-the-middle TD reception from Chris Simms. . . . Lee Jackson remained sidelined because of his turf toe injury and continues to wear a protective boot. For more on Jackson's injury and the Horns' plans for the SAM 'backer/rover spot if Jackson is unable to play next Saturday, see IT's Tuesday practice report. . . . Tonight's scrimmage begins at 6:00, the start time of next Saturday's opener vs. New Mexico State. As Brown mentioned above, the Aggies of NMSU open their season tomorrow night at Louisville.


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