Tuesday evening practice notes

A look at Lee Jackson's status for Saturday, plus Mack Brown talks about the Horns' Tuesday night workout, the team's respect for New Mexico State and Cedric Benson's opening game role in the offense.

Lee Jackson is still hobbled with the turf toe injury he suffered almost two weeks ago. The senior rover remains on crutches and is not expected to play vs. New Mexico State. The question now becomes, how long will Jackson be out? No word on that from UT, but if Jackson suffered ligament damage (a possibility on this type of injury) and if he must have corrective surgery (or has already had surgery), he could miss several weeks. Reed Boyd continues to work at SAM 'backer and will back up starter Tyrone Jones at the spot. Before his injury, Jackson had won the starting job from Jones. Marcus Wilkins will remain at left defensive end, backing up Cory Redding. Mack Brown said that Sneezy Beltran has a "sore shoulder" and probably will not play Saturday night. . . .

Brown praised his team's practice performance: "I thought (practice) was good," the head coach said. "We started a little sloppy and it's probably because it rained all day and they sat around and had a lot of meetings because they're still not in school. This is the first time where we've had a game where we weren't in school till Wednesday so obviously they're going to be a lot of distractions over the next couple of days and we told them that is something they've got to handle. Then they snapped out of it early and had one of the best practices we've had, so I think we ended up really good." . . .

The coach said despite the blowout predictions (the oddsmakers have installed Texas as a five-TD favorite in this one), the Aggies of NMSU, with their performance against Louisville, have the respect of the UT players. "I don't think this team is underestimating New Mexico State at all," Brown said. "In fact, they're excited about playing because they are an older team. They didn't like the way they finished last year after having a great run of five straight weeks so they've been waiting on Saturday night for a long time. Who we play wouldn't have really been important in my estimation but then when you see a team rush for 400 yards in an opening ballgame and you see a team gain 560 yards and it's a team that scored 31 points against us in the second half and obviously didn't lay down and quit three years ago, (NMSU) has our attention, so I think you'll see us play as hard as we can on Saturday night." . . .

Brown also addressed Cedric Benson's probable opening game role. "We think Cedric Benson can be really special," said Brown. "We don't know when it will be or how soon it will be but we really like what we see of him and we'll play him Saturday night. We don't know how much and part of it will be how he responds when we put him in."


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