"Were still looking at how many plays we can get guys who arent starters, and when do we substitute, and how do we substitute," Brown said Tuesday.
So far, nothing is carved in stone but rather etched on chalked boards.
"Thats what we talked to the players about today," Brown said. "Were going to watch films from today and yesterday and start deciding whos going to play on Sunday night."
Personally, I have wanted to know for quite some time (and finally got around to asking) how Brown intended to manage the quarterback situation with regard to meaningful snaps in actual games. Obviously, part of the way Brown has handled the situation (and, so far, able to mitigate a quarterback controversy) is to name junior Chance Mock the starter from day one. Obviously, Brown is not going to rotate Mock and Young as he did Major Applewhite and Chris Simms in 2000 until the Oklahoma debacle. Presumably, Young will not be subjected to insignificant mop-up time as was Mock last season.
But with two signal callers who could start virtually anywhere, the question remains: when, and how much, does Young touch the ball?
"Weve talked about playing Vince; we havent talked about when or how," Brown said. "And we havent talked to Vince about it. But as we get closer to the game, we would start doing those things."
That kind of conversation will take place Thursday. Thats when Brown will meet with his staff and discuss, in earnest, the amount of playing time they will generally expect from each player on the two-deep chart.
"I will always like for them to talk to the players about what they think were planning, understanding that it may change," Brown said.
Part of it, of course, is dictated by actual game conditions.
"If its the kind of game where theyre not allowing us to run the ball so were throwing it a whole lot, it changes personnel some," Brown said. "At opening game, well have two or three different thoughts about what you might do and then adjust to whatever shows up. We used to talk about opening games being survival; whatever is thrown at you, you catch it and handle it and bobble it and get your hands cooled off and then go back and work on it. Thats about what you do. The only thing thats important Sunday is that youd like to be healthy and you want a W. Other than that, youre going to have a bunch of things youre going to need to work on. Thats why theyre called opening games."
While the two-deep chart includes true freshman DE Tim Crowder and six RS-freshmen, they remain an unproven commodity until thrust into the heat of battle.
"All those freshmen do really, really well, and then when they sing The Eyes of Texas they run out of the tunnel, they hyperventilate," Brown said.
Players practiced one hour at Denius Field (for individual drills) before entering the indoor practice facility for 11-on-11.
"I see excitement in our team about getting ready to play an opening ballgame because theyre tired of the each other thing. Theyre ready to get after someone other than themselves. You get to this point in two-a-days and, after spring practice, your players can call out the plays. They can call out the defense. They can say, Here comes the blitz!, so theyre ready to look at another colored jersey."
They'll get that chance Sunday evening at DKR at 6 p.m.