Spring Training Part Deaux: Horns Back In Action

The Longhorns returned to practice Monday at Denius Field following a 10-day UT spring break hiatus as spring football enters its final two-week stretch. Defensive coaches spent much of the afternoon session incorporating safety blitzes into the scheme, head coach <B>Mack Brown </B>said, while the kicking game and evaluation of wide receivers will be an emphasis later this week.

"We're not trying to figure out who the starters are right now because we're putting a huge emphasis on two-deep," Brown said. "We want guys to get in that two-deep and not emphasize who's starting and who's not, but who can play a full ballgame with two teams. The emphasis is not on one guy but two at each position minimum. If we've got a third one or a fourth one who can play, then that helps us as well."

Freshman Tony Hills (a Parade All-American at TE) will remain at LT, Brown said, while sophomore Neale Tweedie will finish spring drills as a backup TE to junior David Thomas and senior Bo Scaife.

The second half of spring drills will continue to feature more scrimmages involving the first team offense against the first team defense.

"We've hit as much as ever, if not more," Brown said. "We've been One-on-One every snap all spring. Guys are working really, really hard. We'll compete again tomorrow. We'll be in shoulder pads and shorts (Tuesday) and then scrimmage on Friday."

Brown also told athletes that "we no longer have three new coaches (Co-Defensive Coordinator Greg Robinson, DE Coach Dick Tomey, WR Coach Bobby Kennedy) because they've been here long enough now. They know who you are. We're working now toward the Spring Game on (April 3)."

The annual Spring Jamboree (Orange-White) football game will be moved from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon if the Texas men's basketball team reaches the Final Four, Brown said. The winner of the Texas-Xavier game Friday in Atlanta will face the winner of the Duke-Illinois contest for the right to advance to the National Semifinal game on April 3.

"We hope we're playing in San Antonio," Brown said, "but it's way too early to worry about that but I can assure you that we'll all be in San Antonio if our basketball team is playing down there."

Brown cited the overall success of UT spring athletics, including women's basketball's No. 1 seed and the baseball team's ranking in the Top 3 of all major polls.

"We're having a great spring outside of football and that's what this part of the year is all about," Brown said. "Hopefully, we'll have an issue moving our Spring Game."


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