Brown: Through Third Of Camp, Effort Exemplary

After five practices in five days to begin August camp, Texas kicked off a stretch that includes three two-a-days over the next five days with a crack of dawn, closed workout Sunday. And Mack Brown praised the team's effort, calling the morning session "a great workout," as the Horns entered the most physically and mentally challenging part of preseason.

"They're really, really trying to do what we ask them to do," the head coach said. "The last two days were days where the mental game gets involved. It's still early, but the fifth day of practice (Saturday) in full pads at a hot time of the day and then coming back the next morning -- there wasn't as much recovery time -- they responded really well. That's just part of the mental toughness part of preseason that they're going to have to do to have a good team."

Brown, asked about the play of the true freshmen so far, said, "Freshmen look at the experience differently. Some would like to redshirt, some are competing to play, some will not be able to make that decision till they see how well they do, some can't handle the pace, the heat, the transition from high school to college as quickly as others and that's why we hold them till midseason to determine whether a guy redshirts or not."

In the Inside Texas Football Preview magazine, we broke down the incoming players into three groups, Will play (Frank Okam, Drew Kelson), Might play (George Walker, Jordan Shipley, Nate Jones, Rashad Bobino, Jeremy Campbell, Ramonce Taylor, Brian Orakpo, Nic Redwine, Derek Lokey), and Probably won't play (Chris Ogbonnaya, Myron Hardy, Bobby Tatum, Ryan Palmer, Peter Ullman, Cedric Dockery, Greg Dolan, Adam Ulatoski). Although Brown won't name names at this point, based on the 11-on-11 rotation and IT's practice observations, the list above has largely held to form. (The exceptions would be moving George Walker to the Probably won't play list and elevating Myron Hardy to the Might play list, and perhaps moving Jordan Shipley to the Will play list. Ulatoski will not play, of course, because he won't be on campus till spring.)

Brown said the time for the ultimate judgment on these guys and others competing for spots won't be till the final scrimmage of August.

"...some look good now but they may pull (back) because they're not in the shape we think they are," he said. "They may get exhausted and cut back on their intensity, so the worst thing you can do in preseason camp is jump out there too quickly on one before you really go through the whole process. We tell them, 'It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. We want to see how you do every day because our season, we play a tough schedule and we play a long time', so they can't be a flash, they've got to be consistent."

Texas returns to Denius tonight for a 7:35 p.m. workout that is open to the public.

Notes: Chance Mock did not participate Sunday morning. Mock has been sidelined since aggravating an ankle injury suffered during summer 7-on-7 work mid-way through the Horns' opening workout last Tuesday... Neale Tweedie worked out at both TE and DE for the third consecutive practice. "We played Neale Tweedie some at end today because when Tully twisted his knee, we're still thin over there so we've got to look at all possibilities," Brown said. "Neale will still play tight end but he may have to be an emergency defensive end so we may have to use him over there some."... The head coach was asked about the comments of some of his assistant coaches regarding the progress at certain spots (particularly DE, where Greg Robinson said Saturday, "...right now, there is no way we look at our guys as thin (depthwise). They're performing just fine. They really are. Time will tell, but I really don't think that we've even blinked.") that don't exactly echo his comments (see the Tweedie piece above). "They're really positive and upbeat and they're wanting to work through what questions marks we have," Brown said. "And that's their job. They're supposed to get rid of those question marks for me. Right now they haven't done it yet."

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