Mack Brown provided a thumbnail evaluation of Monday's scrimmage: "We had a good scrimmage yesterday and came back out today and tried to correct all of the mistakes and work really hard in the running game . . . We saw a lot of good individual performances (yesterday) and not much team stuff and that happens in the spring because you're not scheming (offenses and defenses) against one another. We feel like we're improving in the offensive line. We felt like we were a little soft in the defensive line and we need to improve in that area. We're not stepping up like we did two years ago at all and these guys have been around now so we need to be more physical there . . . We've felt like Sloan (Thomas) and B.J. Johnson are better than they've been, they're competing hard. Chance (Mock) has played well and Chris Simms looks better than he's looked since he's been here. Bo Scaife has done a good job in the passing game and we need to get him more involved as a blocker in the running game." . . .
Rod Babers, Scaife and Beau Trahan have class on Tuesday afternoons and did not attend the workout. Monti Collier stepped into the starting corner spot in place of Babers and Artie Ellis took snaps with the first team offense in place of Scaife. . . .
Marcus Tubbs and Adam Doiron continue to work with the first D, backed by Stevie Lee and Miguel McKay. . . .
Cedric Benson participated in 11-on-11, full contact work Tuesday. . . .
Eric Hall, who spent the first four spring practices at middle linebacker, worked some at fullback during Tuesday's 11-on-11 work, catching several passes coming out of the backfield. With Hall working on offense, Aurmon Satchell worked with the second team D in the middle behind starter Reed Boyd. Another 'backer note: Derrick Johnson continues to practice but he is slightly limited because of what Brown called a sore finger. "He's had it taped up but Derrick's an outstanding player and everybody forgets that Derrick's just a freshman," the head coach said. "So he's got a lot of areas he can improve in and obviously the ability is there, but he also had a lot of those seniors around him last year and the thing you get aware of the more you look at this football team, it's a really, really young, talented football team so guys have to do a better job of paying attention during practice and focus on what they're doing because we've got a lot of work to do." . . .
Late in practice, Michael Huff picked off a Mock attempt that looked to slip our of the QB's hand. Huff hauled in a couple of INTs last week and also provided several instances of stride-for-stride coverage (including on B.J. Johnson) in Monday's scrimmage. Huff's (as well as Cedric Griffin's) recent performance is indicative of the level of play of several members of the young but inexperienced secondary. "We're really excited about the young talent in the secondary," Brown said Tuesday. "They're running around and making some plays and they just need some time." . . .
Chase Pittman, who has spent the majority of his snaps at right defensive end, worked at both right and left DE Tuesday. . . .
Alfio Randall and Will Winston both worked at the back-up spot at RT behind Lionel Garr. . . .
Dusty Mangum and David Pino each made one of two 32-yard into-the-wind field goal attempts. Matt McFadden missed his one attempt from the distance. . . .
Brian Bradford struggled a bit with his two 11-on-11 into the wind punt tries, averaging 31 yards. Justin Smith boomed one of his attempts high and 50 yards. . . .
The Horns return to Denius Wednesday afternoon for what Brown termed a "repeat" of Tuesday's practice before Thursday's passing scrimmage at DKR, the final workout before the team breaks for 10 days for Spring Break.