Monday practice notes

Notes from Monday's Denius Fields workout:

Back-up cornerback Monti Collier suffered a broken clavicle on the opening drive of last Thursday's scrimmage and will miss the remainder of spring. With Collier sidelined, Cedric Griffin and walk-on Chad Davis worked with the second-team D at corner Monday. Griffin also occupied the nickel slot with the first-team defense. Kendal Briles and Rufus Harris started at safety for both the first- and the second-team D during 11-on-11 work. . . . SLB Braden Johnson also wore the red jersey signifying an injured player Monday. Stevie Stigall continued to work at second-team strongside 'backer in Johnson's absence. . . . Both Chris Simms and Chance Mock connected with receivers for long gainers during 11-on-11. Simms found Bo Scaife open deep over the middle for 30 yards and then hooked up with Sloan Thomas for a 23-yard TD, both during one-minute work. Mock completed a 30-yarder to Brian Carter on the second-team O's first series vs. the first-team D. The sophomore wideout, running up the right sideline, dove and, fully extended, hauled in the Mock pass. The sophomore QB's most impressive effort from a physical standpoint came later in 11-on-11, one-minute drill work, when he rolled right and rifled a ball 50 yards downfield to Michael Ungar. Mock hit Kyle Shanahan two plays later for a 15-yard TD. . . . The field goal kickers, kicking towards the south end zone with an at-times strong northwest cross wind, went a perfect four-for-four during the 11-on-11 portion of Monday's workout. Dusty Mangum hit a 37- and a 42-yarder and David Pino nailed his attempts from 30 and 37 yards out. Punters Brian Bradford and Justin Smith each had trouble on a pooch punt attempt, sending the ball into the end zone. Bradford, though, boomed a 49-yarder on his one chance to kick away. . . . Mack Brown said Brock Edwards and Will Matthews are battling for PT at fullback. "We know what Matt (Trissel) can do," the head coach said. "He's not playing that much this spring. He's the starter but Brock's also been a starter and Will Matthews is making a lot of progress. What (Brock) will do is be both (a FB and a TE) because we'll move him from fullback up to tight end and go two tights and two wides and slip him back and use him as an H-back in the backfield." Brown also said the coaches are pleased with the move of Chad Stevens to tight end. "He would be the second tight end today," Brown said. Artie Ellis is the No. 3 TE. "He's doing a good job of blocking and a great job of catching," said Brown.

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