The Texas O continues to work in a lot of two TE formations. Thursday, that included Chad Stevens and Artie Ellis. When the first-team offense scrimmages, the Horns' two TE set includes Bo Scaife and Stevens. . . .
Kyle Shanahan hauled in two 14-yard receptions, plus a 15-yard TD on a play that was ruled a sack by contact, from Chance Mock. Both 14-yarders came on quick hitters in the flat with one of the green corners, Rufus Harris and Kendal Briles, in coverage. The senior walk-on wideout was also flagged for pushing off walk-on corner Chad Davis on a deep route with Matt Nordgren delivering the ball. "Kyle Shanahan's getting back to where he was last spring," Mack Brown said. Shanahan missed all of two-a-days plus the first few weeks of the '01 season after suffering a severe cut in his leg while home in Colorado last summer. . . .
Fourth-team QB and special teamer extraordinaire Beau Trahan took a few snaps at free safety. . . .
After Tuesday's scrimmage in the stadium, Brown praised the play of tailback Anthony Johnson but also stressed that he needs to perform better without the ball, particularly in his blocking. The head coach had pulled Johnson aside during that Tuesday scrimmage after the redshirt freshman running back whiffed at a rushing Kaelen Jakes, allowing the defensive end to force Nordgren out of the pocket. The talk seemed to help, at least on one play during Thursday's workout. Johnson picked up and successfully blocked a defender coming around the left offensive edge, this time allowing Nordgren to hold his ground in the pocket and throw a perfect pass to the right flat for Edwards (which the FB dropped). . . .
FB Will Matthews, who caught a pass in the left flat and thundered down the right sideline for 22 yards, also made another play that didn't register on the stat sheet but will, if repeated, greatly enhance his chances at fall PT. The sophomore FB led the way and cleared a path on an Anthony Johnson eight-yard dash up the middle. Brown said Thursday that "the fullback spot looks really, really good right now" because of the steady play of Matt Trissel, the move of Edwards to the position, and the fact that Matthews "has picked it up." The FBs were involved in four pass plays Thursday, with Matthews making one catch and Edwards catching one for nine yards but dropping two others. Still no carries for guys at the position, but the coaches do seem to be making an effort to make the fullback spot an offensive threat through the passing game. . . .
On a play similar to the Chris-Simms-left-pitch-to-Cedric-Benson-led-by-LT-Robbie-Doane misdirection play from last Thursday's scrimmage, Mock pitched right during this Thursday's work for Anthony Johnson, who followed RT Jonathan Scott for an eight-yard gain toward the right sideline. Scott is an extremely agile sub-300-pounder, perfect for plays like the one described above. . . .
Following Thursday's practice, according to UT's website, "Brown allowed the players to take some time and have a little fun with their respective position coach. The players ran the coaches through the same drills they go through every day in practice and a few players even used the time to imitate their coach in a meeting setting. 'After practice, I let the players put the coaches through drills or stand up and show what they are like in their meetings,' Brown said. 'We really had a lot of fun and laughed together. This team is close and we want them to have fun. I also thanked all the guys for their hard work and effort this spring. They have really had a great spring. They've had fun, laughed and gotten along very well. The chemistry on this team is really good and that's something that all successful teams have.'"