Williams, Melton, Thornton Do Not Report

Defensive end Mike Williams, offensive guard Kyle Thornton and freshman running back Henry Melton did not check-in Sunday when Texas reported for 2005 August camp. All three cited academic reasons for absence.

"I’ve been working really hard, but I came up a little short," Williams said in a statement. "I’m eligible to return to school but not to participate with the team. Right now, all of my focus will continue to be on academics and I’ll make a decision about my future once I get that taken care of."

Williams, with one career start, participated in spring drills but missed the 2004 season for academic reasons.

While Williams’s future is uncertain, UT officials are "hopeful" that it’s probably just a matter of time before Melton reports. Sports Information Director John Bianco told me that Melton is faced with an NCAA clearinghouse issue. ("It could be a day or it could be a month," Bianco said, "so we’re hopeful".)

Melton expressed regret that he could not report with 13 other members of his freshman class.

"I’m disappointed that I’m not in Austin checking in with the team today," he said, in a release. "I have some academic issues that are being addressed and I’ll report as soon as possible."

Thornton saw action in four games last year as backup OT.

"I’m clearing up some academic issues that I need to take care of and I’ll return as soon as possible," Thornton said in a statement.

The first practice of the 2005 season is set for 6:45 p.m., Monday, at Denius Field. The session is open to the public.

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