Saturday Practice Notes and Quotes

Notes and quotes from the Horns' Saturday practice at Denius.

The one part of the depth chart that Mack Brown expects to finalize the soonest is at DT. Brown wants a five-man rotation, and would have that now if RS-freshman Derek Lokey wasn't on crutches. Otherwise, you're looking at a current rotation of Rod Wright, Larry Dibbles, Frank Okam and either sophomore Thomas Marshall or five-star freshman recruit Roy Miller. I expect Miller to lose his 'shirt in the September 3 home opener.

"Roy Miller has looked impressive," Brown said. "He's been a force inside."

Okam has taken snaps with the first-team D all week, which has as much to do with Dibbles' class schedule as the fact that the sophomore held down the starting job during spring drills while Dibbles was getting his academics in order.

"Frank has started where he's finished and he's having a good camp," Brown said. "We've got three (DTs) and then you've got question marks with everybody else."...

FS Michael Griffin nailed down the only vacancy in the secondary with a strong showing last spring and, right now, junior Matt Melton has moved past Michael's twin brother Marcus Griffin as the primary backup...

SS Michael Huff is no longer under consideration for possibly sliding over to RCB. Brown believes he has three starting cornerbacks in Cedric Griffin, Aaron Ross and Tarell Brown. RCB Brandon Foster is about the only DB out there who doesn't stand at 6-0 or taller, but the 5-9 sophomore has held his own as Griffin's understudy....

Yesterday's prediction that RB Henry Melton would wallow in obscurity unless he moved to either FB or DE may have been premature. I still think his best shot at contributing would be to avoid taking a number behind Selvin Young, Ramonce Taylor and possibly even Jamaal Charles and Jerrell Wilkerson (who continues to shine). But Melton "made some good runs" Saturday during his first practice in pads, Brown said. Coaches would like to have started Melton at FB this month but the 6-3 freshman (who is now up to 275 pounds) only wants to play RB.

"Henry Melton ran over about three people during inside drills," Brown reported, "but you would figure he would."...

The freshmen participated in a full-speed, length of the field, scrimmage during the final 15 minutes of practice.

"We're trying to get those guys to separate a little quicker and see who in that group would be more ready to play," Brown said.

TE Jermichael Finley made another "great catch over the middle," Brown said. "I think he'll be really fast at TE." QB Colt McCoy "looked the best he's looked. He had a real good scrimmage," Brown noted. WR Quan Cosby "looked even better today," Brown said, "but I don't count him as a freshman since he's 22-years old."

Defensively, Christopher Brown has been impressive "especially in pass-rush situations, running down screens, and those type of situations."


PKs David Pino and Richmond McGee made 100 percent of their FG attempts these past two days, Brown said. McGee will handle punting chores for the third straight season while Greg Johnson has shown some height on the ball. Johnson was being groomed last season to produce those so-called Rocket kicks (tall on vertical, short on distance, with the intent of pinning an opponent deep inside the 20). Coaches may look to Trevor Gerland as this season's Rocket scientist.

"That's where (P) Trevor Gerland might fit in this year," Brown said. "He's got a really strong leg. We've been looking at him on kick-offs, as well."

One of those years, you just might see McCoy in the 'gun and then quick-kick on third down.

"In time, with his ability to punt, he could probably get you some situations inside the 50 where you could either punt the ball or run the play," Brown said. "You could keep your regular offense and have your receivers be the gunners. He gives you the ability to do something like that down the road."

Fifth-year senior Nick Schroeder is entrenched as Texas' most reliable deep-snapper. His backup will be either Neale Tweedie, Tully Janszen or Jonathan Scott.

Matt Nordgren is the holder, followed by Brian Carter and Colt McCoy.

RB Selvin Young will likely shag punts but refrain from KO return duties. Ramonce Taylor will be his primary backup. RT will also be returning kicks.


Backup MLB Scott Derry injured his right ankle during Saturday's practice. He underwent evaluation Saturday afternoon and an update is expected Sunday.

FL Jordan Shipley is still considered day-to-day following his MRI Friday.

Team doctors will examine RDT Derek Lokey on Monday to see if the cast may be removed from his left ankle. "We're planning on him playing (this season)," Brown said

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