Thursday Practice Notes And Quotes

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

Jordan Shipley practiced Thursday but was "limited," according to Mack Brown. "We'll have to see how he does again in the morning and check his hamstring on Monday to see if he can practice next week." The redshirt freshman wideout suffered a hamstring injury back on Aug. 10. Brown mentioned last week that the coaches would like for Shipley to practice for a full week before seeing game action. The season opener vs. Louisiana-Lafayette is nine days away...

Derek Lokey, who suffered a stress fracture in his ankle in mid-July, has not yet returned to practice. The sophomore DT's initial injury prognosis had him ready to return around the season opener...

The coaching staff granted scholarships this week to five walk-ons: seniors K David Pino, DB (and special teams contributor) Karim Meijer, FB (and special teams contributor) Ahmard Hall and deep snapper Nick Schroeder, and redshirt sophomore S (and special teams contributor) Marcus Griffin, pushing the team up to 84 scholarship athletes, one below the NCAA-mandated maximum. Brown intimated that Richmond McGee is still in line for the starting spot at all three kicking positions next week, but added that Pino (and Greg Johnson) may be needed "at the end of this year" if McGee gets a bit dead-legged as he did at the end of last year. "We feel like with Greg Johnson getting his health back after the sore ankle and David getting his health back maybe after the weekend that we'll at least have three good kickers to give us a chance to be fresh at the end of the year." Brown also said that Griffin has worked his way into the "sixth or seventh position" in the defensive backfield, which means he will see the field this fall on defense as well as on special teams...

"We still have to separate receivers," Brown reiterated Thursday. "We have to figure out who those three are and then who the six are. We still have to separate some linebackers because that's some things that are key for next week and a lot of those guys are all about the same so it's a difficult decision. There'll be some good players that might not be playing next week and that's a hard thing for your football team." The "three" wide receivers that are the leading candidates to be on the field on the Horns' opening offensive possession next weekend are Limas Sweed, Nate Jones and Brian Carter, but there's another name in that mix: multi-purpose skill position player Ramonce Taylor, who is comfortable at both Sweed and Jones' position (and running back; see below) and who the coaches obviously want on the field somewhere for his explosive play ability. "Our biggest objective with Ramonce is making sure we get him in the right places where he can be a consistent player and be able to use him on special situations without giving plays away," Brown said. "We don't want every time he comes in the ball game everybody saying, 'Here he is, let's see what he does this time.'"

If the season were to start today, and Selvin Young were unable to play, Ramonce Taylor would get the starting nod at tailback, Brown said. RT worked some today at tailback.

Texas will conduct one-and-a-half to two hours of full-speed kicking practice tomorrow in the stadium before taking the weekend off and settling into a regular game-week routine next week (Sunday team meeting and Monday practice). The official depth chart will be released Monday at 11:30 during Mack Brown's weekly media luncheon...


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