Snead, McCoy Working With Ones

The final stretch of Longhorn spring football began Monday at Denius Fields, and that means depth chart decisions now come to the forefront, head coach Mack Brown informed his defending national champs. Meanwhile, QBs Jevan Snead and Colt McCoy both worked with the first-team offense, Brown added.

"I told them today they better have some urgency because there are a lot of positions up for grabs and we'll be making decisions by the day now," Brown said. "We haven't had a depth chart, but we'll start getting one now that we get a little deeper in the spring. The way they play in Saturday's scrimmage and the way they play in the Spring Game will have a big impact not only in the way they leave the spring but also where they begin in the fall."

When spring drills began on Feb. 27, McCoy opened with the starting offense simply because the RS-freshman had a firmer grasp of the Texas offense with one season under his belt. The two QBs have split plays, almost equally, during two scrimmages this spring. Now, Texas coaches want to see how the first team clicks with either QB directing the offense.

"They've both worked with that (first team) huddle and they've both worked with that center," Brown said, "so they're not uncomfortable by being in that setting,"

Both McCoy and Snead have spent most of their prep star days operating out of the gun, and so coaches are to acclimate them to life directly under center.

"That's new for them, but it's healthy," Brown added.

When Brown lauds individual players/positions, it's (unsurprisingly) directed at the defense ("The linebackers are doing well and the defensive front is doing well. Brian Orakpo did well again today") and reports that the offense "is still a work in progress." An offensive focal point during the last eight practices will be to dial-up the right combination on the O-line, particularly at RG, and "making sure we do the things that the quarterbacks do best."

"We were so successful during the last two years. Even though the offense was the same in structure, we featured different things. We feel like we've still got enough flexibility that we can do the same. It's just figuring out the mix on the offensive line. We'd like to play seven or eight. We'd like to play 10 if we can, but we'd like to play seven or eight to ensure that you stay healthy throughout. You'd like to be in a position where you can run it if you need to and throw it if you need to."

The one position where the injury bug has hit is at DB. Matt Melton was "slowed by a bruise" Monday, Brown said. Erick Jackson (hamstring) has yet to practice this spring but is expected to be part of the two-deep chart this fall.

"The thing we're missing right now with Erick Jackson is where he would fit in the mix of the players. He will catch up, but it's tougher for (DB coach) Duane (Akina) and I to make decisions on the combinations of guys who might play when he's missing time. You have 15 days in the spring and 29 days of practice before the first game, so he'll catch up. But there's no question that it hurts you when you don't have a combination of guys out there that you give the work to and work toward your depth chart."

"We'd like to see more of those guys get well but we don't know if that will happen in the spring. That's a concern. But Marcus Griffin, Brandon Foster and Ryan Palmer are all doing really well. We're excited about seeing the progress that they've made."

I asked Mack Brown about CB Tarell Brown's status for the remainder of the spring. The senior-to-be broke an arm when colliding with Michael Griffin at the goal line in the second half against USC.

"He's doing everything but hitting. The doctors do not want him to fall on it. He's done all the drills but he's not done any contact. And we're pulling Michael Griffin out of some hitting drills out of protection to his neck. He's hit enough. We know he can hit."

Coaches spent part of the past week dissecting practice film. Previously, Brown speculated that this could result in a couple more position changes. But, upon further review...

"We didn't change any positions. We feel like the guys are probably in the best places for them. We'll continue to work Henry Melton at both tailback and defensive end."


The annual Pro-Timing Day on the Forty Acres is set for Wednesday. As such, a number of former lettermen were on hand at Monday's practice, including Vince Young, Rod Wright, Cedric Griffin, Aaron Harris, Will Allen and Brian Carter.

"Wednesday is a tough day for them and a fun day for them," Brown said. "It's a pressure-packed day and we told them to be themselves. You can only run what you can run, so you want to relax and run the best time you can run, but you have to make the team after you get there anyway. Understand that it's not about Wednesday; it's about making the team."


The Horns are slated to practice on Tuesday and Thursday at Denius Field. The third scrimmage of the spring is set for Saturday morning at Memorial Stadium.

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