Michael Huff at strong and Dakarai Pearson at free started at safety for the first D. . . .
True freshman Neale Tweedie finally saw some scrimmage action after remaining sidelined during contact work for nearly the first two weeks of the Horns' August action. . . .
Eric Hall took the majority of the snaps with the second-unit defense at middle linebacker. True freshman Brian Robison rotated in for Hall while Rashad Thomas worked with the down-the-depth-chart group. . . .
SLB Mike Williams and WLB Garnet Smith were on the field for the second-team D at the start of its first series, but walk-on Stevie Stigall and true freshman Marcus Myers rotated in with the No. 2s at strong- and weak-side 'backer, respectively, throughout the scrimmage. . . .
After several practices at MLB, Aurmon Satchell moved back to WLB, his position over the last weeks of spring. He registered a team-high five tackles from the spot, but he's staring up the depth chart at Derrick Johnson, Garnet Smith and Marcus Myers. Same goes for Braden Johnson at SLB. The redshirt freshman played quite a bit Saturday morning, but his path to the playing field is blocked by true freshman standout Mike Williams, who has established himself as the back-up to starter Lee Jackson. . . .
The second-unit D's first-snap DL consisted of LDE Kaelen Jakes, DTs Stevie Lee and Rodrique Wright, and RDE Lance McFarland (moved up to second-team because of Pickryl running with the first team in place of rehabbing Kalen Thornton and Sendlein). . .
DT Adam Doiron continues to see substantial action in Carl Reese's three DL, pass-rush sets. Jakes at RDE and McFarland at LDE generally joined him on the line . . .
Redshirt freshman Mike Garcia continues to get looks at both right and left guard. Redshirt freshman Will Allen is also getting snaps at two spots, center and right guard. Fellow redshirt freshman Jonathan Scott, the Horns' projected starter at right tackle, remained sidelined Saturday. . . .
Ivan Williams and Albert Hardy worked at both tailback and fullback. When the two were on the field together, which happened for a couple of series, Williams lined up at fullback while Hardy lined up at tailback. Hardy showed great hands on one play, scooping a near-the-turf offering from Matt Nordgren in the right flat for a 10-yard gain. . . .
On both Selvin Young's kickoff return (he and Ivan Williams worked with the first-team kickoff return unit) and Nathan Vasher's punt return, the coverage teams consisted of back-ups or walk-ons. Vasher is a proven stud as a return man and Young seems to have similar ability, but keep their scrimmage exploits in the return game in perspective. Same goes for Rod Babers' block of Justin Smith's punt attempt. The guys that were charged with protecting Smith on that play are guys that are unlikely to see the field in a game. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Babers and/or Tony Jeffery, who would have blocked the Smith attempt if Babers had not, get a block in a game this fall, but it certainly won't be as easy (Babers got to Smith so quickly that he literally could have grabbed the ball out of Smith's hands before he tried to punt it) as the one Saturday morning. . . .
WR Brian Carter returned to practice but did not catch a pass during the scrimmage . . .
Phillip Geiggar, who had gotten a look at corner over the last week, returned to strong safety Saturday. . . .
Walk-on Richmond McGee, with a slight tailwind, boomed his only kickoff attempt deep into the back of the north DKR endzone. Dan Smith opened the practice by sending his into-the-wind effort to the 10 (in the middle of the field), where Selvin Young took off on his long return against a back-up coverage team. David Pino, with the wind at his back, hit his lone attempt to the left front pylon of the north endzone. . . .
Rufus Harris, who worked some at corner on Friday morning, played sparingly at free safety Saturday. . . .
Top national QB prospect Kyle Wright (click here for more on Wright and his interest in Texas) took in the Horns' Saturday morning scrimmage. Wright and his dad stood on the sideline as the team went through drill work before the scrimmage kickoff, talking to Maddog Madden. Duane Akina, who recruits the West Coast for UT, also stopped by for a chat before the Horns got to hittin'.