The head coach said that at least nine or 10 true freshmen could see action this fall. Although he did not name names Tuesday, that list is certain to include tailback Selvin Young and TE David Thomas, players that both Brown and Greg Davis have explicitly said would play this fall. Robert Timmons should probably also be included in the group above based on the comments of the head coach and the OC. Justin Blalock, who is working with the second-team OL at right guard, is another possibility on the offensive side of the ball, although Beau Baker as of today would be first off the bench at RG (and at LG) according to Davis. The majority of the true frosh contributors are likely to come on defense. Mike Williams is Lee Jackson's back-up at SLB, so he will play. Garnet Smith and Marcus Myers are currently rotating as Derrick Johnson's back-up, so at least one and probably both of them will play. Although redshirt freshman Eric Hall is working as the primary back-up to Reed Boyd in the middle, Brian Robison continues to get second-team snaps and he too could strip the 'shirt. MLB Aaron Harris, originally projected as one of the true freshman contributors, has missed all but the first day of full-squad workouts after suffering a concussion and has certainly lost out on valuable learning time which could result in an unexpected redshirt. Bryan Pickryl has made a move up the depth chart with a strong two-a-days performance and, with O.J. McClintock moved to offense and starting RDE Kalen Thornton still recovering from off-season knee surgery, is almost certain to play. In the middle of the D-line, Rodrique Wright's August play will almost certainly translate into fall PT. Larry Dibbles and Tully Janszen are next in that line and could play, but their status is less certain than Wright's. Finally, in the defensive backfield, Edorian McCullough could get on the field at nickel back and at back-up corner, according to DB coach Duane Akina. . . .
With Cory Redding attending a high school friend's funeral and Thornton taking the practice off after his first full-contact workout last night, Pickryl stepped into Redding's RDE spot while Austin Sendlein manned the LDE position with the first-team D during Tuesday's Denius Fields action. LDE Kaelen Jakes and RDE Lance McFarland worked with the second-team line. Both Redding and Thornton should be back in the line-up for tomorrow's scrimmage. Brown said he hopes Thornton will be able to return to a daily practice schedule next week when the Horns go through North Texas game week preparations. . . .
Timmons limped off the field mid-way through Tuesday's workout with an apparent ankle injury and did not return. He walked to the team huddle without much difficulty at the end of practice. Meanwhile, Brock Edwards participated in practice for the first time in almost a week (see Hot News). Tests revealed that Kendal Briles suffered a severe sprained ankle in Monday night's workout (see Hot News). Mike Shanahan (ankle), Jonathan Scott (hamstring), Aaron Harris (concussion), Chase Pittman, Marco Martin (knee) and Terrance Young (shoulder) remained sidelined. With Scott still out, senior Alfio Randall continues to work with the first-team and is the probable opening game starter at right tackle, according to OC Davis. . . .
Highlight plays of the day: Dustin Miksch, he of early August dropped ball troubles, had no such difficulty Tuesday, turning in a spectacular diving catch with a fully-extended one-handed grab of a slightly deep Vince Young delivery during WR vs. DB one-on-ones. Another true freshman, DT Dibbles, had a drop of the positive variety, dropping -- actually leveling -- Anthony Johnson at the line of scrimmage as the redshirt freshman tried to bust one up the middle. Based on practice rotation, Rodrique Wright looks to be the true freshman DT that will first see action on game day in the Orange and White. Wright lined up alongside Stevie Lee Tuesday for many of the second-team DT snaps. Other notable drops: both Derrick Johnson and Marcus Myers, despite getting two hands on the ball, couldn't quite hang on to potential INTs during 11-on-11 work. . . .
Dusty Mangum nailed one 42-yard attempt but missed another wide left. . . .
The Horns will go through a game day routine Wednesday, Brown said. "They need to have the feeling of game day," said the head coach. The team will spend a little less than an hour in the stadium Wednesday morning, working mainly in the passing game. The team will vote on its leadership committee in a team meeting tonight (Tuesday night). Brown said the staff needs to have the two-deep settled by next Monday at the latest, and preferably by this Thursday. The team will begin working on North Texas in Wednesday evening's 7 p.m. DKR scrimmage.