Backup Longhorn C Buck Burnette was withheld from Thursday's practice with an undisclosed condition while RS-freshman Greg Smith has opted to move from TE to the offensive line, Texas coach Mack Brown said Thursday.
Burnette participated in the first three sessions of August camp when the team worked in shorts and then shells. An update is expected from team trainer Kenny Boyd on Friday before the team practices in pads for the first time. The RS-freshman drew rave reviews last spring and is expected to push fifth-year C Dallas Griffin for the starting spot this season. An 2006 early enrollee, Burnette is actually a veteran of two spring training sessions at the Forty Acres. Listed at 6-3, 315, Burnette was a two-time First-Team 3A All-State selection at Wimberly and paved the way for the Texans' 15-0 state championship.
Meanwhile, the Horns are loaded at TE and Smth looks to shore-up depth on an offensive line that was further thinned by two transfers (J'Marcus Webb, Roy Watts) this summer.
"He asked us if he could move to the offensive line," Brown said of Smith, who is listed at 6-4, 245. "We talked to him briefly about it during the spring when he had his knee operation. He'll move to the offensive line and look at all the positions in the interior line. In fact, he played there tonight. It's a good move for him."
In other news, FL Jordan Shipley has not been released for full participation but RG Cedric Dockery has returned to action. Dockery suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Oklahoma last October.
"Cedric Dockery has done well," Brown reported. "He's made it through all three practices and he's practiced the entire time. He's gotten better with each practice."
The Horns are scheduled to practice 6:45 p.m., Friday, at Denius Fields.
Burnette misses afternoon workout
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