Spring Training: Crash Course Ends

Until now, it's been purely theoretical.

Two days of spring training for the Texas football team has basically amounted to two days of information overload, particularly for younger players essentially vying for back-up spots on a team that returns 17 starters and 41 lettermen. But when the pads get strapped on for the first time Friday, depth chart decisions for coveted playing time will not be far behind.

"We try to throw a lot of stuff on the wall and see how they respond to it," head coach Mack Brown said. "We'll take tomorrow off and reflect on the first two days of practice and then come back and start with pads on Friday. We told them there won't be any depth chart changes until after Friday because you can't win a job in shorts. That's just the way football is played."

Nearly 1,000 prep coaches will be on hand for UT's High School Coaches Clinic Thursday and Friday, Brown estimated. Practice is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, at Frank Denius Field and 2 p.m., Saturday, at Royal-Memorial Stadium. A make-up day for Tuesday's ice storm cancellation has been set for 4 p.m., Monday. Sessions are open to the public unless bad weather forces the sessions to relocate inside the "bubble" at the northeast corner of the field.

"It's really important that you can teach in shorts because, unlike the other sports, we get absolutely no time to teach them outside of spring practice," Brown said. "So, the day that the young ones come out here, they've got to know what to do. The (August) two-a-days scare you because you might have someone fall on their shoulder, or run into each other because they're not in pads, but also they're necessary just so you can teach."

Texas lost only three offensive and three defensive starters from last year's 11-2 Cotton Bowl champion that finished No. 6 (AP) nationally.

"We're really excited about watching some of the young guys respond and some of the guys who haven't played as much respond on Friday," Brown said.

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