* You have to love those wide receivers. Davis does. When asked about the wideouts, Davis said that Texas entered fall practice knowing that they had a dependable group of four wide receivers to pluck from — seniors James Kirkendoll and John Chiles, junior Malcolm Williams and sophomore Marquise Goodwin. And he said none of those players disappointed, with all of them coming in fit and ready to play.
That's especially true of Chiles, who changed his body from a "quarterback's body," according to Davis, to a wide receiver's body. Chiles went from the 220-pound range and now weighs less than 210 pounds. Perhaps more importantly, Chiles trimmed off any extra body fat and is now excelling in his spot.
The receiving group is especially deep in the slot, where Kirkendoll, Chiles and Goodwin could all spend time. And that doesn't include true freshman Mike Davis, who has also been working at the position, nor does it include DeSean Hales, who had a strong spring.
"That's an important spot for us," Coach Davis said.
* As is H-back, Chris Whaley's new position. Davis said Whaley's size — his weight is between 255 and 260 pounds — made him an ideal candidate for the position, where he'll battle with speedy receiving option Barrett Matthews. Davis said that Whaley could move back to running back "tomorrow" if needed, but added that Whaley was, for now, exclusively working with the H-backs.
It's a different story with Cody Johnson, who carries a similar weight to last year, but who dropped 6 percent body fat. Davis credited Johnson for his hard work, stating that, like Leonard Davis, Johnson is always going to be a "big guy," meaning that large weight losses might not be realistic.
One other side effect of the move is that Davis said it provided an opening for true freshmen Demarco Cobbs and Traylon Shead in the rotation. Cobbs will start his Longhorn career at running back, though he can fit in at multiple positions.
* While Davis said he would like to redshirt whichever of the true freshman quarterbacks fall behind in practice, Davis said he told both Case McCoy and Connor Wood that he couldn't make any promises. He let them know that one injury to Gilbert and both of them could have their redshirts burned.
* Texas will play some under center this year, but even Davis said he didn't know how much time the Longhorns would spend there. Davis said Tuesday that while the Longhorns were working under center, it was much too early to put any sort of percentage to Texas's tendencies.