Thursday Practice News and Notes

Texas held its second of two open practices on Thursday night, which also marked the first time the Longhorns practiced in full pads. Now that Texas has undergone five practices — two in shorts and T-shirts, two in shells and one in full pads — the Longhorns can start two-a-days.

* Texas spent much of the practice rotating players both offensively and defensively to practice with the first-team units. At one point, Texas Coach Mack Brown yelled that the Longhorns were trying to get a look at which players could play at a high-enough level. Redshirt freshman tackle Paden Kelley worked some at left tackle, while true freshman Mike Davis also received some first-team reps.

Defensively, true freshman cornerback Carrington Byndom worked opposite Aaron Williams in some sets. In nickel sets, safety Kenny Vaccaro joined Christian Scott and Blake Gideon as a third safety, while Nolan Brewster also spent time with that unit. Also in some passing situations, Texas employed DE/LB Dravannti Johnson as a stand-up rusher off the edge.

* Cody Johnson had a bit of a rough day, contributing to one of two Case McCoy scrimmage interceptions and coughing up a fumble at the end of a long run. On the interception, the McCoy pass hit the running back in the hands, bounced off and into the grasp of freshman cornerback A.J. White. McCoy's other interception came on a diving interception by freshman safety Adrian Phillips. Connor Wood also threw a pick, one returned for a touchdown by freshman defensive end Reggie Wilson. On a zone blitz, Wilson dropped into the flat and snared a Wood pass. Wilson also had a sack on the day.

* On the second play of the scrimmage, Garrett Gilbert hit John Chiles on a 55-yard touchdown pass. Chiles has stood out throughout camp, and will be difficult to dislodge from the starting slot receiver spot.

* For the second straight day, the defense sent a message with a big hit early on from a member of the secondary. On a wide receiver screen, Aaron Williams defeated his block and dislodged Mike Davis from the ball with a huge hit.

* DeSean Hales had the best catch of Wednesday's practice, and nearly did the same thing on Thursday when battling White on the sideline. Hales appeared to come down with a miraculous grab, but White battled to the last second and the ball popped loose. The officials ruled it an incomplete pass. A few plays later, freshman receiver Chris Jones had potentially the catch of the day, working back across Vaccaro on the sideline to come down with a difficult catch.

* Texas had some fun on both sides of the ball, with the defense showing different blitz looks and the offense utilizing a reverse pass at one point.

* After the practice, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said he was excited about the talent at defensive tackle, but added that the players needed more consistency in their play.

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