Mack Brown saddled up to the mic on Wednesday at 3:30 pm well-rested, jovial and confident.Â The head coach of the Texas Longhorns had a few informal comments with media members and then released and addressed the preseason depth chart which consumed the majority of his time prior to the Q&A session.Â Unlike the weeks and months that have preceeded today’s press conference, there is no question who wil be the starting quarterback when the Longhorns play Wyoming on September 1st.Â As the depth chart reflects, David Ash will be the starter followed by Case McCoy.Â The third string quarterback will be Connor Brewer followed by theÂ dual threat and Tatum High School product Jalen Overstreet.Â While Ash holds only a “Â little edge” over Case McCoy,Â the plan, according to Mack, is still to play both quarterbacks.Â It looks like the grand plan for the Longhorns is to redshirtÂ both Brewer and Overstreet this year.
On the injury front MackÂ reiterated how lucky he felt the team was in avoiding the injury bugÂ in the preseason.Â He discussed Penn State transfer and nowÂ Texas kicker/punter Anthony Fera’s hip flexor injury which he described as a “pull.”Â Â FeraÂ is not listed on the depth chartÂ but will be reevaluated next week.Â True freshmanÂ Nick Jordan gets the nod as the starting kicker for the Longhorns and Duke transfer Alex King will handle the punting duties.Â There were two minor injuries which Mack addressed -Â Â Wide receiver Jaxon Shipley has slight pull but nothing serious andÂ fellow wideout Mike Davis suffered a minorÂ ankle sprain yesterday in practice.Â According to Brown both the Shipley and Davis injuries are very minor and both should beÂ fully recovered and ready toÂ go against Wyoming next weekend.
Left off the depth chartÂ was freshman Daje Johnson, who was suspended for violating team rules, which Mack would not elaborate on.Â With the display of athletecism Johnson has provided in camp,Â look for himÂ to creep back in for potential playing time in games subsequent to theÂ Wyoming game.
Greg Daniels is playing well at Tight End and pushing the level of play at theÂ position againstÂ seniors Barrett Matthews and projected starter D.J. Grant.
Freshman phenom Johnathan GrayÂ WILL play in the opener againast Wyoming.Â How much or in what schemes is yet to be determined.
The defensive tackle position shows a foursome that can handle the position, although junior Chris Whaley has had a surprisingly good preseason and has pushed his way to a starting spot alongside juco transfer Brandon Moore.Â Ashton Dorsey and Desmond Jackson are the backup DT’s but it would not be surprising to see these two playing quite a bit.
If the Wildhorn were to be run today it would be with one of the three running backs, Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown or Johnathan Gray.Â According to Mack “All three of them could do it.”
Offensive Linemen Trey Hopkins and Mason Walters seem to have impressed the coaching staff with play and leadership capability at the position.
The team has progressed a lot since the Spring Game and MackÂ seems to beÂ very pleased with the progress to this point.Â As he says, “Who you are is how many games you win.”Â The Longhorns hope to win a bunch this year.
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