– Team Note | Offensive Line Injuries: I feel like this is the first positive offensive line update since fall camp began, but here it is. I was told by a source that Tristan Nickelson (ankle) was back at practice over the weekend and worked with the 1’s at RT and looks to be back at 100%.
Center Zach Shackelford still hasnt returned to practice but I was told that he is on track to return this week. I talked to a source early in the weekend and they told me he’s “around 80-85%”.While it is a positve development that he’s getting healthy, the question is wheather he’s missed too much time to start at center vs Notre Dame. As a true freshman coming off an injury that’s kept him off the field for a few weeks, it seems like a tough task for him to go out and handle a very talented Notre Dame DL.
Patrick Vahe’s ankle injury didn’t seem too severe at all. I heard he wasn’t even in a walking boot a few days after he went down. Nickelson and Shackelford were in boots for at least a week after their injuries. It sounds like Vahe should be good to go vs Notre Dame.
One possible concern about the OL right now is the lack of practice time as a unit over the last few weeks due to all the injuries. – (Andrew)
– Team Note | Fatigue: Texas RB D’Onta Foreman was asked over the weekend when he spoke to the media if the team didn’t really have ‘their legs’ after the rigorous fall camp schedule, and he said that was true. He wasn’t lying. The team has practiced everyday except Sunday for most weeks during fall camp and practiced everyday last week. While it seems Charlie Strong may be pushing his guys rather hard with their season opener fast approaching, I wouldn’t be worried. That’s how he’s been with his team since his days at Louisville.
I do expect things to be less physical this week as Texas gets ready for their season opener in 6 days. – (Andrew)
– Team Note | Wide Receivers: Spoke with a source regarding where things stand with the wide reciever rotation going into game week and which of the young wide receivers would redshirt.
I’m told Reggie Hemphill-Mapps will redshirt.
I’m also told that Davion Curtis might redshirt but it doesn’t appear that’s been fully decided.
Starters on the outside, not surprisingly, will be Collin Johnson and Burt.
I’m told to expect Foreman and Heard to start inside (assuming they’re in 10 personnel). Foreman is also set to run outside behind Johnson. Dorian will rotate behind Burt. And Warrick and Duvernay will rotate behind Foreman and Heard respectively (inside). If they rotate further then look for guys like Locksley and Oliver inside and Joe and Humphrey outside. – (Super K)
– Texas Commits in Week 1: The high school football season kicked off this week and a few Texas commits had big starts to their senior seasons.
QB Sam Ehlinger vs Katy: 18/30 250 yards passing, 64 yards and 2 TD’s on 16 carries in a 32-29 win.
WR Damion Miller vs Plano East: 4 catches for 122 yards and 2 TD’s in a 45-14 win.
DB Josh Thompson vs Kilgore: 6 tackles, forced fumble and recovery, and a 95-yard KO return TD in a 48-21 win.
DE Lagaryonn Carson vs Gilmer: 7 tackles and 2 sackes in a 61-55 loss.
– More Visitors for Texas vs. Notre Dame: Below are a few more visitors that were confirmed over the weekend.
Baron Browning: This is the big one. Andrew tweeted out yesterday that Browning would be visiting and I also confirmed it with Browning’s father. Browning is visiting Texas…a lot. It’s starting to feel more and more like the Horns are the team to beat if they can put some W’s on the board.
Josh Thomson: Texas commit.
Keondre Coburn: The talented 2018 DT tells me that he hopes to make it to Austin for the game this Sunday as well. Coburn already holds offers from schools like Oklahoma, Michigan and TAMU but it feels like he really wants that Texas offer.
Anthony Cook: Andrew also noted that top 2018 CB, Anthony Cook will visit for the game. – (Super K)