Updates from Texas’ press conference Monday:
DEPTH CHART: Texas did not release its two-deep for the North Texas game on Monday. Head coach Charlie Strong said that likely will happen Wednesday, and added that there are questions to answer along the offensive line, at wide receiver and in the secondary.
HOW LONG WILL ASH PLAY?: Charlie Strong said that Tyrone Swoopes likely will play Saturday night, unless something unforeseen happens. In other words, if Texas builds up a good lead, then Swoopes will play. “If things go the way they’re expected, we’d liek to get them both in the game,” Strong said.
OFFENSIVE PHILOSOPHY: Should we expect Texas to run it or throw it more, or try for a balance? It sounds like Strong wants to run. “Just study teams and look across the country. You have to go run the football,” he said. “What that does is show what type of team you are. Even Auburn last year was able to run the ball. That’s what you have to do.”
Strong did add, though, that Texas wants to strike a balance. When asked later how many passes a game he’d like to see Ash throw, Strong said it would all depend on what defenses give them during a game.
NEW FACES: With right tackle Desmond Harrison and wide receiver Daje Johnson suspended, and with Jaxon Shipley nursing a bad hamstring, Strong identified three freshmen as first-year players likely to get playing time Saturday — safety Jason Hall and receivers Armanti Foreman and Lorenzo Joe. “We’ve had some freshmen who have done very well and had a good fall camp,” Strong said.
SUSPENSIONS UPDATE: Speaking of the suspended Harrison and Johnson, Monday’s update on their bans was, well, that there is no update. Strong wouldn’t say whether their suspensions would extend beyond this week’s North Texas game. The Longhorns host BYU next week. “Those guys have had an unbelievable camp,” he said. “They’ve done everything we’ve asked. But we have not set a number of games that they’ll have to miss.”
WHAT ABOUT THOSE DECALS?: As expected, players have been given their Longhorn logos back for their helmets. Strong said he told the team on Saturday that they’d all earned them back.
Earlier updates …
SHIPLEY IS GAME-TIME: Wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, who’s been out since virtually the start of fall camp with a hamstring injury, is going to be a game-time decision for Saturday’s season opener against North Texas (7 p.m., Longhorn Network). If Shipley doesn’t play, and with Daje Johnson suspended, it’s likely some new faces will be turned to. Marcus Johnson will still be out there, but players like freshman Armanti Foreman or sophomore Jacorey Warrick likely would be elevated.
NO DEPTH CHART: Who’s backing up Quandre Diggs at corner? Or Duke Thomas? Will Texas really start a freshman or a walk-on sophomore at safety? We don’t know yet. The Longhorns didn’t release their two-deep on Monday.
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