Break out the pads: Three observations from Texas’ fifth practice of fall camp

Posted August 4th, 2017


Texas held its fifth fall practice on Friday, and the media was granted access to a portion of the drills. Here are three observations:

Texas cornerback John Bonney breaks up a pass intended for Baylor receiver KD Cannon at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Oct. 29, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

1. Back to cornerback. It appears that John Bonney has returned to cornerback. During the spring, he worked out with the safeties. Texas coach Tom Herman also teased that Bonney could be an option at nickelback.

Bonney, though, was lined up as a cornerback during a few of the practice periods on Friday. He ran with Texas’ second-team defense during one drill as Kris Boyd and Holton Hill took the first-string snaps.


Bonney has registered 68 tackles and 12 starts over the past two seasons. Last year he led UT with nine pass breakups.


UT freshman Reggie Hemphill-Mapps looks for room to run during a spring practice on March 21, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

2. Reggie returns. Receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps re-joined his teammates for the Friday’s first practice in full pads. Herman said Hemphill-Mapps left Thursday’s workout after feeling dizzy.

Hemphill-Mapps wore a green jersey, which indicated that he wouldn’t be participating in any contact drills. He did, however, run some routes in front of the media.

Read more: Our 2016 Signing Day Q&A with Manvel’s Reggie Hemphill-Mapps

A redshirt freshman from Manvel, Hemphill-Mapps turned five catches into 84 yards in April’s spring game. Only Collin Johnson, who caught eight passes, had more receptions.


Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson goes through drills on Monday. The Longhorns opened training camp on July 31, 2017 at Frank Denius Fields. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

3. Cover that punt. On Friday several defensive starters were seen working out on the punt coverage team. At one point, Malik Jefferson, Anthony Wheeler, DeShon Elliott and Brandon Jones were seen racing downfield after a Michael Dickson punt. Tight end Andrew Beck also joined linebacker Naashon Hughes as upbacks in the drill.

Herman has said in the past that he’ll work with UT’s punt team.

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