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Tom Herman’s press conference: On openers, Texas’ depth chart and Maryland

Posted August 28th, 2017

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Tom Herman’s first game-week press conference has come and gone. Here are the highlights:

1. Herman spoke for 30 minutes. That’s the same length that Charlie Strong’s pressers were. Herman took 20 questions from assembled media ranging from Hurricane Harvey and the city of Houston to the depth chart and Maryland’s defensive front.

2. Injury updates:

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Freshman defensive back Chris Brown will not play this week (ankle).

Freshman defensive back Eric Cuffee will not play either. He has a forearm fracture; Herman said he probably wouldn’t play till San Jose State next week.

Junior center Terrell Cuney slipped on some stairs and sprained his ankle. But Herman said he still may play in the opener. He listed him as “probable.”

Freshman defensive lineman Andrew Fitzgerald (out) and sophomore offensive lineman Garrett Thomas (out) are “still a couple of weeks away.”

3. We saw Texas’ first depth chart. As expected, Shane Buechele’s the starting quarterback. Running back, however, is Kyle Porter or Chris Warren III. Collin Johnson, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps and Devin Duvernay are the receivers. Right tackle — a work in progress after Elijah Rodriguez’s injury – is Tristian Nickelson or Denzel Okafor; the rest of the line is set with left tackle Connor Williams, left guard Patrick Vahe, center Zach Shackelford and right guard Jake McMillon. Defense was as we expected — Chris Nelson and Malcolm Roach at ends, Poona Ford in the middle, Anthony Wheeler at middle linebacker with Malik Jefferson and Naashon Hughes on the outside, and corners Kris Boyd and Holton Hill and safeties DeShon Elliott and Brandon Jones and nickel back P.J. Locke III in the secondary.

Saturday’s opener is at 11 a.m. It’ll be aired on Fox Sports 1. This is only the fourth time Texas and Maryland will have played. The Terapins were 6-7 last year. The Longhorns are 103-18-3 all-time in season openers.

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