Texas holds its first fall practice on Friday, but sophomore tight end Cade Brewer and Cal graduate transfer running back Tre Watson will be limited, Longhorns coach Tom Herman said Thursday.
Brewer suffered a season-ending knee injury at a November practice last season. Watson also missed playing time with a knee injury last year while playing at Cal.
Besides Brewer and Watson, the Longhorns are expected to be healthy when practice opens on Friday. The team’s first three workouts will be at Denius Fields. After that, Texas will spend the next two weeks at the off-campus Whitaker Complex. The team will take Mondays off during fall camp.
Practices are closed to the public.
Remembering Denius: Before he began fielding questions at Thursday’s press conference, Herman took time to remember Frank Denius, the war hero and booster for whom the UT practice fields are named after. He died Sunday at the age of 93.
Herman said he spent time with Denius a week before his passing. Herman relayed a few things he had learned about Denius, such as his marriage of 64 years and that he had missed only three UT home game in 57 years. One of those missed games was because Denius was receiving a Congressional Medal of Honor award.
“What an unbelievable man, father, husband, and very important to us,” Herman said. “What an unbelievable Longhorn.”
No update on Boyd: Herman said there was no update to provide for sophomore linebacker Demarco Boyd, who has been suspended from team activities. Boyd is facing a misdemeanor assault charge; he is accused of repeatedly punching a person who started a multi-car accident on July 4.
Boyd has appeared in four games at Texas.
Coaching consistency: Texas will enter this season with plenty of familiar faces on its coaching staff. Herb Hard arrived from Auburn to coach the offensvie line, but that move was made because NCAA rules allowed the hiring of an additional assistant coach. Corby Meekins (receivers) and Derek Warehime (tight ends) will be coaching new positions, but both were on staff in 2017.
By Herman’s count, Texas will run the same offense in consecutive seasons for the first time in five years. He surmised that continuity on the coaching staff has helped with the team’s development.
“To be able to have that comfortability in the offensive system, to have the comfortability in your position coach, to have the comfortability in everything that we do in our program, I think it’s one of the main reasons why our guys have progressed at the rate that they have this off-season,” Herman said. “It’s because we haven’t changed.”
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