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What will Horns do with Duke Thomas?

Posted July 23rd, 2013

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Duke Thomas arrived at Texas last fall as a talented cornerback who appeared in all 13 games as a freshman, recording 12 tackles and forcing one fumble.

So what will he do for an encore in 2013? And where will he do it — in the secondary or wide receiver?

Coach Mack Brown wasn’t ready to answer that Tuesday.

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Thomas became a candidate at receiver in the spring because of a lack of numbers at the position. He showed some tantalizing flashes in the spring game.

The Copperas Cove native also might get some time on offense in fall camp because of some depth issues. Leading receivers Mike Davis (hernia) and Jaxon Shipley (hip) might both be limited at the start of camp in early August, UT has announced, although both are expected to be recovered by the start of the season.

“He’s a defensive player who can help us on offense,” Brown summarized Tuesday.

Brown also said he hopes that Texas’ offense, which averaged 68.5 plays per game last season, will average “in the 80s if we could,” with its new uptempo philosophy. Brown said the faster pace could help the defense more than the offense because it will prepare the Longhorns for the offenses they’ll be facing in Big 12 play.

Also, junior college offensive tackle Desmond Harrison has enrolled in UT’s second summer semester and has passed his physical. That could be huge if Harrison lives up to his billing as the No. 1 juco tackle prospect in the country.

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