Touching on topics from Monday’s initial gameweek media availability of the 2013 football season.
Depth chart: There weren’t a lot of shocks in the first depth chart of the season. Noteworthy, however, is that WR Jaxon Shipley, nursing a hip issue, is listed below John Harris at split end in an “or” situation. Missing from the two-deep is defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey, who is battling a pulled calf muscle.
Also of interest, when the Longhorns are in the nickel and cornerback Quandre Diggs moves down to cover the slot, the first to move into the vacated corner spot is sophomore Duke Thomas. And Anthony Fera has won both the placekicking and punting jobs, beating out Nick Jordan and Will Russ, respectively. One more: recently qualified junior-college lineman Desmond Harrison is listed as the backup left tackle. He’ll go through his first practice in full pads Tuesday but will get in Saturday’s game, probably early.
New look: If something looks different Saturday about the Longhorns’ helmets it’s probably the players’ numbers being on the side, above the Longhorn decal. It’s being done to honor Texas’ 1963 national championship team, which also sported numbers on the helmet. Coach Mack Brown said whether the numbers will remain on the helmets will be decided by a team vote sometime following the game.
Where’s Major?: About 90 minutes after Brown said the Longhorns would decide later in the week whether Major Applewhite will call plays from the sideline or pressbox, Applewhite said the decision already had been made as far as he is concerned.
Texas’ new play-calling coordinator said he will make the calls from the sideline, at least initially. “I’m going to start on the sidelines,” he said. “I want to be around the quarterbacks. Sometimes I felt like being up behind the glass, you can’t talk to them.”
Applewhite said fellow co-coordinator, wide receiver coach Darrell Wyatt, will be in the pressbox.
Brown said he told Applewhite that when he was a play-calling coordinator, he felt he was more effective working from the pressbox.
“I was much better upstairs than I was downstairs,” Brown said. “As a head coach, I thought my play-calling wasn’t near as good as when I was up above. Up there, you can see everything, you can set everything up. But Major’s personality may help being on the sidelines. That’s a decision he’ll have to make this week.”
It sounds like he already has.
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