Jaxon Shipley and Marcus Johnson, the Longhorn wide receivers who are recovering from a hip and knee injury, respectively, practiced Tuesday, but coach Mack Brown said their status for the game against New Mexico State Saturday night might not be determined until Saturday morning.
“They were limited some,” Brown said Wednesday afternoon. “We will have to watch them today. They did not have more soreness today than yesterday. We’ll press them a little harder today. We probably won’t know for sure until Saturday morning. Trainers usually work them out a little bit that morning to see how they are going to do around game time.”
The staff is developing a contingency plan. Starting cornerback Duke Thomas will double up in practice at wide receiver.
“He worked there five days in the spring,” Brown said. “We’ll work him there a little today and a little tomorrow.”
Third-team quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is still questionable with a hamstring injury.
Playing catch up: Offensive tackle Desmond Harrison is not yet up to speed after missing all but one day during the first two weeks of practice because of an academic eligibility issue. Harrison, who transferred from Contra Costa Community College in California, was allowed under NCAA rules to work in full pads for the first time on Tuesday.
“He’s doing OK,” Brown said. “He still has to work through some conditioning. He’s little bit lost. He’s in the middle of camp. He’s hit a wall a little bit, but we are still planning on playing him Saturday night.”
Dorsey transfer: Brown said he met with senior defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey Tuesday to discuss his plans to transfer. Brown said Dorsey, who is from Tyler, did not indicate where he is headed. But the Tyler Morning Telegraph has reported that Dorsey will transfer to Lamar.
“We met with him and felt like it was mutual,” Brown said. “It’s best for him that he gets a new start somewhere else. We’ll give him an unconditional release.”
Dorsey, a reserve, missed part of training camp with a calf injury, so other subs received extra work.
“It forced us to get (redshirt freshmen) Alex Norman and Hassan Ridgeway and Paul Boyette ready to play,” Brown said.
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