Mack Brown met the press again Wednesday and offered his thoughts on a variety of subjects. Here are a few of them:
On starting quarterback David Ash’s status: Ash, who didn’t practice Tuesday with the head and right shoulder injuries incurred at Brigham Young, continues to be evaluated and Brown thinks his availability might be a gametime decision before the Ole Miss kickoff.
If Ash can’t play, Case McCoy will start and Tyrone Swoopes will serve as the backup. Running back Jalen Overstreet, a quarterback in high school, has taken a few snaps in practice and would be available to help, if needed.
Brown said it hasn’t been decided if Ash would play if he didn’t practice all week.
“I don’t know,” he said. “If doctors tell us he can play, what we would do is evaluate where he was, as far as being ready to play. Major (Applewhite, co-coordinator and QB coach) would weigh heavily on that decision.”
On the impact of Greg Robinson: After the Longhorns went through their first full practice Tuesday with Manny Diaz’s replacement as defensive coordinator, Brown said he thought Robinson “opened their (players’) eyes a little bit about how hard he coaches.”
But Brown also acknowledged there won’t be enough time this week for Robinson to totally stamp the defense with his imprint.
“What he can do is hopefully (see to it that) we’ll tackle better and everybody will chase the ball,” Brown said. “He’s never called defenses with this terminology, so I’m sure it will limit him some. We’re not expecting to wave a magic wand and get everything fixed Saturday night. It would be foolish for me to sit here and say that.”
On Larry Porter: The first-year running backs coach was implicated in the Sports Illustrated investigation into improprieties at Oklahoma State over many years that included his tenure there from 2002-04. Two former Cowboys players said he gave them cash payments.
Brown said that when Texas was notified of the allegations, Porter first met with Brown, then the compliance office and then with administration officials.
“From my standpoint, that’s done and anything in the future would be between him and Oklahoma State,” Brown said. “It’s not a Texas issue.”
On his future: In the aftermath of the tidal wave of anger over Texas’ poor showing at BYU, men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds told the American-Statesman Wednesday that Brown still has his full support. Brown, while acknowledging the Longhorns “had a setback last Saturday,” said “I’m loving coaching. I’m passionate about getting us back to where we want to be.”
Brown also had praise for Dodds and UT-Austin president William Powers.
“I’ve got the two best bosses in the world,” he said. “They understand. They’ve put me in a position to run it. They want me to do it, and I’m responsible for it.
“I don’t have knee-jerk bosses. They get it.”
On the offensive line: Despite a barrage of criticism directed toward the five interior linemen, Brown remains firmly in their corner.
He went as far as saying, “At the end of the year we’ll look back and say this is the best offensive line we’ve had in a while.
“I’m still standing by that,” Brown added. “I believe in those guys. I believe in Stacy (Searels, the O-line coach).”
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