Updates from Monday’s weekly press conferences with head coach Mack Brown and players:
Ash won’t play: We already knew that David Ash would miss this week’s game. Case McCoy will get his ninth career start. Ash, who suffered a concussion at BYU on Sept. 7, then had a reoccurance of symptoms against Kansas State, had another setback last Friday. He did not make the trip to Ames for last Thursday’s Iowa State game.
Cochran practicing: Right tackle Josh Cochran, who’s been out since the Ole Miss game with an injured shoulder, is expected to resume practicing today and may be ready for Saturday.
Davis/Johnson: Mike Davis, who played against Iowa State after missing the Kansas State game, is listed as the second “or” option at starting receiver; Marcus Johnson is listed on top of Davis. Last week, Davis was listed as the starter, Johnson as the backup. Davis is considered questionable to play. Brown pointed out that both Davis and Daje Johnson emerged from the Iowa State game without aggravating their injuries.
Linebacker moves: There’s been more moves at linebacker. Steve Edmond, who usually starts in the middle, will start at Jordan Hicks’ old weakside spot. Against Iowa State, redshirt freshman Timothy Cole started there. Dalton Santos will get his third start at middle, and Cole will now back him up.
Echols moves up: With Sheroid Evans out for the season with a knee injury, redshirt freshman Bryson Echols is now Duke Thomas’ backup at corner. Brown, however, did mention that if needed, Quandre Diggs can move from nickel over to corner, and Adrian Phillips could slide over to nickel.
New uniforms: Both Texas and Oklahoma will have slightly new looks Saturday. The Longhorns and Sooners will wear specially designed Nike Pro Combat Red River Rivalry uniforms for the game. We’re not talking Oregon here, but both uniforms will have some new looks, including some gold flashes to show the golden hat, representative of the Golden Hat trophy that goes to the winner of the game. Texas will be the home team this year, so the Longhorns will wear burnt orange tops.
“They look cool,” defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. “I like them. That’s what this game is all about — the golden hat, so it’s cool to get the gold on there.”
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