March 1, 2007

Texas spring football report (3/1)

Longhorns work out in pads for the first time

The Texas Longhorns went through the first full-contact practice of the spring on Wednesday and although there were some bumps along the way, UT head coach Mack Brown was more than pleased with the workout.

"You always look for things that pop out in the first day of pads, and what popped out to me is that we have a lot of work to do," Brown said. "There are so many young guys in different positions that haven't played a lot yet that have to play, it's going to be a fun spring."

Brown added that this success of this spring will have every bit as much to do with the work that the coaches put in as the players, especially with the amount of youth being expected to contribute on both sides of the ball.

"The coaches and myself are going to have to do a great job evaluating and working to get young people to continue to improve," Brown said. "We'll come back out on Friday and have another similar practice. It was a very physical practice today, and it's just too early to say who jumped out and who didn't."

Young quarterbacks continue to impress

One of the big surprises through the first two workouts of the spring that were open to the public, was the poise and skill that back-up quarterbacks Sherrod Harris and John Chiles showed.

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