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UT Practice Report: 8/8/18

Breckyn Hager during spring practice. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — Wednesday brought full pads to the Wright Whitaker Fields, though unfortunately the pads weren’t truly popping until the media was escorted out.

Upon arrival, the offensive line was working on one of the more unique drills I’ve seen covering Texas. Each OL had a rep individually bear crawling before rolling, and after that was completed the OL would jump on a simulated fumble from the hands of Herb Hand.

UT Practice Notes – 8/7/18

Josh Thompson. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Practice today was at the Wright Whitaker Sports Complex, or the intramural fields at 51st as most know them. The facilities were updated last year, and Tom Herman utilized the fields last preseason camp as an opportunity for the players to play in a different location and to change things up a bit.

Today the Longhorns had helmets and shoulder pads on.

Aside Johnson, quesions remain at LB

Anthony Wheeler, Gary Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — Over previous seasons Texas hasn’t been affected by the targeting penalty. Yet, before the 2018 season begins it already has.

After being ejected in the victory over Missouri in the Texas Bowl for targeting, senior linebacker Anthony Wheeler will miss the first half at Maryland. Wheeler is most likely the starter at the Mac linebacker spot in defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s defense, but he won’t be for the first half.

Hager’s hard work, fit part of 2017 success, 2018 hope: Part II

Breckyn Hager during spring practice. (Will Gallagher/IT)

In senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager’s first four games of the 2017 season, he totaled just three tackles and one sack. Most of his snaps came on special teams or on third down, where his deficiencies in moving backwards off the line of scrimmage could be hidden.

As a result, he found a perfect role for Hager, but there was work to be done by the former Westlake defender to succeed in that role.

Hager motivated by ‘love’ entering senior season, PT. I

Breckyn Hager (Will Gallagher/IT)

Senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager struggled several times to answer questions during his more than 60 minute breakout session at Big 12 Media Days. He is a player known to speak his mind, but in that same mind he also knows what he says has consequences. Past reminders of mentions of Patrick Mahomes and West Virginia moonshine likely remain ingrained in his memory and pop up whenever he has to sit in front of the media.

Quotes and thoughts from day one of Big 12 Media Days

B12 Media Days (Joe Cook/IT)

With Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorn contingent not available until later today, the first day of Media Days is a good way to see what the conference leadership and other Big 12 coaches have on their minds heading into the upcoming season.

Here are several quotes and thoughts from those who spoke Monday at the Ford Center in Frisco.