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.
The most populated position grouping on the Texas roster is defensive backs. You don't really notice this until you get ready to write about each player, or until you want to run dime and have a legitimate two deep. Texas doesn't just have bodies at the position, it has solid and experienced veterans with talent still yet to surface, solid role players, and an exciting crop of youngsters with the potential to put any question of who the real DBU is to sleep for the next decade. Insert Sterns and Foster joke here.
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.
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.
Cloudy skies yet again, but a slight breeze and slightly cooler temperatures made for the most enjoyable weather of the weekend. Sunday was the first of the three days that the team put pads on. There were no offensive or defensive team drills today, so there was no way to tell if things had changed in terms of depths. But a few stood out. Check out Sunday's practice report.