Chip Brown has filed one of his always excellent practice reports, this one from Wednesday night's scrimmage. He's packed a lot of info into his notes, so we'll take this in two parts.
"Projections are very tough for doctors and trainers," Brown said. "How do they know? Different people heal at different stages."
Lumping the two injuries in together isn't particularly helpful, and I've no doubt Brown and his staff have every intention of being deliberately vague. Now and in the future. In the meantime, prepare for lots of unfounded speculation from fans who talked to a friend of the player's sister, who relayed that Billy Pittman was spotted moving a ladder at Home Depot. Which is a good sign for his shoulder. Right?
Why receiver? Is it possible that Sweed and Pittman could be out for an extended period of time? Let's hope this has to do with what's best for Gatewood and not a sign of serious injury for Sweed and/or Pittman. Sigh.
Bailey may not have the kind of leg that would make scouts turn their heads, but he's been nothing but nails since his game winner in Lincoln. What a terrific diamond in the rough Texas stumbled into.
Is anyone honestly worried about Colt McCoy at this point? There are injury concerns, sure, but I'd be utterly shocked if he had a sophomore slump. It's hard to feel 100% confident in your quarterback. But I do. I really do.
For the record, this is another area Greg Davis doesn't get enough credit. The man is one of, if not the finest quarterback coaches in the country. Say what you will about his gameplanning and playcalling, but Davis is The Man when it comes to developing kids into great QBs.
No surprise here on Kinne. Of course, if Harris takes some time to come back and Texas is pounded by injuries to Colt and/or Chiles, then... Wait. Let's not even go there. Dear God.
If there's any separation among all these DBs for starting jobs, we aren't being told about it just yet. Once the depth chart is released, we'll get a much better idea of what the coaches really think about all these players.
Hmm. This is probably worth a post of its own. At the least, this will be something worth studying closely in the offseason once we have more data. This is a good time, though, to point you to Brian Cook's Fanhouse post on the potential impact of the kickoff rule change. As noted by CFBStats, kicking from the 30 will give teams five yards of extra field position and, Mack's right, some more big plays on returns.
Whether it should affect a coach's decision to defer or not is up for debate, the answer to which depends on why you're deferring in the first place.
Part 2 to come.