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Morning Coffee does the Cha Cha Slide after Texas’ Jerrod Heard ditches his no-contact jersey

Not really (that was the team, for fun), but there’s also some Erick Fowler news in here.

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Jerrod Heard now practicing in a burnt orange jersey. A day after the sophomore quarterback/wide receiver spent time at both positions during practice, Heard was no longer wearing a black no-contact jersey during a practice clip posted on Instragram by Texas football.

Jerrod Heard

The twist?

Heard was participating in a drill with the quarterbacks, so he’s still at least splitting time there, which would make sense given the need for an emergency quarterback. And there’s no reason to change that soon, as the Longhorns would benefit from having a package that features Heard capable of playing both roles to threaten a defense.

So expect Heard to continue taking reps at quarterback and wide receiver, but the coaches want him to take some hits as a pass catcher and that’s understandable.

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‘Horns still waiting on Fowler. Fall camp is underway and there isn’t yet any definitive news on Manor defensive end/outside linebacker Erick Fowler, who is the final member of the 2016 class still not on campus.

He was optimistic last week and on Tuesday night his father expressed optimism about his son’s ability to make it to campus in the near future:

Hopefully Texas will have some more definitive news in the next several days, as every practice that Fowler misses reduces the odds of him being able to contribute early.

Howevever, as with any prospect, the key is just getting him on campus and then worrying about the early contributions later.

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Texas OLB target set to decide Wednesday. At some time around 8:30 a.m. CT, Fort Bend Elkins outside linebacker Kenneth Murray will decide between Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas. The Sooners are the likely pick right now, which could prompt an offer for Dallas Kimball outside linebacker Devodrick Johson, who decommitted from the Aggies on Monday after visiting Austin last weekend.

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Malik Jefferson and the team do the Cha Cha Slide. Apparently the 2000 song from DJ Casper isn’t just a staple of weddings and school dances everywhere — it’s a staple in the Longhorns locker room.

At least for one day, as the sophomore linebacker filmed the team participating in a boisterous version of the dance that he aired on Periscope following Tuesday’s practice:

Seems like a solid team-building exercise and it’s certainly nice to see the team have fun together.

That Under Armour shirt in the locker room, though? What would KD say, Malik?

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Hudson and Elliott had a 1-vs.-1 battle in practice. Massively strong freshman offensive lineman Patrick Hudson and incredibly quick freshman defensive tackle Jordan Elliott went at it during Tuesday’s practice. Judging by the looks on the faces of sophomore offensive tackle Patrick Vahe, sophomore defensive tackle Chris Nelson, and junior defensive tackle Poona Ford, it was quite a contest:

Let’s hope some video emerges.

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Texas swimming and diving is incredible. With the four gold medals already accumulated by current and former Longhorns swimmers, including the gold medal that 19-year-old Townley Haas helped the US win with an incredible relay leg in the 200-meter freestyle on Tuesday night, Texas swimmers and divers have won 71 total medals in the Olympics, there are only 40 countries in the world that have won that many in all events in all the Summer Olympics.

As for the Longhorns overall, 144 medals overall in the in the Summer Olympics would place Texas No. 26 in the world all-time, with Norway in the crosshairs at 148. That’s unbelievable.

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Malcom Brown is still a stud. There’s probably a group of NFL teams already regretting the decision by pass up the Texas defensive tackle in the first round last year, but the New England Patriots are certainly happy about the find.

Brown played more than any other Patriots defensive tackle as a rookie, putting up some impressive stats in the process and prompting a Pats Pulpit look at his second year to call him the team’s most consistent player at the position by the end of the season.

With more experience heading into his second season and the work ethic that helped him play so well at Texas, Brown should only keep on getting better. And that’s a remarkable thing.