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Mack Brown Wednesday press conference recap

There was some positive mid-week injury news for the Longhorns.

Cooper Neill

In advance of Saturday's Red River Rivalry between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners, Texas head coach Mack Brown spoke with the media on Wednesday afternoon.

Here are the highlights:

-- Neither freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes nor redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Overstreet are ready to play for Texas right now, Brown said, suggesting that neither are likely to see playing time on Saturday. The team also hasn't decided which will be the back up for senior starter Case McCoy in case of an injury, because it sounds like that would be the only thing that would result in Swoopes or Overstreet seeing the field.

The most likely scenario is that Overstreet would come in the game at that point to preserve the redshirt for Swoopes, which has seemed increasingly likely after he didn't play against Iowa State and Overstreet moved back to quarterback from wide receiver, a moved announced on Monday.

There will, however, be packages available for both players.

-- Sophomore offensive weapon Daje Johnson will return punts for Texas in an effort to create some big plays in an area of the game where the Longhorns have not been able to produce many in the last several years. Brown said that the coaches were cautious with their most explosive offensive weapon last week in his return from the ankle injury he suffered against BYU, clearly illustrated by the fact he didn't carry the ball last Thursday and had only two catches. Johnson is now reportedly 100% healthy.

-- Another player who has returned to full health, according to Brown, is senior wide receiver Mike Davis, the team's best deep threat who was able to wreak some havoc against the Iowa State secondary last week despite clearly lacking his full explosiveness.

-- The two priorities for the Longhorns are stopping the run and creating turnovers.

-- Brown would like to see a rule change that would allow both Oklahoma and Texas to invite recruits to the game, instead of only the home team.

-- Junior offensive tackle Josh Cochran has been working with the team, but may be a game-time decision.

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