August 7, 2007

Back to work

Day one of preseason practices for the 2007 Texas Longhorns is in the books, and there are already a handful of hot topics that need to be discussed. Tops on the list are the return of Cedric Dockery and the play of the back-up quarterbacks.

DOCKERY RESUMES OLD SPOT

Perhaps the best news of the first day of practice for the Longhorn fan base was seeing offensive guard Cedric Dockery back on the field for the first time since tearing his ACL against Oklahoma last season.

The junior from Garland just recently received his release, but he was back working with the first team offensive line on Monday night and the early indication is that Dockery passed his first test with flying colors.

"I talked to him briefly after practice and he said he was fine and did well," Mack Brown said. "The question will be four days into it because I've had a number of knee operations and injuries. He'll feel great for a couple of days and then he'll swell most likely because it's been less than a year. We'll probably have to back him out for a couple of days and then get him back to it but watching him move tonight, I thought he moved well."

The Longhorn offensive line is one unit that has everyone's attention this preseason, with the Texas coaches and players being very open about their desire to make improvements in the running game.

The real test for the line will come in a couple days when the team moves from shorts to full pads, and Brown cautioned anyone that tries to read too much from the offensive line's performance on the first day.

"The hardest thing to evaluate in shorts is the offensive line," said Brown. "You can't block in shorts and you don't want them cutting a defensive linemen, you don't want them taking knees out. So evaluating whether you blocked anybody is really hard to do."

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