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Reese Talks About His Young 'Backers

A month of spring workouts seemingly set the Longhorns' fall starting line-up at LB. <B>Derrick Johnson</B>, of course, owned the start at WILL, while <B>Reed Boyd</B> and <B>Garnet Smith</B> earned the other two starting spots. Heading into August, the only question among the starting three was whether Boyd, last season's starter in the middle, or Smith, the spring sensation at the spot, would get the nod at MIKE.

The real intrigue figured to come at the back-up spots, where the Horns desperately needed depth. And for the most part, that's been the case (although there is a surprising battle going on for one starting spot according to Carl Reese; more on that later). As the coaches typically do in August, they've sat down several vets that didn't make a spring depth chart move and have instead thrown many...