All but three Longhorns report for fall practice

Updated: August 6, 2003, 8:06 PM ET

AUSTIN -- All but three Texas Longhorn football players reported to campus Wednesday in preparation for the start of fall practices Thursday.

Freshman Tony Hills did not report because he is scheduled to have knee surgery Aug. 15. Freshman Steve Richardson did not report because of NCAA Clearinghouse issues and sophomore Aaron Harris also did not report because of administrative issues, according to a news release.

For the first time, freshmen and veterans will begin practice on the same day.

"We're a little concerned," said head coach MackBrown, who typically had four days of freshmen-only practices. "We've got to incorporate freshman orientation into the varsity practice schedule. We've got to try to spend as much personal time with the freshmen as we have in the past and not take away from the practice with the varsity."

Some of the seniors, who have not lost a home game in their career at Texas, don't plan to go light on the freshmen.

"If I take it easy on them it only hurts myself," receiver Roy Williams said.

"I like it better not separating the freshmen from the varsity," he said. "This way they come in as a part of the varsity."

Fullback Ivan Williams, defensive end Mike Williams, linebacker Aurmon Satchell and safety Clint Haney were not expected to practice Thursday because of injuries.

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