Mack Brown announced yesterday that running back [tag]Ramonce Taylor[/tag] would be excused from spring workouts so he can focus on academics. He’s not ineligible, but it sounds like he was headed down that path and Brown is trying to do what’s best for Taylor and the team now. “I felt like he needed to focus on his academic work,” Brown said. “He can now go work with [academic adviser] Brian Davis and his staff. We want him to have full focus on that, and we want him to understand it’s important for us that he do his work.”
Spring practice isn’t too important for most veterans, but if Taylor was hoping to earn his share of carries in a crowded backfield he’ll share with Jamaal Charles and Selvin Young in the Fall he needs to prove he could be an every down back. He needed to work on running more North/South and becoming a true running back instead of just a ridiculously talented athlete. Missing the spring won’t just effect Ramonce, RB/DE Henry Melton will be seeing a lot more time on the offensive side of the ball in Taylor’s absence. I was really looking forward to seeing what the physical freak could do chasing down quarterbacks instead of getting three carries a game buried in the running back depth chart.
Definitely a disappointment as Longhorn fans are expecing a lot out of Taylor next season and this will be a set back for him on the field. Hopefully the time off will allow him to get his studies in order so that he’s eligible in the fall.