The Texas Aggie football team passed the halfway mark of spring workouts. With one of three scrimmages in the books, here's the Aggie Websider's grade for each offensive unit. The grade is based on actual spring performance so far versus expectation. So even though let's say that the OL is the strongest unit on the team, they could get a lower grade if I think their spring performance is disappointing compared to what I expected going into spring...even if it's still the best unit on the team.
I think Jameill Showers has taken to the new system and so far looks to be a capable signal caller for Coach Sumlin. Johnny Manziel has improved over last year, but he still has to be more consistent. Matt Joeckel has flashed signs of good play, but he seems to be having some struggles with the speed of this offense and I really thought he would be more of a factor in the QB competition early in the spring.
The above average grade is for two reasons. Brandon Williams has already shown that he'll be a very good player hen he becomes eligible. Also, simply for the fact that Christine Michael is participating and running in non-contact drills is a great sign that he'll be back at full speed this fall. Ben Malena has been steady and a good blocker, which will get him a few reps in the fall. Will Randolph was starting to turn the corner when he tweaked his knee on Saturday.
The receiver group has performed about as I expected which would warrant a C. The slot guys have been solid, but nobody has really created a buzz just yet. I did bump up the grade to above average (above expectations) because of the glimmer of optimism I'm seeing in the performances of Mike Evans and most recently Nate Askew in the scrimmage. Evans is more of the story for now because he's been turning heads in every practice. Askew turned it up a notch for the scrimmage.
I'd have to say that the performance of the OL as a whole has been slightly under my expectations. I thought the unit struggled a little with picking up the linebacker blitzes in the scrimmage, but for the most part I think the starting five are rock solid and have shown that in practice. My concern is depth on the second unit. Joseph Cheek is doing some nice things in drills, but I'm concerned about the left side of the line especially the second team tackle spot.
Mid-term Spring Grades - Offense
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