Three Texas-centric thoughts

SAN ANTONIO — Three Texas-centric thoughts from the first morning of practice for the U.S. Army All-America Game.

1) The Texas staff made a Texas-sized mistake in electing not to offer Trey Metoyer

The senior from Whitehouse not only made a case to be the best wide receiver in the state with his performance Monday morning, but he also appeared to be the best wide receiver in the country, where, coincidentally enough, has him ranked. Metoyer showed it all, an astute sense of route-running, an ability to cut seamlessly, fantastic body control and excellent hands. The West defensive backs had a hard time covering him all morning, with Metoyer catching a touchdown on a crossing route, a slant-and-go route and caught another long pass on a post route where he sealed the defender with his hip and snagged the ball with his strong hands.

2) Having said that, Jaxon Shipley didn't look bad

Shipley showed the route-running savvy that most people expected him to entering the week, and appears to be a natural slot receiver with acceleration in and out of his cuts. His skill set will go over well in Austin, where the Longhorns are in need of a smart slot guy to clear out space for their other receivers. Shipley did drop a couple passes, but that's typically an aberration and isn't a major concern at this point in time.

3) It might be difficult to gauge Malcolm Brown this week

The West's offensive line seems to be a patchwork unit of guys playing out of position. That didn't help Brown break free for any big runs in the morning, as he really didn't have any space to run. Brown did have a couple nice plays as a blocker, showing an aptitude in pass protection. His best play as a blocker came on a run, when Brown — operating at fullback — blasted open a hole for fellow Lone Star state back Aaron Green. Green used the added space to run for 10 yards.

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