Onyegbule Preps to Play Early

Many Texas fans have pegged Miles Onyegbule for a redshirt his freshman year. And why not, with an abundance of outside receivers including senior Malcolm Williams, emerging sophomores Mike Davis and Darius White and impressive redshirt freshman John Harris.

There's just one problem: somebody forgot to tell Onyegbule

"The coaches told us that the only reason we would redshirt is if we weren't mentally or physically ready," Onyegbule said "I think I'm mentally ready, and I'm pretty sure I'm physically ready So I do plan on playing early "

Onyebule's work ethic certainly gives him a chance to get noticed early The Arlington product has been working out with rival Arlington Martin quarterback Russell Bellomy on a regular basis, going through foot training and route running, while Bellomy, a Michigan signee, fires passes

He's also used that time to get bigger and stronger, upping his weight to 211, while he's been clocked as fast as 4 51 in the 40-yard dash He said working with a high-level quarterback allowed him to run all the routes he'll need to at Texas, with Onyegbule able to work on catching high-zip throws

Onyegbule has put in the extra work to transition back to his old position Initially a wide receiver at Arlington, Onyegbule played quarterback as a senior, rushing for 1,524 yards and 21 touchdowns while passing for 1,267 yards and another 12 scores

"Playing quarterback really helps me read defenses as a receiver," Onyegbule said "You have to know everybody else's jobs, and you know how to get open, and which spots you'll be open at Playing quarterback has helped me a lot "

Onyegbule said he has been impressed with his fellow members of the 2011 Texas recruiting class

"From top-to-bottom, we have a lot of athletic guys, but a lot of smart guys as well," Onyegbule said "We're trying to get in the best shape we can to come in and help out right away "

Onyegbule said his class visited the week before the spring game, and he caught the spring game on television

"I was impressed with a lot of the things that I saw," Onyegbule said "They got a lot of players on the field and spread the ball around really well "

Onyegbule's road to play early will start when he reports, on June 6

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