Day Two Practice Report: Offense

Which players were the standouts at Saturday's open practice for the offense? Read more INSIDE.

Top Player: Mike Davis

Darrell Wyatt deserves a ton of credit, as his receiving group has looked to be among the best position groups so far this spring. And that's not easy to do, considering 1) the defense is typically ahead of the offense in the spring, 2) Wyatt has done so without the benefit of John Harris, or even a full-speed Jaxon Shipley (Shipley has looked good, but isn't quite operating as fast as he did last year just yet), and 3) Wyatt's group has looked that good despite no real additions to a group that was oft-maligned a year ago. The receiving group should only get better with the addition of the three signees in the fall, but right now, with Mike Davis looking like a potential All-Big 12 player at the position, Texas has a lot to look forward to. A top three of Davis, Shipley (another All-Big 12 candidate), and a deep threat in Marquise Goodwin, could be among the league's best. Each player is capable, as each had a 100-plus yard game last year. Davis had another excellent practice Saturday, pulling in a one-handed snag on a fade route vs. Quandre Diggs and later catching a 50-50 ball on an underthrown deep ball over Kenny Vaccaro.



Other Thoughts:

It's easy to see why everybody is high on David Ash. He put together another nice day of work on Saturday, showing decisiveness and accuracy. And he did so on a day when he was pressured a ton. There are things he needs to work on, like his short-to-intermediate throws, but the ball jumps out of his hand, he's a strong runner and most importantly, he's making the right choices and being accurate. He didn't turn the ball over at either practice.


Case McCoy looked better at the short throws than Ash did, and had a nice throw on a post route to Bryant Jackson for a big gain. Connor Brewer also looked sharp in limited repetitions, including a nice completion over the middle on the last play of practice. Brewer isn't especially tall, but makes up for it by holding the ball high and using a high release point. He's been well-coached.


Malcolm Brown had a rough start to the scrimmage. On the first play, a swing pass out in the flat, he was pelted by Kenny Vaccaro and fumbled the ball, the offense's only turnover on the day. On the second, he was drilled to the turf by a hard-charging Steve Edmond. Brown looked quite a bit quicker overall, showing quick feet on a draw carry.


For the second consecutive day, a cornerback leveled Joe Bergeron. This time it was Quandre Diggs. Later on, Bergeron had a long would-be touchdown after the right side of the line caved in the defense and Bergeron shrugged off Leroy Scott in the open field.


Jeremy Hills looked pretty good again, running aggressively. He still appears to have value as a third-down back with the way he can pick up pass-rushers.


A much better day for Miles Onyegbule, who didn't struggle with his hands as much. Onyegbule has been receiving a number of reps with the No. 1s, and appears to be difficult to cover as an H-back type. He made multiple big plays on Saturday.


At the same time, D.J. Grant and M.J. McFarland each had outstanding catches of their own. After a relatively quiet Friday, McFarland looked better Saturday. And Grant was outstanding. Darius Terrell also looks hard to cover, and the coaches are impressed with his improvement as a blocker. So far, Luke Poehlmann has been exclusively an offensive tackle, backing up Josh Cochran.


The starting offensive line is, from left, Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Dominic Espinosa, Mason Walters and Cochran. They've struggled at times this spring, but it's tough to figure out 1) how much of that is due to the Texas defense and 2) how much of it is due to unfamiliarity. Of those players, four have started for Texas before, so it isn't a question of experience as much. But everyone but Espinosa and Walters are playing different spots than a year ago.


Garrett Porter's hard work has gotten him some time at center, but he just isn't as quick as Espinosa there. He has been better at dealing with the Longhorn defensive tackles shooting straight up the middle, though.


Keep an eye on Sedrick Flowers. Flowers is one of the team's most impressive linemen in one-on-one drills, and while both guard spots appear set with talented players, if Espinosa continues to struggle, don't be shocked if Searels gives Flowers some run at center as a "get the best five on the field" measure. So far, Espinosa has probably been the weak link of the group, though he has the potential to be excellent.


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