Open Practice One: Offensive Player Notes

David Ash and Kendall Sanders were among the standouts from Friday's open practice. Which other offensive players showed out?


David Ash had a really nice day, making every kind of throw and looking incredibly accurate on his deep ball. After that, it was a bit of a hodgepodge. The second-best of the quarterbacks might have been Tyrone Swoopes who had a few nice throws here and there. Case McCoy didn't play at all in the team portion of the practice. Jalen Overstreet really seemed to struggle as a passer. Connor Brewer made some nice touch throws early but didn't get much of a chance to do anything in the team portion.

Running Backs

There wasn't a whole lot of news out of this group as a whole. Johnathan Gray appears to be the No. 1 back, with Malcolm Brown at No. 2. Both had some nice runs, with Gray showing increased power by stiff-arming defensive tackle Chris Whaley on a run. Perhaps the most interesting news out of this group was that when they went to two-back shotgun, it was usually Joe Bergeron paired with another back like Brown or Daje Johnson. Could he assume a few fullback-like duties? It's hard to tell on the other fullbacks because they weren't utilized often.

Wide Receivers

Mike Davis wasn't at practice because for personal reasons, and Kendall Sanders stepped into his place at the 'X' position. And Sanders was probably the day's best wideout, catching a few deep balls, showing shake on short passes and generally looking outstanding. He also had the day's best catch, a 180-degree adjustment to pull in a 26-yard touchdown pass from Swoopes. Cayleb Jones also had a nice day, with his best catch coming on a one-handed snag of an overthrown Ash deep ball. Shipley had a few catches, but on one of them, he was separated from the ball by Carrington Byndom's shoulder pads. Bryant Jackson had arguably the best move in space when he caught a short pass and juked out Adrian Colbert to create a big gain.

Tight Ends

M.J. McFarland got the bulk of reps with the first team and made some nice plays in the passing game. With Texas splitting him out at times, it really helps him exploit his athleticism advantage against linebackers. Geoff Swaim had a nice matchup with Shiro Davis in one-on-one drills, and though Shiro got the best of him, most coaches would have taken that as a block on an actual play. Greg Daniels lost a one-on-one to Caleb Bluiett.

Offensive Line

With two starters missing, Sedrick Flowers slipped into the starting lineup at left guard, while Kennedy Estelle plugged in at right tackle. The offensive line had its moments in the scrimmage, with Dominic Espinosa especially looking good. Flowers struggled to block Malcom Brown and later didn't quite reach the defender on a screen pass that could have been a touchdown had he gotten there. Granted, that block was 20 yards downfield. But had he made it, Malcolm Brown probably would have had six points. Mason Walters looked excellent and he dominated Ashton Dorsey in the one-on-one pass-rush drills. On the twos, Curtis Riser had a nice day at times in pass protection. Garrett Porter played both center and tackle at times, while Marcus Hutchins played tackle with the twos.

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