Spring Game Players to Watch: Offense

Three offensive players to keep an eye on at Saturday night's Orange-White game.

1) David Ash

This is the easiest selection to make. With Texas going to an up-tempo, no-huddle attack, more responsibility gets shifted to the quarterback. And early returns have come back in favor of Ash's ability to handle that responsibility. The junior-to-be had some great moments as a sophomore, completing 67.3 percent of his passes and throwing for almost 2,700 yards and 19 touchdowns to eight interceptions. But Ash could see his passing attempts jump up this season, and he'll be counted on to take advantage of matchups that the Longhorns are able to get by keeping things at a quicker tempo. Is he ready for it?

2) Dominic Espinosa

At the open practices, I couldn't believe how much better Espinosa looked than in years past. Texas's center was always excellent at using his quickness to make the needed angle blocks in Texas's running game, but didn't always have the strength to generate push or to hold off the league's bigger nose tackles. If Espinosa can fix that one hole in his game, the offensive line could make a sizable jump forward this year, especially if Mason Walters continues to improve next to him.

3) Kendall Sanders

I thought about Daje Johnson here, but spring games are notoriously vanilla affairs, so it is unlikely that we'll come away with any great clues about Johnson's future use on Saturday night. But when Marquise Goodwin graduated, it left a bit of a speed gap in Texas's receiving corps. And while nobody on roster will approach Goodwin's 4.27 speed, Sanders does offer plenty of speed in a much-taller package. Sanders could see the ball in a variety of ways this upcoming season, but he'd be most effective if he could supplement Mike Davis as a field-stretching threat.

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