Texas Scrimmage Notes

Who and what stood out at Saturday's football scrimmage?

* The take last weekend was that David Ash was the definite No. 1 QB on roster, and that played out again today, as Ash was sharp in his reads and was accurate. Tyrone Swoopes was the No. 2 and had issues with his consistency. Per sources, he made a few really nice plays, but also had a few that were head-scratchers. "The potential seems to be there," one source said. Miles Onyegbule continues to be a solid No. 3.

* Joe Bergeron wasn't in attendance, which gave more carries to Malcolm Brown and Jalen Overstreet, with the former player making the most of it. Brown was tremendous on Saturday, and really gives the Longhorns an offensive building block moving forward. He did it all, catching the ball well in Texas's screen package and doing his usual damage in the running game. Overstreet was fine in his backup role.


* According to a source, Bergeron's absence showed how thin the Longhorns are at running back right now with Johnathan Gray recovering from injury and Donald Catalon and D'Onta Foreman yet to hit campus.


* Along with Malcolm Brown, Marcus Johnson earned the most kudos for an offensive player after a big performance that followed what has reportedly been an excellent spring to this point. Texas is actually deploying Johnson in the slot most of the time and keeping Jaxon Shipley on the outside, where he was very good Saturday. Kendall Sanders is the starter opposite Shipley, with Daje Johnson and Jacorey Warrick rotating at the No. 4 receiver spot. Warrick in particular has had a good spring so far, though fellow 2013 class members Jake Oliver and Montrel Meander have also had their moments.

* Tight end was as expected: Blake Whiteley was the main receiving threat, with Geoff Swaim reprising his role as edge-setting blocker.

* On the offensive line, Kent Perkins actually played a bunch of left tackle, a change from where he was at earlier this spring at the practice opening we saw. Sedrick Flowers, Curtis Riser and Taylor Doyle actually rotated with the first team guards, with Rami Hammad spending most of his time on the second team.

* Defensively, Texas spent most of its base time in 4-3 with the usual suspects as starters: Cedric Reed and Shiro Davis at the ends and Malcom Brown and Desmond Jackson at defensive tackle. But keep an eye on Alex Norman … the sources we talked to suggested that he was one of the better players on Saturday. He and Hassan Ridgeway were the backups at defensive tackle and Caleb Bluiett and Bryce Cottrell at defensive end.

* A couple other players who played a defensive end-like role weren't defensive ends at all, but linebackers Naashon Hughes and Peter Jinkens. When standing up and blazing off the edge, it's tough to block that kind of speed, and Hughes in particular is thought to have a very bright future for the Longhorns. One of the selling points on the Longhorn defense at this point is the amount of depth at linebacker, and Texas used that depth Saturday, rotating a ton of guys through. "I couldn't tell you who is starting there," said one source. "They ran so many guys out there."

* All last season, we said that Chevoski Collins was one of the top players being redshirted. And on Saturday, Collins took a spot with the first teamers at safety. He's a dynamic talent who has the speed and athleticism to play centerfield, but also the nastiness to come downhill in the run game. Mykkele Thompson was his primary pairing, though Thompson also played some at corner. Safety is one of the more interesting positions on the team because Texas has a number of guys who do one or two things well, and those guys could rotate. Adrian Colbert and Josh Turner also spent time on the first team.

When Texas goes with two cornerbacks, it's Quandre Diggs and Duke Thomas. When the Longhorns go nickel, it appears to be a battle between Bryson Echols and Antwuan Davis, both of whom played with the first team.


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