Daily Dose

Welcome to the Daily Dose, a daily collection of random musings surrounding Longhorns athletics and recruiting. Today we'll look at five players that proved they should get more playing time this fall after their performance in the Orange-White scrimmage.

DE CB Bryson Echols

The sophomore from DeSoto appears to be separating himself a bit from Antwuan Davis for that No. 3 cornerback position.

Echols, who led the team with 10 special teams tackles in 2013, recorded six tackles and a team-high three pass break-ups. He also had one of the hardest hits in the game on Kendall Sanders.

DE WR Montrel Meander

He only had one catch but it could have been the catch of the day when he hauled in a 30-yard pass from Miles Onyegbule over Duke Thomas, showing great leaping ability and nice body control as he was able to get a foot down near the sideline.

That one catch won't be enough to solidify him as the fourth-best option at WR behind Jaxon Shipley, Sanders, and Marcus Johnson. But it at least puts him in the conversation.

Meander could have had a much bigger impact on the game had he not taken a Onyegbule pass off the facemask after he'd gotten behind Quandre Diggs. That play did showcase the speed of the 6-foot-3, 186-pound redshirt freshman though.

DE WR Jacorey Warrick

This is a guy you want with the ball in space because he's got that shiftiness in him that makes him tough to bring down.

"Petey," who had two catches for 18 yards, should see his role expanded greatly from the four games he played in as a true freshman in 2013. Slowly but surely Les Koenning is building some solid depth at WR, and will have a handful of recruits join the picture this fall. But guys like Warrick will make it tough for them to earn playing time.

DE DT Alex Norman

Maybe it's about time we all buy in to what Norman is selling.

He was reportedly one of the better defensive linemen early on in the spring and proved that he at least deserves to be the No. 4 guy at DT with his play on Saturday when he had three tackles, including forcing a Malcolm Brown fumble.

All the talk as two who will back up Malcom Brown and Desmond Jackson has been centered around Hassan Ridgeway, but that should shift a little toward No. 94 too.

DE LB Naashon Hughes

Linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary has to be encouraged with what he's seeing in the redshirt freshman, who tallied four tackles from the SAM position.

Hughes has a chance to be a spark in that second unit because of his size and speed. He's still coming into his own and is going to be a nightmare to handle once he fully figures it out.


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