Practice Notes from Day 3 of Texas Longhorns Spring Football

Horns Digest has all of the latest practice updates from the third day of spring football.

Texas allowed the media to watch Thursday's practice, which was the first full pad practice of spring football. 

Here are a few takeaways after watching day three of spring practice.


The reps were pretty even between the five quarterbacks throughout the first part of practice. The Longhorns ended the day with team drills, where Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard received the most reps. 

Based on the number of reps, Shane Buechele appeared to be the "third string" QB followed by Matthew Merrick and Kai Locksley.

Second Team OL

Texas ran uptempo during team drills at the end of practice and the first team offensive line played pretty well against the defense. 

The second string line is a different story. 

Elijah Rodriguez ran as the backup center to true freshman Zach Shackelford. Rodriguez struggled to snap the ball into the hands of the quarterback on several plays and the remainder of the line had a difficult time blocking against the Longhorns defense. 

After watching the second team o-line frequently get beat by the d-line (which was also the case during the first spring practice), I think there is legitimate depth concerns currently on the roster. 

The line is still very young and may have to rely on some of the incoming freshmen to provide depth, especially if the backups do not progress throughout spring ball.

Wide Receivers

Collin Johnson had another solid practice, and caught a touchdown pass from Heard during team drills. 

Another play that stood out happened during one-on-ones. Johnson was facing Davante Davis, and Davis had great coverage on Johnson for the entirety of the play. It looked like Davis had the perfect positioning for an interception when Buechele threw the ball. Both guys caught Buechele's pass, but it was Johnson who fought the hardest and ended up with the catch.

If he continues to play this way, there's no doubt he will start against Notre Dame.

John Burt and Armanti Foreman were other receivers who had a decent practice. DeAndre McNeal had a few drops, but he got better as the day went on.

Young Struggles

Buechele did not have the best performance running the offense during team drills. Naashon Hughes blocked two of Buechele's passes, and one he blocked into the hands of Anthony Wheeler, who in turn returned it for a defensive TD. 

Buechele threw a second interception while attempting a deep ball pass to Burt, who was covered by Sheroid Evans. Burt and Evans went up for the jump ball, but Evans tipped it to Kevin Vaccaro for an INT.

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