3 Longhorns with the Most to Prove during Texas Spring Football

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Texas is one week into spring football and will resume practice next week. 

Among the Week 1 standout players were early enrollee's Collin Johnson and Zach Shackelford. The true freshmen began spring football running with the first team offense, which was a bit unexpected considering the two just got to campus in late January.

As great as Johnson and Shackelford performed during the first week, a lot of Longhorns still have something to prove as Texas continues spring football.

These are my three players with the most to prove throughout the remainder of spring practice.

No. 1 - Tyrone Swoopes

QB Tyrone Swoopes has been through the ringer while at Texas. He has worked under three different offensive coordinators during his time in Austin and has learned three entirely different offensive schemes.

Swoopes is the most experienced quarterback on the roster and if he wants to secure the starting role during his senior season, he needs to step up and prove he can handle the job.

No. 2 - Jerrod Heard

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Jerrod Heard is in a similar situation as Swoopes, just with less playing experience. There's no doubt Heard has the talent to be the starting guy, but is his head in the right place to lead this team remains unknown.

I have always felt Heard is one of the most talented players on the roster, but there's a maturity that needs to take place for him to have the right mindset to be the guy. Spring is the perfect time to show the new staff that he can take the reins of the offense and be the QB of the future for Texas.

No. 3 - Defensive Tackles

I am kind of going off script with No. 3 since it is not one person, but the questions in the middle of defensive line need to be addressed as a whole.

After losing Hassan Ridgeway and Desmond Jackson, Texas has only four scholarship tackles currently on campus. The two most experienced players are Paul Boyette Jr. and Poona Ford, who have 11 total starts between them. 

Texas signed four defensive tackles in 2016, but having to rely on true freshmen may not work out in the Longhorns' favor.

Now is the time for Jake McMillon and Chris Nelson to step up their game if they don't want to get lost in the mix once the incoming freshmen arrive this summer.


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