Practice Notes from Charlie Strong

Texas head coach Charlie Strong updates where the Longhorns are 10 practices into spring football.

Charlie Strong spoke to the media for a few minutes following Tuesday's practice.

Here's what you need to know.

  • Strong said the team still has a ways to go when it comes to fundamentals and technique.
  • The offensive line has to get better. The biggest problem on the OL is depth.
  • The team needs guys to step up and make more plays at WR and RB.
  • Strong said the QB competition is "very good." He is unsure if the starting quarterback will be determined by the end of spring.
  • QB Jerrod Heard fell on his shoulder wrong, which caused a minor sprain. Strong said he is going to be fine, and if the team had more practices left then he thinks Heard would have been cleared to return. However, Heard will sit out for the remainder of spring, which only has five more practices, including the spring game, left.
  • Both Tyrone Swoopes and Shane Buechele are pushing each other. Buechele has done a really good job of learning and picking up the offense. "He's like a gym rat. He's always around and always learning."
  • Strong said the staff would not be afraid to start true freshman QB Shane Buechele.
  • Redshirt freshman quarterback Kai Locksley is "working through some things" right now. Strong said he has not been getting many reps at QB.
  • Defensive tackles Paul Boyette Jr. and Poona Ford have been playing well. He wants to see more progress from defensive ends Naashon Hughes and Bryce Cottrell.
  • Tyrone Swoopes is a "totally different" guy now than when Strong first got to Texas. He said the Swoopes is entirely different as both a person and a quarterback
  • Early enrollee wide receiver Collin Johnson is one of the guys who has played well during spring. He will be in the mix for a starting role if he continues on this path.
  • The Longhorns still do not have a set kicker on campus. When asked if they have plans to find one after spring, Strong joked, "If you find a kicker, send him to me. I need it."


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