Spring Notebook: Coordinators Edition

Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis and Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp both addressed questions from the media on Wednesday to assess their squads after the thirteenth practice of spring. Each coach discussed the strengths and weaknesses of their respective units.

The Texas Longhorns have wrapped up thirteen of their allowed 15 practices and the team is now eyeing Sunday's Spring Game. Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis and Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp both addressed questions from the media on Wednesday to assess their squads after the thirteenth practice of spring.

Call to arms at DT - Coach Muschamp has expressed serious concern about the depth at the defensive tackle position, and has even said that the freshman tackles need to come in and be ready to play. Senior tackle Ben Alexander has earned praise from both Coach Muschamp and Coach Brown for getting his weight under 300 pounds and understanding his role in the scheme.

More 3-4 looks are a possibility - Given the concerns at defensive tackle, it is very conceivable that the defense may show some more looks in the 3-4, a trend that might continue from last season. At this point, there is no plan to move any other players into the defensive tackle position to help shore up depth.

Can the defense pitch a shutout on Sunday? - Coach Muschamp certainly expects it of his group. Muschamp said, "Any time you walk on the field, you want to compete and play well. We're looking to shut the offense out." Thankfully, it sounds as though the calculus that was used for scoring in prior spring games looks to be out.

Defensive leaders are emerging - Replacing leaders like Brian Orakpo and Roy Miller is never easy, but the coaches have identified three defenders who are stepping into that role: Sergio Kindle, Rodderick Muckelroy and Earl Thomas.

Secondary is "light years" ahead of a year ago - Coach Muschamp is very pleased with the competition for starting spots as well as the depth and talent in the defensive backfield. That is quite a change from last year when the team started two freshmen at the two safety spots.

Best group of receivers at Texas? - Coach Greg Davis believes that when Jordan Shipley returns, this group of receivers has a chance to be the deepest group he has had at Texas. You certainly get the sense that James Kirkendoll, Brandon Collins, and Malcolm Williams have all had really good springs. John Chiles also has turned some heads in the second half of spring as he is gaining some comfort at wide out, while losing some weight. Unlike most of the wide receivers, Chiles is focusing on a single position (B position) and is not cross-training at multiple wide out spots.

No RB has seized the job - Whether it is injuries or consistent production, there has yet to be a running back to jump up and take the job. Cody Johnson, prior to his hamstring injury, looked like a guy who has starting to emerge, but the team goes back to looking for someone to step up in August. That certainly gives Chris Whaley a chance to show his stuff while not having to unseat an incumbent.

Garrett Gilbert is learning this spring - Coach Davis said that despite not being on campus this spring, Gilbert has been at every meeting and every practice but one this spring, so he expects that he is shortening his learning cycle at the position.


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