Texas football players work out during a spring practice on March 7, 2017. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Three observations from Texas’ first practice of spring camp

Posted March 20th, 2018

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Texas held its first practice of the spring on Tuesday, and the media was granted access to around 30 minutes of drills. Here are three observations:

1. For what it’s worth, Sam Ehlinger took the first snap of the portion of practice that was open to the media.

Running against a non-existent defense, Ehlinger directed an offense that featured veteran linemen and receiver Collin Johnson. Shane Buechele, who has fully recovered from an off-season hip surgery, then followed with less-experienced teammates.

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In another drill, both quarterbacks got their fair share of short, intermediate and deep throws to various members of UT’s receiving corps. Incoming freshmen Cameron Rising and Casey Thompson also received multiple chances to throw around the football.

Buechele, who will be a junior this fall, has started 19 times in his career. Ehlinger started six times during his freshman season. Ehlinger also relieved Buechele in wins over West Virginia and Missouri.

2. Senior cornerbacks Kris Boyd and Davante Davis retained their starting spots on the first day of spring drills. They trotted out with what was presumed to be the first-string defense during one part of practice. (John Bonney and Brandon Jones appeared at safety while P.J. Locke III returned to the nickelback position). Boyd and Davis also took the lead in the cornerback drills that the media witnessed.

Boyd will enter the season with 20 starts under his belt, and Texas coach Tom Herman has praised his efforts in off-season workouts. Davis has 14 starts on his resume. He replaced the suspended Holton Hill for the final four games of UT’s 2017 season.

Cornerback was not a position that used a rotation under defensive coordinator Todd Orlando. So, who will push Boyd and Davis for playing time? Look for returnees Eric Cuffee and Donovan Duvernay and four-star recruit Anthony Cook.

Josh Thompson, who was a cornerback on Texas’ 2017 depth chart, practiced with the safeties on Tuesday.

3. Tuesday’s practice gave media members and spectators — a contingent that included former UT coach David McWilliams — their first glance at a 2018 recruiting class that includes nine early enrollees. It also meant those newcomers were debuting their jersey numbers:

  • 3: QB Cameron Rising (previously worn by WR Armanti Foreman)
  • 4: DB Anthony Cook (DeShon Elliott)
  • 7: DB Caden Sterns (Antwuan Davis)
  • 8: P Ryan Bujcevski (n/a)
  • 8: QB Casey Thompson (Dorian Leonard)
  • 25: DB B.J. Foster (n/a)
  • 40: LB Ayodele Adeoye (Naashon Hughes)
  • 58: OL Mikey Grandy (n/a)
  • 82: WR Brennan Eagles (Michael Wilson)

Read more: Max Cummins to compete as a tight end when Texas opens spring drills

Additionally, redshirt freshman Max Cummins will now wear No. 89 after his switch to the tight end position. (Cummins wore No. 92 as a defensive lineman in 2017). Defensive lineman D’Andre Christmas will wear No. 55 this spring.

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