Texas defensive tackle Poona Ford was called out for being one of the bright spots at Texas training camp this August. (University of Texas Athletics Photography)

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Which players are flying under the radar at Texas in August?

Posted August 20th, 2016

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Texas coach Charlie Strong gets asked numerous questions about the starting quarterbacks, running backs and standout defensive players. Surely, both the coach and reporters are forgetting somebody?

So which players should the media be asking about?

Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver makes a reception against Baylor during the first half at McLane Stadium, Dec. 5, 2015. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Texas wide receiver Jake Oliver makes a reception against Baylor during the first half at McLane Stadium, Dec. 5, 2015. (JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Strong said four specific players have had solid training camps and are flying somewhat under the radar.

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Offensively, Strong praised receivers Jacorey Warrick and Jake Oliver.

“Jacorey Warrick is having an unbelievable camp right now,” Strong said. “You feel him. When we’re at practice, you feel balls being caught by him.”

Warrick, a senior, played in six games last season and had just six catches for 35 yards. Oliver, a junior, played in eight games, mostly on special teams.

Defensively, Strong praised defensive lineman Poona Ford and Chris Nelson. Both players are fighting for playing time alongside an influx of freshmen, many of whom are soaking up the spotlight, too.

“They are doing an unbelievable job from their leadership ability,” Strong said. “We’ve got all these young guys, and now you see those young guys sitting in a meeting. Poona has two of them next to him, and he’s explaining the defense. Then you look over there and Chris has two of them next to him.”

Ford, a sophomore, started five games last season and finished with 39 tackles, six for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Nelson played in eight games as a redshirt freshman last season and had seven tackles and one sack.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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