Texas held its seventh practice of the spring on Tuesday, and the media was granted access to around 20 minutes of drills. Here are three observations:
1. Could linebacker Ayodele Adeoye be the first freshman to see the field this fall?
Rising senior Gary Johnson recently suffered a groin injury, which could sideline him for the rest of UT’s spring practices. Johnson started seven times last year. He looked good replacing Malik Jefferson as the rover linebacker in the Texas Bowl.
Johnson is still expected to be UT’s rover linebacker, but additional reps this spring can only benefit Adeoye. Adeoye was a four-star member of Texas’ 2018 recruiting class. When asked last week about Adeoye receiving more playing time this spring, UT coach Tom Herman said the early enrollee was “swimming.”
Adeoye worked out alongside walk-on Cort Jaquess against a blocking sled during Tuesday’s practice. Leading the line were pairs of veteran linebackers.
2. Devin Duvernay was among the first group of receivers the media saw at the Denius Fields. Duvernay ran with a first-string offense that was directed by Sam Ehlinger. Rising senior Jerrod Heard and junior-to-be Collin Johnson were other receivers for this particular drill.
After breaking out as a freshman, Duvernay disappeared during his sophomore year. The deep threat did not score in 2017. Duvernay appeared in all 13 games, but he was limited to nine catches and 124 receiving yards.
This spring, though, Herman has described Duvernay’s performance in practice as “great.”
3. The media exited practice as Texas began lining up for one-on-one drills. First up for the skill players? Johnson and cornerback Kris Boyd.
Last summer, Johnson and Boyd spoke about their in-practice battles. The 6-6 Johnson recorded a team-high 54 catches during a 2017 season that was highlighted by his 191-yard performance at USC. Boyd recorded 15 pass break-ups as a junior.
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