Texas Football: Week 3 Spring Practice Stock Report

Jonathan Woo@woo_jonathanwooCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2013

Texas Football: Week 3 Spring Practice Stock Report

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    The Texas Longhorns are on Spring Football hiatus to enjoy spring break and will resume workouts on March 19.

    Nevertheless, the recent musings around the program have lingered into this week as the 'Horns begin to get a larger idea of where the 2013 season may go.

    Cayleb Jones has stolen headlines with the disclosure of recent events involving him and other Texas student-athletes, but it has not kept the Longhorns from continuing the grind during the spring.

    In this week's Stock Report, find out who is on the rise and who is on the decline.

Stock Up: Dalton Santos

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    A number of reports have sophomore linebacker Dalton Santos standing out with the first team defense, a situation that could have him leap over Steve Edmond in the depth chart.

    Santos' best work last season came on special teams, and when he did jump into the mix at linebacker, he did about as well as the rest of the linebackers, which wasn't very good at all.

    Santos arrived for spring ball some 21 pounds lighter than what he was carrying last season, a true sign to his dedication to earning the starting job. And at this point in time, Santos could very well be out-dueling Edmond for the nod. 

Stock Up: David Ash

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    The musings have David Ash becoming more and more comfortable under the new offense that Texas is implementing this spring.

    Much of Texas' success can ride on Ash's shoulders and his ability to create plays with his feet. With Ash's proficiency in the spread comes a potential wave of offensive firepower that Texas caught mere glimpses of last season.

    In eight days of spring ball, the junior quarterback has not thrown an interception.

Stock Up: Leroy Scott

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    With a number of openings in the defensive back rotation, a wealth of names have emerged in recent weeks.

    Junior cornerback Leroy Scott has put together a couple of good workouts, most recently last week when he nearly had an interception to go with another pass break-up.

    With Kenny Vaccaro having vacated a spot in the secondary, a shift in personnel could open things up at corner, giving an opportunity to several athletes to showcase their consistency.

Stock Down: Cayleb Jones

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    The recent disclosure of Cayleb Jones' run-in with the law, stemming from the alleged assault on another Texas student-athlete, has the sophomore receiver in the dog house.

    Despite the incident occurring weeks ago, Jones has been participating in spring ball and has been developing nicely. However, his recent transgressions undoubtedly have him looking from the outside in as the competition at wide receiver could get noticeably thinner.

    For a position of huge need with a ton of young players, wide receiver is in need of a huge step up in production now that Jones appears to be at risk of missing significant time.

Stock Down: Jalen Overstreet

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    The word on the street...is that Jalen Overstreet is not making the best strides in the passing game. No matter how effective the redshirt freshman may be running the ball, he will have to make the necessary developments in throwing the football.

    At this point, one of Overstreet, Connor Brewer and Tyrone Swoopes will have to stand out. And it is not happening.

    Overstreet was favored by many to challenge Case McCoy as David Ash's backup, but with a poor showing in Texas' latest workout, the dual-threat quarterback will need more time to progress.

No Change: Marcus Johnson

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    In lieu of the Cayleb Jones incident, Marcus Johnson has an even brighter opportunity to claim the spotlight.

    The sophomore wide receiver played a very limited role last season and will see that role expand tremendously if he can edge out a couple of others for a spot behind Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley.

    While Johnson is able to make the nice catch, he still struggles with consistency, an aspect that will have to get stronger in an offense that will probably throw the ball heavily at times.