Texas Football: Week 4 Spring Practice Report
The second half of spring football began this week for the Texas Longhorns, as they gear up for the Orange and White Game on March 30.
Following spring break, the coaching staff faced some challenges in retention and conditioning, problems that were loosely spread across the field but did not create too many issues.
Up in this week's stock report are quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and defensive backs Sheroid Evans and Mykkele Thompson, movement that could settle some battles in the secondary.
Losing ground this week are center Jake Raulerson and quarterback Jalen Overstreet.
Stock Up: Tyrone Swoopes
The true freshman quarterback has jumped the ranks up to the No. 3 position on the depth chart, a move that should ultimately lead to a battle between Swoopes and Case McCoy for the right to back up David Ash in the 2013 season.
Not apparently overwhelmed by what has been thrown at him this spring, Swoopes has become a nice sponge in recent weeks. And with Vince Young hanging around the program to provide his insights, Swoopes is around good company.
Most importantly, Swoopes' jump on the depth chart means more reps for the Whitewright, Texas product.
Stock Down: Jalen Overstreet
With Swoopes' move to the No. 3 spot on the quarterback depth chart, it signals a drop in another freshman signal-caller, Jalen Overstreet.
The redshirt freshman has made some noted progress after spending a year in the program, but it seems like Overstreet has not made the necessary developments in his passing game, something that simply has to improve to get a shot at running a spread offense.
Unfortunately, Overstreet's strong running ability is not enough to overcome his deficiencies elsewhere.
Stock Up: Sheroid Evans
With Quandre Diggs working heavily at the nickel position and possibly getting some looks at safety as well, the cornerback position opposite Carrington Byndom is up for the taking.
Leroy Scott, Duke Thomas and Sheroid Evans appear to be battling for the starting nod, and Evans has made some strides to get extra looks at the position.
The rotation is exactly that, as the trio has been receiving praise all across the board, making the final battle that much more intriguing. Furthermore, it should only add more confidence in the rotation.
Stock Down: Jake Raulerson
Jake Raulerson was a centerpiece to Texas' 2013 recruiting class as a two-way player along the line of scrimmage.
The 6'5", 260-pound mauler enrolled early and has taken up the center position this spring. However, Raulerson recently underwent an appendectomy and will miss the remainder of spring football.
While his absence is hardly a knock on the offensive line depth chart, the Longhorns need all the future help that they can get. Raulerson missing time is not ideal, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Stock Up: Mykkele Thompson
The defensive backs appear to be making some of the biggest strides this spring, with a hefty portion of the rotation vacant.
Kenny Vaccaro's departure leaves a hole at safety, and although some rumor Quandre Diggs to step into that role, sophomore Mykkele Thompson has made some noise as well. With Diggs getting some heavy work at the nickel, Thompson would start opposite Adrian Phillips at safety if the season started today.
Cautious optimism has to be around in droves in the defensive backfield. The talent is there, but there is not a ton of experience. Stay tuned.
No Change: Dalton Santos
Nothing new to report at the middle linebacker position, where Dalton Santos has made some strides to challenge incumbent Steve Edmond for the starting gig.
This battle might be the most critical of the spring leading into the fall, as improved play from the position is necessary for the Texas defense to provide a better overall showing in 2013.
Santos could be a big part of that, but Edmond should welcome the competition.