Texas Football: 4 Players Who Could Lose Their Jobs in the New Up-Tempo Offense
Speed kills. And perhaps in more ways than one.
The Texas Longhorns' transition back into a spread offense, a move that could transform the program's fortunes and futures, will undoubtedly put the spotlight on a number of players, but it could also shrink the roles of others.
The offense returns all but one starter and features explosiveness across the board at the skill positions. So while some rise to the occasion, the space they occupy will inevitably force others to sit aside.
Moving in this direction can be a double-edged sword, enhancing the roles of those catered to this offense while reducing the potential of those unfit to the scheme, but it could become a necessary evil for the Longhorns' BCS aspirations.
TE Greg Daniels
A dual-threat tight end has been a missing link for some time for the Longhorns, and Greg Daniels is no exception.
Better equipped in the running game, Daniels made minimal impacts in the passing game with just five receptions for 90 yards, highlighted by a 47-yard catch out of the Wishbone formation to honor the late Darrell K Royal.
Unfortunately, Daniels hardly fits the mold of a downfield option in a spread offense. While he will have his moments in particular formations that become designed runs, the junior tight end is probably on the shorter end of the stick when it comes to playing time.
WR Cayleb Jones
Sophomore wideout Cayleb Jones may have had the upper hand to claim the final starting receiver position heading into this spring, perhaps owning a small advantage over Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson. But his recent assault charges have that edge in jeopardy.
Jones earned a share of the starting job late last season, but he was only able to put up two catches on the year.
With both Sanders and Johnson flashing enough potential to warrant some buzz, there is little question that Jones is slowly slipping to the back of the caravan.
QB Jalen Overstreet
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jalen Overstreet may be primed for a position switch.
Overstreet was talked up as a legitimate contender to outplace the rest of the competition at quarterback, but he seemingly has not taken the right steps in the passing game.
As a threat with the ball in his hands, Overstreet may be in for a transition to a new place on the roster, a move that would coincide with Tyrone Swoopes' recent promotion to the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.
QB Case McCoy
Given the strange handling of quarterbacks since the latter portion of Colt McCoy's career, a scenario could unfold where true freshman Swoopes jumps Case McCoy for the backup position.
It could hardly matter as long as David Ash remains healthy ahead of them both, but in the instance where Swoopes shows some tremendous progress, it could motivate the staff enough to slide the Whitewright, Texas product into the No. 2 slot.
A switch is as unlikely as it is unfavorable, given McCoy's knack for the intermediate pass. But with Swoopes' open-field athleticism running the ball, any big developments taken with his arm will be very notable.