Texas Football: Week 1 Fall Practice Stock Report
Football is in the air.
It has been just over seven months since the Texas Longhorns played in a game that counted. This week marked the first days of fall camp prior to the 2013 season—a season for which the 'Horns have high hopes.
With three weeks until the Longhorns open the season at home against New Mexico State, Texas fans will be salivating for juicy news and reports as they await the Aug. 29 kickoff.
As the weeks dwindle and the days die, the fall camp stock report will be here each Friday until the end of camp. A few names have already begun to impress, so let's dig right into it.
Stock Up: Kendall Sanders
The Longhorns have two glaring weaknesses on offense—at wide receiver and tight end.
With just two proven contributors at receiver in Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley, the need for an emerging player is definite. No more Marquise Goodwin puts a big damper on Texas' speed capabilities, inside and out, but Kendall Sanders may have an answer.
The sophomore pass-catcher had some off-field trouble shortly after Texas' Alamo Bowl win, but it seems like Sanders has put that behind him and is focused on his development.
The wideout has made some nice catches so far, and his mobility in the open field gives him an added tool that will help in his quest to nab the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.
In short, if Sanders continues to show consistency throughout the next few weeks, the spot will be his to start the season.
Stock Up: Desmond Harrison
Harrison has had looks with the first- and second-team offenses and has been as good as advertised so far with his 6'8", 300-pound frame.
If he can be a cornerstone at left tackle in a formation with Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Mason Walters and Josh Cochran from left to right, the Longhorns will look strong at the point of attack.
Harrison's high stock will simmer for a few days. The longer his academic issues drone on, the more concern about his eligibility there will be.
Stock Up: David Ash
David Ash looks the part.
The junior quarterback appears more confident, delivering good throws throughout the week and sounding more experienced with the media.
Yes, it is just Week 1, and we should not get ahead of ourselves. However, Ash has progressed about as much as one can expect, and it is still early. He has set a tone for the rest of fall camp, and it has been a good one.
We will know much more about his growth the deeper we get into camp, but Ash is off to a solid start.
Getting Warm: Jackson Jeffcoat
Jackson Jeffcoat is on the rebound from offseason surgery for the second straight year, and his return will be heavily watched.
Now that Alex Okafor has moved on to the professional level, Jeffcoat will have to take on a new role as a leader and as a consistent contributor.
The senior has posted 12 sacks in his last 19 games—dating back to the 2011 season—and his level of play could be a telling sign of just how disruptive the rest of the line could be.
Jeffcoat has had a strong string of practices early on, but without workouts in full pads, it might be too easy to get ahead of ourselves with such a physical position.
No Change: Daje Johnson
No news might be good news when it comes to Daje Johnson.
We have seen his speed with the ball in his hands, and he has shown nothing different early on in camp.
For Texas, that is good news for now, but obviously Johnson's role figures to be a crucial one as the team's top speed guy.
Johnson deserves to touch the ball at least six to 10 times per game, and we will see just how often he will be involved on offense as camp rolls on.