The Texas Longhorns have officially opened spring practice, in which several young players will look to make an early impression and climb the depth chart. But for each one that rises, somebody else has to lose ground in terms of their role on the team.
This spring is a special one for this Texas team. It's Charlie Strong's first with the program, which represents a fresh start for many of his players. By that same token, it also spells trouble for those that are in danger of falling under the scrutiny of the intense new head coach.
For some, the window of opportunity is closing. Others have to show that they can even fit within the structure of Strong's new system. Either way, several Longhorn players have to show their worth if they want to keep their place on the team.
That list of players with the most to lose this spring starts with Shiro Davis, ends with Tyrone Swoopes and includes some youthful surprises that must come out strong to secure their futures with the program.