Seven spring practices in, and the cream is beginning to rise to the top for the Texas Longhorns under Charlie Strong.
As expected, Texas' more physical players have stood out among the rest. During Tuesday's press conference, Strong cited defensive studs Cedric Reed, Quandre Diggs and Malcom Brown as some of most impressive players of the spring. And to give the offense some praise, he also expressed his admiration for running back Malcolm Brown and his physical running style.
Less predictable is Strong's endorsement of his skill players. Marcus Johnson continues to grow into a top-flight receiving option, while the new head coach continues to harp on Daje Johnson's potential to be a great player.
These guys are emerging as winners of the coaching and culture change. Unfortunately, a fan favorite is not having the same luck.