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Texas Football: Top Performers from the Longhorns Spring Game

Taylor GasparFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

Texas Football: Top Performers from the Longhorns Spring Game

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    The Texas Longhorns' first spring of the Charlie Strong era has officially come to an end. The spring game showed a lot of positive steps for the team in addition to some concerns.

    "We still have a lot of work to do," Strong said. "I wish I had 15 more days, but I don't have them. Now we have to get the guys through the summer and into fall camp. Once we get there, we need to go to work and have to put a product together that is consistent, because it's all about consistency."

    The Longhorns were not always consistent, but a handful of players did shine on Saturday. Here's a look at the top performers from the Orange-White Scrimmage.

RB Malcolm Brown

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    Strong commended two players following Saturday's scrimmage. Running back Malcolm Brown was one of those two. 

    He was easily the best player on offense in the spring game. He rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. Earlier in spring practice, Strong said the defense is sometimes hesitant to tackle Brown because he is such a hard runner, and that was also seen during the spring game.

    The Longhorns are currently without Johnathan Gray (Achilles) and Joe Bergeron (personal). Brown's showing in the spring game helps alleviate their losses and should give Texas fans hope that the running backs will be legit with or without Gray and Bergeron.

DT Malcom Brown

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    The other player Strong commended following the spring game was defensive tackle Malcom Brown. The 6'4", 320-pound tackle wreaked havoc on the offensive line, picking up five tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hurry.

    "Malcom Brown at D-tackle was a handful," Strong said following Saturday's scrimmage. "When he wants to play, he can create a lot of havoc and can make plays."

DT Desmond Jackson

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    Defensive tackle Desmond Jackson led the first-team defense with six tackles, including a sack. His efforts helped hold the second-team offense to 156 total offensive yards and 1.3 yards per carry from the ground attack.

    One could argue that Jackson—also referred to as "Tank" by his teammates and coaches—has All-American talent, and 2014 could the time for him to let the world see that talent. 

    "Tank is just a strong, physical guy. It is hard to move him because he is so strong," Strong said. "He is still developing, but once he learns to use his hands, then he is one of those guys who is strong enough to move people out of the way."

DE Caleb Bluiett

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    Defensive end Caleb Bluiett ran with the second-team defense and stood out in the group.

    He is battling for the starting role to play opposite of defensive end Cedric Reed, and his showing Saturday could have increased his stock. 

    The 6'3", 264-pound end led the second-team defense with eight tackles and two sacks. 

     

    Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.

    Taylor Gaspar is Bleacher Report's featured columnist covering the Texas Longhorns. Follow her on Twitter: @Taylor_Gaspar.

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