March 12, 2007

A look at five spring football standouts

The Texas Longhorns are off this week for spring break, but after seven of the 15 spring workouts have been completed, we know a lot more about some of the players that Mack Brown and his staff will be counting on during the 2007 season than we did just a few short weeks ago. Here's a look at five of the top standouts in camp.

Quan Cosby

Last season - Cosby started all 13 games at wide receiver for the Longhorns in 2006, and finished with 45 receptions for 525 yards and two touchdowns. Down the stretch, Cosby was Colt McCoy's go-to-guy, as he led the team in receptions against Texas A&M and Iowa with 14 combined catches.

Biggest need for improvement - As solid as he was as a sophomore, Cosby needs to be more of a big-play weapon than he's shown in collegiate career thus far.

What he's shown thus far in camp - Day-in and day-out through the first seven practices, Cosby has reportedly been the best receiver in camp. He's starting to make plays all over the field and his chemistry with McCoy has reached new heights. Also, with Aaron Ross having departed for the NFL, Cosby has become the front-runner to become the team's top return man on special teams.

Sergio Kindle

Last season - Injuries were just one of the reasons why Kindle didn't have a huge role on the defense as a true freshman, but there were also some maturity issues at play that aren't uncommon for 18-year olds with high expectations and low early results.

Biggest need for improvement - Regardless of the reasons, the Longhorns need more from Kindle at linebacker if they want to the defense to reach its full potential. His athleticism has never been in question, but Kindle needed to show this spring that he can play within the constraints of a defensive scheme and achieve the type of play-to-play consistency that a starter must have.

What he's shown thus far in camp - The beast inside Kindle has been awakened and the Longhorns are starting to see the type of player that they thought they recruited when he was coming out of high school. Perhaps no defensive player has opened more eyes this spring than this second-year player and his ability to turn in highlight reel plays has become a daily occurrence. Although he still needs to work on the details of his position and aim for more consistency, he's already proven that he's a must-have on the field for the fall.

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