Texas Football: 3 offensive standouts from first week of spring practice

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Johntay Cook, Texas Football

Johntay Cook, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Texas football is wrapping up the week of spring break this weekend and will be returning to the practice field for the second full week of spring camp on March 20. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian worked in three practices during the first week of spring ball, starting back on March 6.

That included the first full-pads practice for Sark and the Longhorns on March 10.

There are still around a dozen spring practices remaining before Sark and the Longhorns to take the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 15 for the annual Orange-White spring football game.

Through the first week of spring practice, there seems to be a lot more optimism about the way that the talent is coming together and developing within the program compared to what we’ve seen from the squads in the last five or six years. Sark and the Longhorns staff have done an excellent job on the recruiting trail in the last couple of cycles. And those efforts, along with the heightened emphasis on proper personnel usage and development, appear to now be paying dividends (especially on the offensive side of the ball).

Johntay Cook II and the most impressive offensive standouts for Texas football through one week of spring

With that in mind, here’s a look at three offensive standouts from the first week of spring ball for the Longhorns.

Johntay Cook II, WR

The most highly-anticipated 2023 signee for the Longhorns among the true freshmen this offseason is the former elite five-star recruit and ex-DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook II. And from what we’ve heard since Cook began his first run at spring camp on the Forty Acres last week, it sounds like he’s made a great impression early on.

We’ve heard a lot of good things about the performance of both Cook and fellow field receiver, junior Xavier Worthy, through the first week of spring practice. For what it’s worth, though, Cook is the wideout that has generated more buzz between him and the other young wideouts so far in spring camp.

A report from Horns247 last week (paid content) even mentioned that one team source said Cook was the “most impressive” wideout in the first few days of spring camp.

Cook is apparently learning a lot from Worthy so far this offseason. And he really does look the part of the most college-ready of the wide receiver signees from the Longhorns 2023 class coming out of the high school ranks.

All signs are pointing to Cook being in a spot to make some valuable early contributions for the Longhorns heading into the fall.

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