Texas Football: Terrance Brooks looks like an ‘SEC cornerback’ in camp

Xavier Worthy, Terrance Brooks, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Xavier Worthy, Terrance Brooks, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Texas football is through one full week of fall practice. After one full week of fall practice, we’ve got a good idea of which players are starting to step up and put themselves in a good spot to have a big season during the 2023 campaign.

One of the players that stepped up for the Longhorns in the first week of fall practice is sophomore cornerback Terrance Brooks. The second-year corner is in the midst of a position battle at the field spot with junior Gavin Holmes and true freshman Malik Muhammad.

The fact of the matter is that Texas is loaded at cornerback this fall. Texas has four corners capable of starting on most Power Five teams, between Muhammad, Brooks, Holmes, and redshirt junior boundary corner Ryan Watts.

Texas football CB Terrance Brooks off to a strong start after Week 1 of fall practice

But it sounds like Brooks has an edge in the battle for the starting job at field corner early in fall camp. In a fall camp report on Aug. 9, Eric Nahlin of Inside Texas/On Texas Football mentioned that he believes Brooks “start the first game” of the season for the Longhorns at cornerback.

"“I think Ryan Watts and Terrance Brooks are probably your starters.”"

Nahlin also discussed how loaded Texas is at cornerback this fall, by saying that “they’ve got a very good problem on their hands” at the position heading into Week 1 on Sep. 2 against the Rice Owls.

Brooks proving he’s made valuable strides this offseason early in fall camp

From what’s being reported and what we’ve heard in training camp thus far, Brooks has improved his body and his understanding of the defensive schemes throughout the offseason. Brooks showed flashes down the stretch last season of being a standout one-on-one cover corner at the field spot when he took starting reps in place of senior D’Shawn Jamison.

Brooks is showing signs early in fall camp that he’s taking his game to another level. In a post-practice report from CJ Vogel of TFB Texas (donor content), Brooks was cited as one of the players that “has taken a big step physically” in his second year on campus. He reportedly looks the part of an “SEC cornerback” in training camp.

From the pictures and reports we’ve seen early in fall practice, it clearly looks like Brooks hit the weight room hard this offseason. He looks the part of a big and physical shutdown corner for the Longhorns at the field spot heading into the season.

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