2 freshman Texas CBs who were praised in practice this week

Texas football's depth in the defensive backfield is as strong as it's ever been during head coach Steve Sarkisian's four years in Austin.
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Wardell Mack

The other true freshman early enrollee cornerback who has been praised multiple times this spring for his strong performances and development in practice is Wardell Mack. The former high-four-star recruit from John Ehret High School in Marerro, LA, has come along quicker than expected in his development this spring, adding to the depth and competition at the corner position.

Like Black, Mack had a strong showing in last weekend's spring scrimmage. He held his own against the second and third-team receivers during the 11-on-11 portion of the scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.

Mack was the other highest-rated cornerback recruit for the Longhorns in the 2024 signing class from the high school ranks. He has been pushing redshirt freshman defensive back Warren Roberson for second and third-team reps at cornerback this spring. The same could be said for Black.

An interesting note from the last couple of weeks of spring ball is what we've heard about Mack's versatility. Mack is one of those multiple defensive backs who can be cross-trained at different spots in the secondary, something Sarkisian and the Texas defensive staff loves to have at DB.

On Texas Football reported on April 5 that Mack has been cited as the "most likely candidate" among Texas's freshman cornerbacks to end up cross-training at nickel.

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