3 big standouts for Texas after Day 10 of spring practice

Which Texas football players deserve recognition after impressing the coaches with 10 spring practices in the books?
Malik Muhammad, Texas football
Malik Muhammad, Texas football / Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman
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April 9 marked Texas football's 10th practice of spring camp. That leaves five full spring practices remaining for Texas before the Orange-White spring football game at DKR on April 20.

Texas football hits double digit spring practices after Tuesday

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns returned to a more regular routine during spring practice on April 9 after taking part in the first spring scrimmage last weekend. Texas had its first scrimmage of spring ball, featuring 11-on-11s and red zone work on Saturday.

The next 10 days or so offers the final opportunity for key Longhorns players to make big moves on the two-deep depth chart before the spring game a week from this coming Saturday. Texas has already seen many young players rise to the occasion this spring, as Sarkisian noted for multiple underclassmen during his Tuesday press conference on April 9.

Since the Longhorns already have double-digit practices completed for this spring camp, we already have a good idea of whose stock is trending up entering summer workouts and preseason camp.

Here are three Longhorns players who have really stood out after the 10th spring practice earlier this week.

Malik Muhammad back in full force in practice

Outside of a couple reported injuries that appeared to be more minor than anything long-term or serious, Texas has stayed pretty healthy this spring. Junior right guard DJ Campbell is the only player who has missed a practice in the last few days due to an injury after he dinged up his shoulder in the scrimmage last weekend.

The only other injury of note we've discussed for the Longhorns this spring involved sophomore cornerback Malik Muhammad. In the first couple of weeks of camp, Muhammad dealt with a lower-body injury that caused him to miss a handful of practices.

But the last few practices have seen Muhammad return to his usual form taking first-team reps at the boundary corner position in drills and last weekend's spring scrimmage. It sounds like Muhammad has really made his presence known with the first-team secondary in team drills and during the scrimmage on April 6.

"Manny Muhammad has had a very good spring and he's been a guy who plays very confidently right now. He's really got a much better understanding schematically. I think he's trusting what he's being taught to do, but one thing Manny has is playmaking ability."

Inside Texas reported on April 10 (paid content) that Muhammad hauled in a nice pick during team drills in practice on Tuesday while covering junior wide receiver Isaiah Bond.

Muhammad is a crucial playmaker at corner for the Longhorns entering the SEC in 2024. He has the potential to be the best cover corner after he established his presence as a real ball hawk in the secondary during his true freshman campaign last season.