3 overreactions after the Texas spring game

There is confidence surrounding the depth and talent on Texas's offense at the conclusion of spring ball.
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The secondary will be the weak point of the defense

The two biggest concerns that emerged from the spring game for the Longhorns this weekend was defensive tackle depth and the secondary play. The former of these two concerns was something that we already knew about entering the spring game.

Lacking defensive tackle depth is why Texas's defensive staff hosted two proven grad transfer visitors during the spring game on April 20.

But I think we all expected to see a better performance from the defensive backs in pass coverage this weekend.

The fact that the Longhorns had two quarterbacks that alone tallied over 500 passing yards in the spring game is a sign that the secondary didn't show its best efforts and execution at DKR this weekend. Texas wasn't truly challenging many of the throws from Manning, Owens, and/or senior Cole Lourd in the spring game.

Texas's defensive backs were beat deep multiple times for explosive touchdown plays. Not only did the Longhorns have three deep ball TDs of at least 50 yards, but they also scored on two additional explosive plays of 20+ yards. Five explosive scores allowed is not a good look for the secondary at all at the conclusion of spring ball.

There is plenty of young talent in the secondary this year, and it should still be one of the most improved position groups on the defensive side of the ball year-over-year in 2024. But Texas needs more from the secondary in single-high and zone coverage this upcoming season in the SEC if it doesn't want to experience some significant drop-off.

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