3 takeaways from Day 1 of Texas spring practice

The first of one month of spring practices took place for Texas football on Tuesday.

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Running back room is as deep as ever

To start the day of spring practice on March 19, sophomore CJ Baxter Jr. and junior Jaydon Blue were splitting the first-team reps in running back drills. From what we saw and what was reported from the first spring practice this week, Baxter looked good in individual drills at running back.

Blue, meanwhile, looked like the more natural back running between the tackles, which makes sense since he's had more time to add the necessary bulk to his frame. Blue is also the more physical of the two backs between him and Baxter entering spring camp.

Something to watch during the first day of spring practice, though, was how good Texas's two true freshman early enrollee running backs looked. True freshmen Jerrick Gibson and Christian Clark looked the part in individual and group drills today.

Gibson looked the part as a physical back who can maul opposing tacklers at defensive back and even linebacker, at 220 pounds on the spring roster.

Clark also has the build of a back who can run over opposing defenders each time he touches the football. He's got a huge lower-body and looks like he's been hitting the weight room on the Forty Acres for multiple years instead of just the last few months since he arrived on campus as an early enrollee.

There were also some good reps during the first day of spring practice from sophomore running back Tre Wisner and junior Savion Red. Wisner could be a bigger contributor to the running back room this year and Red looked massive at 240 pounds on the spring roster.