3 takeaways from Texas's final week of spring practice

Texas had a good final week of spring camp, with the final true day of practice coming on Thursday.
Quinn Ewers, Texas football
Quinn Ewers, Texas football / Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman
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Texas football wrapped up its final spring practices this week before the Orange-White spring football game at DKR on April 20. Texas has completed 14 of its 15 allotted spring practices, including the final day of drills on April 18.

Texas football and Quinn Ewers close out spring practice with the Orange-White game tomorrow

The last month or so of spring practice has shed light on how the Longhorns roster stacks up early in the offseason before the first year of competition in the SEC this coming fall. Texas has stocked the cabinet full of talent at most position groups on each side of the ball early this offseason.

But the Longhorns do have a couple of position groups that still have question marks entering summer workouts and preseason camp. Texas can address some of those positional needs during the spring portal window.

Other positions still have time to get things figured out, whether it be working on chemistry or personnel groupings (i.e. wide receiver and interior offensive line).

All in all, this spring camp has to be considered a success for the Longhorns. Texas looks as deep as ever on each side of the ball, albeit last year's roster was more talented among the starters for some positions.

Here are three takeaways from Texas's final week of spring practice before the Orange-White Game on April 20.

EDGE and secondary are Texas's most improved positions

Texas's defense will look much different from last year's group in the SEC this coming season. After losing its top two defensive tackles, senior T'Vondre Sweat and junior Byron Murphy II, to the NFL Draft along with a handful of other key starters, Texas is looking at new starters to step up.

Two of the most impressive position groups for the Longhorns on the defensive side of the ball during spring practice were the defensive backfield and EDGE.

Texas has completely rejuvenated the secondary this offseason, including a safety room that goes five or six deep and a cornerback room that has at least three or four starting caliber players. The safety room is led by a top trio of senior Andrew Mukuba, sophomore Derek Williams Jr., and redshirt junior Michael Taaffe.

Mukuba, Taaffe, and Williams have performed well in spring practice, as have younger safeties in sophomore Jelani McDonald and true freshman Xavier Filsaime.

At EDGE, Texas is as deep as they have ever been in the four years under co-DC/LB coach Pete Kwiatkowski. The additions of true freshman edge rusher Colin Simmons and UTSA redshirt junior transfer Trey Moore along with returning both starters from last year has given the EDGE position extreme depth this spring.

In the last couple of weeks of spring practice, Texas's EDGE players have made life difficult for the quarterbacks in the pocket during simulated live-game action and the two spring scrimmages.