3 Texas freshmen who impressed in first spring scrimmage

Texas football held its first scrimmage of spring ball on Saturday in front of key visiting recruits for Longhorn City Limits.
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Last weekend, Texas football had the first scrimmage of spring camp. Texas put on the full pads for the first spring scrimmage on April 6 in front of well over a dozen visiting recruits on campus for Longhorn City Limits.

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The offense and defensive units traded licks during the full 11-on-11 portion of the scrimmage and in red zone work. It sounds like the offense set the tone at the line of scrimmage during the red zone work in the scrimmage last weekend, while the defense put the pressure on during the full 11-on-11 portion.

Everything we've heard from various scrimmage reports and visiting recruit reactions has emphasized the intensity and skill that was on display at the Frank Denius practice fields last weekend.

The first spring scrimmage also served as an opportunity for the coaches to see which personnel combinations are working in simulated live-game action and whose standing out a couple of weeks before the spring game.

Here are three Texas freshmen who shined during the first scrimmage of spring ball on Saturday.

Colin Simmons, EDGE

True freshman edge rusher Colin Simmons has looked the part in every way of the elite five-star recruit and immediate impact pass-rusher he was hyped-up to be coming out of Duncanville High School this spring. Simmons has added yet another high-end pass rusher to what has become a very deep and talented EDGE position on the two-deep for the Longhorns this year.

Simmons proved his pass-rushing proficiency and insane athleticism coming off the EDGE during the scrimmage on Saturday. On Texas Football's Bobby Burton said that Simmons had two sacks during the scrimmage on April 6.

Multiple scrimmage reports have mentioned Simmons among the defensive standouts during the 11-on-11 work last weekend. It sounds like he was setting the tone as a disruptor getting after the quarterback while coming off the edge.

A couple of visiting recruits, including three-star defensive tackle Carmello Brooks, specifically stated Simmons as the player that caught their attention on defense during the scrimmage.