3 Texas players with most to prove in second half of spring

Who can make last-minute pushes to get spots on the two-deep for Texas football this spring?
Jelani McDonald, Texas football
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Last week, Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian officially reached the halfway point of spring camp. Texas has a half-dozen days of spring practice remaining before the Orange-White spring football game at DKR on April 20.

Texas football hitting the stretch run of spring ball

It's also noteworthy that the Longhorns had the first scrimmage of spring ball last weekend. The last few weeks have seen multiple Longhorns players, with stock trending up through the first half of spring practice.

Texas goes three or four deep at most position groups on both sides of the ball this spring. The intense competition for spots on the two-deep at most positions is exactly what Sarkisian and the Longhorns are looking for each side of the ball to show entering the first year in the SEC this upcoming season.

With two weeks remaining this spring, there's still plenty of time for other Longhorns players to make up ground and get late pushes on the depth chart entering summer workouts and preseason camp. Here are three Longhorns with the most to prove in the second half of spring ball.

Sydir Mitchell, DL

The first half of spring practice did not go as planned for sophomore defensive tackle Sydir Mitchell. After not getting his weight and conditioning levels where they needed to be entering spring camp this year, Mitchell has really had to fight to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff.

Mitchell is an important part of Texas's interior defensive line depth this spring. He's one of the most overpowering forces Texas has among their two-gapping defensive tackles on the projected roster for the upcoming season in the SEC in 2024.

We've seen and heard about Mitchell flashing his lofty potential as a top-end two-gapper in the SEC during his first couple of years on campus. But the work ethic has to show up consistently for him to earn a spot among the top four or five defensive tackles in the IDL rotation entering preseason camp.