4 Texas players climbing the depth chart in spring practice

Two weeks into spring ball, Texas football has seen some movement in key areas of the depth chart for the younger players.

DeAndre Moore Jr., Texas football
DeAndre Moore Jr., Texas football / Ricardo B. Brazziell / Austin
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After Friday's spring practice on March 29, Texas football has completed six out of the 15 days of spring camp. Texas got the last couple of days off, as the next time the team will hit the practice field again is April 1.

What we've learned about the depth chart for Texas football in the first two weeks of spring ball

Multiple Longhorns players have turned heads with their performances in the first couple of weeks of spring ball. That has helped head coach Steve Sarkisian and staff get the two-deep depth chart configured with only a few weeks remaining before the Orange-White spring football game at DKR on April 20.

Texas has clearly assembled a roster chocked full of NFL talent on both sides of the ball. As the Longhorns have started winning more on a national scale, you'd expect Sarkisian to be able to recruit and develop the type of talent this team needs to contend in the SEC this upcoming season.

Some of these younger players who have shined through the first half dozen spring practices have been met with more trust from the coaches with the reps their getting in individual and team drills.

Here are four Longhorns players who have moved up the depth chart early in spring camp.

Neto Umeozulu, OL

Kyle Flood and the Texas offensive line is one of the units that are in a great spot regarding proven depth and talent entering the SEC in 2024. Texas has recruited and developed so well in the last couple of years along the offensive line that this could be one of the best groups in the entire country in the trenches this upcoming season.

Yet, just because the offensive line has such a solid group this spring doesn't mean that Flood and the Longhorns are done experimenting with different personnel combinations in practice. Texas is still working to figure out the best combination of five lineman they can get in the starting lineup entering the fall.

Guard and right tackle are two spots that have seen some mixing and matching early this spring with the first few units along the offensive line. Redshirt sophomore interior offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu, junior Cole Hutson, and senior Hayden Conner are three versatile OLs who have moved around to try their skills and reliability at different spots this spring for Flood and the Longhorns.

Of that group of three Texas offensive linemen who have moved around consistently this spring, Umeozulu has been the biggest riser. Multiple practice reports this spring have talked about his improved movement skills and awareness of the different blocking schemes.

CJ Vogel of On Texas Football reported on March 31 that Umeozulu has been most often working with the first-team offensive line at left guard in spring practice this week. He's been getting the bulk of the first-team reps in individual and team drills at offensive guard opposite junior DJ Campbell.

Umeozulu has been getting these first-team reps at left guard as Flood tries getting Conner reps at center and right tackle. Conner has pushed third-year offensive tackle Cameron Williams for the starting reps at right tackle.

It's good to hear about Texas having so many quality guards that Flood and the Longhorns are confident in that they can hold up in live-game action. Umeozulu, Hutson, and Conner are all capable guards who have shown the ability to consistently handle these starting reps at left guard opposite Campbell.