4 Texas true freshmen impressing in Week 1 of spring ball

This class of true freshmen early enrollees for Texas football are already making a big impression on the staff in drills.

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Christian Clark, Texas football
Christian Clark, Texas football / Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman

Christian Clark, RB

On the Texas offense, there might not be a more impressive duo of true freshman early enrollees in the same position group than Jerrick Gibson and Christian Clark at running back. Gibson and Clark have been good enough to establish themselves as two formidable backs in the rotation in practice drills behind the top two, sophomore CJ Baxter Jr. and junior Jaydon Blue.

Clark, in particular, has established himself as a threat to push for live-game reps this upcoming season with his performance early in offseason workouts and spring practice. He's got the size and lower body strength to compete in the Power Five as a true freshman, regardless if he's running between the tackles or taking on defenders one-on-one in space out of the backfield.

Sarkisian loves the versatility he's got in the running back room this spring. He's got every type of rusher it seems in this running back room in 2024, which affords Sarkisian the ability to utilize different two-back sets on offense and motion them out as receivers.

"We moved our runners around more today probably more than we have for a first practice of spring ball, so we want to play to their strengths and I think having a really experienced quarterback helps you be able to be more versatile offensively."

It's already been made clear that Clark is one of the biggest steals for the Longhorns of the 2024 class. You don't often hear about a true freshman early enrollee making the type of noise that Clark is in the first week of camp without him really being an impact-ready player for the upcoming season.