February 22, 2007

Spring football - Five offensive players to watch

Don't look now, but spring football is right around the corner.

It seems like ages since Texas defeated Iowa in the Alamo Bowl, and most of the focus for the Longhorn fan base in recent weeks has been on recruiting. But that will begin to change over the next 24 hours, with the Longhorns set to take to the practice field on Friday afternoon for the first workout of the spring season.

There will be plenty of interesting position battles on both sides of the ball this spring, and several new faces could shake up the depth chart over the course of the next month.

We take a look at five players to watch on the offensive side of the ball, with the defense to follow:

Sherrod Harris - The redshirt freshman sits at No. 2 on the depth chart behind Colt McCoy, and this will be Harris' first true chance to shine. The early reports are that the former Arlington Bowie standout has performed well in his first year with the program - mostly running the scout team - but his workload will expand considerably this spring.

The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Harris is a terrific athlete that can make plays with both his legs and his arm, and it will be interesting to hear how comfortable he is running the offense and how he does in the passing game.

It would take a minor miracle for Harris to actually push McCoy for the starting job, but he could use this spring to lock down the second spot on the depth chart and put himself in position to take some significant snaps next year as McCoy's back-up or the team's starter should McCoy miss any time.

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