March 31, 2007

Spring battles - who is ahead at this point?

The Texas Longhorns wrapped up spring workouts on Saturday with their annual Orange-White scrimmage in front of 40,000 strong at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. While the brand of football was as vanilla as it gets, it was still one final chance to watch a few of the position battles taking place in all three phases of the team.

Here's a breakdown of what happened at each position battle during the scrimmage.

Back-up quarterback - Sherrod Harris vs. John Chiles

There weren't many standout performances on Saturday from either side of the ball, but both of these young quarterbacks made some highlight reel plays that should make Texas fans feel much better about the back-up quarterback position than they did at the end of last season. Although Harris is generally perceived to be further along than Chiles as a passer, neither was very effective today, as they combined to complete three of ten passes for 32 yards and an interception (by Chiles). On the other hand, both players ran the ball with the kind of effectiveness that hadn't been seen by a quarterback at UT since the Rose Bowl in 2006. First, Chiles went into Reggie Bush mode with a 28-yard touchdown run that left several Longhorn defenders looking for a certain piece of their uniform. Not to be totally outdone, Harris responded with a 75-yard touchdown run a few moments later, although the defensive unit he was facing was not one comprised of players from the likely two-deep. The one thing that be ignored at this point is the poise and easiness than Harris is showing right now after a redshirt year.

Advantage: Harris

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