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Texas Longhorns second spring practice video

Making too much of too little, but that's the game this time of year, is it not?

The Texas Longhorns held the second practice of the spring on Wednesday and the video team was on hand to document the proceedings, as well as overlay some of head coach Charlie Strong's thoughts on the team's points of emphasis during the spring from his media availability on Monday.

One interesting note from the video -- new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert has had the team practicing the speed option during both of the first two practices, with sophomore quarterback Jerrod Heard pitching to sophomore running back Chris Warren in one clip.

While the play wasn't particularly effective last year, it does pressure the perimeter of the defense, remove a defender from the play, and allow Warren and junior D'Onta Foreman to get on the edge with some momentum, which could prove extremely dangerous to opposing defenses this year. How many cornerbacks and safeties in the Big 12 want to deal with either of those two in those situations?

Oh, and there's also an appearance by senior wide receiver Jacorey Warrick, the spring sensation last year who disappeared during the season. The clip is of a truly remarkable over-the-shoulder catch that Warrick made look easy but is in truth one of the most difficult plays that a wide receiver can make. The question now is whether Warrick is going to go the route of former spring standout DeSean Hales or put himself in contention for the Gaskamp award this fall as the unexpected breakout senior.

There's also a short touchdown pass from Heard to senior tight end Caleb Bluiett, who should continue to grow into his role with a full offseason to work on offense, and a short pass from senior quarterback Tyrone Swoopes to early enrollee wide receiver Collin Johnson. If there's some rapport being established between those two, it could be big news for the Longhorns.

As for Heard, he's bulked up considerably in his upper body, but it's concerning that he continues to struggle spinning the football. If he can't get the proper wrist load for the ball to come out cleanly, that increased strength won't translate into greater velocity on the football. And it's not just an aesthetic thing, either, as fluttering balls will not cut through the wind on days when the conditions are less than optimal.

On another pass late in the video targeting Blueitt once again, Heard's mechanics were much more in sync and he ripped off a nice throw.

Redshirt freshman Kai Locksley had a similar issue in an appearance in the second spring practice, hitting sophomore wide receiver DeAndre McNeal well downfield on a contested catch over redshirt freshman linebacker Cameron Townsed.

In between, sophomore cornerback Davante Davis was in position on a deep pass intended for sophomore wide receiver John Burt and was able to knock the throw away. And keeping up with the Big 12 hurdler is no easy task, proving that while Davis may not have the best pure speed, he can hold his own when it matters.