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There’s much to know following Texas’ first fall practice

Football season is almost here and the 2016 Longhorns drew positive reviews in first sighting

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The first day of Texas’ fall camp is in the books and although it was only a few short hours, there was much to be taken from the earliest sightings of the 2016 Longhorns.

If you weren’t aware by now, there’s a quarterback battle underway in Austin and it’s likely down to senior Tyrone Swoopes and true freshman Shane Buechele.

It was noted that Buechele impressed in flashes with the first team offense, in which he split reps with Swoopes, but had an up-and-down practice overall. Also, something to watch for is what ultimately happens with sophomore quarterback Kai Locksley. After failing to get a single rep in the spring game, Locksley again watched from the sidelines with the walk ons for the entire practice.

Though his role within the team is much more solidified, sophomore running back Chris Warren III also spent the majority of practice on the sidelines, but his lack of reps and involvement was due to a tweaked hamstring.

Some answers surrounding the Texas offensive line concerns may be on the horizon. As expected, true freshman Zach Shackelford filled the void at center, while in a move that saw senior Kent Perkins slide over to right guard, junior Tristan Nickelson assumed reps at right tackle. How did the collective offensive line unit stack up?

Perkins may believe the offensive line with have their way with the big uglies on defense, he was certainly impressed with true freshmen defensive tackle Jordan Elliot, whom drew numerous raving reviews.

True freshmen wide receiver Collin Johnson impressed as the starter opposite of John Burt, and as expected, Devin Duvernay, the steal from Baylor, showed out and proved why he was one of the nation’s top prospects.

We even got a glimpse of the kind of matchups that will help Duvernay and true freshman Brandon Jones mold each other into the talents many expect them to become in Austin.

All in all, there seemed to be nothing but positive reports coming from the start of fall camp. Considering the youth that will see plenty of reps throughout the season, Texas should see its share of struggles at times, but the belief after seeing these guys in action as a unit only spurs optimism. September 4 can’t come soon enough!