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Texas pauses spring practice due to COVID-19 protocols

According to a report from Horns247, multiple players have tested positive.

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After practicing for the first time on Tuesday, the Texas Longhorns are pausing spring practice ahead of Thursday’s morning workout, the school announced on Wednesday.

According to Chip Brown of Horns247, multiple positive tests caused the pause.

“Out an abundance of caution, Texas Football will pause spring practice sessions as a result of student-athletes impacted by COVID-19 protocols,” the release from the school said. “The Longhorn medical staff will monitor the situation and COVID-19 testing will continue as a plan for some team activities is reviewed, but all meetings on Thursday will be virtual and team practices will not take place for the next several days, beginning with tomorrow’s scheduled morning workout.”

Tuesday’s practice was the first spring workout for Texas in nearly two years as head coach Steve Sarkisian works to acclimate his players to a conditioning program more focused on explosiveness and mobility than lifting heavy weights.

In addition, Sarkisian compresses practice into two hours with much more constant reps for all the players, producing some struggles for Longhorns players on Tuesday.

“Any time you have a new practice style, a new practice format, it can be challenging, and I think it was a little bit for the guys today,” Sarkisian said on Tuesday. “I thought for the most part, they did a nice job of battling through. I think we need to have more players, continuing to finish practice strong and get out of a little bit of a survival mode, but that will come with time.”