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Texas set to resume spring practice on Thursday after ending pause

Positive COVID-19 tests shut down the Longhorns last Wednesday after only one practice.

Jordan Whittington
Texas football

For the first time in nine days, the Texas Longhorns will conduct a spring practice on Thursday morning after the medical team cleared the Longhorns to return to full activities following a week-long pause due to COVID-19 protocols, the school announced on Wednesday.

After returning from spring break, multiple positive tests in the program forced the pause after the first spring practice of the Steve Sarkisian era and the first spring practice in two years due to last year’s cancellation as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Following that first spring practice, Sarkisian indicated that the team still had work to do in order to adjust to taking more repetitions in a shorter period of time.

“I thought there was really good intent from the guys to practice hard, to be willing to work,” Sarkisian said last week. “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. 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.”

Now the Longhorns will have that opportunity with the team still expected to complete the 14 spring practices before the Orange-White game scheduled for April 24.