3 offensive standouts from the first week of spring training

John Taylor Cook, Texas Football

Johntay Cook, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Texas football wraps up spring break week this weekend and returns to the practice field on March 20th for the second full week of spring camp. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian worked in three drills during the first week of Spring Ball. starting again on March 6th.

This included the first full pads practice session for Sark and the Longhorns on March 10th.

There are about a dozen spring practices left before Sark and the Longhorns take the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on April 15 for the annual orange-and-white spring football game.

In the first week of spring training, there seems to be a lot more optimism about how the talent is coming together and developing within the program compared to what we’ve seen from the rosters over the past five or six years. Sark and the Longhorns’ staff have done an excellent job of recruiting over the past few cycles. And those efforts, along with an increased emphasis on proper staff deployment and development, now seem to be paying off (particularly on the offensive side of the ball).

Johntay Cook II and the most impressive attacking standouts for Texas football in a spring week

With that in mind, here’s a look at three standout offensive players from the first week of Spring Ball for the Longhorns.

Johntay Cook II, WR

The long-awaited addition for the Longhorns in 2023 among the true freshmen this offseason is former elite five-star recruit and ex-DeSoto wide receiver Johntay Cook II. And from what we’ve heard, since Cook started his first run at Spring Camp at Forty Acres last week, it sounds like he made a great impression early on.

We’ve heard good things about the performance of Cook and fellow field receiver, Junior Xavier Worthy, during the first week of spring training. For what it’s worth, however, Cook is the wideout that’s been causing more of a stir between him and the other young wideouts at spring camp so far.

A report from Horns247 last week (paid content) even mentioned that a team source said Cook was the “most impressive” wideout in the early days of spring camp.

Cook seems to be learning a lot from Worthy so far this offseason. And he really looks like he’s the most college-ready of the Longhorns 2023 class wide receiver signers coming out of the high school ranks.

All signs point to Cook being poised to make some valuable early contributions for the Longhorns as they head into the fall.


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