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1. Look on the bright side: Quandre Diggs is out for the rest of the spring with a wrist injury. All signs point to him being fully ready to go when fall camp comes around. The thing about the injury is, Texas knew what it had in Diggs. They didn’t know who else was there to be a contributor in the secondary.
This is a secondary that loses senior leadership and really needed to develop depth. Along with Diggs, Adrian Phillips who is missing spring football with a shoulder injury. Now, some young guys like Josh Turner, Mykelle Thompson, Duke Thomas and Sheroid Evans will get first-team reps.
At the very least, these injuries will let the young players get some best vs. best experience this spring.
2. A statue-esque day: There was a line when Ricky Williams won the Heisman in 1998 wondering if his stiff-arming statue would have dreadlocks. Well, there’s a good chance the latest statue to honor the Longhorns great will feature his iconic hair.
A star-studded event before Sunday’s Orange-White scrimmage will help unveil a statue that will be placed alongside the likeness of fellow Heisman winner Earl Campbell.
It’s hard not to recall the countless highlight runs from Williams’ career in burnt orange. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in all four years in Austin and stuck around for his senior season which helped Mack Brown get his Texas tenure started with some success.
Brent Musburger, who called the ’98 Texas A&M game in which Williams broke the all-time NCAA rushing record, will also be at Sunday’s event.
3. Working for the weekend: Want proof of the University of Texas’ prowess as a Division I program? Just look at the calendar or come to Austin this week.
Not only are the nationally renowned Texas Relays in town, but the baseball team will host a fellow College World Series participant – Cal – in Round Rock. Both men’s and women’s tennis teams will host matches this weekend and the softball team, which is ranked in the top 10 will host New Mexico and Tulsa.
So, while waiting for the spring game to start Sunday afternoon, stop by and see some other sports.