Kenny Vaccaro is the latest example of Mack Brown's staff developing a player without overwhelming recruiting accolades into a top NFL draft pick.
It will be months before Texas puts out a depth chart. Since no one wants to wait that long, Carter Strickland helps fans out with an early look at the Longhorns offense.
The first test is at 6 a.m today. That's when Texas coaches will find out who did what during the 10-day break and who is capable of doing what during the next seven practices.
As the Texas Longhorns take a weeklong break in the middle of spring practice, here's an update on position battles.
Adjusting to a new offense along with a high-tempo philosophy will make spring practice especially interesting for Texas' offense.
Even though Mack Brown likes to say all positions are up for grabs, most current Longhorns players have a firm grasp of the future.
While the Texas Longhorns did many things better on offense in 2012, inconsistencies and problems from 2011 returned and derailed the unit's development.
Case McCoy is a bit of a gambler. For the Longhorns to succeed, they need him to dial back on his chance-taking.
Texas' ills aren't gone, but a dominant win over Iowa State and recent improvements have renewed a since of hope for the Longhorns.
David Ash could have been looking over his shoulder after a subpar last few weeks. But Ash continued to work hard, leading to big results against Texas Tech.
Unlike the last couple of years, Texas didn't fade away this time in a big road win against Texas Tech, and this win could be a huge turning point for the young Longhorns
While there have been some surprises, such as David Ash's performance, many other issues have been exposed in recent weeks.
Texas has ridden a diverse offense to 107 points its past two games, giving it the necessary firepower to deal with West Virginia this Saturday.
Texas made some big plays to prevail over Oklahoma State on Saturday, but there's plenty for the Longhorns to shore up before West Virginia arrives next weekend.
With Big 12 play looming large in the distance, Texas and its quarterback need a jumpstart in making the big plays that conference competition will demand.
In a nod to his renewed effort to be the best, Texas junior receiver Mike Davis has changed his name, in theory -- and he wants to play well enough as "Magic Davis" to earn the right for fans to call him by that new name.