Scouting Notes: BYU vs. Texas (9/7/13)

Although inconsistent, Texas wide receiver Mike Davis had a big day against BYU, catching eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo: Chris Nicoll — USA Today Sports)

Texas

#1 WR Mike Davis

-Easily getting past defensive back

-Not much variation in routes, all streaks or posts

-Uses hitch-and-go to get open for 57-yard touchdown

-Let ball into body and needs to sell hitch more on touchdown

-Diving catch off hands

-Constantly beating coverage, but targets aren’t there

-Works hitch-and-go again for touchdown

-Sold hitch better and made good grab in coverage

-Finally ran shorter routes late, need crisper routes

-Doesn’t attack the ball

Overview: Davis was consistently beating coverage all day, but Texas could not get the ball to him enough. He predominantly ran downfield routes trying to stretch the field and possibly set up a big play. He is an unpolished route runner, likely due to his lack of variation of routes, but he was able to use a hitch-and-go route twice to lead to long touchdowns.

He regularly let the ball into his body and caught it there rather than reaching out and catching the ball. On his few short routes and screens, he failed to attack the ball, instead waiting for the ball to come to him.

Davis has playmaker ability but needs to cleanup his game and work towards being than a deep threat.

#75 LG Trey Hopkins

-Getting help from center, beat on spin

-Got outmuscled and beat with spin on same play

-Easily forced back by bull rush but recovers

-Has trouble controlling the point-of-attack

-Cleared hole on goal line touchdown

-Plays high

-Doesn’t finish blocks

-Didn’t get far enough on screen, whiffs on cut block

Overview: Hopkins drew the tough assignment of going against BYU nose tackle Eathyn Manumaleuna and looked overmatched a lot of the time.

He was regularly driven back and unable to recover at times. He plays standing high with a narrow base and doesn’t get his feet set right away when bracing for the bull rush.

He struggles to control the point of attack. He lacks the quickness to get outside or to the second level in time. He did clear the hole on a goal-line touchdown.

Hopkins had a very disappointing game. While his issues may not show directly on the stat sheet, he struggled to stand his ground and Texas struggled to get the run game going.

#44 DE Jackson Jeffcoat

-Not quick off snap; lacks good explosiveness

-Seemingly around the ball early

-Read option repeatedly ran at him early, playing contain

-Not getting downfield on early downs, not pursuing on backside

-Not a lot of pass rush moves, but effectively extends arms to shed and good swim move

-Much more explosive on obvious passing downs

-Needs to work down the line on inside runs, rather than working on making tackles downfield

-Weak first quarter, but created pressure off edge

Overview: Jeffcoat may be one of the more confusing prospects in the draft. At times, he is a dynamic pass rusher. Other times, he struggles to get off the line and is a non-factor.

The most apparent thing lacking from his game is explosiveness. He is very slow off the line and takes awhile to get his motor going. However, there are times when he looks slow then he’ll explode by his blocker and hurry the quarterback. He also lacks the quick closing burst to actually get the sack rather than just pressuring.

Against the run, he seems out of place. He played a lot of contain against BYU, but when plays were run away from him, he gave up on the play. He did make a few tackles downfield in pursuit, but he seemed out of it against the run most of the game.

Jeffcoat has the tools to be a pass-rush threat and an early draft pick, but we too often just see flashes of his top abilities.

#72 RG Mason Walters

-Stout run blocker, holds point-of-attack

-Holds his own in pass protection

-Very wide base in both pass and run blocking

-Able to slide outside and pickup blitz outside

-Good bend with solid hand placement

-Decent lateral movement in pass protection

-Want to see more of a mean streak

Overview: While the Texas offensive line struggled with BYU’s defensive front, Walters was the one lineman who held up.

Against BYU, he was decent in both the run and pass. He never dominated a defender but held his ground.

He bends well and moves well laterally, shuffling or sliding to take on rushers. He even showed that he could slide all the way outside the left tackle and pick up an edge rusher blitzing from that side. He lacks the lower body strength to really get a push in the run game, but his wide base allows him to hold his position.

Walters’ play won’t jump out at you, but he showed he could be a reliable lineman.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Brigham Young, BYU, Cody Hoffman, Jackson Jeffcoat, Kyle Van Noy, Mason Walters, Mike Davis, Texas, Trey Hopkins

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