Yes, there are some potential stars in the mix.
Holgorsen sang the praises of two newcomers, junior college transfer Kevin White and freshman Daikiel Shorts, before practice even began. Jordan Thompson was an August camp star who disap
peared during the season, but seems likely to be the closest thing the team has to another Austin. Guys like Dante Campbell and K.J. Myers at least earned some playing time last season.
But it's hard to get Galloway to open up about any of them. Take White, for instance. He's a 6-foot-3, 211-pounder who appears to have all the tools, but has been on campus only a few months.
"Kevin is coming along, but I don't want to toot Kevin's horn right now because he's been practicing for [only a few weeks],'' Galloway said. "He's a part of the group. He's made some plays in practice, but until he gets through these 15 days of [spring] practice he's just one of the guys . . . We're expecting him to do a lot of good things, but for right now he's one of the guys out of the 12 that we've got.
"But yes, he's what you're looking for. He's big, athletic, can run, tall, catches the ball. I'd take five or six Kevin Whites. But as far as coming from junior college and playing Big 12 football, who knows what's going to happen?''
He likes Thompson, too, not so much because the 5-7, 168-pounder looks and plays a bit like Austin, but because he's working hard.
"But as far as him being the next [Austin], I'm not saying he couldn't be,'' Galloway said. "But there's only one Tavon and we all know that.''
But like at quarterback, where Paul Millard and Ford Childress re both getting equal reps in an effort to find out who rises to the top, neither White nor Thompson nor anyone else is being groomed to replace last year's stars.
At least not yet.
"That's what we're preaching to them, that they're only as good as the group,'' Galloway said. "And it's not just the receivers, but everybody. We're only going to be as good as the group . . . We need to be good from top to bottom, not just three or four good players.''
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