DeSean Hales

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Randy Riggs

Texas de­fender Cur­tis Brown pur­sues re­ceiver DeSean Hales af­ter he caught a pass dur­ing a pub­lic spring prac­tice.

Sopho­more re­ceiver

Last year: Af­ter red­shirt­ing the 2008 sea­son, Hales fin­ished last year with only one re­cep­tion, a 2yard catch against Colorado.

Why he’s im­por­tant: Hales came out of nowhere this spring. In the two open prac­tices, his rap­port with Gar­rett Gil­bert was ob­vi­ous, and the orange-white game merely un­der­lined it when Hales caught three passes for 77 yards, in­clud­ing a 41-yard touch­down. With Gil­bert in his first sea­son as a starter, hav­ing tar­gets he’s com­fort­able with is im­por­tant, and Hales could be one of those guys. He might not start, but if he main­tains his pro­duc­tiv­ity in Au­gust that he showed in the spring, he’ll play a big role.

Best-case sce­nario: He picks up this fall where he left off in the spring and pro­vides punch and depth at a po­si­tion where sev­eral young and in­ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers will get a chance to shine.

Larry Kolvo­ord

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