The Texas Longhorns are putting on the pads as the reality of the upcoming season sets in for the football team.
Steve Sarkisian is impressed with the team’s physicality to this point. Now, players in the trenches have an opportunity to separate themselves from the pack.
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Yesterday, Sarkisian noted a handful of players who have exhibited the explosiveness the staff covets. He noted that Vernon Broughton and Byron Murphy had been especially explosive among defensive tackles.
On the other side, without question the offensive line should be more physical this year. If for nothing else, the competition will demand physicality from the starting five.
The Texas coaching staff will aim to bring Texas’ hitting ability up to standard this season. Here are a few players who could show out now that hitting becomes more feasible.
If the transfer linebacker can pass the physicality test, good luck keeping him off the field. The former James Madison standout has seen questions from some about whether or not his game will translate to Texas. Tucker-Dorsey has a chance to significantly increase his value in the eyes of coaches.
I am sure Texas would like to see physical play from cornerbacks. The Longhorns could use a bully on the outside, slowing down opposing wide receivers.
While 7-on-7 sessions favor smaller defensive backs, padded practices are Morice Blackwell’s time to shine. The linebacker-turned-safety can display his hitting ability at this stage of camp.
Alfred Collins has arrived! The former five star grabs an important sack on 3rd down to force a punt! #HookEm pic.twitter.com/jBZgvle2sI
— Hudson Standish (@247Hudson) October 9, 2021
The above play is what some expect of Alfred Collins. According to Steve Sarkisian, that is not the in-practice reality on a play-by-play basis. If Collins can play with consistency, he could be a terror for Big 12 teams.
Cole Hutson could be the most mentally prepared of the freshman linemen to take the field. If he can prove to be physically ready, there is playing time to be won at center or guard.
Vernon Broughton was a big time player in high school. If he can continue to uproot opposition in practice, he could move higher up the depth chart.
Kelvin Banks has Kyle Flood’s attention. He has the chance to separate from the competition at left tackle if his physicality transfers to the college level.
Ja’Tavion Sanders can go from reserve to undisputed No. 1 tight end in just one offseason. Sanders can catch the ball perhaps as well as anyone on the team. If he can block as well as some expect, he should see significant playing time.