College basketball is heading down the home stretch, college baseball has started, but let’s not forget (I know many of you aren’t) that spring practice is already getting underway across the country. We will handle spring previews for every Big 12 football team and roll them out based on when their respective spring practices begin. Next up is the Texas Longhorns who will start up spring practice on Tuesday March 23rd. Here are my three questions for Texas heading into spring ball.
For the last four seasons, Texas has had Sam Ehlinger as their man at quarterback. But with Sam off to the NFL, that leaves room for an interesting quarterback competition this offseason. There are two clear candidates fighting for the job between Hudson Card and Casey Thompson. Obviously, everyone remembers Casey Thompson from his memorable Alamo Bowl performance against Colorado where he lit up the Buffaloes defense to the tune of four touchdown passes. And while Thompson has a little more experience, don’t count out the Hudson Card who was a true freshman last season. Both guys have a ton of upside, and while we did learn they will split reps this spring, it will be a very intriguing quarterback battle that I am sure will continue into fall camp.
2. Wide Receiver
Texas has talent at the receiver position but unfortunately, some of that talent wasn’t ready to go last season. Joshua Moore returns as the leading receiver even after being injured for parts of the 2020 season. He will likely be the go-to target no matter who is at quarterback. Behind him is where things get a little interesting. Brennan Eagles decided to move on to the NFL and Tarik Black did as well. That leaves guys like Jake Smith, Jordan Whittington, Troy Omeire, Kelvontay Dixon, Marcus Washing and Al’Vonte Woodard more opportunities this season. I am not saying Texas needs two 1,000-yard receivers next season but they need better play from this group than what they got in 2020.
3. Outside Linebacker
The Texas defense will look a little different under new defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski but there is still a concern at outside linebacker. Despite being injured for spring ball, DeMarvion Overshown will be one of the starters as will Juwan Mitchell. But with Joseph Ossai gone, there is a big hole that needs to be filled. Could a player like Jacoby Jones or LSU transfer Ray Thornton be the guy? Or will it be Alabama transfer Ben Davis? I am not too sure how things will look defensively due to the different sets the Longhorns could be in next season on defense. But what I do know is that when you lose a guy like Joseph Ossai, it is tough to replace him.
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