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Top Three Questions For Texas Heading Into Big 12 Media Days

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Big 12 Media Days are right around the corner, which means the 2023 college football season is less than two months away.

The burning questions for every team are starting to build some momentum and at media days we will finally get the answers to some of those questions.

As each fanbase prepares itself for another season of Big 12 football, we’re here to help with the three biggest questions that each team is facing before heading to Arlington for Media Days on July 12-13.

With that being said, here are the three biggest questions that the Texas Longhorns are facing heading into 2023 Big 12 Football Media Days.

 

Is Quinn Ewers Ready to Take the Next Step?

In Quinn Ewers’ first season as a starter, he certainly looked like a redshirt freshman. The Longhorns’ quarterback missed three games due to injury but threw for 2,177 yards and 15 touchdowns to six interceptions, completing 58.1% of his attempts. In games against Alabama, Oklahoma, and Washington, Ewers was lights-out, going 61-90 (67.8%) for 792 yards and five touchdowns. However, in games against Oklahoma State and TCU he struggled mightily, going 36-88 (40.9%) for two scores and four interceptions. If Texas is going to take a step in 2023, it will be because Ewers takes another step in Sarkisian’s offense. As one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in recruiting history, Ewers has the talent. If he can capitalize on plays created by the scheme, Texas’ offense will be one of the best in the country.

Who Will Replace Bijan Robinson?

This question is both literal and philosophical. First of all, the running back position has a void after losing one of the best running backs in program history, with Bijan Robinson now with the Atlanta Falcons. True Freshman Cedric Baxter was one of the top players in the 2023 recruiting cycle and has the intangibles to be an immediate plug-and-play back in Sarkisian’s offense. Plus, Jaydon Blue and Jonothan Brooks are back as well. However, the philosophical part of this question is, who steps up and makes the play when Texas needs it? Robinson had the ability to break open a game at any time. Will one of the running backs in UT’s stable be that guy? Or, will it have to be someone like Xavier Worthy, who had a case of the drops last season?? Ja’Tavion Sanders is one of the best tight ends in the country and could become a go-to guy, or it could be AD Mitchell, Isaiah Neyor, or freshman Johntay Cook. There are plenty of options, but someone will need to step up.

 

Can the Longhorns Handle the Pressure?

There aren’t many roster questions for Texas heading into the 2023 season, as the argument could be made that Texas has the best players at every position group on the field in the Big 12. However, the Longhorns are heading into the season with as much hype as they’ve had in years, picked as the preseason favorites to win their first conference title since 2009. With the pressure mounting in Steve Sarkisian’s third season, now is the time for Texas to finally ascend back to the Big Boy Table in college football. However, Sark has never won more than nine games in a season and will likely need to do so this year to reach his team’s potential. With a loaded roster and one more year in the Big 12, it’s now or never for Texas.

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