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Inside the Gameplan: Offseason challenges

Collin Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)
Collin Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

With Lil’Jordan Humphrey declaring for the NFL draft, the picture of the 2019 Texas football roster is starting to come into focus. The main cogs of 2018 are now accounted for as either graduating, departing early for the NFL, or returning. Texas has a lot going for it heading into 2019, namely the continued growth of key players recruited by Tom Herman in 2017 and 2018 that have additional developmental leaps ahead of them such as Sam Cosmi, Keaontay Ingram, Caden Sterns, B.J. Foster, and Sam Ehlinger.

Obviously there are also big shoes to fill. The 2018 defense certainly had struggles but Charles Omenihu, Davante Davis, Gary Johnson, and Kris Boyd in particular all carried a heavy load and often carried it quite well. The offense loses three reliable veterans across the OL who’d played an incredible amount of football (Calvin Anderson and Patrick Vahe were both four-year starters!) and the team’s best overall player, Lil’Jordan Humphrey.

Many of the big questions are going to be resolved during fall camp and the season with the Red River Shootout typically serving as the game in which the identity is really cemented. However the answers to these questions are going to began to be answered as early as the winter conditioning drills. Here’s a snapshot of what Texas needs to start to figure out.

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History major, football theorist.