It’s hard to top the 2016 Orange and White game for being one of the most revelatory spring scrimmages Texas has ever had. I had two substantial takeaways from watching it, the first was the biggest and more obvious one.
In retrospect, the 2020 season was a wrap when Troy Omeire went down with an injury in fall camp. Texas never found an All-Big 12 caliber, No. 1 receiver to turn to when they needed big plays in 2020. The most promising option in fall camp was a true freshman who ended up spending the season rehabbing his knee.
Texas has a number of big position battles playing out this spring. Many of them likely won’t be truly settled until the fall as the staff focuses on installation and evaluation in preparation for the summer and eventual pre-season camp. Nevertheless, these reps certainly matter and if talented players can seize control of a position it will be hard to unseat them in the fall.
Pete Kwiatkowski recently went on the “Make Defense Great Again” podcast, a show by Coach Vass who is a former (maybe future) coach who now spends his time accumulating resources to share with other coaches. It’s amazing Kwiatkowski was willing to go on a publicly available show like this and talk about his defense, major credit to Vass.
For Steve Sarkisian and his staff, this spring is going to be a highly informative one as they seek to probe this roster and discern what summer and fall need to look like in order for year one to be a success.
If there was one flaw in the Texas roster waiting for Steve Sarkisian and his staff, it was at the crucial “edge” defensive position. When Tom Herman took over in Austin it was a program strength. Todd Orlando was constantly struggling to work out what to make of a roster with multiple promising edge players Charlie Strong had found among the 3-star ranks such as Breckyn Hager, Malcolm Roach, and Charles Omenihu.
Thus far into the 2022 recruiting class, Steve Sarkisian and his staff have made 12 scholarship offers to out of state recruits along the offensive line alone. The program has come quite a long way in 10 years since Mack Brown’s 2011 recruiting class, which ranked fourth in the country but included just one scholarship offer to an out of state offensive line recruit.