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Scouting Report: West Virginia

Texas took one on the chin in Lubbock this past Saturday as they fell to Texas Tech, 37-34 in overtime. Now the Longhorns must regroup as they prepare to welcome West Virginia to Austin. The Mountaineers are 2-2 on the season with wins over Towson and Virginia to go along with losses to Pitt and Kansas.
JT Daniels will be making his second start at DKR on Saturday. Daniels started for USC back in 2018 when the Trojans traveled to Austin. The Longhorns defeated USC, 37-14. Daniels transferred to West Virginia after spending last season as a backup at Georgia. Despite a strange journey, he still possesses very good arm talent and is having a good start to the season (956 yards and 7 touchdowns). Luckily for Texas, Daniels will be the first QB they face this year who is not a true dual threat. Daniels has -26 yards rushing through 4 games. 
Bryce Ford-Wheaton is the primary receiving threat for the Mountaineers and he leads the team in catches (27) and yards (319). Ford-Wheaton stands 6'3 and is a primary redzone target for Daniels. Fellow outside receiver Kaden Prather stands 6'4 and has 20 catches on the season for 220 yards. Redshirt senior Sam James, who has seemingly been at West Virginia forever, operates out of the slot and has 13 receptions for 219 yards.
Freshman running back CJ Donaldson has been one of the biggest surprises in the Big 12 so far. Donaldson, who is a true freshman, arrived on campus as a tight end but is now the best RB on the roster. He is averaging over 7 yards a carry and already has 6 touchdowns on the season. Redshirt junior Tony Mathis will receive carries as well.
The West Virginia offensive line is a solid group. Center Zach Frazier and RT Doug Nester have a lot of experience and anchor the line. The Mountaineers have only allowed 5 sacks in 4 games.
For the second straight week, Texas will face a defensive front that is experienced and very active. Nose tackle Jordan Jefferson is a very good player and when paired with defensive tackle Dante Stills (yes, he's still at WVU), the Mountaineers could give Texas some problems up front. JUCO transfer LB Lee Kpogba leads the team in tackles with 24.
In the backend, West Virginia is breaking in a lot of new faces. At corner they have James Madison transfer Wesley McCormick and Colorado State transfer Rashad Ajayi. True freshman Jacolby Spells is also seeing time at corner and has played well the last few games. At safety, Murray State transfer Marcis Floyd leads the team in pass breakups with 3 and is second on the team in tackles with 19. The Mountaineers have been vulnerable to some big plays through the air.
Final Thoughts
West Virginia is a very similar team to Texas Tech. The biggest difference is JT Daniels is likely better than Donovan Smith and the West Virginia secondary might not be at the level of what the Red Raiders showed last week.
For Texas, this game is all about fixing the issues that plagued them in Lubbock. The Longhorns have to get off the field on money downs (3rd and 4th down) and sustain drives on offense. If Texas can't come out with the focus and intensity necessary to beat a pretty average West Virginia at home, it does not bode well for the rest of the season.

Big 12 Fines, Reprimands Texas Tech for actions following win over Texas

Texas Tech fans rush the field after the 37-34 win over the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas on Sept. 24, 2022. Crowd.  Photo: Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK
On Monday the Big 12 Conference announced a fine and public reprimand of Texas Tech for the actions of fans who stormed the field following Saturday's game in Lubbock.
The Red Raiders defeated the Longhorns 37-34 in overtime at Jones AT&T Stadium, their first home win against Texas in over a decade and the first over the 'Horns for new head coach Joey McGuire.
Videos surfaced following the game of fans storming the field, with one shoving Texas senior EDGE rusher Ovie Oghoufo in the back before running off.
Texas Tech will be fined $50,000 for the incident.
“We have a duty to provide a safe game environment. The Texas Tech Department of Athletics has a written event management policy that, while well thought out, was unsuccessful in ensuring the safety and security of all visiting team student-athletes, officials, coaches and staff. There is zero tolerance for any act that compromises the safety of game participants, and it is of utmost importance that home game management provide adequate security measures for our student-athletes, coaches, game officials and spectators.”

"Self-inflicted Wounds": Key Points and Takeaways from Steve Sarkisian's 9/26 Press Conference

The mood seemed to be a bit dimmer today as Texas HC Steve Sarkisian started to make his opening statements after Saturday's 34-37 loss to Texas Tech. He recapped the game and emphasized, more than once, how the team caused too many "self-inflicted wounds" and couldn't capitalize on turnover opportunities. The Red Raiders fumbled twice but recovered both of them. Sarkisian continued on by stating how they didn't "play to that standard" of play that he believes the team has set for the season. He ended his opening statement by mentioning how there is "a lot of football left in Big 12 play... we have to take care of our business... and that starts Saturday at home against a really good team..." and how the loss was on him first but ultimately "on all of us" when referencing the team and staff. He added later in the presser that everyone is "still a little pissed off today" about the loss. 
Sarkisian was then asked, yet again, about a QB update and injury updates for players like WR Xavier Worthy: "It's still up in the air... they all practiced today" regarding the QB position. For Worthy, he continues to be "day-to-day... nothing structural". Sarkisian was then asked about last year's team and if they are more improved this season than last's, saying he thinks "we are better... we are a better football team". He stated that he feels good about where they are at as a program but that the team needs to consistently show it every Saturday. 
Star RB Bijan Robinson fumbled in OT in the loss on Saturday and Sarkisian was asked about how good of a job his teammates did in picking him up: "I think there was a lot of empathy for him... that's what great teams do we pick each other up and I think our guys did that". He added in, regarding the fumble, that "that's not the reason we lost" and mentioned the entire running back room helping Bijan keep his head up and how they all "naturally gravitate to one another". Sarkisian also touched on Hudson Card and said that he "played pretty well, I thought it was a gutsy performance", but thinks he is capable of more.
Sarkisian was asked throughout the presser about different variables regarding the Tech game. These include statistics (specifically for 4th downs), certain play calls and the fans rushing the field as the game ended. He mentioned how rushing the field can be dangerous but that his players handled it well even though a few of them were shoved/knocked into during the chaos. Sarkisian doesn't blame them for rushing the field, though. 
He finished up by previewing Saturday's next game and stated that the team is "very intent on coming out and playing our brand and our style of football... we aren't taking anything for granted". Kickoff is set for 6:30 in Austin as the Longhorns, who just lost for the first time in Lubbock since 2008, looks to beat a West Virginia team who rolled over Virginia Tech last week 10-33. Only then will we see if the "wounds" have healed already. 
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Texas vs. Oklahoma Game Time Announced

The 2022 AT&T Red River Showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners will take place on Saturday, October 8th with a kickoff time coming at 11:00 AM, the Big 12 announced on Monday. 
The game, which is played at the neutral site of Cotton Bowl in Dallas, will air on ABC.
This year's game marks the 118th time these two programs have met on the gridiron, with the Longhorns holding a 62-50-5 lead over the Sooners all-time.
Oklahoma defeated Texas 55-48 last year behind Kennedy Brooks' 33-yard go-ahead rushing touchdown with three seconds left on the game clock.

The Aftermath: What Now?

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All momentum Texas had to start the 2022 season came to screeching halt Saturday afternoon in Lubbock as the Longhorns fell in overtime 37-24 to Texas Tech to open Big 12 play. Here are some quick thoughts and takeaways, along with thoughts on what is next as the Longhorns look to bounce back.
It was deja vu all over again as the Longhorns held a 14-point lead in the second half but couldn't find a way to pull away. Saturday's game looked familiar to those who followed Texas in 2021. Holding a 24-14 lead at halftime, Texas forced the Red Raiders into a turnover on downs to open the second half. With great field position at the Texas Tech 40, the Longhorn offense did the following: 1 yard run by Bijan Robinson, 5 yard screen to Gunnar Helm, 2 yard run out of the wildcat with Roschon Johnson. Faced with a 4th and 2, Steve Sarkisian opted to go for it and went to the wildcat formation again. Johnson was stuffed for no gain. The Texas defense allowed Texas Tech to go 6 for 8 on 4th down, which forced the Longhorns to defend 100 plays. Pete Kwiatkowski's unit failed to get off the field in critical moments. If the Red Raiders fail to convert on just 1 or 2 of their successful 4th down attempts, Texas likely wins the game running away. It was disappointing to see Texas fail to turn over Donovan Smith, who had shown a knack for throwing the ball to the other team entering this matchup. Smith threw 56 times, completing 38 of his attempts for 331 yards. The Red Raiders were content with driving down the field with short passes, and the Texas defense put up little resistance. Offensively, Texas found little success in the second half outside of a 40-yard TD run from Bijan Robinson. The Longhorns’ final 5 drives went: punt, punt, punt, FG to tie the game, fumble. The interior of the Texas offensive line was whipped for most of the second half and had no answers for the interior of the Texas Tech DL. Special teams had a relatively good day outside of a Will Stone kickoff that went out of bounds. What Now?
Texas can not let the season spiral out of control like last year. The Longhorns must find a way defensively to get off the field on 3rd and 4th downs. Offensively, the return of Quinn Ewers and injury status of Xavier Worthy loom large. If neither can play next week, Steve Sarkisian will need to find a way to manufacture a passing game because defenses are beginning to stack the box more and more.
The season is not over due to one conference loss, but the margin for error is razor thin the rest of the way. The Big 12 is wide open this year and there is are no cupcakes. Every week will be a dogfight the rest of the way.

Texas - West Virginia Game Time Announced

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After an announcement last weekend that the Texas and West Virginia kickoff time and network broadcast would be a six-day selection, game details have been released.  
The Longhorns and Mountaineers will kickoff at 6:30 PM at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 1st with the game being show on FS1.
The meeting between Texas and West Virginia marks the 12th meeting between the two programs and the seventh inside the confines of DKR.  Texas is 5-6 all-time against the Mountaineers, who are the only Big 12 program the Longhorns do not have a winning record against. 

Unable to capitalize, No. 22 Texas suffers 37-34 upset loss to Texas Tech in overtime

Entering Saturday's game, the storylines were all about Texas's potentially last trip to Lubbock as a member of the Big 12 Conference and Quinn Ewers' pregame warmups. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, those will certainly not be the headlines following Saturday's contest as Texas Tech was able to deliver an ugly 37-34 upset victory, one in which the Longhorns had every chance to win.
Despite of the seemingly-decent statistics from Texas's game against Tech, the film will tell a different story. On offense, sophomore quarterback Hudson Card looked decent for most of the night but was unable to lead the troops when they needed a spark. However, the same can be said for other Longhorns, such as junior running back Bijan Robinson, who fumbled away any chance of a Longhorns victory on the team's sole offensive drive in overtime. Unfortunately for Texas, besides Hudson Card's second quarter interception, and Robinson's fumble in overtime, the two players had an 'alright' Saturday. Although, needless to say, 'alright' Saturdays are oftentimes just not enough.
Aided by the offense's inability to move the football during the second half, the Longhorns defense looked gassed against the Red Raiders, allowing Texas Tech sophomore quarterback Donovan Smith to throw for 331 yards and two passing touchdowns. Additionally, what really ended up hurting the Longhorns on Saturday was the team's struggle to stop the Red Raiders on fourth down. In fact, the Red Raiders converted on six out of their eight, yes eight, fourth down attempts. However, even if you were to disregard Tech's fourth down efficiency, the Longhorns defense was certainly not on their A-game with plenty of missed tackles, and opportunities, sprinkled throughout the contest.
Ultimately, when the Longhorns started to show signs of life against Texas Tech, it was too late. Hudson Card was able to move the team into field goal range right before time expired in regulation on Saturday, enabling a Bert Auburn time-expiring field goal which tied up the game at 34 points apiece. However, more often than not, the offense and, team in general, did not look like a squad worthy of being ranked during the second half of Saturday's game. Even during the early stages of the contest, the Longhorns defense was unable to contain the Red Raiders as they had already scored 14 points with 12:06 left in the first quarter. But, following the tumultuous start, Hudson Card was able to turn things around with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Xavier Worthy while also displaying a rapport with Jordan Whittington and Roschon Johnson. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, Bijan Robinson had his moments - including a 40-yard touchdown rush late in the third quarter which gave the Longhorns a 31-17 lead over Texas Tech.
Despite of these moments, there was simply not enough going on for the Longhorns on Saturday - even though the Red Raiders routinely found themselves flirting with fate through their multiple fourth down attempts, as well as two fumbles which were not recovered by the Longhorns.
Now, following the team's loss to Tech, Texas's Big 12 Conference title hopes are already going to come down to the wire, with Texas still needing to compete against the conference's juggernauts later in the season. Is this Longhorns team the same as those of recent years? Next weekend, we will see as Texas hosts West Virginia, potentially with their season-opening starting quarterback Quinn Ewers back in the lineup. 
Game Stats:
QB Hudson Card: 20/30, 277 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT RB Bijan Robinson: 101 rushing yards & 2 TDs WR Xavier Worthy: 3 receptions, 50 yards & 1 TD DB Anthony Cook: 11 tackles

GAME DAY: #22 Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The #22 Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0) head north to the Texas Panhandle this week to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1, 0-0) in the Big 12 opener for both programs. The Longhorns' lone loss was to then-top ranked Alabama in Austin during week 2.  The Red Raiders brought a 2-0 record into Raleigh, North Carolina last weekend but fell to #16 North Carolina State.  The Longhorns will be the third straight ranked opponent Texas Texas Tech has faced in as many weeks.
The Red Raiders have a new head coach in Joey McGuire, who seems to have things headed in the right direction in Lubbock.  Texas Tech will start sophmore quarterback Donovan Smith in place of starter Tyler Shough, who suffered a collarbone injury in the season opening game against Murray State.  Smith is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback that has thrown for 786 yards and 7 TD's through three games.  He has also thrown five interceptions, all in the last two games and against ranked opponents.
The Texas quarterback situation is similar to that of the Red Raiders, with starter Quinn Ewers still rehabbing a clavicle sprain.  Ewers will make the trip to Lubbock and will suit out, however it is still uncertain if he is healthy enough to start or even play.  Sophmore Hudson Card will likely get the nod under center when the game gets underway.
Saturday marks the third straight season these teams have opened up conference play against one another and the 63rd straight season in which they have played one another.
What: Texas Longhorns (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Venue: Jones AT&T Stadium
Location: Lubbock, Texas
When: Saturday, September 24th, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m. (CST)
All-Time Series: Texas leads Texas Tech 54-17
Last Meeting: Texas defeated Texas Tech 70-35 (9/25/2021 - Austin, TX)
Relevant Information:
Scouting Report: Texas Tech Red Raiders Appeal Denied on DeMarvion Overshown's Targeting Penalty Texas - Texas Tech Game in Lubbock Sold Out Staff Predictions: Texas vs. Texas Tech Key Takeaways from Steve Sarkisian's 9/19 Press Conference All Hands On Deck at Tech: Quinn Ewers to Suit Up, Murphy to Make the Trip to Lubbock DISCUSS THE TEXAS vs. TEXAS TECH GAME HERE

Staff Predictions: #22 Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Texas Longhorns head north to the panhandle this weekend to open Big 12 play against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock.  Steve Sarkisian got the better of the Red Raiders last season in Austin, winning 70-35 in front of a home crowd at DKR.  The Longhorns can expect a rowdy group in the stands on Saturday as first year Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire hopes to put an end to Texas' six game win streak in Lubbock that dates back to 2010.
Texas Tech brings a revamped defense that is comprised of primarily seniors into the matchup and it will be interesting to see how the Texas offense fares against them.  The Red Raider offense is no slouch either.  Led by quarterback Donovan Smith who took over the job following Tyler Shough's injury, the Tech offense is averaging 475.3 yards per game.
Lubbock is a hostile environment anytime the Longhorns come to town and with injured starting and backup quarterbacks, will Sark and staff dial up a game plan that beats Texas Tech for the fifth straight time?  
Our staff weighs in with thoughts and score projections.
Ryan Swantkowski (2-0)
The time has come for the Longhorns to start Big 12 play for the 2022 season. Playing in Lubbock is always a tough environment, and the fact that it's the Longhorns' first away game of the year adds to the fire. Texas Tech QB Donovan Smith struggled last week in the Red Raiders' 14-27 loss to NC State but has the ability to throw the deep ball accurately while being able to tuck and run as well. The Red Raiders are tied 6th in the nation with 9 passing plays of 30 plus yards. The QB situation for Texas is clearer than last week yet still remains somewhat murky with Quinn Ewers potentially being healthy for game day. Regardless, I predict Hudson Card to get his second straight start. Expect a similar game plan to last week against UTSA for Card, but don't be surprised to see him take a few more shots downfield as the Tech defensive line has been strong against the run this season. All this being said, the Red Raiders haven't beaten the Horns in Lubbock since 2008, and I don't expect that to change this weekend. 
Score Prediction: Texas 34, Red Raiders 24 
Devon Messinger (3-0)
On Saturday, the Longhorns will travel to Lubbock for possibly the last time thanks to their pending SEC move. However, before they return home, they must first be able to handle the Texas Tech road environment, most likely without QB1.
In Texas's Big 12 Conference opener, the quarterback position will be the X-factor. If Card is indeed rolled out for another weekend, can he connect on the deep ball and remain efficient? Conversely, can the Longhorns capitalize on Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith's inefficiencies thus far this season? The sophomore Red Raider quarterback has already thrown for seven touchdowns, however he has also tallied 5 interceptions as well.
Despite the many question marks at quarterback, if Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson have performances similar to that against UTSA, Texas will be in a good position to run away with a road victory.
Score Prediction: Texas 41, Red Raiders 27
Jameson McCausland (3-0)
It's hard to believe Texas has won 6 straight games in Lubbock despite all of the ups and downs the Longhorns have had over the last 12 years. It is certainly a tough place to play, but Texas has had far worse teams than this one come out with a victory.
Joey McGuire seems to have things moving in the right direction early in his tenure, but the roster is still littered with players who got smacked in Austin 70-35 in 2021. We will see if that adds some extra motivation.
For Texas, this game is about taking care of the football and not beating themselves. The Red Raiders have shown this year that they will shoot themselves in the foot if given the opportunity, so if the Longhorns play a relatively clean game they should start conference play 1-0.
Crazy things happen in Lubbock, but I'll take Texas in a close one.
Score Prediction: Texas 35, Red Raiders 28
Aaron Carrara (3-0)
This is always a road game that makes Texas fans a little uneasy, but the Longhorns boast an undefeated record in Lubbock over the last decade.  The 'Horns will open conference play against the Red Raiders with dinged up quarterbacks in Quinn Ewers and Hudson Card, while missing their best linebacker (Overshown) for the first half of the game.  Not ideal but I expect Card to start and manage the offense will taking more shots downfield than he did last weekend.
Give Texas Tech some credit for a much-improved defense - particularly in stopping the run.  Defensive Coordinator Tim DeRuyter's unit allows just over 82 yards on the ground per game and Bijan Robinson, Roschon Johnson and the other horses in the Texas backfield must break that stat if Texas wants to leave Lubbock with a win.  Red Raider quarterback Donovan Smith is very capable of making plays with his arm and legs, but has thrown 5 interceptions in his last two games.  Pete Kwiatkowski will dial the pressure on Smith in hopes of forcing him to make mistakes which result in turnovers.
I think this game is closer than most project it to be but Texas still wins a close one.
Score Prediction: Texas 41, Red Raiders 38
TFloss32 (3-0)
The comeback win against UTSA was likely a necessary evil for a team beginning conference play with their first road trip of the season. They will need that focus for any early adversity along with some trickery from Joey McGuire’s first-year staff. Jones AT&T Stadium is unsurprisingly a sellout, but this one doesn’t have that usual feel of a dangerous game as long as the good guys keep taking care of the ball and the defense continues to show it’s much-improved compared to last year’s unit. I still question the strength of Texas’ passing defense, but Tech QB Donovan Smith is green with his decision-making and can get quite antsy when pressured. I can see this match-up going the way of last weekend where the Horns survive an early surge, and the more talented team wears their opponent down. Since the turn of the century, Texas has won 18 of 22 in this rivalry and hasn’t lost in Lubbock since the infamous Crabtree catch in ’08. I like that positive trend to continue on Saturday afternoon no matter who Sarkisian starts at QB. 
Score Prediction: Texas 38, Red Raiders 24
Mitch Lovell (3-0)
Another big game for Bijan Robinson and Hudson Card likely gets the start for Texas.  Card is finally able to connect with Xavier Worthy on the deep ball several times in a hostile Texas Tech environment, which will serve as a good test for a Texas team that struggled on the road last year.  The Red Raiders are a much better coached team and will test Sarkisian and the Longhorns, but it is not enough to pull off the win in front of the home crowd. 
Score Prediction: Texas 38, Red Raiders 21

All Hands On Deck at Tech: Quinn Ewers to suit up, Murphy to make the trip to Lubbock

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After suffering a shoulder injury in the Alabama game, the status of which has been kept relatively quiet, starting Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers appears to be ahead of schedule as it pertains to his recovery.  Ewers missed the UTSA game last week but there was speculation that his progress was moving faster than most anticipated.  At his game week availability on Monday head coach Steve Sarkisian informed the media that "all" quarterbacks practiced that morning.  And by "all," he included Quinn Ewers and freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy who was also previously injured.
Fast forward to Thursday and Sarkisian had more positive news related to Ewers and his cadre of quarterbacks.  Sarkisian told reporters in a post-practice ZOOM availability that four quarterbacks would be making the trip to Lubbock for the team's Big 12 opener against Texas Tech on Saturday.  This includes Quinn Ewers, Hudson Card, Maalik Murphy and Charles Wright.  
Whether or not Sarkisian has enough confidence in the health of Ewers' shoulder to give him the starting nod on Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium remains to be seen.  But the good news for Texas fans is that even if Ewers isn't 100%, his shoulder injury appears to be healing much faster than the reported four to six week timeline. 
Should Ewers not start in Lubbock, expect to see Hudson Card who led the team to a 41-20 victory over UTSA last weekend under center for the Longhorns.
The game gets underway at 2:30 PM on ESPN.

Report: Appeal denied on DeMarvion Overshown's targeting penalty

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Texas will be without one of their best defensive players for the first half on Saturday as DeMarvion Overshown's targeting penalty was upheld by the NCAA, as first reported by Horns247.
Overshown was ejected this past Saturday at the beginning of the fourth quarter against UTSA for a hit on Frank Harris on a would-be sack. The officials on the field did not call the penalty, but the replay booth buzzed down for the play to be looked at it was determined Overshown's hit was targeting.

Scouting Report: Texas Tech

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Non-conference play is over, and now all attention turns to Big 12 play as the Longhorns prepare to open the conference slate in Lubbock on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Raiders are led by first-year coach Joey McGuire and are coming off a loss at NC State this past weekend. Let's take a look at what to expect from McGuire's squad.
The Texas Tech offense suffered a tough blow in week 1 when starting QB Tyler Shough went down with an injury. Redshirt sophomore Donovan Smith took over for Shough and the results have been mixed. Smith has a huge arm and has the ability to push the ball down the field, but his decision making has been questionable at times (5 interceptions in 110 attempts through 3 games) and he appears to still be getting comfortable under new offensive coordinator Zach Kittley. Kittley, who worked at Texas Tech under Kliff Kingsbury, comes from an air raid background but do not expect Tech to throw it all over the field like the Mike Leach days. Kittley has made an emphasis to incorporate the running game and the Red Raiders will go with heavier personnel groupings at times.
Speaking of the running game, running backs SaRodorick Thompson and Tahj Brooks have not found a ton of room to run in the first 3 games. Brooks leads the team with 132 yards and Thompson has 98 yards. The longest running play of the season (27 yards) actually came from Donovan Smith. Part of the running game struggles can be attributed to shaky offensive line play. The Red Raiders will welcome back starting guard Weston Wright this weekend after he missed some time due to injury, but the unit as a whole has been struggling. They have allowed 11 sacks in 3 games and are particularly vulnerable at tackle. The Longhorns will need big games out of Barryn Sorrell and Ovie Oghoufo.
Texas Tech has had better receiver groups over the years, but there are still a few guys to keep an eye on when Smith drops back to pass. Slot receiver Myles Price is second on the team in receptions and is a typical Tech slot receiver: shifty, reliable hands and can make people miss in the open field. Redshirt freshman Jerand Bradley leads the team with 14 receptions for 172 yards and does a good job of using his 6'5 frame. Ryan Watts and D'Shawn Jamison will have their hands full on the outside.
Last year, there was talk leading up to the Texas-Texas Tech game that the Red Raiders had significantly improved on defense. The Longhorns ended that talk quickly when they put up 70 points with relative ease, led by a 3 touchdown performance by Xavier Worthy.
This year, the Red Raiders again enter this matchup with improved defensive statistics and some promising moments in non-conference play. It remains to be seen if they will take a step back in conference play, but on the surface it certainly appears to be a better unit than the one the Longhorns faced a year go.
Edge rusher Tyree Wilson is a future NFL player who will likely be the third best edge player Texas will face this year behind Will Anderson and Dallas Turner. Wilson already has 2.5 sacks on the season and leads the team in tackles with 21. The Texas Tech defensive front as a whole is an experienced unit that has some quality players. NT Jaylon Hutchings and DT Tony Bradford Jr. are both seniors and do a good job in the interior. A big matchup will be these two going up against the interior of the Texas offensive line. The Longhorns have struggled to run the ball between the tackles at times through the first 3 weeks and will face another sniff challenge on Saturday. 
The secondary is another experienced group led by safety Reggie Pearson Jr. and corner Malik Dunlap. Pearson has the only interception of the season for the Red Raiders. Despite a lot of experience in the backend, teams have been able to create explosive plays in the passing game. Regardless of if Quinn Ewers or Hudson Card start at quarterback, Texas will need to do a better job of pushing the ball down the field.
Final Thoughts
Texas Tech has been tested the last two weeks against Houston and NC State. In both games, it was the defense carrying the offense which is not normal for a program used to having explosive offenses. The pieces are there for Tech to put up yards and points, but the Red Raiders will need Donovan Smith to play better than he has been playing if they hope to pull off the upset.
For Texas, this is a big week for the offensive line. The Longhorns will either be playing Quinn Ewers in his first career road start or be operating with a backup QB. Both scenarios are less than ideal, so Kyle Flood's unit will need to take some pressure off the offense and play at a high level.

Texas - Texas Tech Game in Lubbock Sold Out

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The last time a sellout crowd watched the Red Raiders play football at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock was 2018.  The team they played against?  The Texas Longhorns.  
Texas Tech fans will once again watch their team play in front of a sold-out crowd on Saturday as the Texas Longhorns come to town in the Big 12 opener for both schools.  Jones AT&T Stadium holds just over 60,000 and expect every seat to be filled when kickoff gets underway at 2:30 PM.
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian makes his first trip to Lubbock, while Joey McGuire hosts the Longhorns in his in inaugural matchup as head coach in Lubbock.
Both programs look to improve their overall record to 3-1 and 1-0 in conference play with a win on Saturday.

Key Takeaways from Sarkisian's 9/19 Press Conference

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Right out of the gate Texas HC Steve Sarkisian talked about the energy and performance in the first half of Saturday's game against UTSA, saying it was "not up to standard". He added that he was proud of the way the team rebounded in the second half and made the adjustments needed to win the game, but that the team has their "work cut out" for them come Saturday in Lubbock. The biggest takeaway from Saturday's win may just be that, according to Sarkisian, "nobody blinked. Nobody said here we go again..." when the Longhorns were down 17-7 in the first half. As Longhorn fans are aware, games like this in the past have ended quite differently. There seemed to be a different mentality this time around. 
Throughout the presser, Sarkisian was asked about the Texas Tech environment, if he's ever been to Lubbock and if he has received any advice from former Texas Tech staff like UT basketball Head Coach Chris Beard. He said he's never been to Lubbock and that Coach Beard has reached out somewhat but is aware of the college football environment there... and he's looking forward to it. "There's a lot of places you go and the opposing fans aren't very happy we show up... we are the University of Texas. Nobody likes us. That's okay. We embrace the hate and we will be ready to rock and roll Saturday at 2:30". Sarkisian continued to mention how much he loves the college football atmosphere and is excited to have their first away game of the 2022 season. 
Last but definitely not least, an injury/player update. Sarkisian was asked about the health of all the Quarterbacks and said that they "all practiced today which is a positive... that to me is a really good sign". This includes Quinn Ewers, Maalik Murphy and obviously last week's starter, Hudson Card. He was also asked about LB DeMarvion Overshown, who was ejected in the 2nd half of the UTSA game for a targeting call after hitting QB Frank Harris in the helmet area, and said they have sent in their appeal to have his potential suspension for the first half of the Texas Tech game lifted. 
"This is when you really have to lean on one another" says Sarkisian, and quoting his phrase from earlier in the week, "preseason is over". Conference play is now just around the corner for the Longhorns as they go into Lubbock to take on the Red Raiders on Saturday at 2:30 CT. 

No. 21 Texas rides the wave, defeats UTSA 41-20

On Saturday, the UTSA Roadrunners brought their patented 'Triangle of Toughness,' to Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, providing an early punch while delving into their bag of tricks early. However, despite the Jeff Traylor-led squad's best effort, the Longhorns were able to ride the wave, ultimately delivering the counterpunch knockout with a 41-20 victory.
Shortly after the start of the second quarter, already with a 10-7 lead over the Longhorns after quarterback Frank Harris had been picking apart the defense with short, quick throws, Jeff Traylor decided to roll the dice with a surprise onside kick. The Roadrunners were able to recover the kick and then dove deeper into their bag of tricks with a running back pass, as Brenden Brady found Zakhari Franklin on a 35-yard touchdown pass, which was misplayed by Texas's secondary. With UTSA's lead being extended to 17-7 with 9:36 left in the second quarter, the momentum swung in a big way... ironically in favor of the Longhorns. In fact, following this play, the Longhorns outscored the Roadrunners 34-3.
Seemingly putting the team on his back, Texas running back Bijan Robinson found his way to the end zone on three separate occasions, including one 78-yard touchdown rush with 11:56 left in the third quarter. Battling a shoulder injury, Robinson had gotten off to a slow start on Saturday, however the junior tailback found a way to ultimately rush for 183 yards on the night. Additionally, with Robinson's performance against UTSA, the Longhorn running back eclipsed the 2,000 career rushing yard mark.
Although the Texas defense had its fair share of miscues, including multiple missed tackles in the secondary which extended drives for the Roadrunners, it came up big when it needed to. With a four-point lead heading into the end of the third quarter, Texas defensive back Jahdae Barron capitalized on an errant pass and recorded a pick-six touchdown for the Longhorns with just 18 seconds left in the quarter. This defensive play ended up being the pivotal moment in the contest as it just about ended any chance that the Roadrunners had of staying competitive. Following Barron's interception, the Longhorns piled on the points with a Bijan Robinson rushing touchdown and a Bert Auburn field goal, his second of the game.
In addition to Texas's stellar game on the ground (the team rushed for 298 total yards), the Longhorns were aided by UTSA's self-inflicted wounds as the Roadrunners shot themselves in the foot time and time again with pre-snap penalties. Texas's defense was also impacted by the officials as DeMarvion Overshown was flagged for targeting after sacking UTSA quarterback Frank Harris, which would have ended their drive. As a result, the Longhorns will have to appeal this call in hopes to have Overshown available for the entirety of next weekend's game against Texas Tech, instead of just having him available for the second half.
While the Roadrunners were not able to exit Austin with a win, they certainly will have opened some eyes after their performance. Other than Harris's crucial interception, the senior quarterback had out-passed the Longhorns with 222 yards through the air and a 116.1 QBR. Moreover, the surprise onside kick caught the Longhorns off guard and set up UTSA in a great position to take advantage. Ultimately, UTSA failed to muster enough magic in the second half and they paid the price for it.
Although the team was able to regroup after suffering several blows early from the Roadrunners, it is important that the Longhorns do not adopt the habit of finding themselves in a hole early. Following the game, Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian discussed the need for his team to remain motivated regardless of the opponent and that they be "thermostats," and not "thermometers." This mentality will be needed next weekend, when the Longhorns will travel to Lubbock to open up conference play against in a rowdy atmosphere. Next Saturday's game against Texas Tech will kickoff at 2:30 P.M (CT) and be aired nationally on ESPN.
Game Stats:
QB Hudson Card: 15/23, 161 passing yards, 1 TD RB Bijan Robinson: 20 carries, 183 rushing yards, 3 TDs RB Roschon Johnson: 11 carries, 81 rushing yards, 23 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD LB Jaylan Ford: 15 tackles, 1 FF DB Jahdae Barron: 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD

GAME DAY: UTSA Roadrunners @ #21 Texas Longhorns

The #21 Texas Longhorns host the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday at a sold out Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium.  The Roadrunners, led by head coach Jeff Traylor, bring a bold offense into the matchup led by dynamic redshirt senior quarterback Frank Harris.  Harris averages 348 passing yards per game but can also make plays with his feet.  
The Texas quarterback situation isn't as certain as that of UTSA.  The Longhorns will either start Hudson Card who suffered an ankle injury in the Alabama game, or redshirt freshman Charles Wright.  
The outcome of Saturday's contest is critical for both teams.  Texas looks to wrap-up its non-conference slate with a winning record before heading to Lubbock next week to face Texas Tech in its Big 12 opener.  Simply put, the Longhorns need to prove they can get over the hump after suffering an emotional low following the loss to Alabama.  For the Roadrunners, a loss means a losing record after three games.  UTSA lost only two games all of last season, and it would be very difficult to mirror last season's success.
The Roadrunners are 0-10 against Top-25 ranked opponents since the football program began in 2011.  The Longhorns hope to make that 0-11 after four quarters on Saturday.

What: Texas Longhorns (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs UTSA Roadrunners (1-1, 0-0 C-USA)
Venue: Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
Location: Austin, Texas
When: Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. (CST)
All-Time Series: N/A
Last Meeting: N/A
Relevant Information:
Scouting Report: UTSA Roadrunners The Good, Bad & Ugly Following the Longhorns' Loss to Alabama Staff Predictions: Texas vs. UTSA Ewers, Jamison, Bijan, Card: Monday Injury Update "Better Never Rests:" Key Takeaways from Steve Sarkisian's Press Conference Discuss the Texas Longhorns vs. UTSA Roadrunners Game

Staff Predictions: Texas vs. UTSA

The Texas Longhorns (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) welcome the UTSA Roadrunners (1-1, 0-0 C-USA) to Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday in the first ever meeting between the two programs.  Texas is hoping to avoid a trap game following a disappointing loss to Alabama last week, while the Roadrunners are eyeing an upset in Austin behind star quarterback Frank Harris.
Last week DKR was an overstuffed stadium full of loud, raucous fans that could smell an upset over the top-ranked Crimson Tide.  The players fed off of the emotion and atmosphere, but can the Texas faithful replicate that against this week?  Jeff Traylor's team won twelve games last season and yields an overwhelming number of seniors on both sides of the ball.
It would be an understatement to say that this is a huge game for both programs.  Texas enters the game with injuries to key contributors and an unknown starter at quarterback, but they can't afford a loss.  The Roadrunners, simply put, are looking to shock the world and leave Austin with their biggest win in school history.
Who wins this one?  Our staff weighs in with their thoughts and score predictions.
Jameson McCausland (2-0)
This game is a prime letdown spot for Texas following their close call against Alabama. UTSA has a ton of experienced players, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Without Quinn Ewers, the downfield passing ability of the Texas offense will surely take a hit. The Longhorns are going to have to lean on their defense and running game heavily. They are in survival mode right now as they try to get by without several key players.
I think Texas does enough to win, but it would not surprise me at all if this game is extremely close in the 4th quarter.
Score Prediction: Texas 28, UTSA 17
TFloss32 (2-0)
Saturday night will be the first-ever match-up between these neighboring programs, both of which are coming off of exhausting games and are quite beat-up this early in the season. Texas’ task this week will be carrying a proper respect for the smaller – albeit solid and well-coached – program that would love to knock off the flagship school in their own house. They’ll need to have moved on quickly from the high praise they’ve received all week from the national media after being 10 seconds away from defeating Alabama. With the good guys potentially starting their third string QB in Charles Wright, I’d expect the offense to do everything they can to establish the ground game early in order to make things more comfortable on that side of the ball, while also mitigating the number of opportunities that Frank Harris and UTSA’s offense would have to keep things close. That unit should be a solid test for Kwiatkowski’s pass defense. A line of -12.5 is a bit too much for me based on the injury report, but I like the Longhorns to prevail in what could end up being a closer contest than anticipated. 
Score Prediction: Texas 30, UTSA 21
Aaron Carrara (2-0)
Texas lost a heartbreaker to Alabama last week and I know there has been a lot of talk about this being a potential letdown game for the Longhorns, but I just don't see UTSA coming into DKR and winning - regardless of who starts at quarterback.  There is growing optimism that Hudson Card will be healthy enough to start, but I would expect to see Charles Wright play at some point in the game should that happen.  Texas needs to give in-game snaps to their now second string quarterback (Wright) as an insurance policy.  UTSA has a great offense, but their defense lacks a lot.  Pete Kwiatkowski's defense continues to play solid football and will make things difficult for redshirt senior Frank Harris.  Steve Sarkisian's offense will run the ball a lot and the Longhorns will close out the last non-conference game of the season with a win.
Score Prediction: Texas 31, UTSA 20
Devon Messinger (2-0)
Following Texas's close loss to Alabama, a banged up Longhorns team will host UTSA at home on Saturday. Offensively for the Roadrunners, the team is led by redshirt senior quarterback Frank Harris who has been dynamite for a Jeff Traylor led squad.
However, of course, the attention will be on Texas's quarterbacks in this matchup as the status of second-string quarterback Hudson Card is uncertain. If Card is unavailable to lace them up on Saturday, expect to see Austin High alum Charles Wright under center. However, either way, don't be surprised if you see a Roschon Johnson heavy offense, similar to when he was taking wildcat snaps against K-State last season.
Score Prediction: Texas 30, UTSA 20
Ryan Swantkowski (1-0)
The Longhorns have their third straight home game of the season Saturday night against a tough UTSA team. The Roadrunners are coming off a hard fought overtime win against Army and the week before took the Houston Cougars to overtime as well, only to fall short by two points. UTSA Quarterback Frank Harris has elite playmaking ability both through the air and on the ground as he leads the team in both passing and rushing yards. The Texas QB situation, on the other hand, is still up in the air as Hudson Card is dealing with an ankle injury and there are questions around QB Charles Wright and the wildcat package with Roschon Johnson. I expect this game to be slow-paced and scrappy as both teams might be running out of gas, but I expect the new look Texas defense to take control of the game and let the offense run their simpler plays similar to ULM. 
Score Prediction: Texas 24, UTSA 16
Mitch Lovell (2-0)
The Texas defense looked downright nasty last week against Alabama and continues what looks like a well-improved season effort.  Hudson Card guts things out for the offense as UTSA hangs for much of the game but the Longhorns end up pulling away late.
Score Prediction: Texas 35, UTSA 17

Game Preview: #21 Longhorns welcome Traylor, UTSA Roadrunners to DKR

Photo: Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY NETWORK
The #21 Texas Longhorns (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) lost a heartbreaker to the #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide last weekend, and look to get back in the win column on Saturday as they host the University of Texas at San Antonio (1-1, 0-0 C-USA) on Saturday.  The Roadrunners lost their season opener to a ranked Houston Cougar team in OT but defeated Army last week in OT in West Point.  Roadrunner head coach Jeff Traylor is no stranger to the Texas program, serving as the special teams and tight ends coach under then-head coach Charlie Strong during the 2015-2016 seasons in Austin. These two programs have never met on the gridiron and Traylor will be looking to pull off a huge upset over an injury-riddled Longhorn team.
Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian fully understands that UTSA is a very capable, experienced team but believes his guys have more than enough motivation to play well. "The noise is different this week. The noise last week was we can't play with Alabama. This week the noise is Texas has arrived and they are going to overlook UTSA. So we have something different to prove."
Saturday’s kickoff comes at 7:00 PM with the game being shown exclusively on Longhorn Network.
What: Texas Longhorns (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs. UTSA Road Runners (1-1, 0-0 Conference USA)
When: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Time:  7:00 PM CST
Venue: Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium
Location: Austin, Texas
Television: Longhorn Network
The Line: Texas -12.5
Last Meeting Between the Two Teams: Texas and UTSA have never played before
The Coaches
UTSA Roadrunners
Head Coach:  Jeff Traylor
Head Coaching Experience: 3rd year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at UTSA:  3
Career Record:  20-8
Career Record at UTSA:  20-8
Texas Longhorns
Head Coach:  Steve Sarkisian
Head Coaching Experience: 5th year as a head coach
Years as Head Coach at Texas:  2
Career Record:  52-43
Career Record at Texas:  6-8
The Quarterback Conundrum
Injuries - Who Starts for Texas?
The Texas offense looked to be finding its stride early on in the Alabama game behind starting quarterback Quinn Ewers.  Then Ewers left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury after being driven by the ground by linebacker Dallas Turner. Hudson Card replaced Ewers and played a solid three quarters, giving the Longhorns a chance to win with under two minutes remaining.  Card injured his right ankle and was noticeably limping during the game but continued to play injured.
Early reports were that Ewers could miss up to six weeks.  Steve Sarkisian gave an update on Monday about the status of his quarterbacks, saying that they were both day-to-day. On Wednesday, Sark furthered that statement by saying that both Ewers and Card "got healthier as the week went on."  In Monday's press conference when asked about the status of freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy, Sarkisian quickly responded with "he's not healthy." 
That leaves Austin High and local product Charles Wright as the third quarterback on the depth chart.  According to Sarkisian, Wright was "ready to go if needed" should Card not have been able to continue play against the Tide.
Who starts on Saturday against UTSA?  Quinn Ewers is likely to miss several games simply due to the nature of his injury.  If Hudson Card's ankle has improved enough to where he can play without risking further injury, he will start. Card is a necessary commodity on the Texas offense at this juncture and he needs to get healthy sooner rather than later since Ewers could be out a handful of games.  The staff will not jeopardize his recovery by starting him if he hasn't made tremendous improvement.  In that case we would see redshirt freshman Charles Wright under center in his first career start.
The Traylor Effect - A Texas Affair
Jeff Traylor is about as widely respected in the coaching circle and particularly in the Texas High School Football coaching circle than you can imagine.  He started his head coaching career at Gilmer High School in East Texas, where he stayed for 15 years and won three state championships and was named Texas High School Coach of the Year for Class 4A four times.  After his time with the Longhorns he went to SMU and Arkansas where he served as an assistant head coach before taking the job at UTSA.
Traylor's staff will sound familiar to Longhorn fans, as many of them spent time on The 40 Acres.  His co-offensive coordinator Matt Mattox spent the 2016 season as the offensive line coach under Charlie Strong.  Co-offensive coordinator Will Stein was the offensive coordinator at Lake Travis when Hudson Card played high school football, and previously served on the Texas staff from 2015-2017.
Roosevelt Maggit Jr., Justin Burke, Pavit Patel and Tim Yoder are additional UTSA staff that have a connection to the Texas program through former employment or playing days.
Prolific Roadrunner Offense vs. Improved Texas Defense
The Roadrunner offense ranks 32nd nationally in total offense.  Led by redshirt senior quarterback Frank Harris, UTSA averages a whopping 476.5 yards per game.  Harris was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for his performance against Army, and Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.  Harris is the glue to the Roadrunner offense, and can beat you with his arm and his legs. His offensive line has had some trouble in pass protection and look for Pete Kwiatkowski's revamped defense to apply the pressure on Harris frequently.  Linebacker DeMarvion Overshown leads the team with 13 tackles (11 solo) and Jaylan Ford made his presence known last week with 10 tackles (6 solo) against the Crimson Tide.  The Texas defense allows 316.5 yards of offense per game and held Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young to just two touchdowns last week. 
Status of other Injuries for UT
The injuries to Hudson Card and Quinn Ewers suffered in the Alabama game garnered the most attention, but defensive back D'Shawn Jamison (ankle) and running back Bijan Robinson (shoulder) both were dinged up in the loss.  Robinson met with media members on Monday and said his shoulder hurts a little but he should be good by the middle of the week.  Not much has surfaced on the severity of Jamison's injury other than he is day-to-day.  Expect Robinson to assume his normal carry load against the Roadrunners and Jamison to return to the lineup if the only if his ankle injury has made big strides.  
While these two teams have never played before expect Saturday night to be interesting.  Given the unknown in who starts under center for Texas, UTSA will throw everything but the kitchen sink at Sarkisian to try and pull off the upset win at DKR.  The Roadrunners have played 10 games against Top-25 ranked teams in their 11-year history and are 0-10 in those contests. A win would unquestionably be the biggest in school history for the Roadrunners, while a win for the Longhorns would demonstrate team resilience and discipline after a heartbreaking loss to Alabama.

Players to watch in college football for the 2022-23 season

Photo: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
College football has long been the breeding ground for the best young talent, and plenty of us love to watch the leagues and see who we think will be the next big stars to graduate to the NFL. College football games are keenly followed across the US and many fans attend games in person, along with all the scouts looking for the best young talent and seeing how they want to use their draft picks.
Many like to be able to predict how football is going to pan out, and you may be the sort of person who enjoys checking out the free college football picks for seeing who to gamble on, or which teams are best, or which players are coming through the ranks. In this guide, we are going through the top picks and players to watch throughout the 2022-23 season.
Bryce Young, quarterback, Alabama
This guy won the Heisman Trophy last time out, so we simply had to include the young quarterback on the list. He was in incredible form in the SEC and created 47 touchdowns with almost 5,000 passing yards.
Alabama will be looking to continue their ascent and become one of the very best college teams once again, and this guy is bound to be a big part of that. He has lost some of the support in the Alabama team to the draft, but there are still plenty of receivers to work with.
Will Anderson Jr., linebacker, Alabama
This guy is going to be drafted to the NFL, and he is going to be one of the first names drafted. He’s an amazing prospect and another playing for Alabama’s Crimson Tide. He’s an incredible rusher and is so hard to block, racking up 31 tackles for loss and 17 sacks in the season just gone.
As we’ve already mentioned, a lot of the players for Alabama are changing and the rebuild is going to be interesting to watch. Anderson Jr. will be a key part of this.
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
Another for the prospect list. Bijan Robinson is a real physical specimen at RB, with a huge amount of power and plenty of scrimmage yards in his locker, plus 15 touchdowns in 2021 – even though he didn’t play every game. The halfback recently signed a deal with Lamborghini, and this is very appropriate, considering the way he plays and the cuts he makes from downfield.
Robinson will definitely be a Heisman Trophy prospect and this could be his final season for Texas, so he will potentially go on to bigger things in the NFL.
Caleb Williams, QB, USC
We all love to see new exciting quarterbacks coming through the ranks and Caleb Williams fits the bill. Lincoln Riley will be rebuilding the team around him, after he made a name for himself as a freshman in Oklahoma. He threw nearly 2,000 yards, rushed over 400 and was responsible for a very respectable 27 touchdowns.
WIlliams can throw the deep ball and is happy running if there is a lane available, and Jordan Addison will help him to be at his best, and most effective, playing for USC this coming season. Williams is one that the scouts from the big leagues will be watching with a lot of interest.
Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Kayshon might get overlooked by some, as playing for the Tigers, he was in an underachieving team and then he had to deal with an injury that left his season in tatters. He still managed 38 receptions in that time for over 500 yards, so don’t discount him as one of the best prospects for college football in 22-23.
LSU knows how to create some wonderful receivers, as we all know from the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. and Ja'Marr Chase, who have come through at the college establishment. Kayshon Boutte could certainly continue this awesome lineage if he is able to stay free of injuries and live up to the expectations.
The standard in college football feels like it keeps getting better, and you just know that a lot of these guys are going to go on to have long and illustrious careers playing in the NFL. The Alabama team is one to watch with interest, but there are plenty of players in plenty of rosters who could emerge as huge prospects in the world of football, in what is sure to be another great season.

Longhorns Recruiting Road Trip: Week 3

Last Friday, I was excited to make the short trek out to Nelson Field in Austin, TX to see the top-ranked Dallas Parish Episcopal Panthers square off against the tenth-ranked Austin LBJ Jaguars. The last time that I had covered the Jaguars, they were one win away from earning a state title victory for Austin ISD. However, despite last year's loss to Stephenville, the Jaguars still have retained a ton of talent, including future Division 1 athletes Fatu Mukuba, Latreveon McCutchin and Sedrick Alexander.
Dallas Parish Episcopal vs Austin LBJ
Despite of LBJ's talent, don't be fooled - Dallas Parish Episcopal might be the most loaded (talent-wise) team in private school football. For example, 2025 quarterback Sawyer Anderson has already amassed 14 scholarship offers from schools such as Arkansas and TCU. Additionally, 2023 three-star safety Daniel Demery, who is committed to Ole Miss, has 25 offers to schools such as Texas and Texas A&M.
Speaking of Anderson, the underclassman put up a prolific scoring performance, throwing for five touchdowns and 218 yards against LBJ. Along with Anderson, Episcopal also showcased a heavy dose of junior running back Maddux Reid, who rushed for 174 yards and helped to lead the Panthers to a dominant 44-21 victory over the Jaguars. So far this season, Parish running back Cedric Mays has been the guy for the Panthers out of the backfield, however Reid was the workhorse on Friday which makes me question whether Mays sustained some sort of injury during, or prior to, the game. However, if Reid can continue to put up performances like he did against LBJ and, Mays is indeed healthy, the Panthers would certainly be the team to beat in the realm of private school football in the state of Texas.
Although Episcopal was able to cruise to a victory, Sedrick Alexander was able to showcase why he is a Vanderbilt commit as he rushed for a whopping 227 yards and a touchdown, doing his best to keep LBJ competitive on Friday. You would certainly be hard pressed to find a game in which Alexander fails to make an impact by the final whistle. He is one of the Central Texas area's best running backs and has already rushed for 543 yards through just three games this season.
Extra Point:
I am excited to see Sawyer Anderson again in action in the future. There is a reason why the young quarterback has as many offers as he does at this point in time. I will be interested to see how his game progresses over the course of the season and whether he can help Episcopal capture yet another state title.
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