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Steve Sarkisian opened up fall camp Tuesday afternoon by meeting with the media to discuss the offseason and goals for the Longhorns as they prepare to open up the 2022 season. Here were the hot takeaways from the first of many press conferences from the head coach this season.
- Sarkisian was asked about what he asked himself this offseason coming off the 5-7 2021 campaign. He responded by saying one of the biggest things he focused on when doing a self-reflection was culture. Sarkisian said he did not feel like his team responded well to adversity last season.
- One of the hottest topics of the day was about quarterbacks. Sarkisian said both Quinn Ewers and Hudson Card have certain things they need to work on before potentially being named the start. For Card, Sarkisian mentioned the comfort level he has with the playbook, something Ewers is still learning to master. In terms of a timeline for naming a starter, Sarkisian said he has an idea of when he wants to do it but would not be sharing that timeline with the media.
- Defensively, Sarkisian talked about finding consistency. He referenced several games in 2021 where the Texas defense played well in the first half but fell apart after halftime. He also mentioned they made some adjustments scheme wise as they to turn the corner in year 2 under Pete Kwiatkowski.
- Sarkisian was specifically asked about LB Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey, who he said is solid against the run, slippery against blocks and also possesses the ability to drop back into coverage.
- On the injury front, Sarkisian said there were no new injuries suffered over the summer. There will likely be a few guys who are limited from previous injuries to open camp, but no one will be completely held out of action.
The Longhorns are set to open fall camp on Wednesday, with the season opener against Louisiana Monroe just 31 days away.