The Texas Longhorns are a tough team to nail down this preseason. After a very disappointing 5-7 campaign in 2021, Texas took advantage of the transfer portal, landing former five-star recruit quarterback Quinn Ewers from Ohio State.
Steve Sarkisian is making good on his vow to revamp the roster. We hope that righting the ship on that win-loss record takes hold quickly. Texas boasts a lot of very exciting personnel, including one that may well be one of the best players in the country. Here is hoping they can bring a winning season back to the Forty Acres!
Bijan Robinson, RB
Bijan Robinson figures to be one of the best running backs in the country this year and may end up RB1 in the 2023 draft. His 1,127 yards on the ground and 15 all-purpose touchdowns last season earned him First Team All-Big 12 honors. Robinson has the perfect mix of speed, power and patience that would have any offensive coordinator drooling. He has the poise behind the offensive line to wait for a hole to open up, then a quick burst of speed gets him into the defensive backfield. A steady running game powered by Robinson will be an important piece for the Longhorns this fall as they try to right the ship from a 5-7 performance a year ago.
Xavier Worthy, WR
Xavier Worthy will be one of the top receivers in the nation this year. He figures to be Texas's lead receiver in 2022 and will be the go-to option for quarterback Quinn Ewers. As a true freshman last year, he put up 981 yards and 12 TDs to go along with First Team All-Big 12 honors. As the top wideout, he'll look to easily surpass the 1000-yard mark this season. We are very excited to see what Xavier Worthy can accomplish in year two. The sky's the limit for this elite receiver.
Quinn Ewers, QB
Quinn Ewers is a potential future top 10 draft prospect, but before he gets to the draft, he'll have to throw a pass at Texas. Not to make things more difficult for Ewers, but before he can do that, Quinn will have to win the starting job. The five-star Ohio State transfer and the former No. 1 recruit in the nation is already being heralded as the savior of the Longhorns' program, or at least he was before Arch Manning committed to Texas. We believe he will be the starter at some point this season, if not Week 1. Pinpoint accuracy and a cannon for an arm will not keep him on the sidelines for long. And if he doesn't get the call for the Longhorns' season opener, he may see action in Week 2, as they face off against Alabama. Talk about being shot out of a cannon for your new team.
DeMarvion Overshown, LB
DeMarvion Overshown is the best defensive player on this roster, no question. Back for his senior season after deciding against opting for the NFL draft in 2022, Overshown is ready to help bring Texas out of its hibernation. Currently, pundits have him listed as a Day 2 pick in 2023, but that's not going to cut it for the Longhorns' linebacker. Overshown boasts leadership qualities in the locker room while his 6-foot-4, 223-pound frame makes him stand out on the field. The athletically-gifted linebacker had a team-leading 74 tackles in 2021 and is primed to beat that total this upcoming season.
Keondre Coburn, DT
The 6-foot-2, 336-pound former four-star recruit is a big body up front that can eat up space in the run game, but we already knew that about Keondre Coburn. The Houston product projects as a nose tackle at the NFL level and is quick for his size. Coburn returns to the interior of the Texas defensive line for his fifth season looking to leave a strong impression on NFL scouts this year. If the Longhorns' defensive stud can build on his 15 tackles from 2021, he's going to make it a nightmare for opposing backs trying to run up the middle and turn some heads ahead of the NFL Draft next year.