Team Building: Where Texas football goes from here after portal losses

Texas should finish with a net gain of talent after additions despite portal losses.

The football season isn’t over yet, but free agency has begun in college football. Multiple Texas players announced that they are looking for new homes on Tuesday.

Hudson Card headlines the group of departing players. Card played solid football in his game action this season and could garner plenty of interest from teams in need of a quarterback.

Other notable departures include Andrej Karic, Jamier Johnson and Troy Omeire.

The losses in and of themselves aren’t program killers but the loss of quality depth is suboptimal for the Texas staff. The reality is, every team will deal with portal casualties and the Longhorns could see more players depart.

The likelihood is that Texas will end up with a net gain of talent this offseason. Given their resources and improved on-field play this season, Steve Sarkisian should be able to improve the roster before next fall.

Let’s look at where Texas might add talent and depth in the offseason.

Texas Football: 2022 transfer portal departures tracker

Seven Longhorns hit the transfer portal on Tuesday morning.

The NCAA transfer portal is a mainstay in the world of college football in 2022. Players having the freedom to transfer without punishment creates a new landscape in the sport.

Steve Sarkisian and his staff will undoubtedly work to use the portal to their advantage. Last season Texas added key contributors such as quarterback Quinn Ewers, defensive back Ryan Watts and linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey.

Like most programs across the country, Texas is expected to see a group of players seek new opportunities. It should be a very active transfer portal season following year two of the Steve Sarkisian era. An important thing to remember is a player entering the portal does not guarantee said player is leaving the program.

The transfer portal does not officially open until Dec. 5 but players are already stating their intentions beforehand.

Here is an ongoing tracker of notable Longhorn players who have entered the transfer portal thus far:

Texas WR Troy Omeire is “looking for a new school”

Texas will need to act fast to retain receivers currently on the roster. Here’s what the Longhorns should prioritize at the position.

Troy Omeire appears to be on his way out of Austin. He tweeted his desire to find a new school on Tuesday. Continue reading “Texas WR Troy Omeire is “looking for a new school””

Report: Former Texas HC Tom Herman ‘in the mix’ for Cincinnati job

Tom Herman is a candidate for the Cincinnati head coaching job.

Cincinnati has an unexpected coaching search on its hands after Luke Fickell announced he is heading to take the job at Wisconsin. Continue reading “Report: Former Texas HC Tom Herman ‘in the mix’ for Cincinnati job”

Texas offers Stanford commit, four-star DL Cameron Brandt

Cameron Brandt is a Sierra Canyon product.

Texas defensive line coach Bo Davis is now targeting four-star Cameron Brandt. Continue reading “Texas offers Stanford commit, four-star DL Cameron Brandt”

Texas Football: Coaching milestones for Steve Sarkisian’s staff in 2022

Let’s look at the coaching staff’s biggest accomplishments from the 2022 season.

The Texas Longhorns football program is not ahead of schedule. Critics would argue that based on their own standards, it isn’t even on schedule.

Despite outside noise, Steve Sarkisian and company have accomplished multiple milestones that past regimes failed to do consistently.

Texas flashed great football at times this season. For the most part, it’s fair to consider the 2022 group a good football team. The issue for Texas revolves around consistency.

At its best, Texas stood toe-to-toe with Alabama and buried its red river rival, Oklahoma. At its worst, the team blew double digit leads to lesser competition and no-showed in the biggest conference game of the season offensively.

All in all, there were still plenty of signs the program is moving in the right direction. Here are a few accomplishments made by the 2022 team.

247Sports’ updated 2023 recruiting class rankings

Here’s a look at the top 10 recruiting classes in the country at this time.

The 2023 recruiting class rankings are expected to finalize over the coming months. Continue reading “247Sports’ updated 2023 recruiting class rankings”

Oklahoma Sooners drop in USA TODAY Sports re-rank after loss to Texas Tech

Where did the Oklahoma Sooners land in USA TODAY Sports latest 1-131 re-rank after their loss to Texas Tech? From @john9williams

The Big 12 has provided a lot of entertaining football this season. The depth of the league has been really good. Even teams at the bottom of the standings, Iowa State and West Virginia, have provided competitive games this season.

In West Virginia’s case, they beat Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma for their only wins in Big 12 play. Iowa State had the best defense in the Big 12, though it didn’t look like it on Saturday in Fort Worth.

In the final year of the 10-team league, the Big 12 showed it has an entertaining product to offer. Next week’s Big 12 title game between TCU and Kansas State should be an entertaining affair between two teams playing really good football right now.

With the regular season behind us, let’s take a look at where the Big 12 landed in USA TODAY Sports latest 1-131 re-rank after week 13.

Where are Oklahoma and the Big 12 heading in latest bowl projections from USA TODAY Sports?

Where is Oklahoma heading in the latest bowl projections from USA TODAY Sports?

The regular season of college football has come and gone. Seems like only yesterday we had hopes of the Oklahoma Sooners making a run for the Big 12 title. These last few months have flown in a flash.

But bowl projections are gaining more clarity with the regular season and only the conference championship games to come. After this weekend, we’ll know who the playoff participants are, but most bowl-eligible teams are pretty well locked into their games.

There could be some changes still, but here’s where USA TODAY Sports’ Erick Smith sees the Big 12 headed in his latest bowl projections.

Texas Football: Longhorns Wire awards for the 2022 season

Longhorns Wire hands out team awards for the 2022 season.

The 2022 regular season has come to an end for the Texas Longhorns. Continue reading “Texas Football: Longhorns Wire awards for the 2022 season”