Steve Sarkisian recaps first Texas preseason practice that needed... the pee chart?

Steve Sarkisian recaps first Texas preseason practice that needed… the pee chart?

August 7, 2021
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Steve Sarkisian on Friday Texas football On Friday evening, the Texas Longhorns went through the first preseason practice under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, who cited “drastic improvements in a lot of areas” as a significant development for his team. But even though temperatures in the Austin area were […]

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Steve Sarkisian on Friday Texas football

On Friday evening, the Texas Longhorns went through the first preseason practice under new head coach Steve Sarkisian, who cited “drastic improvements in a lot of areas” as a significant development for his team.

But even though temperatures in the Austin area were depressed by showers throughout the day, the team still experienced significant cramping issues — Sarkisian noted that it wasn’t an issue of physical conditioning, it was an issue of hydration, something Sarkisian said the staff will monitor more closely moving forward.

Cue the pee chart’s return to Texas football discourse.

Sounds like there were some bad guys on the practice fields on Friday.

To fully keep score here, Sarkisian has now checked off “winning is hard,” “there’s no fairy dust,” and “hydration is important” on the Tom Herman coach-speak bingo card. All in his last several media appearances.

Setting aside the snark here, Sarkisian did provide some substantive impressions of his team.

— Junior wide receiver Joshua Moore, sophomore safety Jerrin Thompson, junior tight end Jared Wiley, and senior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown were all singled out by Sarkisian as players who have undergone the most significant physical transformations during the offseason. Overshown hasn’t gained as much weight as he wanted following offseason shoulder surgery, but it is positive to hear that the lifting he was able to do made a difference for him physically.

— Freshman tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders spent part of practice working individually with position coach Jeff Banks, a development that Sarkisian said was a result of the type of adjustments the staff makes to get individual players up to speed. Because Sanders wasn’t an early enrollee, it was his first time to put on a Texas uniform and practice.

— Among the players who impressed Sarkisian on the field, specifically transfers or summer enrollees, the Texas head coach had positive things to say about an athletic and physical Ovie Oghoufo, the Notre Dame edge transfer, Alabama transfer running back Keilan Robinson looking good in space, and former Michigan wide receiver signee Xavier Worthy flashing. Sanders was a standout as well, in addition to defensive tackle Bryon Murphy and edge Barryn Sorrell.

— There weren’t any significant position changes to report, but Sarkisian did say that Thompson and fellow safety Brenden Schooler, the transfer who played wide receiver last season, are working in at nickel to find the best fits there.

— Along the offensive line, Sarkisian raved about the leadership ability of Derek Kerstetter. But are there any limitations because of the injury that ended his senior season? Sarkisian dodged that question a bit, saying he wanted to watch the film first. Junior left tackle Christian Jones, who lost some weight since the spring, was having a good practice before he suffered from some cramping issues. Redshirt freshman tackle Andrej Karic drew praise for his physicality, toughness, and love for football. For sophomore Isaiah Hookfin, one of the best athletes along the offensive line whose shoulder injury derailed his 2020 season, it’s all about gaining experience and understanding of the game.

— The most important position battle is at quarterback and Sarkisian said that junior Casey Thompson and redshirt freshman Hudson Card both improved during the summer. If Frieday’s practice was considered the 16h spring practice, Sarkisian said it would have rated as their best as both players rotated with the first and second teams.

— Entering preseason camp with a new coaching staff, retention is always a key metric for evaluation, but Sarkisian noted that he wants to give players until the first scrimmage in eight days, which will be the second practice in full pads, to really come to any conclusions about retention aside from egregious mistakes.

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Head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies pulled off a major recruiting coup with the commitment of Beaumont West Brook safety Bryce Anderson over the Texas Longhorns on Friday.

Anderson is the No. 48 player overall, the No. 3 safety and the No. 12 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Composite rankings. He was a highly-coveted player nationally, once committed to the LSU Tigers before reopening his commitment at the end of January. Anderson holds 40 total offers, including the Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes.

Immediately following his decommitment, he was thought to be a Texas A&M lean, but Texas surged into contention for Anderson during the spring, setting up a back-and-forth battle late. While the Horns even landed a final visit from Anderson during last week’s pool party event, it wasn’t enough, as the 6’0, 190-pounder trended heavily towards the Aggies in the final days before announcing his decision.

Losing out on Anderson is a significant development for the 2022 recruiting class — the hopes of securing a top-five recruiting class already took big hits in recent weeks with misses on top prospects like Anderson and offensive tackle Kelvin Banks, as well as the decommitment of No. 151 prospect Jaylon Guilbeau, the Port Arthur Memorial cornerback. Anderson and Guilbeau have recently discussed becoming a package deal. At the least, Guilbeau looks more likely to pick TCU or Texas A&M than to rejoin the Texas recruiting class.

In the secondary, Texas has landed recent commitments from Denton Ryan’s Austin Jordan and New Orleans product Champ Lewis to pair with Aledo’s BJ Allen, but there’s now more pressure to land another elite prospect in the group, with all eyes turning to Galena Park North Shore standout Denver Harris, a consensus five-star prospect ranked among the top-10 players nationally.

Misses at defensive back and linebacker forced Texas to move down its recruiting board to take lower-ranked prospects like Lewis and California linebacker Eoghan Kerry, putting more pressure on the staff’s evaluations and ability to develop those players when they arrive on the Forty Acres.

So despite assembling a staff of strong recruiters, what seems clear is that new head coach Steve Sarkisian isn’t benefiting from the same first-year bump enjoyed by his predecessors — to land truly elite recruiting classes, Sarkisian and his staff will have to prove it on the field.

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Realignment season wouldn’t be realignment season without a swirl of rumors.

Then again, realignment season wouldn’t be realignment season at all without the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners recently announcing their intent to join the SEC.

But rumors are gonna rumor, and the latest rumor churning out of the mill is that the Kansas Jayhawks’ move to join the Big Ten Conference is “imminent,” according to so-called sources.


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