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It is finally the time of the year where college football fans get their fix for the sport they love so much.
Every program has a spring game to showcase some of the new players, systems, or to help settle position battles. After the spring game, there isn’t college football for another few months so fans are chomping at the bit to see how their team looks early on in the process.
Texas’ spring game has been tabbed as one of the more interesting ones across the country due to all the transfers they brought in, headlined by Ohio State quarterback transfer Quinn Ewers. It is also home to a very intriguing quarterback battle between Ewers and third-year player Hudson Card.
Besides the quarterback battle, the offense is absolutely loaded with weapons that has some experts like 247Sports’ Josh Pate believing that the Longhorns could have the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation.
When it comes to the defense, there is a growing interest in the secondary, and of course along the defensive line due to the fact that they were gashed all season in 2021.
With all of this being take into consideration, here are five Longhorns to keep an eye on during the spring game on Saturday.
Ryan Watts, DB
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Even with all the hype surrounding the offensive transfers, Ryan Watts is certainly someone to look out for. He offers great size at 6-foot-3 and is replacing Josh Thompson who is off to the NFL. If he can hang with any of the three top receivers that the Longhorns have, he may be Texas’ most important player in the secondary this season.
Isaiah Neyor, WR
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Outside of Ewers, Wyoming receiver transfer Isaiah Neyor is arguably the most exciting addition the Longhorns made. Standing in at 6-foot-3 with the ability to out jump and out run everyone, he may be the breakout star for Texas in 2022. After the 2021 season it was evident that the Longhorns needed a receiver alongside Xavier Worthy to help take some attention off of him, and they hit a home run in Neyor, who essentially would be the best receiver on most rosters across the country.
Barryn Sorell, EDGE
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One of the major questions still plaguing this team is whether or not they have someone who can step up as at the EDGE spot. In 2021, opposing quarterbacks had enough time to watch a movie when they dropped back to pass, as the Longhorns were unable to generate any pass rush at all. They were able to add players like freshman Justice Finkley, who is also someone that could stand out here, but have yet to land someone experienced like an Ochaun Mathis. This is where Barryn Sorrell comes into play, as he has been getting some first-team reps at the position and may be the spark the pass rush needs.
Ja'Tavion Sanders, TE
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After coming into last season as a five-star prospect, Sanders seemed to need more time to adapt to being a college football player. He and the staff decided that rather than playing both ways he should focus on tight end. That decision seemed to have finally worked out, as he has widely been considered one of the stars of the spring and may be a rising star at the tight end spot. We have already seen some clips of him making acrobatic contested catches, but the spring game may give him a chance to solidify himself as a starter.
Quinn Ewers, QB
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Is this one cliché? Yes. Do I care? No. Landing the highest rated quarterback since Vince Young has brought a whole new level of excitement to the program, and has many thinking that he may be able to resurrect the program that has been down for a while now. In multiple reports throughout the offseason, the only thing holding Ewers back was that he was new to the system. Now that he has had more time to digest the system, we will likely get a chance to see him unleash his cannon and spray the ball around.
Whether or not he can win the job at the spring game is unknown, but we do know that he will get a chance with the starters, which is something that we didn’t see last season with Hudson Card. Ewers may have the most hype around him in the whole entire country, and fans across the nation will tune in to see the potential savior of Texas play.