Five players to watch in Texas’ season opener vs. UL Monroe

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The 2022 season provides a fresh start for Steve Sarkisian and the Texas program. The Longhorns hope to leave 2021’s disappointments in the past with an improved year this fall.

Texas will have the look of a much different team in Saturday’s opener vs. UL Monroe. The Longhorns welcome many new faces to the roster via the transfer portal and high school recruiting ranks.

The Longhorns do return superstar running back Bijan Robinson and wide receiver Xavier Worthy back to lead the offense again this season. The dynamic duo established themselves as some of the best playmakers in the country a year ago.

The staff hopes the influx of talent, along with the returning studs can push Texas into the Big 12 Conference championship race.

Sarkisian feels good about the development of his team over the offseason and feels like the culture is at an “all-time high” in his Texas tenure.

Here are five Longhorns to keep an eye on in their Week 1 matchup with UL Monroe.

QB Quinn Ewers

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Former five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers is set to make his highly anticipated Texas debut on Saturday. Ewers transferred in from Ohio State over the offseason and was named the starter over Hudson Card in fall camp. Texas hopes Ewers can lead the Longhorns’ offense to new heights in 2022.

OT Kelvin Banks

The crown jewel of Texas’ 2022 offensive line recruiting class has looked the part since arriving on campus. Kelvin Banks is getting plenty of run as the first team left tackle in camp and is expected to take that role this season. Banks is a potential program-changing talent on the offensive line.

WR Savion Red

True freshman wide receiver Savion Red is one of the names constantly praised by Steve Sarkisian and his peers. With the season-ending ACL injury to Isaiah Neyor, Red is in line to see the field early and often. Sarkisian showed last year he is not afraid to play young wide receivers.

LB Diamonte Tucker-Doresy

Texas looked to the transfer portal for immediate help and the linebacker position and landed the FCS star Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey. Dorsey provides much-needed experience and tackling ability to the Longhorns linebacker unit. His presence allows Texas to use DeMarvion Overshown in a variety of different ways on defense.

LB DeMarvion Overshown

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The X-factor of the Texas defense. DeMarvion Overshown will be asked to take on a multitude of different roles for the Longhorns in 2022. He possesses the speed and athleticism to create a much-needed pass rush in his new role on the edge.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire