Major News From The Transfer Portal: Texas Longhorns Edition

If you’re a fan of the Longhorns (like myself) the transfer portal is what you should paying attention to. There are some big time players in the portal currently that could help turn around the Texas program quickly. Texas Longhorns transfer portal players will be key in building this program back up.

Several of those players just entered the portal from north of the red river. I’m going to run through some of these players and give my opinion on why Texas should take a shot on some of these players.

Spencer Rattler Transfer Portal Texas Longhorns
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Spencer Rattler – QB Oklahoma

I know what you’re thinking. Why in the world would Texas want this guy, but we need a stud QB badly. If Rattler has any interest, Texas should use every resource available to get him on the 40 acres. What better way to entice Arch Manning to Austin then making Rattler a Heisman candidate in the burnt orange.

Austin Stogner – TE Oklahoma

This list won’t only be OU players, but there will be a couple more later on. Texas hasn’t had a game changing TE in ages. However, Stogner is a game changing TE. He has already stated that if Texas comes calling he will answer the phone. I’d imagine Sark and Co have already sent out a feeler to Stogner and several other portal players.

Tashawn Manning Transfer Portal Texas Longhorns

Tashawn Manning – OL Auburn

As all of us know offensive line is Texas’ biggest need currently. Adding Manning would boost the Oline in a massive way. Texas should 100% kick the tires on Manning to see if he has any interest.

Jadon Hasselwood & Marvin Mims – WRs Oklahoma

I shouldn’t have to sell you on either of these players. Outside of Xavier Worthy, Texas needs a lot of help in the wide receiver room. These two young men would make Texas’ wide receiver room one of, if not the best wide receiver room in the country. Imagine Texas having three guys who can create separation and beat man coverage every play. That is what it would look like with Worthy, Hasselwood, and Mims on the field together. Make it happen Sark and staff!

In Closing

Do I think we land all of these players? Absolutely not. However, Texas needs to bring in anyone that wants to come to Texas. We have a lot of holes on this roster that could be filled through the transfer portal. Only time will tell if Sark believes in building through the portal. I believe and hope he does.

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Breaking News: Tear it down Brick by Brick

The Texas Longhorns have fallen to 4-4 after falling apart in the second half AGAIN. What is going on and why is it so hard for the Longhorns to finish games? That is what I’m looking to dive into today, 30 minutes after watching the game.

First reactions coming off the loss, I am pissed. This team has so much potential, but it seems like as soon as the 46th minute starts they quit. I don’t know what it is about the 4th quarter, but this team stops competing when it comes around. I’m tired of losing and I’m tired of the players losing focus when they need it the most.

As we’ve been saying this entire season the offensive line is horrid. I don’t understand how they are this bad. Bijan had 17 rushes for 43 yards. He is undoubtedly the best player Texas has and he can’t excel because the line gets no push up front. I’m a firm believer in whoever wins the line of scrimmage wins the game and Texas rarely wins up front.

Lets move to the defensive side of the ball. Can we just scrap every single one of those players and start over? Pete K relies on sound fundamental defense and nobody on the Texas defense knows how to play that way. It is honestly embarrassing watching this defense play outside of a handful of players.

I may get flack for saying this, but I honestly think Tom Herman instilled his “Winning is Hard” mentality on most of the Texas team. You can just sense that the older players are “Ok” with losing. Again, not all of the older players but most. The 2 players that I notice fighting until the very end are Bijan and Xavier. Every game I notice they both lay it all out there no matter what the situation/moment.

Last but not least lets discuss the coaching. I don’t believe most of these losses are on the coaching. Sark has guys running wide open on offense. Casey either misses them or doesn’t have enough time to even get the ball off. On the defensive side of the ball PK puts guys in position to make plays and what happens? Missed tackles, Guys aren’t filling the right gap, Dline doesn’t get push up front, etc. The list goes on and on.

Changing a culture doesn’t happen over night. Sark and staff will have their hands full over the next few years trying to instill a winning attitude into these brainwashed Tom Herman players. Like Sark said after the Arkansas game, “They need to hate losing more then they love winning”. Until that happens Texas will continue to lose 4+ games a year and I will continue to have extremely stressful fall weekends.

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Texas Longhorns Football: What If?

Today I’m going to dive into a few “What Ifs” concerning our Texas Longhorns football program. Some might be a stretch. Some could be closer to reality than you think. If you don’t like these types of articles, skip to the end where you will find a short recruiting update.

If they didn’t have Bijan Robinson?

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Quite honestly, Texas would have at least four losses — with the possibility of five losses. Without Bijan our team offensively would be pretty terrible. Bijan is still a Heisman contender because of how he single handedly beat TCU. Bijan was once a silent commit to Ohio State. If that silent held true we as Texas fans would be miserable with how awful the offense would be.

If they got Urban Meyer?

I don’t think our record would look much different to be honest. Urban is a great college coach no doubt, but the baggage that he brings is not worth the little bit of success that he would create. I’m glad we got Steve Sarkisian, and I think most Longhorns football fans would agree.

If they didn’t fire Tom Herman?

I don’t think our record would look much different. You could argue that Herman would’ve lost the TCU game, and I would probably agree with that. Bijan definitely wouldn’t be in the Heisman race and recruiting would be in a really bad spot.

In closing

As you see above things could be a lot worse than they currently are for the Texas Longhorns football program. I’ve been saying this since the Arkansas game: Don’t panic! Sark has been the head coach for 10 months now. That is not a lot of time to install a new game plan on both sides of the ball.

I understand the defense has looked bad recently and the offense can’t seem to get it going in the second half, but trust me, Sark is the guy who will turn it around at Texas. As long as the fanbase doesn’t turn on him too soon. Now on to the recruiting news.

There is some bad news and some good news. I’ll start with the bad. There are rumors going around that Jaydon Blue may decommit, which would be a major loss in the class. Blue was the #1 RB in the ’22 class before he decided to opt out of the season. After he opted out he dropped heavily in the rankings. Which I believe is very unfair to him.

For the good news. Texas had a HUGE visitor list over the weekend. All reports coming out of Austin are saying that Sark and Co. knocked it out of the park with recruits. Even with the loss there is a ton of buzz surrounding Texas in recruiting (outside of Blue). If Texas can finish the season strong I think a top 5 class is basically a guarantee.

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Game 4: Texas Tech (3-0) @ Texas (2-1) Preview

The Texas Longhorns look to open up Big 12 play with a win Saturday when they face the Red Raiders of Texas Tech. This should be an interesting contest. Tech has looked good so far this season starting out 3-0 with wins over Houston, Stephen F. Austin, and FIU. Texas on the other hand hasn’t really found there identity just yet. Texas started off the year solid with a win against a good ULL team, but got manhandled in week 2 against a surprisingly good Arkansas team. They came back strong with a blowout win against a awful Rice team, where the running game really took over.

One thing to watch for should be how Pete K’s defense holds up against their first real explosive test. Texas’ defense under PK hasn’t seen an explosive offense yet this season. I expect the defense to be stout and allow underneath passes to limit the big plays Tech wants. Don’t be surprised if Tech marches the ball down the field. So far this season I’ve noticed PK likes to play “bend but don’t break” defense. If you don’t know what that means, it’s essentially give up the underneath stuff and once they get in the redzone hold the opposing team to a field goal. It’s not a bad strategy especially if you tend not to “break” in the redzone which Texas has actually excelled at doing.

If PK and his defense can’t stop Tech expect this to be a very high scoring game. However, if PK can keep Tech under 21 points expect Texas to cruise to a win. This game will basically rely on Texas’ defensive play. Tech is a team who loves big plays and will execute them at a high volume. I know for certain Texas won’t shutout Tech like they did with Rice, but I hope the defense can hold them to under 3 TDs. If the defense can do that I’d be very happy with their performance.

Now to your favorite part of the article, Predictions. If you haven’t already checked out our full season win/loss predictions. You can checkout mine here and Ryan McAloon’s here. Anyways without further ado here are Ryan and I’s predictions for Texas Tech @ Texas.

Ryan McAloon: 45-42 Texas

Michael Farber: 42-20 Texas

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Has Sark Found His New QB1?

After a disappointing loss last weekend Texas was looking to bounce back against Rice. They not only bounced back but they also played a complete game on both sides of the ball. The most impressive part of the game was the Texas defense shutting out Rice. The first time that has happened since 2017 against San Jose State. The other thing that impressed me was Casey Thompson. He played a nearly perfect game outside of an interception that wasn’t really his fault.

There were a few notes I’d like to add. The offensive line looked better in the run game, but they still struggled to give Casey time to let routes develop down the field. That hurt Casey on Texas’ second drive when he was hit as he released the ball resulting in the interception I mentioned earlier.

The defensive line looked better then they did last week as well. The Rice run game was basically non existent with the starting Texas defense on the field. The secondary looked even better only allowing 128 passing yards for the entire game.

All in all Longhorn Nation should be proud of how this team responded after a gut wrenching loss to Arkansas. I understand it was only Rice, but I can’t remember the last time a Texas team put up 44 points in the 1st half. Texas fans should be excited about this offense with Casey Thompson under center. The offense will be explosive and I think we will see more proof of this when Texas Tech comes to town next weekend.