Texas Longhorns Adding Another Big-Time Staff Member?

Adding former head coaches as analysts/assistants has become a common practice for Nick Saban at Alabama. Now, Steve Sarkisian is following in the footsteps of his former boss by going out and bringing in former big name head coaches to the Texas Longhorns staff. Who is he trying to bring in this time around? Find out below!

David Cutcliffe possibly joining the Texas Longhorns staff

David Cutcliffe

David Cutcliffe is the former head coach of Ole Miss and Duke. Cutcliffe took over an abysmal Duke program and turned them into a contender in the ACC Coastal for several years. Cutcliffe is also a well know and well-respected coach around the country. He is most notably known for his development of the quarterback position.

Who are some of the biggest quarterbacks he has coached? Well, that’s an easy one. Cutcliffe coached and developed both Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. Peyton Manning as we all know is considered a top 5 quarterback in NFL history, and Eli Manning completed an 18-year Hall of Fame career in New York only 3 short seasons ago.

David Cutcliffe Texas Longhorns Staff

Now, you may be thinking to yourself why would Sark want to hire a 67-year-old coach who mutually parted way with Duke a year ago. Well, Cutcliffe has a couple things that Sark really wants.

#1. Experience

Cutcliffe has been coaching football for a very long time. He has coached at the collegiate level for almost 40 years. I don’t know about you, but for me 40 years is almost double my age. Sark having that experience in his ear constantly is something I think he desperately wants.

One thing I have noticed about the current staff is that they’re relatively young. That is not always a bad thing, but it is also not always a good thing. Being able to have that blend of experience and young up and comers is something I think Sarkisian is trying to address with the addition of Gary Patterson and possibly David Cutcliffe.

#2. Relationship With The Mannings

Cutcliffe was Peyton’s OC/QB coach at the University of Tennessee, and he was Eli’s HC at Ole Miss. However, their relationship goes deeper than being coached by Cutcliffe for a few years. David Cutcliffe was also Peyton and Eli’s QB coach during the offseason while the 2 brothers played in the NFL. I found this short clip from YouTube that should give you a better understanding of their relationship. You can watch the 3-minute clip here.

Arch Manning Texas Longhorns

By now I hope you have put 2 and 2 together. The #1 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class (via 247 Sports) is Arch Manning, nephew of Peyton and Eli Manning. If Sarkisian is able to add Cutcliffe to this staff in any capacity that would immediately give the Texas Longhorns a leg up in the Arch Manning sweepstakes. With Quinn Ewers already on campus that would give Arch a season to sit behind Ewers and learn the offense before becoming the starter for the 2024 season.

In Closing

David Cutcliffe is a phenomenal coach and has a long track record of developing NFL quarterbacks. If Sark is able to add Cutcliffe to the staff it would only add to an already impressive off season for the Texas Longhorns. The smoke is starting to grow around Cutcliffe, but as we saw with Gary Patterson the timeline for a decision won’t be rushed.

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After a big recruiting visit weekend are the Texas Longhorns about to hit the jackpot (again) in the transfer portal?

Latavious Brini Texas Longhorns

One week after helping the Georgia Bulldogs win the National Championship Latavious Brini entered his name into the transfer portal. Brini, a former 3-star out of Hialeah, Florida, played a big part in the Bulldogs secondary totaling 38 tackles and 8 pass deflections from the safety position in 2021.

Brini is a long athletic defensive back that Sark and PK like to recruit. It is pretty obvious to me that he will fit into the “Star” position in PK’s defense. If you paid attention to the recruitment of 2022 5-star linebacker Harold Perkins, then you will know what that position entails.

PK uses the “Star” position for players that are versatile enough to play any position on the field. Brini 100% fits that mold, because he can play back at safety or come down and play in the box or rush the quarterback off the edge. He really is the complete player you’re looking for on defense.

Brini Texas Longhorns

The thing is, Brini wasn’t just some bench player for the Bulldogs. He started 11 games in 2021 for the #1 team in the country and played significant time when he wasn’t starting. If Sark is able to land the talented defensive back it would be a huge win for the Texas Longhorns.

Brini reportedly visited Austin and the University of Texas over this weekend and will be making his decision tomorrow (Sunday). When Brini does make his decision, I fully expect him to pick the Texas Longhorns. Like I said earlier this would be a MASSIVE get for Sarkisian and Pete Kwiatkowski.

In Closing

Adding an experienced, elite defensive back to the Longhorns thin DB room would work wonders for PK, Terry Joseph, and Blake Gideon. Sark and Texas have dominated the transfer portal so far this offseason and adding Brini would only exemplify that.

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Big Weekend Coming For The Texas Longhorns?

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Big Weekend Coming For The Texas Longhorns?

News around the Texas Longhorns and the transfer portal has been heating up over the past week. Could we see some results over the weekend?

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Gary Patterson

The buzz around Gary Patterson is getting louder day in and day out. This move would be massive for the Longhorns defensive staff. Patterson is expected to join Sarkisian’s staff by the end of the weekend as the “Special Assistant to the Head Coach”. Adding Patterson would help out year 2 defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski with figuring out these Big 12 offenses.

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Drew Sanders to the Texas Longhorns

Drew Sanders is a guy Sark and staff have prioritized in the portal. Sanders played LB/Edge in his short stint at Alabama and was injured for a period during the 2021 season. Sark being able to add an elite, long, and athletic edge to this defense is just what the doctor ordered. Sanders is expected to make a decision soon and I expect him to announce before the end of the weekend. I expect Texas to be the pick when the former 5-star announces his decision.

Jahleel Billingsley to the Texas Longhorns

Jahleel Billingsley was a guy I was a bit hesitant on at first, but as I expected Sarkisian is pursuing the TE heavily. Billingsley is a guy that could make this high-powered offense even more potent. He’s a guy that excels catching balls down the field and is a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers. I expect Billingsley to shut it down fairly soon as well. When Billingsley announces, look for the Longhorns to be the pick for the former 4-star TE.

Ochaun Mathis to the Texas Longhorns

Ochaun Mathis. What more do I have to say? If you’ve watched the Texas vs TCU games the past couple years, you’ll understand. The 2 time All-Big 12 defensive end has been living in opposing team’s backfields for years. With Gary Patterson expected to join the staff soon I expect Mathis to follow. However, I don’t expect an announcement to come anytime soon.

Mathis announced on Twitter, “Hey guys I want to say that I’m taking this process slow! I’ll call you guys when I get the chance. If I have your number I’ll get with you. Thank you in advance!”. Mathis is also finishing is planning to graduate from TCU in May meaning he doesn’t need to make a decision for a few months.

In Closing

This has been an exciting off-season for Longhorn fans. However, Texas has had exciting off-seasons before. Now it’s time to see results. Can Sarkisian turn all this momentum into wins? Only time will tell. I truly believe Sark is the guy to right the ship in Austin. Anything less than 8 wins in 2022 will be a big disappointment.

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MASSIVE Transfer Portal Additions Eyeing The Texas Longhorns?,

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When I Expect This Texas Longhorn Star To Enter The Transfer Portal

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MASSIVE Transfer Portal Additions Eyeing The Texas Longhorns?

With the Georgie Bulldogs winning the National championship last night the college football off-season is in full swing. That means big time players are hitting the portal and the Texas Longhorns are looking to hit the transfer portal to benefit off of those elite players.

Drew Sanders Texas Transfer Portal

Drew Sanders has entered the transfer portal less then 24 hours after losing the National Championship game to Georgia. Sanders is a former 5-star Athlete out of Denton-Ryan HS in Denton, Texas. This is a guy Sark and staff will most likely prioritize in the portal. Sanders played LB/Edge in his short stint at Alabama and was injured for a period during the 2021 season. Adding an elite, long, and athletic edge to this defense is just what the doctor ordered if you’re Sark.

Jahleel Billingsley Texas Transfer Portal

This next guy I would say is a bit more of a stretch. However, if I was Sark I would definitely “kick the tires” to see if Billingsley actually has interest, which I think he would, having already played in Sark’s offense. Jahleel Billingsley is a former 4-star TE out of Phillips Academy in Chicago, Illinois. Billingsley recorded 17 receptions for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2021 for the Crimson Tide. Adding an experienced TE to the offense could help Ewers immensely.

In Closing

Sanders is a guy you can blame Tom Herman for missing on but having a second chance to lure him back to Austin is something this staff can’t take for granted. We desperately need a stud pass rusher, and we currently don’t have one on campus. Justice Finkley and J’mond Tapp will help with that when they arrive on campus in a few days but adding another guy to that group like Sanders would be incredible for this defensive line group.

I don’t think Billingsley is as big of a need as Drew Sanders, but he is definitely somebody this staff will want. Like I said before adding an experienced TE is priceless is for a young QB in Ewers. I expect Sark and the Texas Longhorns to hit the transfer portal pretty hard this off-season and adding either Sanders or Billingsley would be a great start.

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When I Expect This Texas Longhorn Star To Enter The Transfer Portal

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When I Expect This Texas Longhorn Star To Enter The Transfer Portal

The transfer portal has basically put free agency into college football and the players are rightfully taking advantage of it. Today I’ll delve into when I expect this one-time Texas Longhorn star to enter into the transfer portal.

Hudson Card

Hudson Card

Coming out of 2021 spring ball many thought Card would be the starter heading into the season opener against Louisiana Lafayette. That turned out to be the case with Card winning the QB1 job and running with it in game 1. However, that was not the case in game 2 against Arkansas.

Card couldn’t get anything going against the Razorbacks and seemed to be missing open receivers down the field. With all of his mistakes and poor play Sark decided to hand the job over to Casey Thompson. Thompson ran with it and never gave Card the opportunity to regain the prized QB1 job.

Now fast forward to December 12, 2021. A day Texas fans will remember for years to come; Quinn Ewers officially announces his intentions to transfer to Texas. Everyone in and around the Texas Longhorns program knows Ewers will be QB1 going into the 2022 season.

So where does that leave Hudson Card?

Hudson Card Spring Game/Texas Longhorn Transfer Portal

Well, the former top 60 player has a few options. He can either stick it out and hope at getting a shot at some point, he can enter the portal right now, or he can wait until after spring ball to transfer. I’m going to break down what I believe his decision will be.

Option 1: Stick It Out

I think this is the least likely option for Card. A player of his caliber doesn’t want to sit on the bench for multiple years. However, Sarkisian might be able to sell him on development for the NFL, example: Mac Jones. If Sark can convince Card to stick it out and wait his turn, I would be very surprised, but Sark has surprised me before.

Option 2: Hit The Portal ASAP

I could very well see this happening. It would not surprise me one bit if Card enters the transfer portal tomorrow. This option would give him time to get a spot at a mid-tier power 5 program before they all fill up. However, I don’t think this is the route Card takes.

Option 3: Enter The Portal After Spring Ball

If I were a betting man, I would go all in on option 3. I think Card is going to stick it out through the spring to see if he can even compete for the QB1 job over Ewers. Card isn’t afraid of competition as we saw over the past year. I also think it would be good to have someone to compete against Ewers. Do I think Card can beat out Ewers for the QB1 job? Absolutely not, but I think it would be good for him to build up his confidence in the spring before looking at other programs.

Hudson Card

In Closing

With the addition of the new transfer portal rules college football will never be the same, and maybe that’s a good thing. It makes it easier for players buried on the depth chart to find new homes quickly. I expect Card to find a new home after spring ball, and if he does, we should all wish him nothing but the best going forward.

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