Texas orange-white game won’t have traditional spring game format due to lack of offensive line depth, Longhorns head coach says Steve Sarkisian told reporters. Horns247’s Chip Brown first reported to VIP subscribers that the game would be changed. The head coach said the spring game would be more like a “100-game scrimmage.” Sarkissian also noted that the running back Bijan Robinson will be limited due to an ankle injury.
It’s certainly a little disappointing for Texas fans, who have been eagerly waiting to see what should be an explosive attack for the first time. Longhorns add former five-star quarterback Quinn ewers via transfer from Ohio State is a big reason for that.
“Texas will have the number one offense in the nation next year,” Josh Pate of 247Sports said Tuesday. Late Kick. “I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility. What were they, the top 10, I think, that we said last year? And so they were up there in a lot of critical metrics. They were up there offensively last year. And that’s before (they) bring Quinn ewers in the building. And just in the last hour, (they’ve) added people like Agiye Hall at wide receiver.
“They have one of my favorite playmakers in the country in Xavier Digne. I mean, we’ve been talking about him since the day he walked on campus, Texas, number one offense and it’s hard to do, let’s safely say always a bold top three. I think this is one of the less bold, of the bold proclamations that have been made, Texas could absolutely end up locking down the number one offense. Now the follow up is how much of this is needed? Because they still have to score 35 or 40 points to win, which is a defensive matter.
The Sarkissian-led attack emphasizes passing the ball, which might suit the big-armed Ewers, who struggle with Map of Hudson for the departing concert in the fall.
“I would be shocked if anyone plays in our system if you’re not over 65% you’re probably not playing,” Sarkissian said earlier this spring. “We pride ourselves on having a high completion percentage, even though we drive the ball up the field. If you start flirting with 70 per cent, we are now starting to play very good football.”
Texas went 5-7 in 2021 in its first year under Sarkisian. With some high profile additions on offense and in the second year under the coaching staff, many expect the Longhorns to be significantly improved in 2022. The Longhorns missed postseason play for the first time since 2016, and are expected to return and do even more in the fall.
Orange-White game festivities begin Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CT at DKR Memorial Stadium. The Longhorns open the 2022 campaign Sept. 3 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.
Horns247’s Nick Kosko and Taylor Estes contributed to this report.