Recapping the first week of fall camp

Texas football is wrapping up the first week of their annual preseason fall camp. From early reports, it appears camp is going as well as Steve Sarkisian and company envisioned.

Earlier this week we mentioned Kelvin Banks is off to a strong start. Rave reviews keep pouring in for the mammoth-sized freshman offensive linemen.

Bobby Burton, Eric Nahlin and Justin Wells of Inside Texas published a great recap of what they have seen through the first couple of practices.

Burton tempered expectations with a thought I am sure is common among the Longhorns’ fan base. While the Texas roster has a number of great players, particularly at running back and wide receiver, Burton believes it does not have overwhelming depth.

On a more positive note, the trio discussed the talent advantage Texas could have over Big 12 teams. Justin Wells commended Isaiah Neyor, calling him, “a true NFL prospect.” Burton echoed Wells’ praise of Neyor.

Here are a few takeaways from the camp’s first week.

Every freshman offensive lineman has been mentioned positively

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There is no doubt in my mind the freshman offensive line class will contribute this season. Malik Agbo was a focus of the “On Texas Football” podcast. Texas appears to have made a significant coup to get the big man from Washington. Elsewhere, Neto Umeozulu garnered positive remarks for his performance. Umeozulu and Cam Williams were strong pass blockers at the high school level. Steve Sarkisian heaped effusive praise on Connor Robertson. We’ve already talked at length about Kelvin Banks, Cole Hutson and Devon Campbell, whose strong play is almost an expectation at this point. The team should have the necessary depth to combat injury, with plenty of skilled contributors.

Quinn Ewers is perhaps the most natural Texas passer we have seen

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Simply watching Quinn Ewers throw routes to receivers in practice is entertaining to watch. The throwing motion is fluid and effortless. Texas is fortunate the redshirt freshman phenom is part of its 2022 football team.

Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey is off to a strong start

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The transfer linebacker was mentioned in the above podcast by the trio from Inside Texas. He impressed at James Madison and will now have the opportunity to showcase his ability at a higher level of play.

More rave reviews for Isaiah Neyor

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Heading into the 2021 season, we were not sure if Texas would have enough consistent receivers. This year, Steve Sarkisian will have a difficult time getting every reliable receiver the football. The depth at running back and wide receiver is at a championship level. Neyor should be one of the players leading the charge.

Tarique Milton is emerging as a big-time player

Tarique Milton is having a strong camp. That’s big news after some questioned whether or not he would recover from injury. No doubt the veteran player has a strong football mind after being developed by Matt Campbell. If he is anything like the player he was at Iowa State, Texas made a great receiver addition this offseason.

It will take time to grow

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Texas has an abundance of talent. However, as Burton noted, much of that talent is young and not yet overwhelming. Texas has a chance to have a good season, but may need patience early in the year.

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