The Texas Longhorns football program has made strides toward building a championship-caliber team in 2022. You still have a long way to go to realize this potential.
Heading into last season, Texas needed to build a competent offensive line. They’ve done that and more throughout the season, with two true freshmen and one redshirt freshman taking their turn.
Additionally, the defense lacked the fundamental fundamental tracking, operational discipline and cover to even stop Kansas in 2021. Poor margin setting aside, which should be tempered this year, Pete Kwiatkowski’s defense transformed into one of the better defenses in last season’s Big 12.
Now that we’ve made these improvements, let’s look at what Texas needs to achieve in order to reach 10 wins in the upcoming season.
Consistency in passing
Starting with the obvious, Quinn Ewers’ game has to be a certainty for Texas football.
Texas needs to start creating gaping holes for its back. Pass blocking was excellent for the group last season, but run blocking held Bijan Robinson back at times.
Edge players are meant to put the edge and contain the ongoing play. It was still an issue for the Texas defense this year.
Make stops as needed
Pete Kwiatkowski is excellent at damage control. He needs to find a way to steal possessions late in the games. Taking risks on zone defense tasks can confuse opposing quarterbacks and cause turnovers.
Stay healthy at the recipient
This aspect is beyond Texas’ control but will be a key to winning ten games. Isaiah Neyor and AD Mitchell will help Texas outperform opponents if healthy.
Texas may need to beat Alabama to win 10 games. Starting conference play with a loss would affect his bid for 10 wins.
Go all out in the passing game
Sarkisian might use empty formations more often for a number of reasons. In addition to Ja’Tavion Sanders, he has four receivers who could go to the NFL. Additionally, Ewers would likely thrive in the formation. Texas needs to find a way to keep their best players on the field.