Review of the first week of the fall camp

Texas football wraps up the first week of its annual fall preseason camp. Initial reports indicate that the camp is going as well as Steve Sarkisian and his company envisioned.

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

Inside Texas’ Bobby Burton, Eric Nahlin and Justin Wells posted a great summary of what they saw during the first few exercises.

Burton tempered expectations with a thought I’m sure is common in the Longhorns’ fan base. While the Texas roster has a number of great players, particularly in running back and wide receiver, Burton doesn’t think it has overwhelming depth.

On a more positive note, the trio spoke about the talent advantage Texas could have over the Big 12 teams. Justin Wells praised Isaiah Neyor, calling him “a true NFL prospect.” Burton echoed Well’s praise for Neyor.

Here are a few takeaways from the first week of camp.

Each freshman offensive linemen received positive mention

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I have no doubt that the rookie class will contribute to the offensive line this season. Malik Agbo was the focus of the On Texas Football podcast. Texas appears to have pulled off a major coup to get the big man out of Washington. Elsewhere Neto Umeozulu received positive comments for his performance. Umeozulu and Cam Williams were strong pass blockers at the high school level. Steve Sarkisian lavish praise on Connor Robertson. We’ve already talked extensively about Kelvin Banks, Cole Hutson and Devon Campbell, whose strong play is almost an expectation at this point. The team should have the depth needed to fight injuries, with many skilled contributors.

Quinn Ewers might be the most natural Texas passer we’ve ever seen

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Just watching Quinn Ewers throwing routes to receivers in practice is entertaining to watch. The throwing motion is fluid and effortless. Texas is lucky to have the redshirt freshman phenom on its 2022 soccer team.

Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey has got off to a strong start

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

More rave reviews for Isaiah Neyor

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

Tarique Milton is developing into a very big player

Tarique Milton has one strong camp. It’s big news after some have questioned whether or not he would recover from an injury. Undoubtedly, the veteran player has a strong football mind, having been developed by Matt Campbell. If he’s anything like the player he was at Iowa State, Texas added a great receiver this offseason.

It will take time to grow

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

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