What Texas Soccer Coaches Will Be Looking For In August

The longest month of college football’s offseason is upon us. And while fans would like to fast-forward, Texas soccer coaches have many goals to achieve at camp.

The 2021 squad had a handful of talented contributors but several flaws. The offensive line struggled from the opening series late into the season. On defense, Texas struggled to tackle, cover and reach the quarterback. In addition, they showed poor tracking angles and unreliable assignment integrity.

The 2022 squad needs to guard against some of the same issues. The problems of the past year often appear in the first two games of the next season. Steve Sarkisian’s staff will aim to fix as many of last year’s mistakes ahead of the Week 2 fight against Alabama.

Let’s look at what the Texas coaches will determine as we head into August on Monday.

Ready freshman offensive linemen

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Steve Sarkisian likely has a strong understanding of what returning linemen bring to the table. Not only did they have spring drills to show off their skills, they also had a year or more of drills and training drills. Cole Hutson is probably the most mentally ready having signed up early for spring training. He could get early game play along with Devon Campbell and Kelvin Banks. As the season progresses, the remaining four freshmen have the talent to see the field as well.

Consolidation of the starting linebackers

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DeMarvion Overshown is perhaps the most gifted defensive athlete. The question is whether Texas can take him to where he will be most successful, or whether personnel uncertainty will force Overshown to play indoors again. The Arp product will thrive outwardly if Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey or David Gbenda prove reliable to Jaylan Ford. If one of the linebackers shows up, the defense goes up.

Find the best two collaterals

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Anthony Cook, Jerrin Thompson, Kitan Crawford and others will be fighting for the two safety spots. Thompson is the safe bet as he played safety the most in Texas. Anthony Cook is a sure tackler with perhaps the highest defensive IQ in football. A problem solver, Cook quickly adapted to defending Pete Kwiatkowski. Kitan Crawford is perhaps the fastest of the three with the most ball selling ability. Unfortunately, he lacks the experience of the other two. Texas will figure out which combination best suits their defense.

The Battle for Skill Position Reps

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Brennan Marion has expressed his desire to rotate his receivers heavily. I have my doubts that Xavier Worthy and Isaiah Neyor will often rotate off the field. The same is likely to apply to Bijan Robinson, who will mostly share reps with Roshon Johnson. Johnson will work against the tight ends and receivers for extra reps. Jordan Whittington, Ja’Tavion Sanders, Jahleel Billingsley, Agiye Hall and Tarique Milton could all easily emerge as key contributors. A competition in which five players take the field in skill positions is more of a luxury than a problem for Texas.

Choice of starting quarterback

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Based on my limited knowledge of the battle, Quinn Ewers seems to be the favorite. Still, Hudson Card has qualities that could get him the job. The faster Texas can determine their starting quarterback, the sooner they can prepare for their key opponents.

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