Four storylines ahead of spring practices

With spring football in our presence, there are already outstanding players and they are making some noise for Texas.

247 Team Sports’ Chip Brown (Exclusive Content) has broken down some of the biggest happenings when it comes to Texans football ahead of the spring, like who’s stepped up as captain, the key players, and how the position changes are going.

The Longhorns need major improvements in practically every position, and while they brought up the #5 recruit class, Steve Sarkisian would probably prefer a few veterans to step up so he doesn’t have to play a lot of inexperienced players right away.

While spring allows young players like Justice Finkley or Terrance Brooks to stand out and gain an advantage over their classmates who didn’t score early, it also allows veterans to use the fact that they’re in the system for the second year in a row to their advantage as well.

Positioning battles may not be won in the spring, but they do begin in the spring. What this means is that if someone has a strong spring, they will likely have an advantage over the competition.

With the Spring Ball set to kick off next week, here are some of the headlines about the team that stand out the most.

team leaders

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Leadership, or lack thereof, appears to be a major issue for the Texans in 2021. It has been a common theme throughout the season that the team lacks Sam Ellinger’s type of vocal leader. There were more men who would lead by example, or players in prominent positions of leadership, but they didn’t have the right attitude in the locker room. Here’s what Brawn of Team 247Sports had to say about who is said to have come up as captain:

When team sources ask which players are doing the best job of driving football in the spring, which begins on Tuesday, two names always appear – Bijan Robinson and Rochon Johnson.

“These two people only know how to do things in one direction – with everything,” a team source said of Robinson and Johnson.

Other names appearing on the attack are Jordan Whittington, Xavier Worthy and Jake Majors.

The linebackers who stand out

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The midfielder’s lineup is the same as last year, with Longhorns unable to add a transfer with experience, only adding one of Trevell Johnson’s three-star high school ranks. With Luke Brockermeyer recovering from knee surgery, he’s giving someone like Jaylan Ford a chance to get a strong spring to establish himself in a more prominent role. Here is what Brown had to say about the Reserves who are doing well:

Team sources said they hope the growing confidence shown by midfielders Jaylan Ford, David Gbanda and Devin Richardson will translate into great springs for these players.

With Luke Brockermeyer out while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, this spring presents a massive opportunity for Ford at the quarterback.

Transfers stand out

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Getting talent out of the transfer gate was a must for Texans, as there were definitely loopholes in 2021 that required an immediate fix. The Longhorns have done well in terms of adding high-level conversions, and Brown expects a few of them to have a huge impact right away:

…I’ve heard enough good things about 6-foot-3 Ohio State cornerback Ryan Watts, and the first starting cornerback for Terrance Brooks’ cornerback, and I’ve added them to my list of instant impactful newcomers for 2022—alongside Along with the future of Wyoming transfer Isaiah Neuer.

Anthony Cook moves to safety

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The Longhorns desperately needed to add someone from the transfer gate into the safety position, but they swayed and missed a few times. They’ve lost both their rookies to Brenden Schooler (graduation) and BJ Foster (transfer), while neither of them have been great by any means. This has led to a few players like Ketan Crawford, Anthony Cook and Maurice Blackwell making the move to safety. Brown and others expect that Cook’s success in this position will be most vital to the defense’s prosperity as a whole. Here is what he said: