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Prediction of what Texan football will be like in 2023

The Texas Longhorns will likely look very different on offense next season. For starters, college football’s No. 1 player is probably expected to go to the NFL draft.

Bijan Robinson won’t win the Heisman Trophy this season, but if we gave him a video game rating, I’m sure he’d get a near-perfect score. The loss of Robinson will leave a significant void for Texas to fill.

There are a few players Texas will be asking for bigger roles for the team next season. Xavier Worthy and Ja’Tavion Sanders are considered the featured attacking players after being more dominant in 2022.

A variety of defensive Impact players could return for the Longhorns. Texas defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski would thrive around player-line cornerstones Jaylan Ford, Ryan Watts, Jahdae Barron and Barryn Sorrell.

Here’s what to expect at each position.

quarterback

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Quinn Ewers is the favorite to start next season. I expect he will grow into the answer Texas has been looking for in this position. If not, Maalik Murphy or Arch Manning should be excellent alternatives. Whoever wins the job should have a good season in Steve Sarkisian’s third year at Austin.

Back race

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Jonathon Brooks is the favorite to win the starting job after Bijan Robinson passed the torch to him. However, Texas could have a four-headed monster at the position. Keilan Robinson and Jaydon Blue will push for carries while Cedric Baxter comes in with alpha potential.

wide receiver

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Ideally, the 2023 squad is built around Xavier Worthy. Isaiah Neyor and Agiye Hall have the ability to break big plays for Texas.

Johntay Cook will bring five star receptionist talent to Sarkisian’s five star culture. Among the returning underclassmen, Brenen Thompson and Savion Red will add unique abilities to unbalance defenses. The Longhorns could add another recipient via the portal.

Close end

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Yes’Tavion, Yes’Tavion, Yes’Tavion. I’m sure a lot of tight ends get a chance to see the field, but Sanders will get the lion’s share if he gets goals at the position. If Texas upsets the Duce Robinson, the offense could be more about position.

offensive line

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Kelvin Banks, Hayden Conner, Jake Majors and Cole Hutson want to start over. Devon Campbell and Cam Williams could have breakout seasons, while Neto Umeozulu and Malik Agbo will also be pushing for game time.

line of defense

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Texas could return to a 2-4-5 look next season. The emergence of Barryn Sorrell as a pass rusher helps. Byron Murphy, Moro Ojomo and T’Vondre Sweat would be an impressive group of tackles to choose from.

linebacker

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When Jaylan Ford returns, we’ll talk about a potential all-American linebacker. Texas will be pushing to add Anthony Hill, who could start right away.

Secondary

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There will be no shortage of secondary surprises in Texas, apart from portal surprises. Jahdae Barron, Ryan Watts and Jerrin Thompson are a strong core. Terrance Brooks, Kitan Crawford, Derek Williams and BJ Allen could raise the group’s ceiling.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire

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