last trip in big 12 For Texas This could be dubbed the Longhorns’ “Embrace the Hate” tour.

That’s All Coach Steve Sarkeesian Suggests for a Season No. 11 Texas Before leaving for the Southeastern Conference in 2024 the Longhorns hope to finally compete again for an elusive league championship.

Texas hasn’t won the Big 12 since 2009 and every road stop, from Waco to Ames, promises to bring extra spice from home crowds eager to kick the Longhorns on their rear end when they go out.

“We’re the University of Texas, we understand that,” Sarkeesian said. “I think they’ve kind of adopted an ’embrace the hate’ mentality. … We can sit there and be punching bags, or we can attack the people we’re going to play with.” I think they’ve taken responsibility for saying, hey, we’re going to go after everyone else, too.”

There’s a lineup ready to deliver some Haymakers in Texas. Ten starters return to an explosive offense. Major transfers have increased depth on both sides of the ball. All that talent makes the Longhorns the preseason favorites for the league crown.

That puts the pressure on Sarkeesian to answer whether he is truly the man to lead Texas’ long-expected return to glory.

Sarkeesian is going 13–12 in his third season at Texas, and he is 59–47 overall as head coach over his previous stint. washington And usc, They’ve never won more than eight games in a regular season, never lost fewer than four, and will make around $6 million this season.

Texas among teams capable of cracking CFP for the first time in 2023

Growing Evers

Quarterback quinn evers The freshman season was inconsistent and riddled with injuries, but emerged from spring practice as the clear No. 1 pick for 2023. Malik Murphy And arch manning, Teammates and coaches have praised Evers’ progress in the locker room and in the crowd. The flowing mullet haircut is out. Nevertheless, there is a natural talent in the hand that can mesmerize with an effortless form and quick release.

Evers said of his new Buzzcut, “I wanted it short.” “It’s so hot here in Austin.”

Evers also changed his diet and workouts to reshape his body. He has lost about 20 pounds.

“Healthy stuff,” Ivers said. “I’m more comfortable in my own skin.”

ford tough

Texas was shocked at having a linebacker jaylen ford He was not named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last season, as he was named player of the week three times, led the team in tackles and had four interceptions. The Longhorns were probably similarly surprised when Ford decided not to turn professional and instead returned for this season.

Ford said, “My motivation, as humble as I may be, is every day I wake up and tell myself I’m the best linebacker in the country.”

Is This The Texas Longhorns Year To Win The Big 12?

wide receiver money

wide receiver Xavier Worth’s The 21 career touchdowns rank third in program history. Longhorns added Georgia transfer receiver adonai micheland former Wyoming standout Isaiah Neyor Is ready after sitting out last season with a knee injury. Tight end JT Sanders set the school record for catches at that position the previous season,

Sarkeesian said, “If we can field five guys, you can’t double everybody or load the box to stop runs.” “And all of those people are going to be working hard in space.”

business replacement

Texas’ mediocre record over the past three seasons never allowed Longhorn fans to appreciate what they had in tailback Mole Robinson, now he’s gone NFL, This creates a group of running backs who have little experience but have the flexibility to play behind five returning starters on the offensive line. Freshman Cedric Baxter was one of the top recruits Enrolled early to join the country and in spring drills.


Texas begins season at home Rice on September 2, before heading to a matchup against future SEC rivals No. 4 Alabama a week later. the longhorns made their debut Final Big 12 Schedule September 23 in the boiler. have back-to-back games against new Big 12 foes Houston and BYU after the annual performance in October oklahoma On 7 October.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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