Only a few days remain until the start of the two-day event that is Big 12 Media Days, and Texas football will be a main focus in Frisco.
Texas football will take four player representatives to the 2018 edition of Big 12 Media Days set for Frisco, TX, on July 16 and 17. Those four representatives are all seniors in outside linebacker Breckyn Hager, defensive tackle Chris Nelson, offensive guard Patrick Vahe, and tight end Andrew Beck.
This is a pretty consistent group across the board in selections from head Texas football coach Tom Herman, except one. Hager was a pretty interesting and unexpected choice with a multitude of other seniors on the roster. It might show a change of heart for Hager, or an added dynamic that Herman is looking to have in the Texas news cycle before the start of the regular season.
To keep the focus off the quarterback battle and expectations for the upcoming season, bringing a player as entertaining as Hager is a great way to go about things. Outside of that, Nelson, Vahe, and Beck, are all reliable senior leaders that act as veteran voices in the locker room for the Horns.
Texas is one of the few teams that is not bringing a quarterback to Big 12 Media Days. Yet, the current state of the quarterback position for the Horns explains that to some degree. All the other seniors laden all over the roster also makes sense for that decision.
With fall camp coming up soon, Big 12 Media Days is really the last major off-season event for a lot of teams in this conference. Other aspects of the off-season like recruiting and workouts can also be impacted by what is said and what happens at Big 12 Media Days.
Here’s a look at three things to watch for the Texas Longhorns at 2018 Big 12 Media Days.