Texas Football: 5 Longhorns thoughts post-Junior Day 2019

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AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 07: Derek Kerstetter #68 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates with Kyle Porter #21 after a second quarter touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

4. Possible help on the way for the offensive line

Three of the more important visits with Texas football this past weekend for Junior Day came from offensive linemen that could be immediately eligible to play this fall. All three qualify as either graduate transfers or JUCO transfers and could plug holes left by some key departing seniors mostly at the tackle spots.

Texas filled a hole last season via the grad transfer market after the departure of former All-American left tackle by adding the former Rice Owls offensive tackle Calvin Anderson. The issue with adding a grad transfer to the starting mix along the offensive line is that it is a very temporary fix.

There should be some help on the way for offensive line coach Herb Hand. But, the help via incoming freshmen along the offensive line didn’t really start until the 2018 recruiting cycle. Most of those rising redshirt freshmen and sophomores need another year or two to get to the right size and strength to optimally fill a starting spot in the trenches.

Yet, that doesn’t mean that Texas can’t turn to the transfer portal again in the meantime. The three prospects for the Horns that were on campus last weekend included the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Parker Braun, Virginia Cavaliers tackle R.J. Proctor, and JUCO transfer Willie Tyler.