Texas Football: Position-by-position report card after loss to LSU

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Offensive line

Texas football didn’t get near as good of a performance from the offensive line in Week 2 as it did in the regular season opener against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on Aug. 31. A solid offensive line performance in Week 1 resulted in the Longhorns nabbing a 45-14 gashing of Louisiana Tech.

But LSU is a much different test than Louisiana Tech and it showed. One thing that was working against the offensive line was the fact that the Texas offense was less versatile. Missing so many weapons out of the backfield and having so much pressure on the shoulders of junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger didn’t help anything.

Solid performances on the offensive line against LSU came from junior Derek Kerstetter and redshirt sophomore Sam Cosmi. There were times when the transfer senior guard Parker Braun got worked through quickly. But again, I’ll mention the extreme speed and talent at which LSU comes off the line with.

The offensive line allowed five sacks and seven tackles for loss. But there were only three more quarterback hurries. The real detriment for the offensive line came for the ground game, where Texas averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. This could’ve been worse, but the offensive line didn’t come out at its best for Herb Hand in Week 2.

Grade: C