4 slept on studs ready to shine for Texas football in 2022

Isaiah Neyor, Texas Football
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Keilan Robinson, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Keilan Robinson, RB

Among the speediest players for the Longhorns in 2022 is the former Alabama Crimson Tide redshirt junior running back and blue-chip recruit Keilan Robinson.

I would expect Keilan to be the one with the most potential to improve his production among all the talented running backs that the Longhorns have in the mix in 2022. Keilan has that potential for two reasons.

First and foremost, Keilan led the Longhorns in explosive play rate (17.4 percent) and yards per carry (7.2) among running backs last season. His efficiency definitely didn’t go unnoticed by the coaching staff. And he’s likely to get the ball in his hands more often this fall thanks to that production from last year.

The second reason why I believe Keilan is the prime breakout candidate among Texas running backs this fall is the fact that he is the biggest home-run threat among this position group in both the rushing and the passing game. Sark can use Keilan as a versatile weapon this fall in ways that he just couldn’t for the other running backs not named Bijan.

Isaiah Neyor, WR

Some Longhorns fans might say that the former Wyoming Cowboys breakout redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaiah Neyor isn’t really a player that is “slept-on” heading into the upcoming season. But I still firmly believe that Neyor will not only live up to expectations this fall, but he’s also likely to blow them out of the water. That will especially be the case if the former Ohio State Buckeyes freshman transfer quarterback Quinn Ewers hits his stride as the potential starter early in the 2022 season.

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Neyor was an absolute stud for Wyoming last season. He put up nearly 900 receiving yards and a dozen receiving touchdowns during a true breakout freshman campaign in 2021.

Texas being able to get this type of weapon on the outside in the 6-foot-3 and 210-pound Neyor will make an immediate difference. What Neyor brings to the table in terms of someone that can go up and get those contested 50/50 balls on the outside while also being able to beat opposing defenses over the top will really give Texas something that was missing last season in the receiving corps.