We are now less than one week from the start of fall camp for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program. Texas will officially begin fall camp on Aug. 4, with the regular season schedule kicking off a little less than one month later, on Sep. 3 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.
There will be a few position battles worth watching for Sark and the Longhorns in fall camp this year. And the side of the ball that will have the most position groups with players jockeying for their spots on the two-deep depth chart is definitely on defense.
The Texas defense has some uncertainty in the two-deep at different levels heading into fall camp due to roster turnover this offseason and some poor showings on the field last season.
One particular position group that is being brought to the forefront heading into fall camp for the Longhorns is cornerback. Texas does look to have the projected starters set for the cornerback position heading into fall camp, but the two-deep still has some question marks.
The projected starters at corner are the former Ohio State Buckeyes transfer and redshirt sophomore Ryan Watts and super senior D’Shawn Jamison. I would also anticipate that true freshman Terrance Brooks is the third corner in the rotation this fall.
That other backup corner spot on the two-deep is where the uncertainty lies for Texas. Cornerbacks coach Terry Joseph has some talented former blue-chip recruits to choose from for this final remaining cornerback spot on the two-deep, but none with really any proven game experience.
This is what leads to the uncertainty for this backup spot.
New Texas football CB Jaylon Guilbeau finding his stride this summer
Yet, it looks like there is an option to win this backup cornerback spot on the depth chart heading into fall camp that is making a real positive impression so far this summer. According to a report from Horns247 on July 28 (paid content), true freshman cornerback Jaylon Guilbeau is making an impact on the competition at the position and impressing the coaches in the process this summer.
It sounds like Guilbeau is trending to win this backup cornerback spot ahead of the start of the regular season if he continues to impress the coaches the way he has in the last few weeks.
Some of the other options worth noting at the position that could compete for the backup corner spot are sophomore Jamier Johnson and potentially redshirt freshman Ishmael Ibraheem.
Guilbeau signed with the Longhorns as part of the 2022 recruiting class as a four-star cornerback hailing out of Memorial High School in Texas. He got off to a bit of a rocky start this offseason after getting suspended from the team, but he still remained enrolled at the university through that during the spring. Although, it now looks like he’s starting to find his stride with the Longhorns.