We are now in the midst of the third day of fall practice for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program on Aug. 5. Texas didn’t have many surprises or noteworthy emerging storylines that took place throughout the first two days of fall practice this week.
But that is bound to change in the next few days as Sark and the Longhorns get closer and closer to the start of the regular season. Texas is set to open up the regular season on Sep. 3 at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks out of the Sun Belt.
This gives Texas roughly three weeks for the remainder of fall practice to get the depth chart configured and this team ready for the start of the regular season. And it will be key for Texas to be prepared for a difficult non-conference slate coming out of fall camp. At least that will be the case during the final two weeks of the non-conference schedule once Texas clears ULM.
Texas will face the reigning National Champion runner-up Alabama Crimson Tide and defending Conference-USA Champion UTSA Roadrunners to round out the non-conference slate in early-to-mid September.
Underrated Texas football players standing out early in fall practice
And one way for the Longhorns to be ready for the difficult September schedule will be to get impactful players involved in the mix that are showing out in fall camp. With that in mind, here’s a look at three underrated players making a statement early in fall practice for the Longhorns.
Ishmael Ibraheem, CB
Texas looks to have the two starting corner spots set in the early stages of fall camp. But filling out the rest of the two-deep at the cornerback position is a process that will play out in the next couple of weeks. A multitude of underclassmen for the Longhorns are going to duke it out to earn their way onto the two-deep behind the duo of redshirt sophomore Ryan Watts and super senior D’Shawn Jamison.
Opening up this competition to get onto the two-deep at cornerback will give newfound opportunities to the likes of sophomore Jamier Johnson, sophomore Ishmael Ibraheem, freshman Jaylon Guilbeau, etc., that might not be there otherwise.
The one name that sticks out among that group of corners vying for a backup job coming out of fall camp is Ibraheem. This former blue-chip recruit and Dallas, TX, product had a multitude of setbacks that kept him off the field last year.
But Ibraheem is now attempting to work his way back to hold a critical role for Texas at the cornerback position this fall. And it sounds like he’s off to a nice start in fall practice through the first few days of camp.
He’s apparently made a few big plays in 7-on-7 drills and one-on-ones against the wide receivers through the first few days of practice.
It’s also worth mentioning that the very fact that Ibraheem is commonly taking second-team reps early on in fall practice, behind Jamison, is a win for him. If he can keep thriving while taking the second-team reps at cornerback behind Jamison in camp, I would expect to see Ibraheem getting a decent number of live-game reps out of the gates this season.