4 pleasant surprises for Texas football in first half of fall camp

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Cole Hutson, IOL

The position group that definitely has the most potential for pleasant surprises throughout the remainder of fall camp lies along the offensive line. Texas’ insanely highly touted group of offensive linemen that were signed in the 2022 recruiting class are bound to make an impact to some degree for offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood this fall.

And one of the early standouts among this group of touted incoming freshmen offensive linemen is the former four-star recruit and 6-foot-5 and 305-pound IOL Cole Hutson. This talented and sizable in-state interior offensive lineman is clearly making an impression on Flood and the Longhorns staff over the course of the last few months.

It also helped that Hutson was able to get a leg up on the competition as he was the lone early enrollee among the 2022 freshmen OL signees. That has greatly increased Hutson’s chances of starting right away for the Longhorns in the trenches.

In all likelihood, Hutson would become one of the starting guards, if he does wind up sticking with the first team through the end of fall camp. Especially with Angilau going down for the season with an ACL tear, the chances of Hutson starting at one of the guard spots looks pretty good at the moment.

What has really stood out about Hutson’s performance in fall camp is his ability to move bodies off the line of scrimmage in run blocking and his solidified fundamentals as an interior pass blocker. The fact that Hutson is a big body that can also be a mover along the interior blocking for the run means that he is an ideal fit for the Flood mold along the interior of the offensive line.