3 former Texas football players to watch in Week 0

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Although the Texas football team won’t be in action on what is technically the opening weekend of the college football season, fans on the Forty Acres will still be able to watch actual live-game action for the first time this fall. On Aug. 27, the 2022 college football season will begin with a few games worth watching as part of Week 0.

And one interesting plotline to watch for the Longhorns faithful is any Texas Exes in action elsewhere during the festivities of Week 0.

The multitude of losses that head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns experienced in the last two offseasons by way of the NCAA Transfer Portal means that there are quite a few former players to watch elsewhere this fall. And that will all start this coming weekend.

The first game of Week 0 featuring an FBS team will see the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers take on FCS Austin Peay on Aug. 27, with the kickoff time set for 11 a.m. CT. That is the first of just shy of a dozen games that will take place on Aug. 27 as part of Week 0 that feature at least one FBS team.

Ex-Texas football players to watch elsewhere during Week 0

With that in mind, here’s a look at three former Longhorns players worth watching in Week 0 of the 2022 college football season.

Dajon Harrison, WR

One of the late spring transfers among former Longhorns players that will now be suiting up for another team this season is the former three-star recruit and new UConn Huskies redshirt freshman wide receiver Dajon Harrison. The Hutto High School product transferred to UConn back in May after spending two years with the Longhorns.

Despite playing for the Longhorns for the last two years, Harrison didn’t take a single offensive snap during that timeframe. Harrison had trouble moving up the depth chart, which became apparent as spring ball commenced earlier this offseason.

It also looked as if Harrison was having some chemistry issues with junior quarterback Hudson Card and redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers, which obviously wasn’t a promising sign for his standing in the wide receiver room.

Yet, it seems like Harrison is having a notable early impact on this UConn offense since transferring ahead of the start of the summer conditioning program.

Harrison will look to make some early contributions when UConn takes on the Utah State Aggies out of the Mountain West Conference on Aug. 27.

In fact, Harrison was able to earn a spot on the first two-deep depth chart of the season for the Huskies. He will be the backup for new head coach Jim Mora and this UConn offense coming out of the slot for the opener on Aug. 27.

It’s also worth noting that Harrison and the Huskies will be facing another former Texas transfer in junior defensive end Byron Vaughns, who joined Utah State a couple of years ago.