On the afternoon of Aug. 25, second-year Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian gave his final press conference of fall camp before this team readies up for game-week practice starting on Aug. 29. Texas does have another couple of days before taking part in a gameday-like run through for practice, which will occur on Aug. 27.
Sark and the Longhorns are through the bulk of fall camp at this point, though. Texas is already through the two main scrimmages of fall camp and it probably won’t be too long before the first two-deep depth chart is released for the regular season opener for next weekend.
Texas will open up the regular season at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 3 against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks, with kickoff time set for 7 p.m. CT. That gives Sark and the Longhorns nine days until the regular season opener arrives.
And it is now a little more than two weeks from the highly anticipated non-conference matchup at DKR between Texas and the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, set for Sep. 10.
Notes and nuggets from the final press conference of fall camp for Texas football HC Steve Sarkisian
Although, it does sound like Sark is happy with where his team is at with less than 10 days remaining until the opener. Here’s a look at three takeaways from Sark’s final press conference of fall camp on Aug. 25.
Tarique Milton and Keilan Robinson helping to usher in more of a winning culture
One of the major benefits that Sark and the Longhorns see from adding players out of the NCAA Transfer Portal to the program such as the former Iowa State Cyclones senior wide receiver Tarique Milton and Alabama redshirt junior running back Keilan Robinson is the experience factor. Both Milton and Robinson have won elsewhere at programs noted for their culture.
Sark spoke on both Milton and Robinson in this press conference, after Keilan addressed the media earlier this week. He mentioned that Milton “found out we’ve got a really good culture here” and that the “glitz and glamour” wasn’t like Tarique first thought it would be before he arrived on campus this summer.
It’s also worth noting how Sark talked about the positive impact that both Milton and Robinson have on this locker room. He said that Keilan is “very confident”, thus he “can have a little bit more fun”. Sark said that mindset from Robinson is “good for our young players”.
Sark and the rest of the Texas players have consistently talked about the positive impression that Milton has made on the people in and around the program this offseason. Keilan seemed to give off similar vibes last offseason.
These are the types of players that Sark and the Longhorns are hoping can usher this more positive atmosphere into the vibe around the program heading into the future.