4 takeaways from Texas football’s presiding win over UL-Monroe

Quinn Ewers, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Ja’Tavion Sanders, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The regular season opened up on a high note for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program at home under the lights at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the night of Sep. 3. Texas opened up the regular season looking to build some confidence and momentum before the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide come to Austin next weekend.

It was also recently announced that the set of ESPN’s College GameDay will be on campus in Austin for the meeting between the Longhorns and Crimson Tide at DKR on Sep. 10.

That made it that much more important for Sark and the Longhorns to get it done in all phases of the game against ULM this weekend.

We did see some highs and lows from the Longhorns in this game. A good example of that was the first drive for redshirt freshman starting quarterback Quinn Ewers resulting in a bad interception. But then, Ewers calmed down after that and didn’t turn the ball over again.

Moreover, Texas controlled this meeting with ULM through and through. Texas even covered the pre-game spread by beating ULM by the final score of 52-10.

Takeaways from the win for Quinn Ewers and Texas football over ULM

Here’s a look at four takeaways from the commanding win for the Longhorns over ULM on Sep. 3.

Young offensive line shows its potential

There were clearly going to be faults that the offensive line would show at the outset of this season, especially given how much youth is present for this group. Yet, the Longhorns faithful have to be proud of what they saw from the two starting true freshmen offensive linemen in this game between offensive tackle Kelvin Banks and offensive guard Cole Hutson.

The offensive line as a whole was blocking well for the ground game. But you have to give credit to the freshmen OL duo of Hutson and Banks for how well they did in run blocking. Senior offensive tackle Christian Jones also did a nice job on the night setting the edge for the likes of junior star running back Bijan Robinson and senior Roschon Johnson.

Moreover, the Texas offensive line only allowed a handful of pressures on Ewers. And there was also only one sack on the night, which is a pretty big improvement from what we saw from this group in most games last season.

We also saw some of the young offensive linemen get some early reps late in this game, blocking for the likes of junior quarterback Hudson Card and sophomore Charles Wright.