2 pleasant surprises for Texas football from first 2 weeks

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Through two weeks of the regular season, we have some numbers and metrics now to look back on for some key Texas football players as we head into the final outing of the non-conference schedule. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian saw some players step up in two pretty impressive outings to begin the regular season since Sep. 3.

Sark and the Longhorns have put together a 1-1 (0-0 Big 12) start through the first two games of the regular season. Texas is coming off a tough one-point loss to head coach Nick Saban and the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide at home at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 10.

But that loss to the Crimson Tide proved that the Longhorns can not only hang with the best of the best this season but that they can also put together a complete body of work on both sides of the ball. The only question will be whether Texas can maintain that level of intensity and proficiency on both sides of the ball once this team gets healthy at the quarterback position later this fall.

Biggest surprises for Texas football through 2 weeks this season

A good test for Texas will come this coming weekend against head coach Jeff Traylor and the UTSA Roadrunners at home under the lights at DKR on Sep. 17. If Texas can pass that tough test against a solid Group of Five opponent in UTSA this weekend, despite all the quarterback injuries, that could be a good sign that this program is heading in the right direction under Sark.

With that in mind, here’s a look at two of the most pleasant surprises for the Longhorns through the first two games of the season.