Texas football vs. UTSA: 4 bold predictions for Week 3

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Ja’Tavion Sanders leads Texas in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns

This is probably the least bold of the four bold predictions on this list. To say that sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders will lead Texas in most or all receiving stat categories this weekend is pretty realistic when you think about it.

If Wright is QB1 against UTSA, we are likely to see a lot of targets that go Sanders’ way on short routes or out in the flats.

Wright is an adept quarterback at rolling out of the pocket and making some impressive throws on the run if his high school film is any indication. He’s not going to be a worldbeater by any means in terms of his ability to throw on the run, but it could be a staple of Sark’s passing playbook this weekend to get Wright on the move to the right side of the field to find large targets such as Sanders.

Easy passes to get Wright some more confidence and in a rhythm early on will be key to keeping pace with a pretty potent UTSA passing game led by Harris and a dynamic trio of wide receivers.

After barely cracking double-digit targets in the passing game in the first two weeks of the season, don’t be surprised to see Sanders thrown to a dozen times against the Roadrunners.

UTSA doesn’t have anyone that can realistically match up physically with Sanders on a regular basis. And the Roadrunners were bashed by the tight end before at the outset of this season, especially by Army, and in the last few games of last year.

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Sanders can definitely find some weaker points in an experienced UTSA defense and give Wright some easy opportunities for chunk plays. If Wright can get him some accurate balls on at least a dozen targets this weekend, don’t be surprised if Sanders has a more productive game than he even had in the opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.