5 reasons why Texas football can win the Big 12 after domination of OU

Quinn Ewers, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Aaron E. Martinez/Austin American-Statesman- USA TODAY NETWORK
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A good WR/TE corps is about to get even better

The insane amount of skill position talent that the Longhorns bring to the table really starts to come to the forefront when you consider the newfound depth in this tight end room. In the last couple of games, the Longhorns were able to get the breakout sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders more involved in the passing game in multiple ways.

In the last two games, we saw Sanders come up with a dozen catches for 149 receiving yards and a whopping four touchdown catches. Sanders is getting it done on multiple levels of the field too.

Sanders has no more than 90 receiving yards, but no fewer than 50, at any level of the field so far this season. That reflects well both on Sanders’ versatility and ability to make an impact on this passing game all over the field, as well as Sark’s ability to find different ways to get him the ball with room to run.

Yet, what makes this group of tight ends so much scarier is the fact that we are about to see the former Alabama Crimson Tide transfer and senior Jahleel Billingsley make his Texas debut this coming weekend.

After serving a six-game NCAA suspension, Billingsley is set to give Texas yet another weapon to work with in the passing game. As if Ewers and the Longhorns needed any more firepower in the passing game, they are about to add a true NFL-caliber talent to the mix in Billingsley.

The 6-foot-4 and 230-pound Billingsley gives Texas a weapon to utilize in the flats, in the red zone, and in crossing routes between the numbers. He’s a big target that has a large catch radius and good speed in the open field for a receiving tight end.

Meanwhile, we all know the potency of these Texas wide receivers between star sophomore Xavier Worthy and redshirt junior Jordan Whittington. We’ve also seen some solid contributions in bits and pieces so far this season out of redshirt freshman Casey Cain.

Worthy was on and off so far this season, but with Ewers back in the mix that brings back the real threat of the deep ball on every passing down. And Whittington is the most consistent wideout in the mix that can be a consistent weapon for Texas to work with all over the field, especially between the numbers when he’s running routes out of the slot.

I don’t really see a defense around the Big 12 that will be able to contain all the weapons in the receiving corps/tight end room that Texas brings to the table. That will be put to the test, though, in Week 7 against that stout Iowa State defense.