Texas Football: Troy Omeire the first portal loss after the regular season

Troy Omeire, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Troy Omeire, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

As anticipated, we’ve started to see some movement in the NCAA Transfer Portal this week for the Texas football program and head coach Steve Sarkisian. And early in the afternoon of Nov. 29, we got the first Texas player announcing he would be entering the transfer portal following the conclusion of the 2022 regular season.

The former blue-chip recruit and oft-injured redshirt sophomore wide receiver Troy Omeire announced his intentions on social media on Nov. 29 to enter the transfer portal after spending three years at Texas.

While Omeire displayed plenty of talent and potential during his time on the Forty Acres in the last few seasons, injuries pretty much always held him back. Omeire suffered two season-ending knee injuries in his first two years in college.

And then, nagging knee injuries along with a patient recovery process kept Omeire off the field for much of the 2022 regular season.

Texas football loses third-year WR Troy Omeire to the transfer portal

Omeire was targeted in just one game during his three years at Texas. He reeled in the first reception of his collegiate career, which went for nine yards, in Texas’ season-opening win on Sep. 3 over the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

In total, Omeire took 21 offensive snaps over the course of four games this season with the Longhorns. These offensive snaps were the first of his collegiate career.

Moreover, Omeire is now the second loss of the 2023 transfer portal class for the Longhorns. He is also the first Longhorns player to enter the portal since sophomore offensive tackle Jaylen Garth did back in August.

Omeire is a former four-star recruit hailing out of Sugar Land, TX, and Fort Bend Austin High School. He signed with the Longhorns as the highest-rated wide receiver in the 2020 class after picking Texas over offers from 30 other schools including the Texas A&M Aggies, Alabama Crimson Tide, and Georgia Bulldogs, among many others.

Despite a strong finish to the 2022 regular season, we still figured that Sark and the Longhorns would still be losing a good number of players to the transfer portal for various reasons. We will see players that just didn’t have a great shot at significant playing time in the near future for one reason or another test the waters in the portal.

Omeire is a good example of a player that just got buried on the depth chart. In his case, he was buried on the depth chart, not due to a lack of talent, but because he wasn’t able to stay healthy at any point in the last three years.

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It looks as if Omeire will still have three or four years of eligibility remaining at his next landing spot, depending on injury redshirts and the COVID-19 redshirt season. He didn’t lose a year of eligibility this season since he’s only played in four games.