Texas football WR Agiye Hall in for an opportune Alamo Bowl?

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Some of the younger Texas football players on the roster will be put to the test when this team faces the red-hot No. 12 ranked Washington Huskies and first-year head coach Kalen DeBoer in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. If some of the draft-eligible upperclassmen that are likely to declare for the 2023 class decide to opt-out of the bowl game, Texas could be left relying on more of the younger players in San Antonio later this month.

One of the players that seem to be getting more attention that could get some more reps in the Alamo Bowl is redshirt freshman wide receiver Agiye Hall. Especially if Texas is left shorthanded at wide receiver in the bowl game, younger wideouts such as Hall will likely be counted on more.

And Hall added a little bit of fuel to this discussion of the younger Longhorns players that could potentially step up and get more reps in the postseason with a post on social media over the weekend.

Hall posted on his Twitter timeline on the afternoon of Dec. 4, posing the question “y’all like surprises?”, which left a certain aura of mystery behind it.

Could Agiye Hall get more reps in the Alamo Bowl for Texas football?

Given the turbulence in Hall’s journey with the Longhorns up to this point of the year, I get the feeling that this doesn’t necessarily mean that he will enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. The transfer portal window opened on Dec. 5, and we haven’t heard much regarding Hall intending to put his name out there ahead of the 2023 offseason.

That leaves the possibility that Hall could be looking at a different opportunity in the Alamo Bowl than he had with the Longhorns in the back half of the regular season.

Hall hasn’t taken any live-game reps since Week 5 in the win at home over the West Virginia Mountaineers. After the win over West Virginia, head coach Steve Sarkisian mentioned in a press conference that he was essentially looking to have Hall redshirt this year.

Moreover, if Texas winds up losing any of the following wide receivers to the NCAA Transfer Portal or opt-outs for the NFL draft, Hall to step up.

  • Jordan Whittington (redshirt junior)
  • Xavier Worthy (sophomore)
  • Tarique Milton (redshirt senior)
  • Casey Cain (redshirt freshman)

And if Hall intends to return to the Longhorns in 2023, it would be nice for him to head into the offseason with some targets and key live-game reps against a quality opponent such as Washington under his belt.

It’s also worth noting that a report from CJ Vogel of TFB Texas on Dec. 5 (donor content) indicates that he feels like the tweet from Hall over the weekend probably means he’s up for a bigger opportunity on the field in the Alamo Bowl than he had in the back half of the regular season.

Although, I will say that this piece from TFB Texas mentions that this would be the fourth game that Hall played in this season, which would then preserve the redshirt year. But the PFF snap counts have Hall taking at least one offensive snap in four games already this season.

Unless there is a flaw with the PFF snap counts, Hall playing in the bowl game would mean that he surpasses the four-game redshirt rule.

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Texas heads into the postseason with a record of 8-4 (6-3 Big 12) following the win on Nov. 25 in the regular season finale at home over the Baylor Bears, by the final score of 38-27. The kickoff time for the Alamo Bowl between Texas and Washington is set for 8 p.m. CT on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.