Predicting Texas football’s next portal loss after P Isaac Pearson

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Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian are now in the double digits in terms of the number of losses to the NCAA Transfer Portal among the grad transfers and players that entered since the window opened up on Dec. 5. Yet, none of the losses that Texas suffered to the portal in the last couple of weeks were all that surprising or detrimental.

And while there is still the potential for the Longhorns to lose some impact players to the transfer portal in the next couple of months, it’s good that Sark and his staff have mostly retained the key guys they want back for next season.

Moreover, the latest loss to the portal for the Longhorns occurred a couple of days ago when redshirt freshman punter Isaac Pearson announced he would be transferring from Texas. He is the first special teams player that entered the portal heading into the upcoming offseason.

But it might not be the last loss to the portal among the special teams players for Texas. And in general, I would expect at least another handful of Longhorns players to test the waters in the portal between now and the turn of the calendar year.

Who could Texas football lose next to the portal after P Isaac Pearson?

Here’s a look at who the next portal loss could be for the Longhorns after Pearson entered the transfer market earlier this week.

Charles Wright, QB

The quarterback depth chart is going to look a lot different in the Alamo Bowl compared to how it did for Texas throughout a good portion of the regular season. Since the conclusion of the regular season on Nov. 25, Texas lost junior quarterback Hudson Card and walk-on Ben Ballard to the portal.

And it wouldn’t shock me if there was one more loss for the Texas quarterback room prior to the Alamo Bowl. If there is another quarterback transfer in the weeks ahead for the Longhorns, I would imagine it will be the former three-star Iowa State Cyclones commit and Austin High product Charles Wright.

The redshirt freshman signal caller didn’t get many live-game reps this fall, despite the abundance of injuries Texas faced in the quarterback room a few months ago.

Wright took a total of just 10 snaps over the course of two games during the regular season, which came against the Oklahoma Sooners and Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

And none of those 10 offensive snaps resulted in a passing attempt for Wright this fall.

Moreover, one of the biggest factors why Wright could entertain the idea of entering the portal this coming offseason is the fact that Sark said freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy would be the backup for the Alamo Bowl.

Wright was considered to be the next up on the quarterback depth chart for most of the regular season behind Card and redshirt freshman Quinn Ewers. But that pecking order appears to have changed heading into the Alamo Bowl later this month.