Texas Football: 3 freshmen poised to breakout in the Alamo Bowl

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Savion Red, Texas football
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As 2022 winds down, so does Texas football‘s second season under head coach Steve Sarkisian. It was a season of up-and-downs for the Longhorns, culminating in an 8-4 (6-3) regular season record – a vast improvement on the 5-7 mark of 2021.

Off the heels of signing one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in program history, Coach Sarkisian and the Horns are set to take the field of the Alamo Dome against No. 12 Washington. The game is set to kick off on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 8:00 CT on ESPN. It is the Longhorns’ third Alamo Bowl appearance in the last four years and the program’s sixth appearance in the game’s 30-year history.

On the Texas side of things, a lot has been made of the opt-outs the Horns will be without on Thursday night. Running backs Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson and linebacker DeMarvion Overshown highlight the absences for Texas. That said, the list of players who elected to transfer from the program and will therefore miss the bowl game is lengthy. Players such as Hudson Card, Prince Dorbah, Andrej Karic, and Devin Richardson highlight a list of 12 transfers out of the program.

Texas football will need some underclassmen to step up in the Alamo Bowl

The absence of one player is the opening for another – something many underclassmen in this program are trying to prove true. The opportunities afforded to younger players during bowl practices will culminate with Thursday night’s Alamo Bowl, where there will undoubtedly be some players who play their way onto the field for the 2023 season.

Let’s look at three freshmen that I believe will turn heads against Washington and ultimately be valuable contributors to this program moving forward.