3 Texas football upperclassmen standing out in winter S&C

Multiple rising upperclassmen for Texas football are stepping into new leadership roles early this offseason.
Kelvin Banks Jr., Texas football
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Kelvin Banks Jr., Texas football
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Kelvin Banks Jr., OT

It was clear since the time that rising junior offensive tackle Kelvin Banks Jr. arrived on campus as a summer enrollee during the 2022 offseason that he was going to be a special player for the Longhorns.

But it was hard to see coming for OL coach/OC Kyle Flood and the Longhorns just how good Banks would be for Texas's offensive line immediately as a true freshman. Banks wasted no time showing his skills and physical maturity as one of the best true freshmen offensive linemen in the nation two years ago when he was named a Freshman All-American in 2022.

Last season showed more of what has so many NFL scouts excited about Banks' future. He's a physical force, an ultra-reliable pass blocker, and a continuously improving run blocker who can hold his own setting the edge for the ball carrier.

It sounds like Banks is also taking over as one of the vocal leaders along the offensive line. He's stepping up as the leading voice at offensive tackle, which is important given the loss of senior starting OT Christian Jones this offseason.

With Banks and senior center Jake Majors setting the bar as the energetic and vocal leaders along the offensive line, this looks like it could be Flood's best group he's ever had on the 40 in 2024.

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