Texas Football: 3 costliest portal losses for UT this offseason

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Trill Carter, DL (Auburn commit)

After spending one season at Texas, the senior defensive lineman Trill Carter decided to enter the transfer portal for the second time in as many years. Carter re-entered the transfer portal on Jan. 5 and committed to the Auburn Tigers just a few days later.

This comes just one year after Carter landed at Texas as a graduate transfer from the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Defensive line coach Bo Davis and the Longhorns brought in Carter last spring as a quality depth player at defensive tackle with proven Power Five experience as a former All Big-Ten Honorable Mention honoree at Minnesota.

The original plan for Carter was to work his way into the defensive line and eventually become a significant and proven part of the rotation in 2024 since he had two years of eligibility remaining when he originally arrived at Texas.

Carter was a regular contributor in the defensive line rotation for Davis and the Longhorns down the stretch during the 2023 season. Carter became a more impactful part of the defensive tackle room after working his way back from an injury early in the season. He played at least 20 defensive snaps in the season's final five games.

Texas will look to replace key departures such as redshirt senior defensive tackle T'Vondre Sweat, junior Byron Murphy II, and Carter with a combination of player development (i.e., Alfred Collins and Vernon Broughton) and the portal. Davis and the Longhorns are expected to add an impact defensive tackle via the portal early this offseason.