These Texas football leaders must emerge in winter workouts

A new era of the Texas football program begins in the SEC in 2024 with the beginning of winter workouts early this offseason.
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Quinn Ewers, QB

Texas returns multiple veterans with starting experience on the offensive side of the ball who can provide guidance and leadership for the many new enrollees on campus during winter S&C. The Longhorns retruned four of five starters along the offensive line, Ewers at quarterback, and junior tight end Gunnar Helm.

Ewers and Helm are two Texas offensive players who must set the tone as upperclassmen leaders on this side of the ball in winter workouts. It was good to see Ewers leading some of the team's group stretches from the posts we saw on social media from Texas Football from the first day of the winter conditioning program this week.

This should be a natural process for Ewers to be a vocal leader for Texas in winter workouts. He began to show more leadership qualities last offseason when he cut the mullet and had a more business-like mentality in winter workouts and spring ball.

Now in his third year as the starting quarterback, Ewers will continue to develop in this offense while making his teammates better. He will be expected to lead this group on offense and teach the younger Texas quarterbacks, like Arch Manning and early enrollee Trey Owens, the ropes on campus and during workouts.

Among the new portal additions, prospective leaders on offense will emerge at key positions, especially at wide receiver with all the talent and experience incoming this year.

Texas added multiple immediate impact players in the receiving corps via the transfer portal this offseason, including Alabama wide receiver Isaiah Bond, Alabama tight end Amari Niblack, and Houston receiver Matthew Golden.

Winter workouts and spring ball are the first opportunities for these new portal additions in the receiving corps to start building that valuable chemistry with Ewers in the passing game.

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