The Texas Longhorns enter the 2021 season with lots of potential with new coach Steve Sarkisian taking over. Sarkisian will call the plays for the Longhorns as Texas will use a 2 QB set early on to determine the starter. Casey Thompson who took over mid way through the year last year will battle it out with Sam Ehlinger who is returning from injury in 2020.
The Longhorns are expected to be a heavy run team with Bijan Robinson fresh off a record breaking freshman year in 2020. Robinson ran for 8.2 yards per carry as a freshman and will look to repeat that feat in 2021 under his new coach. The Longhorns will get Jordan Whittington and Joshua Moore back at receiver, while freshman stud Troy Omeire is expected to make his Longhorns debut.
Texas lost a lot on the defense but will rely on young players to step into bigger roles as well as transfers to add immediate production. The defensive backs for Texas will be the defenses biggest strengths as both starting CB's D'Shawn Jamison and Josh Thompson will lead the way.
The Longhorns have a host of talent and a good coach taking over. Unfortunately Texas will go through growing pains under Sarkisian and struggle at times this year. The Longhorns will win games and end the year with a bowl opportunity but a College Football Playoff chance is all but lost before the season starts.