The 2022 season has been something of a rollercoaster ride for the Texas Longhorns.
A sensitive 49-0 shutout win over Oklahoma and last-second losses to Alabama and Texas Tech underscore the season’s great ups and downs. It wasn’t easy, but Texas is a much-improved product in the second year of the Steve Sarkisian era.
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Sarkisian’s squad currently sits 7-4 on the year with an outside shot in the Big 12 championship game with a win over rival Baylor on Friday. A positive ending to the regular season would do wonders for the Texas program.
In the spirit of the holidays, our Longhorns Wire crew decided to take a look at 10 things Texas fans have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We focus on the current positive aspects of the program along with many reasons for optimism about the future.
We start the list with superstar running back Bijan Robinson.
Bijan Robinson is a star in the college football world. The Texas running back has had a career among the best in school history. Robinson is exactly the kind of player and person you want to be the face of your program.
After one of the worst defensive seasons in Texan football history, the Longhorns turned the tables in significant ways. In just one offseason under Pete Kwiatkowski and his staff, the Texas defense has made tremendous strides at every level this side of the ball.
The senior class
This year’s senior class deserves a lot of recognition from Texas fans. They kept the ship stable through a change of trainer and the age of the transfer portal. Roshon Johnson, DeMarvion Overshown and the rest of the crew ensure Texas is headed in the right direction.
Texas was eliminated from the bowl competition at this point last year. The return to the postseason is a welcome sight for Steve Sarkisian and the Texas program.
The future of the offensive line
The building blocks of the offensive line are built by Kyle Flood. Kelvin Banks looks like a future first-round left tackle pick. The group as a whole has evolved over the year and is bringing back four starters next season.
Arch Manning and the 2023 Recruitment Class
Texas sits nicely with one of the nation’s top recruiting records in the Class of 2023. Five-star Arch Manning, Johntay Cook and Derek Williams lead the pack while the Horns are poised to add more talent to the roster.
The Red River Beatdown
Every time Texas beats Oklahoma, it’s reason to be grateful, but a whopping 49-0 is one Texas fans won’t soon forget. Showoff rights remain with this go-around south of the red river.
Atmosphere at DKR
Texas fans have packed Darrell K Royal Stadium all season. Playing in front of 100,000 people every week is how Texas football should be. Loyal to Longhorn, the atmosphere in Austin has been made fun again.
Meaningful games in November
To play the chance of a conference title in November is stimulating for a program. Being in the mix at the end of the season needs to become a more common trend for Texas going forward.
The Longhorns have plenty of reasons to look forward to the 2023 season, and that’s because of the exceptional talent’s return. Quinn Ewers, Kelvin Banks and Xavier Worthy are all expected to be back in 2023. Sarkisian has laid an excellent foundation for next year’s success.