Losing two of the most prolific receivers in application history still left Texas with a trouble: In which would senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger throw the ball in 2020?
The transfer industry and a receiver who sat out 2019 while suspended rapidly answered that query for the No. 8 Longhorns.
Joshua Moore scored on the initially enjoy of the period in opposition to UTEP, graduate transfers Brenden Schooler and Tarik Black equally scored, and even wander-on Kai Revenue uncovered the stop zone as Ehlinger tossed five landing passes in the to start with 50 %.
Immediately after a 7 days off in which they climbed again into the top rated 10, the Longhorns open Massive 12 play on Saturday at Texas Tech (1-), which surrendered 527 yards passing yards to Houston Baptist in the Purple Raiders’ opener.
Ehlinger unfold his five scoring passes all over to 5 receivers. He experienced to. His favourite targets past time, Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson, are now the two in the NFL.
“I never know if we have obtained the just one or two dominant (receivers) we had in the final two decades,” Texas mentor Tom Herman stated. “That’s Ok. We’ve received 6 or 7 really, definitely superior gamers.”
Moore’s 78-property TD was a triumphant return for a participant who had to fight his way out of Herman’s doghouse. Moore was arrested in 2019 when police observed him on camera loading a pistol he was carrying in his waistband. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor and prevented jail time, but Herman despatched him to the scout group for the period.
Moore called the punishment “what I deserved.”
“To be genuine, male, every video game that I did not engage in in final 12 months, I cried,” Moore mentioned.
And the transfer market place proved rather valuable for Texas. Schooler 1st transferred from Oregon to Arizona ahead of settling in Austin, and Black came from Michigan.
Each ended up all set to plug in and enjoy. Schooler bought to the stop zone very first on a 40-yard capture and run. Black scored 2 minutes afterwards on a 5-yard TD.
“When you get a transfer from sites like Oregon and Michigan, they have performed a lot soccer at the best amount. Which is a large-time as well as,” Herman explained.
Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman was a single of the major freshman quarterbacks in the country in 2018 only to have part of that year and a lot of 2019 wiped out by injuries. He’s again and threw for 430 yards towards Houston Baptist. Bowman gives the Crimson Raiders the very best prospect for an upset.
The Texas offense was a sluggish starter in 2019 and it proved particularly problematic on the street. Herman pressured this 7 days the Longhorns require to be sharp correct from kickoff Saturday. Texas scored only 54 points in the initial quarter in 2019, but led UTEP 21- immediately after a single quarter in the opener.
Texas rush linebacker Joseph Ossai is still waiting around for his 1st sack of 2020 but freshman defensive deal with Alfred Collins by now has just one. A five-star recruit, Collins is an rising power and got his first career sack versus UTEP. An within-exterior tandem of Collins and Ossai could be a substantial advancement for a Texas defense that struggled badly at occasions previous season.
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Texas Tech has claimed jogging back SaRodorick Thompson can play this week soon after his misdemeanor arrest Monday relevant to a road racing incident in June. Texas Tech’s primary rusher final time ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns versus Houston Baptist.
Texas had five scoring drives of less than 2 minutes from UTEP. Texas Tech surrendered 4 scoring drives of beneath 2 minutes in opposition to Houston Baptist.
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