Which players stay, leave or enter the transfer portal?
AUSTIN (KXAN) – It will certainly be an offseason of change around the Texas Longhorns football facilities. At the end of November, there shouldn’t be much change near the top of the Longhorns’ football leadership, Steve Sarkisian or his coaching staff, but the roster is likely heading for an overhaul.
Sarkisian gave the media an honest assessment of Texas’ roster in the final weeks of the regular season, saying there will be plenty of new faces dressed in burnt orange for the 2022 season.
âI could easily see us with 33 new stock players on our squad next season,â Sarkisian said ahead of the UT game against West Virginia. âYou think of 33 new stock market playersâ¦ that’s a pretty big number, but it’s part of the process. “
He’s not lying about the magnitude of a change – that’s almost 40% of a program’s 85 scholarship limit. Most programs add between 20 and 25 players for each recruiting class.
Eligibility limits are ambiguous in college football these days after every player has been granted an additional year of eligibility in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. New NCAA rules allow all players to transfer once without sitting down. Some players can stay in college football for six years. This offseason will be unprecedented and potentially volatile.
For what it’s worth, Texas Athletics released a list of players who were scheduled to attend Senior Day events ahead of the season finale against Kansas State. Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown was not on the list, but attended Senior Day. It makes sense that not all or most of these players return to Texas.
Here’s what Texas Athletics wrote in their game notes last week.
Players scheduled to be recognized in front of the local audience [for Senior Day] are: LB Ayodele Adeoye, WR Kartik Akkihal, RB Skyler Bonneau, TE Cade Brewer, P Ryan Bujcevski, DL Keondre Coburn, EDGE Ben Davis, K / P Cameron Dicker, CB Darion Dunn, DB BJ Foster, OL Rafiti Ghirmai, OL Tope Imade, EDGE Jacoby Jones, LS Chandler Kelehan, OL Derek Kerstetter, LS Justin Mader, WR Kai Money, OL Denzel Okafor, DB Tremayne Prudhomme, DB Brenden Schooler, LB Carlton Smith, RB Jarrett Smith, DB Turner Symonds, DB Josh Thompson, EDGE Ray Thornton, RB Gabe Watson, WR Travis West, WR Al’Vonte Woodard and RB Daniel Young.
This story will be updated as more Texan players announce their intentions for next season.
Leaving the Longhorns
This section will keep track of player departures due to eligibility limits, graduation or professional football opportunities.
- Tope Imade | offensive guard
- Josh thompson | defensive back
Definitely stay in Texas
This section will follow players who may be leaving Texas but have chosen to stay with the Longhorns.
Access to the transfer portal
This section is intended for Texas players who are exploring other opportunities. Just because a player enters the transfer portal doesn’t mean the player will leave Texas.
- Ayodele AdÃ©oye | linebacker
- Al’Vonte Woodard | wide receiver
- Kartik Akkihal | wide receiver
Join the Longhorns
This section will be for newcomers joining Texas via transfer or the 2022 recruiting class.