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Sarkisian likes Ewers’ maturity
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Former No. 1 overall recruit Quinn Ewers will make his Texas debut on Saturday when the Longhorns host Louisiana-Monroe. Coach Steve Sarkisian said Monday that he likes the mentality of his quarterback.
“He appears very comfortable,” Sarkisian said. “Quinn is not a wear-his-emotions-on-his-sleeve kind of guy. He’s a very mellow-mannered, even-keeled guy, which I like. … Yet, I can feel his confidence. You can see it in his decisiveness on certain throws.”
Baylor appears ready to remain among Big 12’s best
A year ago, Dave Aranda sensed his team still having doubts.
The buildup to the 2021 season was full of change. After an awful 2020, in which the Bears went 2-7 and looked listless by season’s end, Aranda overhauled the offensive staff. He looked inward, forcing himself to evolve. It was hard, but necessary. Still, he said, players wondered: “Why are we doing this? Shouldn’t we do it some other way?”
After a 12-2 season, a Big 12 championship and a Sugar Bowl win — which could rank as the best season in school history — “there really aren’t those questions being asked now,” he said.
With belief no longer an obstacle, Aranda fights different beasts: the team’s attitude and maturity. The nucleus of the 2021 team is largely gone, with six players chosen in the NFL Draft. Many of them embodied the style and soul of what Aranda wants Baylor football to be. He’s watching closely, gauging whether the young players succeeding the departed stars will bring the same level of accountability.
Are Steve Sarkisian’s Horns poised to restore hope?
There are plenty of places to lay blame for Texas’ disastrous 2021 season.
Offensive line play and run defense were often pegged as the culprits. Inconsistency at quarterback didn’t help. Confidence, or a lack thereof, became an issue during the Longhorns’ six-game losing streak, the program’s longest since 1956.
Steve Sarkisian evaluated it all after his first season in Austin. He assessed his coaching staff and the roster talent. Texas lacked cohesion, he said this offseason, and upon reflection, he pointed at himself.
“The team chemistry, the accoun
How does Texas A&M’s much-discussed No. 1 recruiting class look?
Moments into Texas A&M’s open practice Sunday, freshman wide receiver Evan Stewart wowed the crowd.
As players began one-on-one drills, Stewart — sporting a maroon No. 1 jersey fitted snugly to his 170-pound frame and black shorts — lined up against veteran cornerback Brian George.
The 5-foot-11 Stewart gives up at least two inches and 25 pounds to George, a senior with six starts and 15 appearances in the past two years. The size and experience difference mattered little in that moment. As Stewart burst off the line of scrimmage on a fade route, George stayed with the speedy Stewart step for step. But when a perfectly placed pass arched toward the sideline, Stewart leaped, twisted his body and hauled the ball in as he fell to the turf, drawing vocal praise from the few thousand watching at Kyle Field.
“He’s explosive,” receivers coach Jame