The Texas Longhorns will wrap up their 2019 spring practice with the annual Orange-White game, giving fans a chance to get a glimpse at next year’s Texas Longhorns.
However, Texas will be without several key contributors on the defensive side of the ball, as both projected starting safeties — Brandon Jones and Caden Sterns — underwent surgery to alleviate nagging injuries. As Texas rebuilds a defense that loses eight from a year ago, the young and talented secondary is a key area of focus defensively. Texas will also sport an almost completely new new front six in Todd Orlando’s 3-3-5 defensive scheme, as five of the six starters from 2018 have moved on.
Which young players emerge to make plays? There’s plenty of pressure on sophomore B-backer Joseph Ossai to provide a pass-rushing presence and he’s expected to get a chance to go against a second-team offensive line that head coach Tom Herman said has been struggling recently. Fans should also get a look at redshirt freshman defensive lineman Moro Ojomo in his most extended action so far with the Longhorns.
Offensively, the skill positions should look familiar as junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger leads the charge once again, providing a consistent playmaker like Texas hasn’t seen in years. Senior wide receiver Collin Johnson made the choice to return for his senior year, giving Texas a big play threat and creating matchup nightmares for Big 12 defenses. Other wide receivers have stood out during spring practice, including redshirt freshman Malcolm Epps and early enrollee Bru McCoy, the former five-star prospect.
The running back position is one of interest, as sophomore Keaontay Ingram looks to build on a promising freshman campaign and incoming freshman Jordan Whittington comes in as a universal playmaker.
There also may be a surprise in the starting offensive line, as junior Tope Imade, the first-right guard for most of the spring, was recently spotted working with the second-team offense. So has redshirt freshman Junior Angilau, one of the most promising young players on the team, made his move into the starting lineup?
The annual matchup will once again be under the lights, kicking off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, but the entire day will be one long event, with free admission to the Orange-White scrimmage sandwiched between the typical gameday activities launched last fall by athletics director Chris Del Conte and his staff, including Bevo Blvd. and Longhorn City Limits concerts, including Ludacris following the spring game.
- 1:00 p.m. Baseball vs. Kansas State Wildcats
- 3:00 p.m. Bevo Blvd. Opens
- 4:00 p.m. Longhorn City Limits — Alejandro Escovedo and Alesia Lani
- 4:30 p.m. Bevo Stampede
- 6:30 p.m. Orange-White Game
- Postgame Autographs on the field
- 8:30 p.m. Longhorn City Limits — Ludacris, Noah North and DJ Mr. Rogers
- Sophomore S Caden Sterns (knee) — out
- Senior S Brandon Jones (ankle) — out
- Junior CB Josh Thompson — out
- Senior WR Collin Johnson (knee) — out
- Freshman LB De’Gabriel Floyd (stenosis) — out
- Sophomore DE Rob Cummins (knee) — out
How to Watch:
TV: Longhorn Network
Time: 6:30 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com, Longhorns IMG Radio Network. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: WatchESPN