Roughly a month ago, the 16 summer enrollees for the Texas Longhorns made their way to the Forty Acres and enrolled in classes while beginning workouts under strength and conditioning coach Yancy McKnight to prepare for the 2019 season.
With Big 12 Media Days looming next week and the conference releasing the attendees from each school on Monday, Texas also released an updated football roster featuring the numbers, heights, and weights of those summer enrollees.
Here’s the full list:
Running back Derrian Brown still isn’t on campus yet as he continues his recovery, but the staff clearly expects him to arrive at some point in the near future. Look for an update on him from head coach Tom Herman at Big 12 Media Days.
Otherwise, the most notable development here is that defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat is now up well over 320 pounds — he was listed at 285 pounds when he signed and is clearly the nose tackle in this class. Remember when everyone was worried about not signing a nose tackle?
The listing of graduate transfer offensive guard Parker Braun at 300 pounds is also a positive development, if it’s accurate. Mass is a concern with Braun’s transition from Georgia Tech to Texas after the Yellow Jackets listed him at 280 pounds during his All-ACC season last year.
Otherwise, there aren’t a lot of significant developments with the returning players, but sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram is now listed at 220 pounds, up from 205 as a freshman. That’s probably close to the ideal playing weight for Ingram. And fellow sophomore Joshua Moore is up 10 pounds to 180 from his listed weight as a freshman, an important development after Herman publicly challenged him after the Orange-White game to gain weight to increase his durability.
There is one player who isn’t back — linebacker Demarco Boyd, who will graduate in December and was suspended for his arrest last summer before he was removed from the roster in June.
Most of the walk ons are on campus, as well, with Austin Hyde Park Baptist quarterback Ben Ballard serving as the most notable addition — Texas now has three walk-on quarterbacks, including legacy Sam Saxton. It’s an unusually talented group that should make the overall program better with their work behind the scenes.