Keaontay Ingram - Running Back
Ingram definitely added another dimension to the Longhorns’ offense a year ago, rushing for 708 yards and three touchdowns for an average of five yards per tote, but with all that production he only went over 100 yards one time all year - a 110-yard performance against Baylor (just the 84th-best defense against the run last year). He also disappeared down the stretch, rushing for just seven yards on four carries against Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game and 25 yards on nine carries in the Sugar Bowl against Georgia. With the departure of Tre Watson Ingram has the potential to be the bell cow in the Texas backfield and become the first UT running back to topple the 1,000 yard mark in the Tom Herman era. He has all the tools to not just be a role player in that spot, but a bonafide star. Watson himself once said Ingram had Heisman-level potential and after bulking up to 215 pounds he should be ready to take the pounding that comes with being a three-down back.
Samuel Cosmi - Offensive Tackle
Cosmi was a freshman All American a year ago at right tackle, but a move to the left side will still be a test for the 6-foot-6, 295-pound sophomore. He, along with center Zach Shackleford, will be expected to become the leaders on a group looking to take yet another step forward. Not only will Cosmi be expected to block most teams’ best pass rushers and protect Sam Ehlingher’s blind side, but he’ll be need to provide leadership as Texas looks to improve on a paltry 3.8 yards per rush in 2018.
DeMarvion Overshown, Defensive Back
Texas’ hybrid 3-3-5 system was designed for a guy like Oversewn to shine. A 6-foot-3, 210-pounder who hits like a linebacker and runs like a defensive back. He was looking at playing time as a linebacker last year before an injury set him back and when he returned it was to work specifically with the safeties in the Longhorns’ bowl preparation. Now after a successful spring it appears we are all about to see just what made Overshown a five-star prospect coming out of high school who drew comparisons to greats like Steve Atwater.
Ayodele Adeoye, Linebacker
A lot of the success of the Texas defense will likely fall on the folders of Adeoye, just a redshirt freshman who has yet to record a tackle at the collegiate level. Adeoye has all the tools to get the job done as he showed during spring football drills according to coaches. A place on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll shows he has the intelligence for the position as well. Now it’s all up to Adeoye to prove it on the field.
Sam Ehlinger, Quarterback
This should be worded correctly so it doesn’t come off wrong. Sam Ehlinger was good last year. He was very good. He threw for 3,292 yards, 25 touchdowns and just five interceptions and led his team to its first 10-win season nearly a decade. Still, for Texas to get where it wants to go in 2019 he will probably have to take yet another step forward and go from one of the country’s better quarterbacks to one of its elite. With the Big 12’s top two quarterbacks gone in Will Grier and Kyler Murray, the path is wide open for Ehlinger to ascend to the top of that list. In fact, there are already some ranking him No. 1 in the conference going into the season. Now it's time to become that player.