Which Texas transfer is the name to remember in 2022?
One player won’t be able to transform a college football program, but he could be the difference between a winning season and a losing season.
Texas is looking for better results in 2022 after going 5-7 in the first year of the Steve Sarkisian era. The week was going to change but the results weren’t. Texas took the lead at halftime, imploded on itself in the third quarter, and ended up returning to the locker room with a loss.
Wash, rinse and repeat, every Saturday in Austin.
The Horns have added five players to the transfer portal in hopes of better results. Quarterback Quinn Ewers will be making headlines after his only season at Ohio State. Wide receiver Agiye Hall and tight end Jaheel Billingsley will be options in Sark’s passing attack.
The name to watch is Wyoming wide receiver Isaiah Neyor. USA Today also thinks he’s the best prospect to keep an eye on the Forty Acres this fall.
Neyor is a big-play target meant to bring an element of danger to a receiving group that desperately needs more explosiveness. He had 44 catches for 878 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore and averaged 31 yards for his eight catches in 2020.
In two seasons with the Cowboys, Neyor was the team’s most consistent receiver. He averaged 20 yards per catch in 2021 and finished in the top 10 among all FBS receivers in touchdowns.
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One receiver is not enough for a team to make the college football playoffs at the current level of play. For Texas, the addition of Neyor gives Ewers or Hudson Card a No. 2 option in the passing game, relieving sophomore Xavier Worthy.
Last season, Worthy earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors after breaking Roy Williams’ freshman record in single-season receiving yards. He finished with 62 catches for 981 yards and 12 scores while averaging 15.8 yards per catch.
Worthy and Neyor should command respect on the outside, and a healthy season from Jordan Whittington in the slot would provide another option. Last season, the 6-1 senior averaged 14.5 yards per catch on 26 catches but played in just seven games.
Texas opens the season at home against Louisiana-Monroe on September 3.
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