Texas spring game storylines: Will a leader emerge in quarterback competition?

Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian. (USA Today)
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Steve Sarkisian Texas football spring game
Steve Sarkisian. (USA Today) /

Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian makes his spring game debut on Saturday with a quarterback competition the big storyline fans will be watching closely.

It’s time for Steve Sarkisian to show why Texas hired him.

Granted, the test this week is just a spring game, but the impression it will leave is likely to stick with Longhorn fans as the 2021 season approaches.

When Texas returns to DKR on Saturday for the spring game, performances will be watched closely.

3. The Sarkisian culture and offense

The last time Sarkisian was a head coach, things fell apart pretty thoroughly. The question is how much he was able to pick up during his time with Nick Saban and Alabama. Better yet, will he be able to get some of that magic to rub off on the Longhorns.

He’s already started by pitting starters against starters in Nick Saban style.

The overall tenor of the team will matter with spring practice in the books. Do they look disciplined? Do they look fit? Have they been prepared well by the new staff? How much further do they have to go to contend?

Specific to the offense, fans will have their first look at Sarkisian’s offense. They watch it tear through the SEC with Alabama’s stars. He needs to prove he can take Texas talent and get the same results.

Giving Bijan Robinson at running back and Jordan Whittington at receiver opportunities to fill the highlight reel is a good place to start.