Steve Sarkisian: ‘Warts, bad apples’ slowed Texas down in 2021

Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian thinks the team will benefit in 2022 from a little add-on-subtraction.

“The kids didn’t know everyone in that locker room was all-in last year,” Sarkisian told ESPN on Wednesday. “I think they could feel it, and they wanted to remove some of the warts, some of the bad apples. I think they had a sense of reality about some of the things that we were talking about and trying to instill the last offseason. I don’t know how much credit they gave it, and then those same things came up during the season.”

Texas started its 2021 season with a 4-1 record before dropping six straight, its longest losing streak in more than six decades. The Longhorns finally broke their slide with a win over Kansas State in the team’s season finale, but finished 5-7 on the year.

Sarkisian did not mention the names that brought down the morale of the locker room in his first season, but the team has undergone several changes since the end of the 2021 season. More than 20 players have entered the transfer portal, including starting quarterback Casey Thompson.

Among the newcomers is quarterback Quinn Ewers, who transferred from Ohio State. The Longhorns will also soon add Arch Manning, the top quarterback rookie in the 2023 class.

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