Analysis of 3 Texas Defensive Players to Move Up in Fall Camp

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On August 3, head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program kick off with fall camp. Texas will need to get off to a strong start in camp this fall as this team faces a tough non-conference slate to open the 2022 regular season next month.

Sark and the Longhorns staff also came into the limelight on Aug. 2 by participating in the media availability for the start of the fall exercise the following day. And one of the main focuses of media availability on Aug. 2 was the discussion of Texas’ defense heading into the 2022 season.

Co-defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Pete Kwiatkowski was one of the Texas coaches who took part in this week’s media availability, taking a rather generic approach to answering some of the questions that came his way. That was at least largely the case on August 2.

But that won’t distract fans from watching the progress of the Longhorns’ defense under Coach K in the fall camp. Kwiatkowski and the Longhorns must prepare for a tough non-conference schedule this fall by having a successful run in camp.

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With that in mind, here’s an analysis of three Longhorns defensive players set to show up in fall camp this year.

Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey, LBA

One of the most impactful new additions to the Texas defense this offseason, especially via the NCAA Transfer Portal, is former FCS All-American and grad transfer senior James Madison Dukes linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey. Late in the spring, Coach K and the Longhorns added a commitment from Tucker-Dorsey’s portal.

It immediately looked like “Tuck” had a positive influence on his teammates and the defensive staff during the summer semester. And with some extra practice on the field and time in the movie room that Tuck got over the summer with some of the new NCAA rules this off-season, he should be even more familiar with Coach K’s schedules.

That should mean Tuck really excels at fall camp and can continue to make a positive impression.

The question is, can he do enough to win a runway for Week 1 vs. ULM. Tuck will likely battle it out with redshirt junior linebacker David Gbenda before starting reps at the same linebacker position in fall camp.

The edge that Tuck could have over Gbenda in fall camp in the same position as linebacker could be his proven production as someone who can consistently find the ball and make positive plays for this defensive front. Tuck has been a real playmaker for James Madison over the past few seasons. And he was especially effective at finding the ball carrier when defending the point.

If Tuck can lead by example for this defensive front in fall camp, it will not only benefit him in this looming positional battle, but also help bring this entire front seven forward for the start of the regular season.

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