UT will wrap up their spring practices on Saturday, April 21, with the annual Orange-White Spring game at 6:30 p.m. Fans can come for free and actually get on the field before the game from 3:30-5 p.m. After the game, the team will sign autographs and there will be a fireworks show.
As for the game, keep in mind it’s a glorified practice. It gives the players a chance to play in their stadium in front of fans. For the fans, it’s free and a way to see the Longhorns up close. But it’s a game where the object isn’t winning, it’s about staying healthy.
For younger players, the game will carry a little more weight because it’s a chance to impress coaches in a different setting.
Don’t expect any decisions about the starting quarterback to come out Saturday’s game. Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger will continue to compete for the job throughout the summer, that is unless Tom Herman and his staff already have an idea about a starter but don’t care to share that information.
Saturday night will be a chance to see two freshman quarterbacks in action, maybe the only time for the next year depending on how things go. Cameron Rising (Ventura, California) and Casey Thompson (New Castle, OK) are both early enrollees at Texas and will get their chance to play in a game-like environment at Texas.
The big question marks on defense involve filling the shoes of defensive tackle Poona Ford, Linebacker Malik Jefferson and defensive back’s DeShon Elliott and Holton Hill.
Texas opens the season September 1st vs Maryland at Fed Ex Field outside Washington, DC.