Texas football season hinges on offensive line coach Kyle Flood
Kyle Flood is Austin’s most important coach this season. He is tasked with rebuilding an offensive line unit that has struggled for the better part of fifteen years.
Last season, Steve Sarkisian often had to organize a pocket for Casey Thompson. Watch the offensive line on this base game against Oklahoma from the 2021 season for example.
Texas’ fun only lasted one half as the Sooners defense quickly adjusted. Now it’s up to Flood to build a line that can thrive without gimmicks.
The veteran coach, whose line won the Joe Moore Award for the nation’s top offensive line in 2020, may have the biggest impact on the Longhorns this season. A slight improvement in the offensive line could take the offense from good to elite.
One would assume that Flood welcomes the challenge to upgrade five-star rookies Devon Campbell and Kelvin Banks. Incoming freshman Cameron Williams thinks he’s competing for the right tackle position, while first-timer Cole Hutson had a strong showing in the spring.
The influx of talent associated with Flood’s track record shifts the focus to how much the offensive line can improve. If they provide a clean pocket, Texas could be very good this season.