One of Steve Sarkisian’s most important decisions so far in Texas had nothing to do with the depth chart or the starting quarterback. These are pocket squares and super 120 wool fabric.
The two previous Texas coaches made the Longhorns wear a dark coat and a burnt orange tie on game days. It created a uniform look, as if they were on a business trip. Persimmons and everything.
Sarkisian wants the Horns to be themselves. Players arrived Saturday at the Royal-Memorial Stadium in custom-made suits from Reveal Suits, a clothing company owned by former Texas Carlton Dixon. Everything from burnt orange to green-green, baby pink and baby blue was on display as the new-looking Horns strolled down Bevo Boulevard.
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You’ll probably see that sharp business look again on Saturday when Texas No. 19 (1-0) travels to Arkansas (1-0) in a SEC preview.
“Coach Sarkisian gave us a chance to choose what we want,” defensive back Keondre Coburn said. “He said he wanted us to be able to wear what we wanted, feel comfortable, feel the way we want to feel and act on the field. I like how he did it.
“So I, you know, am casual. I like everything black, “Coburn added.” I have this all-black tie. But I’ll change it. “
Razorbacks fans, who are getting Beat Texas shirts in the Walmarts area, witnessed an early 38-17 victory over Rice. On Saturday they will have the best game with the Horns in town. Texas and Arkansas were longtime rivals in the Southwest Conference, but stopped playing annually when the Hogs left for the SEC in 1992. UT is 2-3 in all five matches since then, the last to win 31-7 in Arkansas at the 2014 Texas Bowl in Houston.
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Deion Sanders discovered it decades ago. If it looks good, it feels good. If you feel good, play well, the Hall of Famer once said. That’s exactly what Texas did by winning 38-18 against Louisiana’s No. 23 in the first season.
Sarkisian went down Bevo Boulevard just in front of his defensive liners. Coburn looked sharp. Jacoby Jones wore a cherry red blazer and a bow tie. And Moro Ojomo wore an elegant burnt orange dress.
“Man, ol ‘Moro looked like an orange. … He looked orange, “Coburn said with a big laugh.” I mean, he’s clean for him. I was a little shaken when Moro said, ‘I’m wearing an orange dress.’ “But I really can’t lie. Everyone who chose a dress, really took it off. It’s their taste, so you can never hate their taste.”
Yes, this is burnt orange, Dixon said Sunday.
“This is our burnt orange cloth,” the former UT basketball player said. He played coach Tom Penders in the mid-1990s, while current Longhorns coach Chris Beard was a student manager. “Trust me; I know it by heart ”.
Dixon’s company signed a clothing deal with UT last September during the pandemic. So he didn’t get the attention he would otherwise have. The school has agreed to give each player a suit, shirt and tie. Players chose their own colors and styles.
Dixon said all of his staff spent a full day this summer taking action. Reveal Suits has similar offerings with Florida and Baylor state football teams, along with more than a dozen basketball teams, including Texas.
Dixon said UT technical staff members bought several suits for themselves and that Sarkisian will wear the Reveal brand in the coming weeks.
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“It could be said even when we were doing the adjustment, we could see the excitement and confidence that was going on even then,” Dixon said. “The coach gave them power and he trusted them and he basically said,‘ Hey guys, you choose what suits you. Choose the one that suits your style ”.
They did that.
“We have Chris (Adimora), who has a pink dress,” Coburn said. “I didn’t know how it would work, but it did! And it’s nice. You have BJ (Foster) in this baby blue dress that matches her car. And it’s nice.
“I look at myself and I thought, ‘Today looks clean.’ I wish I had thought more, but I look good, ”added Coburn.
Hard core fans can be turned off for locker options. But Sarkisian will use anything to help win games, right? Currently, NBA and NFL players are also fashionable dishes before the game.
The pre-game look made the Horns have the right mindset. Then they came out and sent the Ragin ’Cajuns, one of the top 25 teams that had 20 starters.
The first-year quarterback of the red Hudson Card jersey looked solid in his first game action. All the butterflies had disappeared when he ran for the quarterback and 6 post of the Louisiana 40. He finished the drive with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Bijan Robinson.
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Robinson finished with 176 versatile yards and two touchdowns in 24 touches. He was named Walter Camp’s national offensive player on Sunday. He has now had three straight games in 100 yards in a row, dating back to last season.
“It’s a stallion,” Card said. “Giving him the ball is always a good feeling.”
Players dropped all sorts of indications at the post-game press conference that says this coaching staff is different. Robinson said, “Sark saw something before,” and that’s why Sarkisian called for specific training for second-year touchdown capture.
During training camp, defender DeMarvion Overshown said it’s hard not to play with coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski’s defensive scheme. Overshown had a maximum of 13 teams, while central defender Luke Brockermeyer had 10.
Brockermeyer, the son of former Texas Blake Brockermeyer, has gone from starting at the start of the season during his time in Austin. He and Overshown are likely to be a tandem of confrontation throughout the season.
“I love this guy. He comes to work every day,” Overshown said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve hugged him since the game ended. I know what that means to him with his dad playing here and starting. for the first time, watching him win his scholarship since he came here. I have so much love for this guy. This is my boy. “
Coburn couldn’t help but talk about how prepared he felt for Louisiana. This is a merit for Sarkisian’s staff, who have two ex-coaches and great experience in Power Five.
Practice well, dress well, play well.
“I won’t say it was easy because it’s a great team we just played against,” Coburn said. “But it always seems that we are built for these situations in practice.
“They showed us some kind of path all week last week, and I liked that. I’m not used to that, “he added.” We used to be like, okay, this is the first time we’ve seen it. But they knew somehow exactly what would happen. It was amazing for me. “
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