PFF comes to very similar conclusions to what I predict in the 7th edition of Thinking Texas Football Longhorn season preview.
They specifically call out Ehlinger, Cosmi, Shack and Johnson as keys.
Most notable snippets:
- Ehlinger: “His 113.5 passer rating on clean dropbacks paced all returning quarterbacks and his 19-2 TD:INT ratio is among the nation’s best. In fact, his 113.5 is a top-20 mark among all returning signal-callers and ties him with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence in that regard”
- Cosmi: “Headlining that group on the offensive line is Samuel Cosmi, who returns as the conference’s second highest-graded offensive tackle. What makes Cosmi such a headliner is not just the fact that he graded so high, it’s that he rarely left the field and logged more snaps than any returning Big 12 player regardless of position (and the third-most snaps among any returning player in the country).”
- Shack: “Shackelford returns as the fourth highest-graded center and with the third-highest pass-blocking grade in the conference as he didn’t allow a single sack and only one QB hit on 440 pass-blocking snaps last year.”
- Johnson: “His 140.0 passer rating when targeted on deep passes ranks well ahead of the next closest returning receiver in the conference and ranks among the nation’s best.”