Andrej Karic: Does his role change because of Angilau’s injury?
Andrej Karic is a redshirt sophomore with 14 games experience for the Longhorns. He played 11 games in 2021, including a start at RT against Oklahoma. Karic has occasionally played both tackle spots throughout his career. He earned All-B12 Academic First Team honors in 2021.
High School and Recruitment
Karic played football at Southlake Carroll High School in Southlake, TX. There he was teammate with fellow Texas teammate Quinn Ewers. He was ranked the 364th player in the nation by the 247Sports composite and the number 26 tackle. Karic was recruited by former Texas coaches Herb Hand and Tim Beck. He was projected as a Power 5 starter and compared to former Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams as a senior. Karic was selected to play in the Under Armor All-American game in 2020. He committed to Texas on offers from Auburn, Baylor, USC, Michigan, Ole Miss and Florida State, among others.
Skills in the field
There were questions out of high school as to whether Karic would be able to stay on the outside at tackle. His lack of length is the main reason for that, but two Texas coaching teams kept him there. Andrej Karic does not have the size of OL recruits from Sark, but he has a bad side that has nothing to do with it. Karic wants to take the head off and poke holes in the chests with every snap. This meanness will keep him in game time discussions the entire time he’s on campus, no matter how small. However, being smaller, he will need to be more technical with his average streak to win consistently.
Prospects for Texas in 2022
Karic is intriguing heading into the 2022 season. He has a chance to establish himself at one of the tackle points, and now with an injury to Junior Angilau he might be able to mess some things up inside. . Since Karic has experience in the game, I expect to see him at the start of the season. If he finds himself the first day holder at the right tackle, I would not be surprised. With Kelvin Banks, Cam Williams and Christian Jones all also in the running for the starting tackle spots, the competition is fierce. If Karic wants to start, he will have to be in top form every day.
It’s hard to judge where Karic’s career will take him because he hasn’t played much in Texas. With just two starts and 14 games in total, he doesn’t have enough film to make a decision on his playing future. If he is able to maximize his frame by adding maybe 10 pounds, he could slide inside which I think would help his footballing future. If his length was questionable in high school, it’s obviously much worse for the NFL. Let’s hope Karic reaches his maximum potential. The more depth there is on OL, the better.
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