Normally that might be true. But the extra Covid year will return several guys to UT that would have been gone. The transfer portal is full of guys that don't have a landing spot yet. This is a unique time when you can cut guys loose much easier if you don't think they fit you or if they really want out.
Seniors coming back is perfect timing for UT. As far as transfers, probably one or two spots left for this year. Signed 21, even tho 3 were released, they still count as initial counters and count against your 25. 2 guys have transferred in, 3 if you count Big Kat but doubt he signed. That leaves 2 spots left for transfers.
Now, perhaps can encourage some to enroll later and be counted towards 2022, but that will take away spots from the recruiting class.
Where has it been said that he wants small and nimble OL? I would think the fact that we just signed a JUCO kid that is 6-6 315 lbs would say otherwise? Plus if you look at UCF roster the OL isnt small. Looks completely different than what Butch was going for. Most seem to be around 6-4 to 6-6 and 290 to 315.
You have to understand, it is essential to build the narrative that Heupel is a bad coach. If we let it get out that he might succeed, he might actually succeed, and then we wouldn't get a new coach in 3 years.
Different level of ball being played, and a different set of expectations.
For instance, we crucified Butch Jones for losing at South Carolina by 3 in his best season. Matt Campbell lost by 17 to the Rajun Cajuns this year. At home. The Big12 isn't really a power 5 quality conference, and their annual OOC drubbings and losses against FCS opponents essentially make that irrefutable. He deserves credit, but Iowa State would be lower than Vandy in the SEC. Otherwise, he's gifted 3 conference wins against 3 of the worst programs in D1 with Kansas, Kansas State, and Baylor.