Texas Football: Early bold predictions for the Longhorns in 2018

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HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 27: Daniel Young #32 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates with Cade Brewer #80 and Collin Johnson #9 after scoring against the Missouri Tigers during the Academy Sports & Outdoors Bowl at NRG Stadium on December 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

6. Keaontay Ingram leads in rushing yards

Finding an answer at running back will be huge for Texas this season. If you review the candidates to win the starting job, you’ll find a few quality prospects to have a huge year. If nothing else, the Texas backfield is very deep and gives the coaching staff options to work with.

Two of those rushers that could win the starting job are sophomores Toneil Carter and Daniel Young. Both split time last season, but we also need to see more from each in 2018. Carter had trouble staying on the field too. Young seems like the better choice of the two.

Grad transfer Tre Watson is by no means a long term answer, but he is the favorite to be the opening week starter. Junior Kyle Porter was the opening week starter last season and could play a factor. Yet, it seems like the time has passed for Porter to take hold of any meaningful playing time in the Texas backfield.

This leaves one last player that could win the starting job for the Horns. That player is a true freshman four-star in-state recruit in Keaontay Ingram. Most Texas fans are likely to have heard some sort of hype surrounding Ingram at this point. Yet, his agility and elusiveness bring a new element to the ground game, and he could wind up as the best running back for this squad in 2018.

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