8. Duo of Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram one more time
We’re about to see one of the better aspects of what made the offense for Texas football much improved in 2018 one more time. The ground game was a lacking part of the Texas offense last year, which really hurt after the departure of a Heisman contender with second-year Houston Texans running back D’Onta Foreman.
Texas is not losing true freshman running back Keaontay Ingram anytime soon. But, senior running back Tre Watson is about to run out of eligibility after making a huge impact in his one year on the Forty Acres. That running back duo of Ingram and Watson changed the game for the Horns and allowed the offense to open things up more.
Watson is a great example of how a player can make a huge impact as a graduate transfer, but how much it can hurt when that one player is lost. The graduate transfer market is going to be an impactful part of the college football landscape for well into the future, especially at the skill positions.
On the season, Ingram and Watson combined for more than 1,400 total yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns. Watson helped Ingram develop into a more complete running back over the course of the regular season, which should help heading into the 2018 campaign. But, it will be cool to see this tandem suiting up for the Horns one more time in the Sugar Bowl.