2. Derrian Brown gets 800 rushing yards
If you haven’t noticed already, the depth at running back is thinning out for Texas football entering spring camp. Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck had to hope that they were getting back either sophomore Toneil Carter or junior Kyle Porter in the backfield next year. Neither Carter nor Porter held a huge role in the backfield for the Horns in 2018, but they would’ve helped in 2019.
In fact, Carter didn’t even get a single touch this year coming off a freshman campaign where he showed some promise and flashes. Porter at least got a few carries, but didn’t do much with them. That leaves the most experienced running back coming back to the Forty Acres as the powerful former four-star recruit Daniel Young.
The backfield is now solely in the hands of rising junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger and sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram. Herman is assisted by the fact that he has a tough dual-threat quarterback to make up for any lapses at running back. Another thing that could bolster the ground game is in long freshman running back Derrian Brown enrolling early to get some work during spring camp.
The Buford product Brown is going to get his shot at making some early contributions for the Horns. He’s going to benefit greatly from enrolling early since there is ample opportunity to jump up the running back depth chart very fast, as Ingram did in 2018. It’s foreseeable that Brown does get a big enough workload to rack up 600-800 rushing yards in a best case scenario in 2019.