Another player that was able to come in on the offensive side of the ball for Texas football last off-season and make an immediate impact was the former Cal Golden Bears running back Tre Watson. As a great one-two punch along true freshman running back Keaontay Ingram, Watson was a great one-year player for the Horns.
There wasn’t as much of a need to replace departing talent at running back for the Texas offense as there was along the line. But, the Horns did need some experience to help move this backfield forward after a very difficult 2017 campaign for them on the ground. That’s where the addition of Watson via the graduate transfer market came into play.
Watson is about as versatile as they came on the graduate transfer market at running back. His lack of home run speed and strength could limit Watson as to his NFL potential, but be brought a ton of value to the Horns in his one year on the Forty Acres. His receiving ability, pass blocking, and steady efficiency in the ground game gave Texas exactly what it needed in 2018.
This past season, Watson registered 929 total yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. He was a steady force in the ground game and the receiving game. Three of his six total touchdowns came in the receiving game, and he averaged more than four yards per carry on the ground. He was a great fit for this Texas offense and one that this backfield will miss in 2019.