Texas Football: 5 overreactions from season opening win over LA Tech

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3. Running back depth will cause a loss soon

This was a factor that was out of the control of Texas football in the regular season opener. The lack of available depth in the running back room right now is very concerning heading into the Week 2 showdown under the lights at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium against LSU with how physical that defense is.

In his weekly press conference on Sep. 2, Herman announced that true freshman running back Jordan Whittington could miss 4-6 weeks of action due to a torn adductor that he will need surgery for. This will leave Ingram and Ehlinger with the bulk of the pressure to shoulder the rushing attack.

The Longhorns will have to rely on freshman quarterback Roschon Johnson and potentially freshman linebacker David Gbenda to shoulder the load behind Ingram. Johnson got carries in Week 1, but this would be the initial set of playing time for Gbenda in his collegiate career.

Hopefully redshirt senior running back Kirk Johnson and junior Daniel Young will be ready to go and recovered from their various injuries before the Big 12 opener against the Oklahoma State Cowboys arrives on Sep. 21. The running back depth is about as thin as it ever was for the Longhorns in the past decade early in a regular season.