4. Where’s all the running backs?
There’s going to be a new level of pressure on the shoulders of two players specifically on the offensive side of the ball for Texas football in Week 2. Thanks to an extreme rash of injuries to the Texas running back room, Herman was left seeking out potential solutions at other positions on both sides of the ball.
Herman already had to move one former five-star wide receiver recruit, Cuero product Jordan Whittington, to running back in spring camp. But even a true freshman like Whittington went down with a nagging injury in Week 1. Whittington is one of a number of running backs for this team that will be missing at least three more weeks of game action.
The two other key running backs that are still missing for the Longhorns are junior Daniel Young and redshirt senior Kirk Johnson. It could be beyond the start of Big 12 play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys that brings the time that we see Kirk and Danny return to the backfield.
All this pressure to make the ground game work for the men in burnt orange falls on sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram. But even Ingram had a lower-body injury he was dealing with in fall camp, but he’ll be by far the best option Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck can turn to this weekend.