Texas Football: 5 overreactions from Longhorns non-conference slate

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2. Coaching staff did a great job with the running back situation

Given all the injuries Texas football had in the running back room, there was any number of ways the offense could’ve gone. Good or bad, the Longhorns had a lot of work to do to get options back for the rushing attack. Sophomore Keaontay Ingram was about the only true running back Texas had to turn to.

The funny part is that Ingram wasn’t the most efficient running back through the non-conference slate. Even junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger was more of an efficient runner than Ingram at times. But Ingram did have the bounce back performance he was looking for with two rushing touchdowns in the win over Rice.

The true MVP for the Longhorns out of the backfield is the true freshman and converted quarterback Roschon Johnson. In the win over Rice, Johnson raked in his first career touchdown which came through the air. He stumbled into the end zone for a receiving touchdown this weekend that was one of the first to come against Rice.

Herman had to even converted the true freshman linebacker David Gbenda to running back, but he never got a single attempt out of the backfield. Preserving players where they play at their true positions can still be important. It’s a wonderment that Herman and the Longhorns got by only using Roschon and Keaontay out of the backfield in three weeks.