Texas Football: 5 thoughts after Longhorns drubbing of Rice

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4. A new one-two punch at running back?

Texas football got great news in Week 3 with the return of junior running back Daniel Young to the offense. The backfield was so thin for the Longhorns in the first two weeks of the regular season that two true freshmen were converted from other positions to cover the three injuries that happened during fall camp.

Even with Young back in the fold, Herman and the Longhorns likely wanted to preserve his health as much as possible. Plus this rushing attack has something working for them that couldn’t be anticipated by Herman and offensive coordinator Tim Beck.

Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram is combining with true freshman converted quarterback Roschon Johnson to form quite the dynamic one-two punch out of the backfield. For the third straight week, Roschon averaged more than four yards per carry. In the win over LSU, he was the only rusher that had more than four yards per carry.

The fact that a converted freshman quarterback like Roschon is shouldering the load like he is could be a huge breakthrough. He even managed his first career receiving touchdown on a nice stumble into the end zone. Ingram finished up with 74 rushing yards and two scores on more than six yards per carry.