Texas Football: Position-by-position report card from non-conference play

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Running back

The most concerning position, depth-wise, for Texas football heading into the regular season opener (and every game since) was running back. The running back room was depleted in fall camp due to three various injuries. Herman and Beck deserve to be commended for how they maneuvered through this land mine of injuries at running back, though.

But the running backs are starting to get healthier heading into the Big 12 opener. Junior Daniel Young even had four carries in the win over Rice. Now we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for redshirt senior Kirk Johnson and true freshman converted wide receiver Jordan Whittington to get back in the lineup.

Whittington is the vital piece here. He had a torn adductor after just one real touch in the season opening win over Louisiana Tech. In his absence, Texas had to convert to other true freshmen to running back to fill the void. It worked like a charm in the blink of an eye.

The crucial pieces for the rushing attack through three weeks included sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram and the true freshman converted quarterback Roschon Johnson. Roschon doesn’t have a single outing with less than four yards per carry and Ingram has 275 total yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns.

Not bad for a group that was hit hard by the injury bug.

Grade: B-