In the midst of the early stages of summer workouts for second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program, the anticipation is high for the start of the 2022 season. Texas is looking to ride all the star power in place at the skill positions to an improved 2022 campaign in the second year under Sark as the head coach.
The skill position depth for the Longhorns this year is very impressive. In fact, Texas looks to be about as deep and talented as it gets in the Big 12 (if not the entire Power Five) at wide receiver and running back.
One of the major reasons why the running back room is so touted for the Longhorns this year is the superstar status of junior Bijan Robinson. Bijan is the likeliest Heisman contender for Texas this fall as he looked like he could be a finalist for the award through the first half of last season.
If Texas can block more effectively for Bijan and reduce the loaded box looks that he faced game in and game out down the stretch last fall, he’ll be in for a massive 2022 campaign. And since it’s hard to see the offense taking too much of a step back this season compared to last, that bodes well for the outlook in 2022 for Bijan.
247Sports tabs Texas football star Bijan Robinson as the top RB for 2022
Moreover, the expectations for Bijan are clearly sky high this year. That was evident in a recent ranking posted by Brad Crawford of 247Sports that tabbed Bijan as the best running back in the entire country in 2022.
Bijan topped the list ahead of other star running backs such as Kansas State’s Deuce Vaughn, Syracuse’s Sean Tucker, and Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson. And here’s more on why this 247Sports piece ranked Bijan as the top running back in the country this year.
"Robinson finished third on the team with 295 receiving yards (11.4 yards per catch) and four receiving scores. Robinson hopes to return to 2020 form after averaging 8.2 yards per carry as the nation’s breakout freshman ballcarrier. He’s a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate in 2022 and a primary factor in how the Big 12 Championship picture will shake out."
A fully healthy season for Bijan will see him put up some crazy numbers. And if the offense opens up around him this coming season along with some improvement from the offensive line, the sky really is the limit for Bijan in what could be his final season in college.
Bijan and the Longhorns will surely be put to the test right away this season, though. Texas will face two likely top 25 preseason teams during the non-conference schedule in the first three weeks of the regular season in the defending National Champion runner-up Alabama Crimson Tide and UTSA Roadrunners.
Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Bijan and the Longhorns will open up the 2022 regular season on Sep. 3 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.