A look at the future of the Texas football running back room

Jaydon Blue, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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2024 and beyond

Although 2024 seems light years away, it is still important to project where the Texas running back room will be at this time.

With Arch Manning likely controlling the huddle and the 2022 offensive line class entering their junior season, whoever is running the ball in 2024 will have it easier than their predecessors.

The aforementioned Brooks, Blue, and Baxter will likely have a lot to say on who touts the rock for the Horns in 2024. With that said, by this time, someone will have been squeezed out. My early inkling is that it will be Brooks, but I firmly believe all three of these backs will not be on the roster in 2024.

My personal preference would be a two-headed monster of Blue and Baxter, whom I believe complement each other very well. This duo will be able to take the pressure off of Manning in what will likely be his first season as the Longhorns’ starting quarterback.

The transfer portal is more prevalent than ever, and it would be foolish to rule out Sarkisian bringing in an elite-level transfer running back. I do, however, think targeting transfer running backs will be low on the priority list with how much current talent occupies this room.

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As for possible freshman backs, Sarkisian and his staff have currently given out six offers to class of 2024 running backs. IMG Academy’s Jerrick Gibson is the crown jewel of this class and someone who could immediately come to campus and compete for playing time.