Texas Football: 4 takeaways from a regular season of progress

Bijan Robinson, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Bijan Robinson, Texas football
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Bijan Robinson cements himself as an all-time great Longhorn

My oh my, if there was ever an amazing finish to the season for a Texas running back that I’ve seen in recent memory for this team, it was star junior running back Bijan Robinson in the last couple of weeks.

Bijan didn’t necessarily have a historic run for the Longhorns in terms of the counting stats he put up. It was the way that he got it done, and how important he was to Texas’ success in the win column in the last two games that was truly special.

In the last two weeks, Bijan put up more than 420 rushing yards, roughly two dozen missed tackles forced, well over 220 yards after initial contact, nearly eight yards per carry, and a whopping six rushing touchdowns.

Bijan put this team on his back to close out the regular season, and it showed.

Moreover, Bijan was truly a special talent for the Longhorns. I would imagine that he will wind up going down as one of the five best running backs at least in the modern history of this program.

In the win over Kansas in Week 12, Bijan surpassed Jamaal Charles for the fourth-most rushing yards in program history. He’s now likely to surpass 3,500 career rushing yards if he plays in Texas’ bowl game. Bijan currently sits with 3,410 career rushing yards after the Baylor game this week.

At this point, I would really like to see the Heisman voters give the respect that Bijan deserves at the conclusion of the regular season. He leads the FBS in total yards from scrimmage this season (just shy of 1,900) and ranks in the top three in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and total touchdowns.

If that’s not deserving of a spot as a Heisman finalist, I don’t know what is.

Bijan is pretty clearly the best running back in the country this year, but it’s hard to see him getting the nod as a Heisman finalist given the latest odds.