3 Texas football players that are expected to opt out of Alamo Bowl

Bijan Robinson, Texas football
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Bijan Robinson, Texas football
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Bijan Robinson, RB

Another rather obvious opt-out for the Alamo Bowl is another ultra-important player in the locker room and on the field for the Longhorns.

Star junior running back Bijan Robinson is probably the most important player for the Longhorns this fall, which was evident by the nearly 1,900 total yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns that he racked up during the regular season. For his efforts, Bijan won the Doak Walker Award this week, which is handed to the nation’s best running back in college football.

I, along with a number of other Longhorns fans, had a huge qualm with the Heisman voters that Bijan was not a finalist for the award.

Despite the Heisman finalist snub, Bijan still got plenty of recognition for the good work he did on the field this fall. He willed this Texas team to at least a few victories during the regular season. If not for Bijan, Texas might not have wins over the Kansas State Wildcats, Baylor Bears, and Iowa State Cyclones at the very least.

And if not for Sark essentially not utilizing Bijan at all in the second half in the tough loss to the TCU Horned Frogs on Nov. 12, that game might’ve gone a different way.

However, Texas will now have to figure it out in the running back room without its best player. I mentioned in the last part of this list that Texas is going to have to really rely on the trio of Brooks, Keilan, and Blue.

But I believe the duo of Brooks and Keilan should still be more than enough to pose a big threat on the ground for the Texas offense in the bowl game. Brooks showed in the win over Kansas that he can do some real damage when given the opportunity, as he went over 100 yards and two scores on barely over 10 carries.

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Bijan will be sorely missed in the bowl game and next season as he is set to take his talents to the next level. He should be as close to a lock as any running back gets in this NFL Draft class as a day-one pick next spring.