Football season will be here before you know it. Through the dog days of summer, we’re going to get you prepared with a series on some of the best players Texas will face in 2018.
Who is he?
Let’s start our list with a potential breakout star.
Stephen Carr will be a familiar name to those who follow recruiting closely, but he has yet to pop on the big stage. Injuries limited his role as a freshman in 2017, but now many are looking at Carr to grab the reigns as the Trojans’ next big star. Somebody is going to have to fill the void left by Sam Darnold and Ronald Jones II.
Carr showed flashes, rushing for 188 yards on 18 carries in his first two games, including a 119-yard showcase against Stanford that led many to believe he could take some carries from Jones. An ankle injury hobbled him for much of the season, as he finished with 363 yards in nine appearances. He missed spring football after having offseason back surgery, but early reports on his recovery were positive.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
Texas had no problems matching the Trojans physically last fall, but Carr’s game is based more on speed than Jones’ was. He also brings another dimension that the Longhorns will need to be aware of: an ability to catch the ball. Especially while still breaking in a new quarterback — JT Daniels? — USC will look to stretch the field by getting Carr involved in the passing game.
Carr carried the ball nine times for 28 yards and had three catches for 42 yards as USC edged Texas in an overtime thriller.
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