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Keaontay or Roschon? Texas declines to name a starting running back ahead of Kansas game

Posted October 14th, 2019

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With a match-up against Kansas looming, Texas coach Tom Herman would not commit to a starting running back on Monday.

When asked at his weekly press conference if freshman Roschon Johnson should be starting, Herman stiff-armed the reporter’s question. “I’ll know after this week of practice,” Herman said.

Texas running back Keaontay Ingram (26) gets between Oklahoma State safety Kolby Harvell-Peel (31) and safety Tre Sterling (3) at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sept. 21, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]
Johnson has topped 100 rushing yards in each of his past two games. His 57-yard gain against Oklahoma over the weekend was the longest run of Herman’s three seasons at Texas. Johnson, who signed with Texas as a quarterback but switched positions during the fall camp, is averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

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Keaontay Ingram has been starter in the backfield in each of UT’s six games. The sophomore has rushed 68 times for 322 yards this fall. Ingram struggled noticeably against LSU in September and only received two carries against the Sooners. Herman, though, was quick to point out that Ingram had a 114-yard performance against Oklahoma State on Sept. 21.

“We’re not going to throw the baby out with the bathwater,” Herman retorted.

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With 363 yards, Johnson is currently UT’s leading rusher. Ingram and Johnson have combined for six touchdowns. They are each responsible for 14 receptions.

Allowing 220.8 yards per game, Kansas ranks 122nd among the 130 FBS-level teams in run defense. Four players have rushed for over 100 yards against the Jayhawks in 2019.

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