Texas running back Keaontay Ingram said he was cleared to return to the West Virginia game with a neck injury but was later held back as a precaution.
Ingram left the game midway through the first half. He returned for the second half but played sparingly. He finished with 11 carries for 18 yards. Injury aside, the Mountaineers drew a bead on Ingram every time he touched the ball.
“I’ve been really cautious about it, because this is something serious, you know, it’s my neck,” Ingram said. “So they took me out. I got checked out about it. I came back fine. I was still in pain, but of course a football player, you’ve got to play through pain.”
Ingram said team trainers made the decision to pull him from the balance of the WVU game and get him rested for Oklahoma. The sophomore has already battled through a knee injury that bothered him throughout August and into the first few games this season.
Ingram’s absence opened the door for backup Roschon Johnson. The freshman who came to UT as a quarterback and wants to return to that position this offseason had a career-high 121 rushing yards on 21 carries.
“It was great to see, because he’s fighting through adversity as well,” Ingram said. “That’s not what he wanted to, but you know he’s doing it for the team. To see that and be successful at what he doing, I’m just glad to see that.”
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