Spring Breakdown: Depth a concern in Longhorn running back room


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas is beginning to put the pieces together for the 2019 season as the Longhorns are halfway through Spring Practice.

The Longhorns Orange-White Spring Game is April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Before the Longhorns kick off, we’re diving in to how the current roster shapes up.

*This is part two of a KXAN series evaluating the Texas Longhorns spring football roster position by position*

Running Back: Keontay Ingram, Daniel Young, Jordan Whittington, Kirk Johnson

Keontay Ingram will be the star of the show after splitting time with Tre Watson during the 2018 season. Ingram performed above freshmen expectations, but needed to add weight to be able to handle the position. Texas coach Tom Herman says Ingram has done just that, adding 10-12 pounds during offseason conditioning. Ingram could help lighten the running load on quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Behind Ingram, the running backs are mostly unknown. Daniel Young was used as a short-yardage back in 2018 with less than 45 carries. Senior Kirk Johnson could be the x-factor barring he stays healthy. Johnson, the older brother of receiver Collin Johnson, suffered season-ending injuries in each of the past two seasons, but still looks to have the pop needed at the running back spot. Early enrollee Jordan Whittington was recruited as an athlete, but was exceptional running the ball for Cuero High School. Whittington’s spent all of spring practice training with the running backs.

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