The Longhorns are looking for more productivity at the running back position.
Last season the running back position at Texas was seemingly always in flux. Whether it was Kyle Porter, Chris Warren, Toniel Carter or Daniel Young, there was no consistency in Tim Beck’s rushing attack. It was a thorn in the side of the Longhorns and plagued them all season.
Headed into the 2018 campaign, Kirk Johnson is apparently healthy, and former linebacker Cameron Townsend has been moved to the running back position as a result of open tryouts during spring ball. Former North Shore running back Tristian Houston is still on the roster, and heralded Carthage tailback Keontay Ingram arrives on the 40 Acres this summer.
With what appears to be a superfluous number of running backs on the roster, one would think Texas can find a suitable workhorse.
Not so fast.
Townsend, Houston and Johnson have seen little, if any, playing time in nearly three years on campus and the on-field product has lacked since D’Onta Foreman left for the NFL two years ago. Ingram, while fast and agile, is thought to be the future at the position for the Longhorns. But with most true freshmen, it will take time to acclimate him to the college game.
The Longhorns will host Cal-Berkeley graduate transfer running back Tre Watson for the team’s Spring Game this weekend in Austin. Watson was granted a full release by Cal on January 26th, giving him permission to talk with any school interested in his services. The Longhorns aren’t fully satisfied with their options at running back, and Watson will be shown the red carpet this weekend when he arrives.
In his four years at Cal, he carried the ball 274 times and rushed for 1,390 yards. His best season took place in 2016, when he rushed 143 times for 743 yards. Watson rushed 5 times for 11 yards in the Golden Bears’ victory over the Longhorns that season.
Watson visited Texas Tech last weekend and called the visit “the best trip of his life.” After he makes his way to Austin, Watson is set to take an official visit LSU in Baton Rouge later this month.