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2021 Position Outlook: Running back

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Darrell Royal once said “when you throw a pass three things can happen, and two of them are bad.” Despite the game moving in a much different direction where many modern offenses pass to set up the run, running backs remain integral parts of today’s game.

This is especially true when the running back room contains arguably the best player on the team.

Royal and Steve Sarkisian might not see eye to eye on offensive style, but both would understand Texas’ best chances to win in 2021 involve getting the ball in Bijan Robinson’s hands.

That isn’t to undercut the role of Roschon Johnson, a fan-favorite since his unselfish move from quarterback to running back ahead of the 2019 season, it simply speaks to the talent level of Robinson, a former five-star.

Running back rotation, sometimes too much and sometimes too little, was one of the largest complaints about Tom Herman’s final season at Texas. It’s been mentioned often, but it is worth repeating — Najee Harris’ 2020 stat line indicates the days of consternation over the number of touches for the team’s lead back are over. Even in a room full of talented, five-star backs, there was one lead dog in Tuscaloosa and it was Harris.

Stan Drayton of course has more than two people in his meeting room, several of them older players with plenty of collegiate experience at various levels.

Mr. Texas Football, Jonathon Brooks, is on his way too after carrying his team to the UIL state finals.

With the overall concern about the receiver position and inexperience at quarterback, the running backs will play a leading role in determining Texas’ offensive successes this year.

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