The idea of a two-running back offensive formation has long captivated the imagination of fans and Longhorns are no different. Star running backs, even in the modern game, can have a major impact and are often the very best athletes on the field. So wouldn't two superstar running backs be better than one?
Immense expectations followed sophomores Jordan Whittington and Bijan Robinson prior to their arrival in Austin. Both turned in illustrious prep careers, with Whittington posting a standout performance in the 2018 4A state championship and Robinson rewriting the Arizona high school record books from 2017 to 2019.
With a 20-7 lead early in the fourth quarter of the 2019 Sugar Bowl, Texas prepared for a first-and-goal on the Georgia one. Sam Ehlinger rushed from the shotgun for no gain. The same thing occurred on second and third down.
Every now and then, I’ll peruse the UT record books to see if anything catches my eye. During my most recent look, I was reminded that Bijan Robinson broke a record set almost 60 years ago by a Texas legend. Jimmy Saxton rushed 107 times for 846 yards and nine touchdowns during Texas’ 1961 season. Those numbers equated to a school-record 7.9 yards per carry.
It’s obvious to everyone around Texas football what the strategy will be for winning games in 2021, year one of the Steve Sarkisian era. You had only to watch a few of the late season games to have a clear sense of who on this roster a new staff would be looking to emphasize in order to win games.