Texas head coach Tom Herman said Monday freshman receiver Jordan Whittington will have surgery this week for a small tear in his lateral meniscus that will keep him sidelined for the next 3-4 weeks.
Tom Herman runs a “bell cow” offense at Texas. That’s a common trait for pro-style offenses of all varieties, including the pro-spread vision guiding the Longhorns. Most people understand the idea of a “bell cow” running back like Ricky Williams or Cedric Benson that get 250+ touches over the course of a season, but that kind of back is fairly rare these days.
Let’s play a game called, “guess that player.” I’m going to give you individual seasons from three Longhorn skill players of the past two decades and you try to sort out who the players are and what season the stats are from.
Texas’ offseason following the 2019 campaign included sweeping changes to the coaching staff, but Longhorns head coach Tom Herman announced several alterations in roles for his players who are just over a month away from spring practices.
For most of the offseason, the main question surrounding the Texas Longhorns was if they were indeed back as junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger exclaimed following the Sugar Bowl. Heading into a season-opening match up against Louisiana Tech, Texas is working to answer two questions without clear solutions; who is healthy enough to play running back and who can serve as a reliable backup offensive lineman?
HOUSTON -- In Stan Drayton’s first season as running backs coach for the Longhorns, the leading rusher on the team was freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger. In his second season as RB coach, Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram combined for over 1500 yards, but Ehlinger’s rushing touchdown total alone doubled the combined touchdown total for both Watson and Ingram.
The 2019 Texas Longhorn offense is likely to be historically unique. The 2018 offense was fairly unique in its own right, they essentially ran a 21 personnel spread a year ago with Andrew Beck serving as a part-time fullback and occasional flex tight end while Lil’Jordan Humphrey was a nearly full-time flex tight end. Those two players defined the offense with their hybrid utilizations.