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?
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.
Tuesday marked the first occasion in Steve Sarkisian’s time as head coach of the Texas Longhorns that current players were made available to the media. The most recent meeting with the press for players prior to Roschon Johnson's and Josh Thompson’s availabilities was last year at the end of last season under the last coach.
"No one works harder than (Roschon) does. He's on our field every morning at 5:45 am. Yesterday when I left here at 5 p.m., he was out here throwing to his receivers. It’s easy to progress when you work as hard as he does. He's a great player, a hard worker, but also a great student. He's got a 4.0 GPA. He makes us all really good coaches." - Port Neches-Groves HC Brian Faircloth, April 2018
Texas secured a good victory that included some nice stats for star Sam Ehlinger and a lot of snaps for freshman and back-ups. Several players that will likely redshirt this season got in on the action in this contest.
The real story of the LSU game and potentially this season was Texas' spread passing attack. The Longhorns torched the Tigers from empty formations in a fashion reminiscent of the 2008 or 2009 Longhorns under Colt McCoy. A really good empty passing attack led by a mobile QB that can read defenses and react quickly can be truly nightmarish for opponents.