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With the passing game not expected to be awe-inspiring for the third year in a row, a heavy burden will be placed on the running backs. Last year's top-25 rushing attack and the addition of a high school national player of the year should have no problem shouldering the load.
Though they were depleted after losing senior Fozzy Whittaker to an ACL tear, last year's running back group was one of the team's bright spots behind freshmen Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron. At their best the two were almost unstoppable, combining for 255 yards and four TDs in last year's win against Kansas.
Though Bergeron and Brown enjoyed great freshman seasons for the Horns, they too were bit by the injury bug, and their absence caused the offense to lag greatly.
Insert, Johnathan Gray.
Gray comes to Texas with so many national accolades and records that he seems almost too good to be true. He led his high school to three straight state titles, was twice named Mr. Football USA and Gatorade National Player of the Year, set a national record with 205 career TDs and amassed over 10,000 yards in his high school career.
When it's all said and done, many expect Gray to join the Mt. Rushmore of former Texas running backs Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson.
Too lofty? Maybe. See for yourself (via YouTube).
And it doesn't stop there. Senior all-purpose player D.J. Monroe, who is probably the fastest guy on the team, will take snaps from the running back position as a change of pace.
And should one of the bigger names fall to injury, senior Jeremy Hills played out of his mind in the spring game and looks more than ready to prove his worth on the field.
The three-headed monster of Brown, Bergeron and Gray will garner most of the attention this season, but up and down, this is one of the most seriously talented groups in the country.
Combine this with the fact that Texas plays eight teams whose rush defenses ranked in the bottom 40 last year in yards per game, and this group will be must-see on TV all year.