Role of QB, RB Will Evolve For Texas As Conference Play Begins

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The Texas Longhorns faced a tough loss on the road loss to Arkansas, head coach Steve Sarkisian made a few adjustments, and it seems to be paying off with conference play just around the corner.

The Horns kickoff on Saturday against Texas Tech at 11 a.m. and Sarkisian said the team has plenty of things to work on and room for growth.

Junior quarterback Casey Thompson is the starter this week, reports. But Sarkisian said what has changed is Hudson Card’s role.

After stating the past three Mondays that the backup would get into that week’s game, the head coach didn’t make any promises this week.

“I would love to play Hudson Saturday as well. But the flow of every game is different,” he said. “All these games are all worth the same technically, in totality; obviously, Big 12 play, we’re 0-0 and the goal is to come out of here Saturday 1-0. .. If we feel Hudson can provide an opportunity, to get him into the game and provide something, we’ll get him in there.”

The running backs are starting to find their footing and Sarkisian said he loves they each bring something different to the table. reports it appears that Bijan Robinson, Roshcon Johnson and Keilan Robinson all will continue to factor into the game plans.

Through three games, per

  • Bijan Robinson has 52 carries for 299 yards and 5 TDs, is averaging 5.8 yards per run and 99.6 yards per game.
  • Johnson has 12 carries for 142 yards and a TD, is averaging 11.8 yards per run and 47.3 per game.
  • Keilan Robinson has 19 carries for 133 yards and a TD, is averaging 7.0 yards per run and 44.3 per game.

“Every game takes on a personality, a life of its own. But I think clearly they’ve all got their unique style to them,” Sark said. “Clearly Bijan is a pretty well-rounded runner with the size, the speed, being elusive, the physicality, the stiff-arm, then the breakaway speed. I think Roschon’s football IQ really helps him; he is a big, physical guy, tremendous in pass protection, great hands. Keilan, a little different: change of pace, shifty, you can see that kind of fifth gear kick in on that touchdown run.”

As of now, Texas is a 10-point favorite against Tech.

“We’re a 2-1 football team heading into conference play,” Sark said. “We’ve got plenty of things to work on and we’ve got plenty of room to grow as a team. The only way we’re going to grow as a team is to identify those areas of improvement and continue to build on them.”