Kirk Johnson, older brother of current Texas football star Collin Johnson and son of Longhorns legend Johnnie Johnson, has had an incredibly unlucky string of injuries.
The running back was one of the top players in California back in high school, and wound up committing to play for his father's alma mater.
In 2015, as a freshman, Johnson carried the ball eight times for 44 yards.
He hasn't touched the ball since.
Johnson suffered a torn meniscus that cost him the 2016 season. In 2017, he had lingering hamstring issues that kept him out for most of preseason.
He returned for Week 1 and played special teams against Maryland in the season opener, but missed the rest of the season after ankle surgery.
Kirk Johnson returned this year as a special teams contributor.
Despite all those struggles, Kirk Johnson will reportedly return for a fifth Texas football season in 2019.
From Burnt Orange Nation:
The long-awaited carry might finally come.
That’s because the comeback story of fourth-year Texas Longhorns running back Kirk Johnson is expected to continue into the 2019 season, as a school spokesman told Burnt Orange Nation on Wednesday that all indications are that Johnson will return for another year on the Forty Acres.
As BON notes, Texas is expected to lose some of its depth at running back this year, so if Johnson returns, he may get that first carry since his freshman year. That would make for a pretty awesome story.