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Popular Longhorn Expected To Return Next Year

The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders holding Texas flags.

DALLAS - OCTOBER 7: Flagbearers wave the Burnt Orange and White flags of the Texas Longhorns in the Texas endzone before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl on October 7, 2006 in Dallas, Texas. The Longhorns won 28-10. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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.

[Burnt Orange Nation]