As the Texas Longhorns prepare for this upcoming season, running backs coach Stan Drayton is making it an emphasis for his players to help out Sam Ehlinger on the ground.
In 2018, Ehlinger was a crucial part of Texas' running game. The dual-threat quarterback finished with 482 rushing yards and 16 total touchdowns.
Texas would love to get another strong season from Ehlinger again, but it also doesn't want him to be the only force in the backfield.
Fortunately for the Longhorns, multiple players are trying to make a name for themselves this offseason. With the regular season almost here, the hope is that Texas won't have to be so reliant on Ehlinger as a runner.
In fact, Drayton said that players are "trying to outdo" Ehlinger when it comes to running the football.
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“We are trying to take over this run game,” Drayton told reporters at THSCA Coaching School Monday. “We want that pressure in our room, running the football. We use that and we have fun with Sam, but at the same time, we’re trying to outdo Sam Ehlinger.”
The current backfield for Texas consists of Keaontay Ingram, Jordan Whittington, Kirk Johnson and Daniel Young.
Regardless of which running back steps up this season, it's imperative that Texas has a balanced attack to complement Ehlinger.