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Tom Herman 'Highly Concerned' About Major Position Group

Texas football head coach tom herman watches during the sugar bowl

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns looks on during the second half of the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

While the Texas Longhorns certainly have the talent to make a postseason run, Tom Herman is already concerned about the team's depth at running back. The injury bug has struck the team before the regular season even began.

Keaontay Ingram and Jordan Whittington should form a solid duo in the backfield for the Longhorns this season. Yet, Herman has reason to be concerned about the rest of the depth chart.

Texas hasn't placed Kirk Johnson or Daniel Young on its first depth chart of the fall. Johnson hurt his clavicle and Young is dealing with an ankle sprain.

Both running backs that are off the depth chart are expected to be out multiple weeks. This means the Longhorns are relying strictly on Ingram and Whittington.

Herman's main concern for the backfield is that it can't afford another injury this season.

He revealed that his level of concern is "high" as the season opener approaches very soon.

From Austin American-Statesman:

“And if we get another one dinged up, we’re going to be in trouble from a depth standpoint,” Herman understated. “The level of concern is high.”

He added that the "break glass in case of emergency" running back is freshman quarterback Roschon Johnson. Obviously, Herman would like to avoid that situation if possible.

Injuries to Johnson and Young also puts more pressure on Sam Ehlinger, who has proven to be a capable runner. The team has concerns about keeping Ehlinger from taking too many hits as well, though.

With the regular season just about to begin for the Longhorns, Herman has Ingram and Whittington practicing in non-contact jerseys.

Texas hosts Louisiana Tech in its season opener.

[Austin American-Statesman]