On his first play, Hicks broke his foot. On one of his last plays, he darted into the endzone from 19-yards out, capping a 20-carry, 135-yard day. That's not a typo: the Texas commitment rushed for 135 yards with a foot he broke on his first carry of the day.
"It was a big game," Hicks said. "I wasn't coming out. I couldn't come out."
Longhorn fans will certainly come to appreciate that toughness, though Hicks suffered a setback to the same foot this spring, breaking it at a regional track meet in Lubbock. But the news on that front is good: Hicks can run on it again in five weeks, and said he should be ready for the season.
"I'm ready to get back out there," Hicks said.
His injury meant that Hicks couldn't take part in either Longhorn summer camp session, though he did make it down to Austin for the spring game, and said he came away "really impressed." And while the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Hicks doesn't exactly fit the mold of current Longhorn runners Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown, Hicks said that was what made him a good fit for the Texas offense.
"We all have different styles," Hicks said. "So I'm pretty sure we'll be great together."
Hicks does bring another element because of his ability to catch the ball, meaning he could find a role on third downs.
"I'm a really patient back," Hicks said. "I have good balance, and I never let one guy tackle me. But I just try to do whatever it takes to get the win."
At Arlington Martin, that meant switching positions for a season. Hicks played running back as a freshman, but the coaches, wanting him to move up to varsity as a sophomore, asked him to move to cornerback. Hicks accepted, knowing that he wouldn't see the field as much as a backup to then-star running back Danzel Williams (now at Oklahoma).
"They said that whenever he left, I could go back," said Hicks, who did so well at cornerback that some think he might be a better prospect at that position. "So that's what I did."
Hicks said Texas recruited him exclusively at running back. He said his commitment then, was an easy decision. That decision was then cemented, Hicks said, by the relationship he's formed with his fellow Texas commits.
"I grew up a Texas fan," Hicks said. "When I went there, it just felt like home. And they have a great coaching staff."