Depth Chart Preview: Running Back

Looking at the depth chart situation at running back heading into the 2014 season.

Scholarship Players

Running Back

Joe Bergeron

Malcolm Brown

Johnathan Gray

Jalen Overstreet

Donald Catalon*

D'Onta Foreman*

Kevin Shorter*^


Fullback

Alex De La Torre

Chet Moss


* Indicates 2014 recruit

^ Is expected to take a medical scholarship and not play football at Texas


Starts

Gray — 13 starts

Brown — 12

Bergeron — 7

Moss — 1


Projected Two-Deep

Running Back

Brown

Bergeron


Fullback

De La Torre

Moss


Analysis

Johnathan Gray's season-ending injury here is the big question mark. WIth it being an Achilles tear, it wouldn't be any surprise for Gray to miss the 2014 season in its entirety, taking a medical redshirt to get back for 2015. And that's what some inside the program expect to happen. That would leave the starting job for Brown, a former five-star recruit who rushed for 904 yards in 2013, the highest total for a Longhorn since Jamaal Charles rushed for 1,619 in 2007. And Brown would have a more-than-capable backup in Bergeron, who has five 100-yard rushing games of his own across his career. The problem, and the one that the Longhorns ran into a year ago after Gray went down, is the lack of explosion here. It's just so tough to maintain a drive five yards at a time, and Texas doesn't have a back that, if a play is blocked perfectly, is capable of taking it 80 yards to the house. Could that be Overstreet? Potentially, though he looked tentative when pressed into real game action, and with his size and athleticism, he's going to be a tough kid for Strong to keep buried in the backfield when he could impact elsewhere. Of the freshmen, Catalon is the most ready to play, and he's a bit faster straight-line than Brown. The previous offense didn't utilize the fullback much, though De La Torre is a good one, and the current one doesn't figure to either.


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