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Amidst all the struggles the Longhorns have experienced over the last few seasons has been a group of running backs as impressive as any in the Big 12.

But that wasn't reflected in the Orange-White scrimmage despite Texas returning all three of its top rushers from 2013.

Malcolm Brown was out in full force and performed well but Johnathan Gray was on the sidelines recovering from injury and Joe Bergeron was absent as he deals with some personal issues.

However, it does look like at least one of those players will be returning soon or at least quicker than some envisioned.

James Gray, Johnathan Gray's father, said his son hopes to be ready in time for Texas' second home game against BYU.

"Johnathan is doing well," he said. "He said he will be ready by Sept. 1."

Texas opens the season at home against North Texas on Aug. 30 and then hosts BYU on Sept. 6.

That would put Gray on the field, or at least in practice mode, 10 months after he tore his right Achilles' tendon at West Virginia on Nov. 9.

Gray has been seen at practice and on the sidelines of the scrimmage walking without a boot not showing any signs of being effected by the injury. But the physical element of his game isn't what concerns his father.

"Physcially [he's] ready," James Gray said. "Mentally will be the issue. It's always tough coming back from an injury like that."

Despite missing nearly five games in 2013, Gray was second on the team in rushing yards (780), which was 10th best in the Big 12.

With Gray and Bergeron (73 rushes for 362 yards in 2013) out, Texas relied on Jalen Overstreet to back up Brown in the scrimmage.

Overstreet, who moved to running back from playing quarterback last season, rushed 17 times for 68 yards in the spring game. That included the games longest run of 22 yards. He rushed 20 times for 102 yards and two scores last season.

The sophomore from Tatum has been taking advantage of his opportunities, according to Brown.

"Jalen has been doing great," he said. "It's just a different transition from QB to running back. He's been bouncing around from those positions. He's been doing a good job of being more consistent with the little details. He asks questions all the time to us."

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