Tommie Robinson Has Plenty To Work With at RB

You could sense that RB coach Tommie Robinson was feeling good about the situation he is in right now with Johnathan Gray healthy and ready for a HUGE season, followed by five other talented RBs primed and ready to take off.

"I think you will see a different Johnathan Gray."

"Young backs behind him will push him. That's a good thing."

T Rob said that you could tell toward the end of last season that Gray was starting to feel good about himself because he was making cuts late in season that he simply wasn't going to try at the beginning.

T Rob sat up in his chair a little bit more when talking about Duke Catalon, a player he recruited while at USC. He described Duke as a "strong runner," "very deceiving," with "unbelievable power" and "natural running ability."

He said that Duke would be a "pleasant surprise" to a lot of people this season.

Described Chris Warren perfectly: "Big-back mentality with small back feet."

Kirk Johnson: Good vision, great out of the backfield. Great hands.

Tristan Houston: Up to 215 pounds. T Rob said he remembered seeing him in high school when he was 180. Said Houston is the speed back of the bunch.



Has an NFL pedigree as his father was a three time pro bowl back. Downhill runner who has exceptional feet for a player with his size. He makes nifty moves and has a nice burst which allows him to get in to the hole and advance the ball up the field quickly. Nice lateral movement to go along with a 40-yard time of 4.5. His speed could be categorized as smooth. Strong enough and big enough to run through arm tackles. LB should not be ruled out.


Three-star running back Kirk Johnson has waited all his life to play for the Longhorns. His father, Johnny Johnson, is a former All-American defensive back for Texas.

Johnson is rated as the No. 2 running back in California, No. 4 RB on the West Coast and No. 49 RB overall in 2015.

He and his brother, 2016 WR Collin Johnson, were both offered by UT during a Junior Day visit and committed shortly after getting back home. Kirk chose Texas over offers from Arizona, Cal, USC, Utah and Washington.

Johnson really made a name for himself on a national scale by winning the SPARQ MVP honors at the Oakland NFTC with a score of 117.42.


He is one who doesn’t waste a lot of time or movement once the ball is in his hands. Whether getting the ball on a sweep or between the tackles, Houston hits the hole hard and goes north and south. Not really considered a power runner, but does not shy away from contact. One of the many pluses with him, is that he plays for a program known for running the football with a downhill, smash-mouth type mentality. - Ahmard Vital



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