The Texas Longhorns recently hired program alum and former running back Anthony Johnson as an assistant coach, and he already has lofty goals for his tenure. According to a tweet from Ryan Autullo of The Austin American Statesman, Johnson wants Texas to become “Running Back U” again.
Those two Heisman winniers Johnson is referencing are Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, both of whom had excellent Longhorns careers before moving onto more success on the NFL level. On top of that duo, the list of fine running backs who played their college ball at Texas could be stretched a mile with names like Jamaal Charles, Cedric Benson, Priest Holmes and more occupying it.
That said, depending on how Texas’ offense takes shape over the next year or so now that Sterlin Gilbert is the offensive coordinator, the Longhorns becoming known for running backs is definitely something that could happen under Johnson’s watch.
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