Everybody’s eyes may be focused on what’s going on at the top of the conference, but everyone else’s seasons aren’t over yet. On Saturday Texas welcomes Texas Tech to Austin, but the Longhorn’s top two running backs may not be on the field to greet the Red Raiders.
Leading rusher D’Onta Foreman was injured against West Virginia last week, and it was reported that he will have to undergo surgery on his right pinkie. His status for the remainder of the season is questionable.
Foreman, who had a season high of 18 carries against the Mountaineers, leads all rushers with 681 yards on just 95 carries. That’s 7.2 yards per carry! He also has five touchdowns on the year.
To make matters worse, coach Charlie Strong told the media that starting running back Johnathan Gray is also questionable for the Texas Tech game as well. Gray is battling a foot injury that was also suffered against West Virginia.
Gray has more carries than Foreman, but his yards have been harder to come by. The senior has just 489 yards and 3 touchdowns on 123 carries.
If either, or both, backs aren’t able to play it would leave running back Chris Warren III to pick up a significant portion of the workload for an offense that’s made its hay on the ground. Thankfully though, he wouldn’t be on his own. Both starting quarterback Jerrod Heard and back up/redzone specialist Tyrone Swoopes are mobile threats. In fact, Heard leads the team in carries, and is second in yards with 557 on the ground.