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MySanAntonio.com Longhorns notebook: Roschon Johnson committed to sticking at RB for remainder of season


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AUSTIN – The time had come for Roschon Johnson to choose.

He had already played in four games for No. 11 Texas (3-1, 1-0 Big 12), the limit for eligible players before they exhaust their redshirt for that season. No one expected Johnson to make four appearances this season, especially not at running back.

But Johnson, a dual-threat quarterback recruit out of Porth-Neches Groves, was thriving in a backfield decimated by injuries. Texas could use his skill and athleticism, even with Daniel Young and Kirk Johnson back and Jordan Whittington nearing a return.

So the two sat down and, for the first time since just before the season opener against Louisiana Tech, discussed the future.

“Hey, kid, this is your career,” Herman told Johnson. “But we’re at that point where we’ve got to make a decision.”

Johnson wanted to know if he’d still be able to help the team.

“Absolutely,” Herman assured him.

That was all Johnson needed to hear. He told Herman they could “worry about all that stuff” in the offseason – right now, Johnson just wanted to play.

“We usually try to be as accommodating as we can to their wishes,” Herman said. “But ultimately, everybody is bought-in. The team comes first and if the team needs ya we’re going to play ya.”

Johnson ranks third among Longhorns with 147 rushing yards (4.3 yards per carry) and has added nine receptions for 76 yards. He also scored what would stand as the game-deciding touchdown on a 2-yard rush early in the fourth quarter of UT's 36-30 win over Oklahoma State.

Collin Johnson making progress.

Senior receiver Collin Johnson recently received a platelet-rich plasma (PSP) injection to aid in his recovery from a hamstring strain.

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