Texas RB Jonathon Brooks poised for larger role vs. Kansas

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Texas running backs Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson are considered game-time decisions ahead of the Kansas game.

Robinson suffered a neck strain last week against Iowa State, while Johnson is dealing with a turf toe injury. This opens the door for speedster Keilan Robinson and true freshman Jonathon Brooks.

When Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian spoke with the media on Thursday, he mentioned this week provides a great opportunity for Brooks to receive significant playing time.

Up to this point in the season, the freshman fourth-string back has only received playing time against Rice and Texas Tech, totaling 16 carries for 110 yards and one touchdown. Brooks is averaging 6.9 yards per carry and appears to have a bright future with the Longhorns.

The former four-star prospect recorded 3,849 yards from scrimmage and scored 56 offensive touchdowns (70 total) as a senior for Hallettsville High School in 2020.

Texas has one of the deepest and most talented running back rooms in the country. If Robinson and Johnson are unable to suit up on Saturday, there likely won’t be a significant drop off in production.

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