Entering the season, most fans of the Texas Longhorns knew that, regardless of what would happen in the passing game, the running game would be solid behind a stable of young backs that many consider to be among the best in the country in terms of depth and potential with sophomores Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron leading the way, and freshman standout Johnathan Gray and Daje Johnson joining seniors D.J. Monroe and Jeremy Hills in the fold.
Despite some disappointments (I’m talking to you, Defense), the good news for the Longhorns, who are currently 5-2 (a disappointing record to their fans), is that the passing game has been great under David Ash, and the running game has lived up to its lofty pre-season expectations midway through the season.
Most fans will tell you, in spite of all the talent at the position, Malcolm Brown is Texas’ best, most complete back, yet the Longhorns have been without him since he suffered a high ankle sprain in a win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys several weeks ago. He was sidelined for the Horns’ two losses which came at the hands of the Oklahoma Sooners and the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Since then, his teammates have certainly carried the load, and done so quite well; however, the Longhorns would love to get Brown back onto the field, particularly since he missed several games last season with an injury as well, and is therefore starting to get that dreaded “injury prone” label.
Though nothing has been confirmed and we are still in the rumor stages, Brown is reportedly looking better and there are even some rumors swirling that he could take the field for the first time in three full games this weekend when the Longhorns take on the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence.
Again, though his teammates have done a great job filling in, it would be nice to see Malcolm Brown back in action for the Longhorns; he’s simply too good to watch the game from the sidelines.