Ricardo B. Brazziell /American-Statesman-USA TODAY Sports Although there’s a few uncertainties on offense for Texas such as the ongoing quarterback battle and who will step up at wide receiver, there is one thing for certain: Bijan Robinson. The sophomore running back is a game changer and when the ball […]
Although there’s a few uncertainties on offense for Texas such as the ongoing quarterback battle and who will step up at wide receiver, there is one thing for certain: Bijan Robinson.
The sophomore running back is a game changer and when the ball is in his hands all you can do is sit back and watch the magic. As a true freshman, he quickly backed up his five-star rating and looked every bit like the top running back prospect from the 2020 cycle.
There were moments last season where Robinson was off the field for drives at a time and no one could understand why. Former head coach Tom Herman did not want to put too much on the plate of the young star, and that could very well be a decision that eventually factored into Herman being an analyst for the Chicago Bears and not the Texas head coach.
While on Fox Sports’ “The No. 1 Ranked Show” with RJ Young recently, Joel Klatt pinpointed Robinson as the key to Texas winning at least 10 games this season. Like many of the rest of us, Klatt believes that first-year head coach Steve Sarkisian needs to give Robinson 25 touches a game.
You can hear Klatt’s full comment below.
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Sarkisian will certainly not shy away from putting the ball in Robinson’s hands, especially since the eventual starting quarterback between Casey Thompson or Hudson Card will be inexperienced.
For reference, under Sarkisian, former Alabama running back Najee Harris averaged just over 19 carries per game. Harris also averaged three catches per game, giving him a total of 22 touches per game. This is a mark that Robinson did not come close to as his season high in carries in a game was 16 and his season high for touches in a game was 17.
Robinson only accounted for 82 carries, but averaged a stellar 8.2 yards per carry and racked up over 700 yards rushing. If Robinson’s 82 carries were inflated to match that of Harris’ 251, at 8.2 yards a carry, Robinson would have amassed for over 2,000 yards rushing. A feat that would put Robinson in a club as the only Texas running back in school history besides Ricky Williams and D’Onta Foreman to rush for 2,000 yards.
With the past history of Sarkisian’s philosophy pointing towards Robinson getting a much large sum of carries per game, it is certainly something for Texas fans to look forward to and can very well speed up the “Being Back” process.