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Texas could be down top two leading rushers against Baylor

Joe Bergeron, Cody Davis AP

Bad news for Texas: the Longhorns will definitely be without one of their running backs for tomorrow’s game against Baylor, and another is listed as questionable.

Texas’ injury report states that freshman Joe Bergeron, the team’s second-leading rusher, is out with a hamstring injury while Malcolm Brown, the team’s leading rusher, is questionable with a knee injury.

The Longhorns should have receiver Jaxon Shipley, but trying to keep pace with Baylor without Bergeron, Fozzy Whittaker and possibly Brown? Yikes.

Good thing Baylor’s defense isn’t good at the tackling.

If I’m Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, I’m direct snapping it to Shipley 20 times. Heck, Shipley only has two touchdown passes less than Case McCoy on the season.

No, really.

Texas’ defense might be able to make a few stops against Robert Griffin III and company, but I’m not sure the offense can keep up. Youth and depth issues are usually a lethal poison. Unfortunately for Texas, they have both on offense.

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8 Responses to “Texas could be down top two leading rushers against Baylor”
  1. centexhorn says: Dec 3, 2011 9:11 AM

    We’re screwed. Congrats ahead of time to Baylor for the win! Y’all deserve it. It’s our fault for not having the depth to weather a storm like this.

  2. thefiesty1 says: Dec 3, 2011 9:45 AM

    Too bad, I was hoping for a good game. Strange “cramp” can keep Bergeron out for 3-4 games. Now Brown is still hurt. Bummer!

    This game is all on the defense to see if they can slow down RG3.

  3. pasote says: Dec 3, 2011 11:41 AM


    It’s our fault for not having depth to weather a storm like this?

    How many college teams across the country can plug in their 4th string RB and not miss a beat? Not many if any at all. Texas is very deep at RB just so happens that the top RB is out for the year. The 2nd may or may not play and our 3rd is out.

    Fortunately the top 2 next year will only be sophomores. Texas is very young which will cause some headaches now for fans but 2013 and 2014 comes around an they they should be in the National Title hunt.

  4. bigkatvik7 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:05 PM

    This team is so young across the board especially on offense. Texas,provided the young guys develop, should be in the mix for conference championships and BCS games in the next 2-3 years.

  5. deucez2 says: Dec 3, 2011 1:07 PM

    @centexhorn: Not sure if serious.
    @thefiesty1: That strange “cramp” is called a hamstring injury and Brown has been nearly full speed this week in practice. He will get snaps.
    @pasote: 4th string Hills does cause us to miss a little. I was at the Mizzou game and it was rough. Brown is #1, Bergeron #2, Fozzy was 3.
    We have the #1 RB in the nation coming next year. 2012 thru 2014 should be scary good if we can keep Diaz and the QB position solidifies.

    The key to Baylor will be our secondary, hitting RG3, getting DJ Monroe the ball in space, and making sure we win the turnover battle. Should be a good game.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Dec 3, 2011 2:28 PM


    The hamstring was originally diagnosed as a cramp that has mysteriously developed into a hammy. Brown tweaked his knee in practice this week and may or may not play.

    It would be NICE if either or both can play. But it seems their O-line can’t block anymore after 2 straight 400 yard rushing games. Curious? Is it just the hurt RB’s or is it the o-line coaches?

  7. pasote says: Dec 3, 2011 3:39 PM


    Fozzy was 1st in the beginning of the year… Brown is usually loyal to his seniors and Fozzy was running with a purpose and put into the wildcat formation he was doing great. That put Brown at 2 and Bergeron at 3.

    I do agree though Brown will be the top in the nation if not next year then the year after certainly. Let’s just hope that these small nagging injuries don’t plague his career… much like they have to to Whitaker.

  8. deucez2 says: Dec 3, 2011 6:52 PM

    @pasote I was speaking about Johnathan Gray currently a senior in HS and #1 RB recruit in the nation. Pair that with Brown and Bergeron and you have a great stable of backs.

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