Texas wide receiver/running back Daje Johnson will play in Saturday’s regular season finale at Baylor, coach Mack Brown said Monday. Johnson was suspended for Texas’ Thanksgiving game against Texas Tech for a violation of team rules.
Johnson will return to his primary role as a kick and punt returner. On kickoffs, Johnson’s averaging 19 yards per return with no touchdowns; he’s returned one punt for a touchdown and is averaging about 11 yards per return.
Johnson also has 121 yards on 22 carries and 168 yards on 22 receptions this season. Outside of back-to-back seven-catch games in November, he hasn’t made much of an impact for the ‘Horns offense this year — but Texas will need all the help it can get to beat Baylor Saturday in Waco.
A Texas win, coupled with an Oklahoma State loss, would net Brown his first Big 12 title since 2009. Oklahoma State controls its own destiny, needing a win over Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam game to win the Big 12. If Oklahoma pulls off the upset in Stillwater, the winner of Baylor/Texas will win the conference championship.