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Johnnie Johnson: Redshirt decision on Texas RB Kirk Johnson is ‘week to week’

The sophomore recently had knee surgery and hasn’t played yet this season.

NCAA Football: Texas Tech at Texas Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

The potential return of Texas Longhorns sophomore running back Kirk Johnson is still questionable following a knee scope for a meniscus tear in early September, according to his father, former Longhorn standout Johnnie Johnson.

The All-American defensive back for Texas in the early 1980s told Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman that his son has “no plans to rush back” and a redshirt decision is “week to week.”

Since the 5’11, 205-pounder played last season as a freshman, he still has his redshirt season available to him.

However, since sophomore running back Chris Warren is now reportedly out six to eight weeks as a result of the injury to his knee area that he suffered against the Oklahoma State Cowboys last weekend, there’s more of a need for Johnson now than there was last week.

The California product has the type of speed and quickness as a change-of-pace back that the ‘Horns can’t replace at the moment, so getting him back on the field would provide Texas a potentially significant boost.