On Tuesday, Texas Longhorns sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram earned recognition as the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
On only 16 carries, Ingram gained 139 yards, a career high, while tying his career high with two rushing touchdowns. With the game on the line in the second half, Ingram was at his best, ripping off 114 of his 139 rushing yards on nine carries (12.7 yards per carry), including his career long run of 34 yards on the first drive of the second half. He also gained 34 yards on two scoring drives in the fourth quarter.
It was the best performance by a Big 12 running back last week and the best performance for a Longhorns running back since Chris Warren III ran for 166 yards against San Jose State early int he 2017 season.
Ingram now has four 100-yard games in his career, with three of them coming this season.
Notably, Ingram is finishing runs much better now than he has in the past — last season as a freshman, Ingram was known for making defender miss in the open field rather than running through arm tackles and gaining yards after contact.
Now up to 230 pounds, Ingram has not only added weight, he’s added strength, too, and head coach Tom Herman believes that has increased his burst in the open field. Having more time to fully recover from the deep bone bruise he suffered in preseason camp surely helps, especially in the weeks since he’s been able to ditch a knee brace Ingram didn’t like.
Of course, Ingram is still elusive in the open field.
And while Herman said that there aren’t any healthy running backs in the country after 11 weeks — 15 or 16 including preseason camp — Ingram is No. 98 nationally in total carries, so he’s much more fresh than many other RB1s across the country. Down the stretch, Ingram’s fresh legs should continue to pay dividends for the Longhorns.