An underwhelming performance from the Texas Longhorns freshman class was a result of the play and coaching as a whole from Saturday’s loss to the Iowa State Cyclones.
The NCAA redshirt rule, which made its debut last season, allows scholarship players to play up to four games without burning their redshirt. To keep track of how many games each freshman has appeared in throughout the season, I’ll list the number of games next to their names.
The eight freshmen participants from Saturday’s game included: WR Jake Smith, CB Chris Adimora, RB Roschon Johnson, S Tyler Owens, DE T’Vondre Sweat, TE Jared Wiley, WR Marcus Washington, CB Kenyatta Watson II (3).
Injured/DNP — LB David Gbenda (4), LB Marcus Tillman (4), WR Kennedy Lewis (2), RB Jordan Whittington (1), OT Javonne Shepherd (1), TE Brayden Liebrock (1).
fUTure19 Game Notes and Highlights
- Kenyatta Watson was in at defensive back at times after Anthony Cook left the game with an injury. Watson allowed a third-down pass conversion while matched up against Iowa State’s best receiver, 6’6 tight end Charlie Kolar.
- In a game where Texas failed to establish a run game, Roschon Johnson was contained for 35 yards on eight total touches. Like many of the Texas players on Saturday, Johnson had a costly slip on Iowa State’s grass on a third-down play early in the game. The attempted dump off pass likely would have set Texas up in plus territory.
- Jake Smith was in at receiver in the second half when Texas tried to spread it out in a 10 personnel (4 WR) set. He was targeted just once.
- Tyler Owens stood out as one of the gunners on punt coverage. He was often the first specialist to get down there in coverage.
- While Jordan Whittington’s status and recovery time remains uncertain, this season will be a redshirt year for him either way with only three games remaining.