A third Texas Longhorns player could join left tackle Sam Cosmi and safety Caden Sterns in ending their career on the Forty Acres early, as Horns247 reported on Thursday that junior running back Keaontay Ingram is expected to opt out and enter the NCAA transfer portal after he stopped attending practices this week.
Inside Texas confirmed the report shortly thereafter.
Ingram is currently listed as questionable for Saturday’s game against Kansas State with a high ankle sprain that he sustained against Oklahoma State last month. After scoring a touchdown on the carry following his injury, Ingram left the game and has not played since.
The Carthage product is currently listed third on the depth chart — sophomore Roschon Johnson is listed as the co-starter with freshman Bijan Robinson and Ingram is listed as the co-backup.
The 6’0, 222-pounder is the team’s third-leading rusher in 2020 with 53 carries for 250 yards and the rushing touchdown he scored against the Cowboys. Out of the backfield, Ingram has 11 catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, but he’s been slowed by a preseason hamstring injury.
Prior to his most recent injury, Ingram was benched in the Oklahoma game after he fumbled on his first carry, the second straight fumble after he’d reached the ball towards the goal line against TCU in an attempt to score the go-ahead touchdown with two and a half minutes remaining. Instead of scoring, Ingram lost control of the football, the Horned Frogs recovered, and the Longhorns lost by four points.
Ingram was a key signee for Texas in the 2018 class after a productive career at Carthage that included Offensive MVP of the Class 4A-I state championship game in 2017. A consensus four-star prospect, Ingram was ranked as the state’s top running back and the No. 164 player nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
As a freshman, Ingram shared carries with graduate transfer Tre Watson, amassing 708 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 142 carries. A knee injury suffered during preseason camp in 2019 slowed Ingram early in the season, as did a drop in the end zone on a fourth-down play early in the game against LSU, but he ultimately recovered to post his best season in burnt orange and white with 144 carries for 853 yards and seven touchdowns. His career-best performance came that season against Kansas State — 16 carries for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
Ingram’s younger brother, Kelvontay Dixon, is a freshman wide receiver for the Horns.
Texas currently has one running back committed in the 2021 class, Halletsville’s Jonathan Brooks, who posted over 500 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in a playoff game last week. Position coach Stan Drayton also remains in pursuit of Cy-Fair running back LJ Johnson.