On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced the media’s preseason all-conference picks, and the Texas Longhorns were represented with a single player on each side of the ball — sophomore running back Bijan Robinson and senior defensive back D’Shawn Jamison.
Robinson was selected in anticipation of a breakout sophomore campaign after providing glimpses of his star potential down the stretch last season. As a true freshman, Robinson appeared in nine games and recorded six starts.
Originally Texas’ third-string running back, Robinson worked his way up the depth chart and looked the part of the top-ranked running back in his class, recording three 100-yard efforts in his final four performances. This stretch was capped by back-to-back explosive showings against Kansas State and Colorado, during which Robinson amassed 355 yards and 4 touchdowns on only 19 carries — this in addition to five catches for another 88 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Robinson finished his freshman season with 86 attempts for 703 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with 15 receptions for 196 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Jamison, on the other hand, enters his fourth year in the program with 19 starts in 36 career appearances.
After emerging as a consistent starter in 2019, notching 35 tackles, 3 interceptions ad 6 pass deflections along the way, Jamison became a key presence in a veteran Texas secondary that battles a number of injuries last season.
Jamison finished his junior season with 31 tackles and another 6 pass deflections, all while starring for the Longhorns as a returner. He’ll enter the 2021 season as arguably Texas’ top defensive back.