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Texas RB CJ Baxter returned to practice on Monday

The freshman starter left Saturday’s game against Rice with a rib issue.

NCAA Football: Rice at Texas Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

AUSTIN — Texas Longhorns freshman running back CJ Baxter returned to practice on Monday morning, according to Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian, after leaving Saturday’s season opener against the Rice Owls in the second quarter when he fell roughly on the ball at the end of a 32-yard run.

“CJ obviously had that nice run and I think what it looked like he landed on the ball and kind of had a rib issue that we just wanted to make sure we’re getting checked out, so I’m hopeful it’s not serious but we don’t know for sure yet,” Sarkisian said after the game.

The 6’1, 218-pounder from Orlando, Fla. was apparently the first Texas running back to start a season opener for the Horns since Ricky Williams in 1995. The previous Texas player to accomplish that feat? Earl Campbell in 1974.

The 32-yard run flashed the upside of Baxter, who entered the game as the co-starter listed ahead of junior running back Jonathon Brooks. Ranked as the No. 1 running back in the 2023 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Baxter finished his collegiate debut with five carries for 38 yards.

Sophomore Jaydon Blue led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 55 yards and Brooks added 12 carries for 52 yards with two catches for 42 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown catch on a screen pass.