Saturday’s 28-21 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane may have not been the prettiest of victories but after all, a win is a win. The freshman class played their part to earn a victory by making some crucial plays in the first half. A Caden Sterns interception and a Keaontay Ingram touchdown run resulted in 14 of the 28 points scored by the Longhorns.
With the new NCAA redshirt rule, which allows players to play up to four games without burning a redshirt, expect the Longhorns to utilize different freshman for each game. To keep track of the new redshirt rule, the number of games that each player has appeared in will be listed next to their position. This will be updated game-by-game.
All 10 freshman that appeared in last week’s game played against Tulsa. The lone addition to this list is cornerback Jalen Green, who saw action on special teams. Linebackers DeMarvion Overshown and Ayodele Adeoye were held out with knee injuries. Adeoye is set to return to practice on Tuesday.
Keaontay Ingram (RB-2): Ingram broke a 29-yard run for his second touchdown in as many games to put Texas up 14-0 early on.
Ingram made an impressive jump cut to hit the hole, showed his burst to then break a tackle and finished the run maintaining his balance along the sideline.
Outside of his touchdown run, Ingram ran the ball nine other times for 45 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. He managed to surpass his week one yard per carry average of 6.2, resulting in a 64-yard rush game on 10 carries. The staff did a much better job of getting the ball in his hands.
Unfortunately, Ingram suffered a bone bruise and a sprained MCL during Saturday’s game and is listed as doubtful versus USC. The good news is the injury is not a long-term issue.
Brennan Eagles (WR-2): Eagles’ first career college catch was a big one. Ehlinger hit him for a 35-yard completion into Tulsa territory on the second offensive drive of the game. Texas was unable to capture any points after being stuffed on fourth-and-goal later in the drive.
D’Shawn Jamison (KR, PR, WR-2): The versatile speedster had a 21-yard kick return and was dropped for a six-yard loss returning a punt. Jamison took over the punt return duties with Brandon Jones out.
Joseph Ossai (LB-2): Ossai saw action again as the backup B-Backer but is still yet to crack the stat sheet.
Anthony Cook (CB-2): Despite not getting his opportunity at cornerback, Cook was a specialist on kick and punt return coverage.
Jalen Green (CB-1): The Houston product made his Texas debut on special teams. Green is one of the freshmen to keep an eye on regarding the four-game redshirt rule.
B.J. Foster (S-2): With Texas up 14-0, Foster tracked down and made a leaping interception on a deep ball thrown by Tulsa quarterback Luke Skipper. He showed tremendous instincts by rotating his body to make a play on the ball.
With strong side safety Brandon Jones out, I thought we may see Foster at his position but senior defensive back P.J. Locke owned that role.
Caden Sterns (S-2): On the first play from scrimmage, Caden Sterns picked off Skipper near the Texas sideline and was mobbed by his teammates to get things going. Sterns’ interception led to a touchdown three plays later.
Sterns showed off his range, covering lots of ground to get to the ball and made a wide-receiver like catch on the sideline. Plays like this show why he’s going to be so special.
Along with his interception, Sterns totaled four tackles (0.5 TFL).
Cameron Dicker (K-2): Still no field goal attempts for Dicker, but he remains perfect on extra point attempts after going 4-for-4. On kickoffs, he boomed four of his five kicks for touchbacks. The lone kick return went for just 16 yards.
Ryan Bujcevski (P-2): Bujcevski averaged 36.5 yards on four punts. His longest punt went for 52 yards while his shortest punt of 24 yards came backed up inside-the-10. It’s clear it’s going to take Bujcevski some time but that Texas defense sure is missing Michael Dickson’s ability to flip the field.