It’s finally official. Freshman running back Keaontay Ingram will not see the field on Saturday when the Texas Longhorns take on the No. 22 USC Trojans.
After Tom Herman continued to say Ingram’s status for Saturday’s showdown with USC was “highly unlikely,” as he battled an MCL strain and a bone bruise, Ingram has officially been ruled out, Texas announced on Saturday evening just hours before the game.
Texas announces that RB Keaontay Ingram will indeed be out for tonight's game. He was "highly unlikely" as of Thursday.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 15, 2018
In his two appearances, Ingram has totaled 101 yards on 16 carries, with two of those going for scores, including a 29-yard scamper against Tulsa in which Ingram flashed his ability to cut, make defenders miss, and bounce off would-be tacklers. He currently leads the Longhorns backfield with an average of 6.3 yards per carry. He’s also hauled in four receptions for 17 yards while quickly emerging as the Longhorns most explosive option, despite being the most inexperienced running back on the roster.
With Ingram out after emerging throughout his first two appearances against Maryland and Tulsa, look for the Longhorns to lean more heavily upon senior Tre Watson and sophomore Daniel Young, and potentially sophomore Toneil Carter and junior Kyle Porter.