Texas Longhorns Offense Hit Hard in 2024

Star Running Back Brooks Faces Unexpected Career Turn.

by Zain ul Abedin
Texas Longhorns Offense Hit Hard in 2024
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In a surprising turn of events, Jonathon Brooks, the standout running back for the Texas Longhorns, has announced his decision to forgo his final two years of eligibility and declare for the 2024 NFL Draft. This news, first reported by 247Sports, comes after Brooks' meteoric rise in college football despite an injury-marred season.

Brooks, initially overshadowed in a pool of high-profile recruits, proved his mettle as a formidable force on the field. The redshirt sophomore rose to prominence in a competitive environment, edging out freshman sensation C.J.

Baxter to claim the starting running back spot. His ascent was nothing short of remarkable, amassing 1,139 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in just 10 games, alongside an impressive 286 receiving yards. Brooks' consistent performance, marked by eight games with at least 98 rushing yards, peaked in a stunning 218-yard, two-touchdown game against Kansas.

These feats earned him the recognition of a Midseason All-American by CBS Sports.

Brooks' Season-Ending Injury

Tragically, Brooks' season was cut short due to an ACL injury during a game against TCU. Yet, in a symbolic gesture, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian included him for one play in the Big 12 Championship Game, a nod to his significant role in the team and his potential All-America candidacy.

Before his collegiate success, Brooks had already made a name for himself as Mr. Texas Football by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, and his high school career at Hallettsville was nothing short of historic. He led his team to its first state championship appearance with a staggering 3,530 rushing yards and 62 touchdowns in his senior year.

As Brooks prepares for the NFL Draft, he is currently ranked 97th overall and as the third-best running back in the CBS Sports NFL Draft Prospect Rankings. His physical attributes – 6 feet tall and 207 pounds – combined with his on-field vision, make him a promising prospect for the NFL.

What makes Brooks particularly intriguing is his low mileage in college, carrying the ball only 238 times but averaging an exceptional 6.2 yards per carry and scoring a touchdown every 14.9 carries. His receiving skills also stand out, as he ranked 17th among running backs despite missing four games.

Brooks' departure from Texas is undeniably a blow to the team, but it opens doors for emerging talents like C.J. Baxter, who showed his potential with 659 rushing yards and five touchdowns in his debut season. Jaydon Blue and the promising underclassmen, including Savion Red and Tre Wisner, along with the highly touted recruit Jerrick Gibson, ensure that the Longhorns' future remains bright.

As Jonathon Brooks embarks on his professional journey, the Texas Longhorns' offensive landscape is set for a dynamic shift, with young stars ready to step up and carry the legacy forward.