With Texas preparing for its Sugar Bowl matchup against Georgia, here’s a look at five Longhorns who exceeded expectations in 2018…
1. Sam Ehlinger, QB
Ehlinger not only proved he’s the guy to lead Texas, he also proved he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12. He put up numbers that approached Vince Young and Colt McCoy territory. He accounted for 38 total touchdowns and 3,541 total yards, which are tied for second and fifth in school history for a single season, respectively.
2. Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR
Many expected Humphrey to have a breakout year, but it was his counterpart, Collin Johnson, who entered the season with all the NFL hype. Humphrey, though, easily turned himself into an NFL prospect and one of the toughest receivers in the country. He was the Longhorns’ leading receiver in catches, yards and touchdowns, and he became the ninth player in school history to tally over 1,000 yards in a season.
3. Keaontay Ingram, RB
Texas’ running game was a mess last season, but Ingram’s contributions this year helped the Longhorns become much more consistent on the ground. Not bad for a freshman who quickly fought his way to the top of the depth chart at one of the Longhorns’ deepest positions. The explosive, shifty Ingram rushed for 683 yards, three touchdowns, averaged 5.1 yards per carry and showed he’s the future in the backfield.
4. Caden Sterns, S
There was a reason Sterns was able to start from Day 1. But few could have predicted the talented freshman would become the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year. Sterns tied for second in the league in interceptions with four and finished sixth on the team in tackles.
5. Charles Omenihu, DE
Omenihu had the potential to have a big year, but it was always a wait-and-see game, especially after a slow start through the first couple of games. The senior was named the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, a year after Poona Ford won it. Omenihu finished first in the league in sacks with 9.5 and tied for third in tackles for loss with 16.
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