Junior Cody Johnson will be the Longhorns' starting running back after beating out Fozzy Whitaker and Trey Newton, last year's starters. Johnson, having lost 5 percent body fat, weighs 250 pounds. Coach Mack Brown said Texas will still throw it 50 percent of the time, but the goal is to be balanced like the Ricky Williams era.
"Fozzy and Tre didn't do anything differently," Brown said. "It's just the power that Cody brings. And he can pass protect and catch the ball out of the backfield. With the power running attack we're looking at, and the downhill runs, he's just a real load."
Following fall competition, most Big 12 coaches announced their starting quarterbacks for the season opener: Texas Tech (Taylor Potts), Kansas State (Carson Coffman) and Kansas (Kale Pick). Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said he still hasn't decided whether he will start incumbent Zac Lee, redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez or sophomore Cody Green.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said the program is taking steps to avoid off-the-field incidents after the Tigers recently dealt with three alcohol-related arrests.
"I'm kind of embarrassed," Pinkel said. "We've worked real hard to build a program that has a very good reputation for being first class and disciplined. We've taken a few hits. The only way you're going to get that back is (build) it back. That's what we intend to do."