While many point to the rise of Sam Ehlinger as the most important factor in the Texas Longhorns’ improved offense, a pair of running backs who weren’t even on the team last year are also playing a huge role in reshaping the team’s identity.
Shaka Smart knew his team desperately needed an injection of energy after a slow start against Eastern Ilinois. Elijah Mitrou-Long provided that when he checked back in the game with 4:15 left in the first half.
It’s a different dynamic for a team that’s benefited from the luxury of playing with two future NBA lottery picks for the last two seasons. Without a player like Bamba or Allen, the Longhorns are shifting into a team grounded in teamwork and cohesion even more so than last season.