AUSTIN (KXAN) — The biggest name on nearly every football team is a quarterback. After that, it could be a star wide receiver or a formidable defensive player. It’s rare that one of the most famous players isn’t a starter, but that’s been the case for Texas.
Longhorns backup running back Roschon Johnson has been as important as anyone around the team, just ask those around him.
“He means a lot to this program, his leadership,” Longhorns Junior running back Bijan Robinson noted. “Just him as a person and how he handles himself. That’s what it’s about to be a great footballer and a great human being.”
Johnson arrived in Austin as a highly touted quarterback, but the previous regime switched him due to backfield injuries just before his freshman season. It wasn’t until his junior season that Johnson officially stated that he considered himself a running back.
Now in his fourth year with the Burnt Oranges, the Port Neches native has played in every game for the Longhorns. It’s been a rocky journey as a senior getting consistent playing time, but it has shaped him.
“I enjoyed every bit of it,” Roschon Johnson said. “Challenging. Every aspect of it. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs from my story and my career up until now, but I’m grateful for it all.”
Texas football teams talk a lot about how important their player leadership is, but when they have to point to a specific leader, it’s always Rosen Johnson. It’s no different than a head coach.
“When you talk about what a Texas Longhorns football player is, in my mind, I think of Roschon Johnson because he’s an unselfish player,” Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “He’s not a star or a rookie at Texas, but that doesn’t hinder his work ethic.”
With the 2020 season shortened by Covid, Johnson kept his eligibility for a year, but did say he sees himself as a senior now. He has accepted an invitation to play in the 2023 Reese High School Bowl Game on February 4, 2023.