Tag:Tre Newton
Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 2:34 pm
 

Tre Newton quits football after concussion

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The rain of bad news for Mack Brown and Texas has continued to pour today as Brown announced that running back Tre Newton has retired from football following a concussion suffered in the Longhorns' Nov. 6 loss to Kansas State . Newton, the son of former Cowboy great Nate Newton , has dealt with a series of concussions during his two seasons at Texas and though he reportedly still wants to play for the 'Horns, his head injuries have unfortunately made the decision for him. He will also reportedly remain with the team as a mentor to future 'Horn running backs.

A redshirt sophomore out of Texas high school powerhouse Southlake-Carroll, Newton leaves as Texas's fourth-leading rusher this season and has 781 career yards rushing (4.34 per-carry) in his two seasons. Though Newton (like all of Texas's current running backs) failed to make a major statistical impact in his time in Austin, his departure is still a blow for a rushing attack ranked 80th in the FBS and possibly missing regular starter Foswhitt Whitaker .

Brown's options at tailback have been proven limited throughout this miserable 2010 season, and now they've been limited even further.

UPDATE: Newton isn't the only running back whose season ended today due to concussions: Utah 's Sausan Shakerin has also been forced to retire after a head injury suffered in the Utes' 28-3 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday.
Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:17 am
 

Longhorns searching for answers at RB

Posted by Chip Patterson

Even without many of the faces that took them to the national championship game a season ago, the Texas Longhorns are starting to creep back into the title hunt.  They received a first-place vote in the AP Poll, and have been bumped all the way to No. 4 in the Coaches Poll.  Texas Tech gave Texas a scare on Saturday, but the Longhorns relied on some rock solid defense to escape with a 24-14 win.
  
The Longhorns were able to escape Lubbock with a victory on Saturday evening, but it was not without cost.  With running back Tre Newton re-injuring his hip against the Red Raiders, the Longhorns are being forced to go deep into their depth chart, and possibly burn redshirts, to get healthy running backs out on the field.

Tre Newton aggravated his hip-pointer against Texas Tech, and isn’t 100 percent.  Fozzy Whittaker has a hurt shoulder and Cody Johnson still isn’t 100 percent after spraining his ankle in the season opener against Rice.

During the Tech game, Mack Brown told reserve back Jeremy Hills — who has asked to be redshirted — to get ready in case he was needed.The Longhorns also know they’ll have to discuss using some of their freshmen tailbacks, or possibly looking at D.J. Monroe, Brown said.
Statistically, the three back system of Newton, Whitaker, and Johnson has worked so far.  The trio has combined for 405 yards and 7 touchdowns in the first three games.  But with there be no clear front-runner for the most healthy and/or able, Mack Brown and offensive coordinator Greg Davis are forced to develop a strategy to bring their running backs to 100 percent health without sacrificing production.  

The Longhorns host UCLA, ranked 80th among FBS teams in points allowed, on Saturday.  It would not be surprising to see some of D.J. Monroe against the Bruins, a decision that would please much of the Texas fan base.  Regardless, arguably the most important game of the Longhorns' season is just two weeks away with the No. 8 Oklahoma Sooners awaiting them in the 106th playing of the Red River Rivalry.  They will need as much from their running backs as they can get, needing that win to claim the drivers seat of the Big 12 South.

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