AUSTIN (AP) — Texas took only one game to make a change at running back.
Tre’ Newton will get the start for the No. 5 Longhorns this week against Wyoming after scoring three touchdowns in Texas' 34-17 season-opening win at Rice. Newton led the Longhorns with 61 yards on the ground.
Cody Johnson, who had earned the starting job after an impressive training camp, ran for 59 yards against Rice but was ineffective in key short-yardage situations. Coach Mack Brown said Johnson sprained an ankle at the end of an 18-yard run on the second play of the game but didn't tell the coaches because he didn't want to come out.
Johnson told him, "I've worked too hard to be the starter and I don't want to lose it," Brown said. "It was swollen after the game and that's the first time he told us. ... We got on him about not letting us know."
Johnson didn't have an obvious limp on the field and played in the fourth quarter. By then, Texas had shifted most of the running duties to Newton and Fozzy Whittaker, but Brown said Johnson twice put himself back in the game, including the last play.
Johnson is now listed third behind Whittaker, although the depth chart indicates either one could be the top backup to Newton.
Brown said he wasn't sure whether he'd have replaced Johnson if he hadn't been hurt.
"It would be hard to tell. We were all hard on him for missing cuts. I appreciate he tried to play," Brown said.
Tailback is a higher-profile position than it has been in the last few seasons when the Longhorns based the offense around the passing of Colt McCoy.
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