Redshirt freshman running back Tre' Newton will return to Texas' starting lineup when the Longhorns meet Texas A&M Thursday night in College Station, Texas.
Texas coach Mack Brown announced Monday that Newton will make his second consecutive start after rejoining the Texas lineup against Kansas. Newton rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown against the Jayhawks and also added 36 yards on a career-best three receptions.
Newton started in place of Cody Johnson against Kansas, which was his second start this season.
Brown told reporters the move was being made because of Newton's quickness.
“Tre's got great vision and burst of speed," Brown told reporters. "He can get from here to there really fast. And he moves the pile.”
Johnson still will receive playing time as the Longhorns' designated goal-line runner and perhaps in other situations, Brown said.
“If a play came up we want to go with Cody, we will,” Brown said. “But Tre' will get the start."
Newton leads the team with 370 rushing yards and has scored five touchdown runs. Johnson has added 331 rushing yards and has accounted for 12 of the Longhorns' 25 touchdown runs.