How important is Joe Bergeron this week? His clearance means the Longhorns don't have to throw Johnathan Gray to the wolves in the first week of conference season. Texas was able to run the ball well on Oklahoma State last year, in part because the Longhorns significantly outsized the smaller Cowboy defense. That's not the case as much this year, as Oklahoma State is bigger. But Bergeron is as big, if not bigger, than any Cowboy linebacker, and could help to wear down a defense that is likely to face a heaping helping of Malcolm Brown and the Texas rushing attack.
Bergeron is tenacious as a short-yardage back and with his physical, hammering style, he's ideal as a closer when defenses are tired out. Tiring them out in the first place could fall more to Brown if Bergeron isn't 100 percent, though Bergeron will certainly have a role there.
Despite missing most of the second half against Ole Miss, Bergeron has rushed for 207 yards on 37 carries and three touchdowns, an average of 5.6 yards per carry and 69 yards per game. He's also provided a pleasant surprise in the passing game, catching four passes for 48 yards, including a 22-yarder.