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Charles has produced less big plays than expected.

Few doubt that Texas' RBs are running hard; it's just that they're not running very far. The Horns have just 29 explosive running plays (12+ yards) through seven games this season.

Other than the absence of No. 10 behind center, what accounts for the lack of home run balls in the ground game? And how much does it matter? Texas' tailback-by-committee has been good for 187.4 ypg this season, and that translates into an otherwise respectable ranking of No. 20 nationally. At the very least, the rushing offense has given evidence of a workman-like productivity. Nobody...

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