Learn more about in-home care options for your loved ones

Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Personal Care Consultation


“1. Stay active. Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when your arthritis hurts, but many studies show that physical activity is one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. 2. Eat a balanced diet. Studies show that a variety of nutrients may help ease arthritis symptoms. 3. Lose weight. Being overweight puts undue strain on weight-bearing joints such as your knees, spine, hips, ankles, and feet. 5. Use hot or cold packs. By increasing blood flow, hot compresses can ease pain and stiffness. 6. Keep pain under control. Over-the-counter medications can help ease arthritis pain. 7. Talk to your doctor about supplements and complementary medicine. Many supplements have been tested for the treatment of arthritis. 8. Try splints, braces, and other aids. Devices that support painful joints, such as splints, braces, and canes can help ease your discomfort and prevent injury. 9. Seek support. Living with arthritis isn’t easy. Finding other people that you can talk to and share ideas with can help. Check out arthritis support groups online or in your area. 10. Stay positive. Your mental outlook can have a big impact on how you feel, and how well you function. #SelfCare #Osteoarthritis #Arthritis #Disability #GoodHealth #PainRelief #SeniorCommunity #Caregiver #Caregiving #WECANHELP #OlderAdult #SeniorCare #SeniorLiving #SeniorServices #SeniorHousing #AlwaysBestCare #Exercise #SelfManaging #Tips”

Always B.

“Always Best Care has some of the friendliest staff. They are quick to learn & eager to assist. Great schedulers who are on top of managing the schedules & keeping their employees accountable. I sure appreciate all the help they give!”


“I can leave a long review if I wanted to . I can talk about always best cares credentials and talk about mine. But What’s the point of leaving a review if it sounds like everybody else’s. The bottom line is , that they are great at their jobs from the bottom to the top. They have a process and people in place . They keep accountability and are communicative . Ive represented many companies in the past and still do till this day contract with only the best.. If you feel you want to hear more about this company on a deeper level just lmk. Happy Healthy Safe”

Jay R.

“I like working for ABC because it works well with my busy nursing school schedule! I also like how I get to work on my own, but there are options to work with other CNAs for the care of some of the clients. It’s the best of both worlds! I’ve been with Always best care since 2021 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the clients I work with!”

Olivia S.

“Love always best care ❤️”

Breezy H.

“Amazing business. Staff are helpful and kind.”

Margot K.

“Always Best Care is always best!!! Highly recommended! Brent listens and hears what we need for my 94 year old mom and matches caregivers accordingly. Sometimes, the schedule changes and he works to fill the needs immediately and always with a great attitude! The caregivers are compassionate. Again, I highly recommend Always Best Care.”

shell S.

“They are seriously so amazing to work with and really care for their clients. I came to them with some pretty difficult challenges that I was not sure we could work with but they were able to make it happen and truly did more than I thought was even possible. I highly recommend them.”

Mandy M.

“Love working for this company”

Christina P.

“Love them! Staff is always super sweet and easy to work with! Highly recommend.”

Olivia L.

“As an employee of this company I could not ask for a better team to work with. They work with schedules, are understanding caring and all around amazing people. The clients are wonderful and have nothing but good things to say. They treat you as family and care from day one!”

Cassandra O.

“Always Best Care has provided caregivers for my mother and now my father for the last year. They always send the best people to take care of them and give me peace of mind when I have to be at work. I highly recommend them if you’re seeking care for anyone in need.”

Salle A.

“Alway best care! They are so giving and caring to their staff and clients❤️❤️❤️”

Brianne W.

“I've been using ABC for about 2 1/2 years and have really met some wonderful people and great caregivers. I know they all work hard and are experienced and dependable which is important to me. At times I've needed a flexible schedule and they've been able to accommodate my needs and been very friendly about it. At times I've also had to ask these caregivers to do things for me outside of their job description and they've been very accommodating. Brent is also been great to follow up with phone calls and help adjust my schedule when needed. I do recommend this company.”

Jim J.

“The best home health company that I have ever worked for. Friendly office staff, great scheduler, and the kindest CNA’s and workers that I know.”

Jenny J.

“I work with Always Best Care and they're always flexible with my schedule. Everyone there is very nice and understanding and I enjoy working with ABC.”

Anna S.

“Always Best Care has been an amazing company to work for! They are flexible with my schedule being a single mom and I can tell they are always putting their clients and the individuals that they care for, the needs and their happiness above all else. I know they care for every individual that they have and they make sure their staff are the same way!”

Aubrey S.

“Always best is such an incredible company! They are so accommodating to all of the needs of their clients and do their best to help any way that they can. They are reliable and really seem to care. I would recommend Always Best to anyone looking for these kinds of services!”

Anni H.

“Always best care has been warm and welcoming. They start off with a really good pay start and they also give really good hours and are very flexible with my work and school schedule. They are very kind even throughout my shifts they will sometimes ask me how my shifts went and make sure I’m doing ok and even through the holidays they send me messages or cards wishing me the best of holidays and always making me feel part of their family and business. And if I have any questions or concerns they are always supportive and always there for me I definitely recommend working hear and also I love working there my clients are all very nice and if you are ever looking for help always best care is the best place to call.”

Mackenzie C.

“I work for Always Best Care now and have for some time now. I love how much people care about their clients and how the company is always there if we need something or have questions about something. This is one of the best places I have worked in the last 6 years of being a CNA. I love that the clients are the top priority to not just me but the whole team as well.!”

Ashley O.

“Great company”

kathy N.

“Always Best Care are the people to go to! Julie and Henry Lee are amazing people to work with!”

Bentley S.

“Very caring, and great to work with!”

Jeff S.

“I have used this company for a few of my residents. They take such good care of their clients and do such a good job at taking the time with each and every one of them. They go above and beyond for their clients. I’d definitely recommend them!”

Kaylee N.
 In-Home Care Washington, UT

How does In-home Senior Care in Washington, UT work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

Request More Informationright-arrow-light
 Senior Care Washington, UT

Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Washington, UT, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Washington, UT gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

Empowers Seniors

Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

Respite Care Washington, UT

During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Washington,UT understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

 Caregivers Washington, UT

Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

Latest News in Washington, UT

UT offer 'means everything' to in-state OT Byron Washington

VIDEO: Late Kick: Texas has a ton of potential in 2023When you ask high school and college coaches about Texas graduate transfer safety Jalen Catalon’s sophomore season at Mansfield Legacy, they get a saw-it-with-my-own-eyes look on their faces and a hushed reverence — like they’ve had a personal encounter with an alien from outer space.“We’ve never seen anything like it,” said Chri...

VIDEO: Late Kick: Texas has a ton of potential in 2023

When you ask high school and college coaches about Texas graduate transfer safety Jalen Catalon’s sophomore season at Mansfield Legacy, they get a saw-it-with-my-own-eyes look on their faces and a hushed reverence — like they’ve had a personal encounter with an alien from outer space.

“We’ve never seen anything like it,” said Chris Melson, the Mansfield Legacy head coach when Catalon was in high school.

Tulsa head coach Kevin Wilson told Melson Catalon’s sophomore tape “is his favorite of any prospect coming out of high school,” Melson said.

“Unreal,” said UTSA head coach Jeff Traylor, who was on the Arkansas staff under Chad Morris when the Razorbacks landed Catalon as a four-star prospect (No. 289 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite) in the 2019 recruiting cycle.

Even Catalon’s own father, Sherman, a scholarship right-handed baseball pitcher at Grambling, couldn’t quite believe his eyes.

“It was kind of unexpected the way Jalen, being so young, to have such success at such an early stage on the varsity,” Sherman Catalon said.

Catalon finished his sophomore season at Legacy as a safety with 183 tackles, nine interceptions, seven tackles for loss, seven passes broken up, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Catalon was named the Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.

Jalen Catalon changed the way other teams had to game plan for Legacy and turned them into a legitimate state contender,” said 247Sports recruiting analyst Mike Roach. “His recruiting didn’t immediately take off because of his lack of size. But it eventually did, moving into his junior year when schools like Clemson, Oklahoma and Texas eventually offered.”

Catalon is listed at 5 feet 10 inches and 202 pounds. Melson is still irked that Baylor never offered Catalon a scholarship because an assistant coach for the Bears told him Catalon wasn’t tall enough.

“I told that coach, ‘Watch his tape!” Melson said.

Washington Shouldn’t Restrict Hydrogen Energy Incentives

With three Texas energy projects now competing for a piece of the $7 billion pie set aside by the U.S. Department of Energy for hydrogen development, there is considerable hype around the state’s potential to lead the nation in accelerating the 2050 transition to net-zero. But to meet that goal, we must stay grounded in reality.Known as “hydrogen hubs,” the three Texas energy projects are among 33 others in the running to be one of the maximum 10 ultimately chosen to receive the funding.These hubs will play an...

With three Texas energy projects now competing for a piece of the $7 billion pie set aside by the U.S. Department of Energy for hydrogen development, there is considerable hype around the state’s potential to lead the nation in accelerating the 2050 transition to net-zero. But to meet that goal, we must stay grounded in reality.

Known as “hydrogen hubs,” the three Texas energy projects are among 33 others in the running to be one of the maximum 10 ultimately chosen to receive the funding.

These hubs will play an instrumental role in helping achieve the Department of Energy’s new goal of increasing annual clean hydrogen production 400% in just 20 years, from 10 million to 50 million metric tons between 2030 and 2050, while at the same time reducing the cost of clean hydrogen 80% in less than 10 years, from $5 per kilogram today to $1 per kilogram by 2030.

Getting there will be no small feat, considering approximately 95% of the hydrogen produced in the U.S. today is from natural gas heated with steam in a process known as steam methane reforming, or SMR, which is single-handedly responsible for about 5 million metric tons of CO2 annually — more than the annual CO2 emissions of 190 different countries.

However, if we pair SMR with carbon capture and sequestration technology, or CCS, the result is low-carbon hydrogen.

One advantage of this pathway is that it can be integrated with technologies and infrastructure, such as natural gas pipelines, that have already scaled. CCS is also a proven technology that has been in use since the 1970s.

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates the country has 3,000 metric gigatons of CO2 storage capacity — that’s more than 500 times the roughly 5 gigatons of CO2 emitted annually in the U.S.

Another way to produce clean hydrogen is through an electrolyzer, which uses electricity to split water into its constituent elements — hydrogen and oxygen — via electrolysis. If the electricity comes from zero-carbon resources like nuclear, hydropower, wind, solar, or even fossil fuels coupled with CCS, the result is low-carbon hydrogen.

But from a cost standpoint, not all of these resources are immediately viable on their own, with hydrogen produced from wind and solar renewables currently costing two to three times more than clean hydrogen produced from natural gas with CCS.

Texas is uniquely positioned to harness all of these pathways to produce cost-effective clean hydrogen at a rapid, massive scale. Already generating more renewable electricity from wind and utility-scale solar than any other state, Texas also has low-cost natural gas, favorable geological formations for CO2 storage, and robust pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen transport, as well as world-class academic hydrogen research and industry-led innovation.

Whether Texas and other states are able to support the the Department of Energy in meeting its 2050 targets depends first on whether we are able to leverage all of these abundant domestic energy resources.

After all, why would Texas, or any other state, want to limit the options available, when the goal is to ramp up production and reduce CO2 emissions as quickly as possible?

Unfortunately, there is pressure on the Department of Treasury to issue rules that will limit eligibility for a massive new clean hydrogen production tax credit, included in section 45V of the Inflation Reduction Act, to only those producers who use electrolyzers with electricity sourced from newly built clean power facilities. Such a requirement is referred to as “additionality,” and even many of its supporters agree it would add significant costs for producers.

Meeting the $1 per kilogram cost target by 2030 and achieving net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 are challenges large enough that all technologies and solutions are needed. We should take advantage of all abundant domestic energy resources to increase clean hydrogen production volumes and bring down costs to enable an achievable transition to a renewable hydrogen economy, both in Texas and across the country.

Hugh Daigle is associate professor of petroleum and geosystems engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

A version of this op-ed appeared in the Dallas Morning News.

Run out of San Antonio: Our takeaways from Texas football's Alamo Bowl loss to Washington

It's easy to point to the fact that Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson sat this one out in favor of saving themselves for the NFL draft as the reason for Texas' disappointing performance in Thursday night's Alamo Bowl loss to No. 12 Washington. Because yeah, that's probably the biggest culprit.Witho...

It's easy to point to the fact that Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson sat this one out in favor of saving themselves for the NFL draft as the reason for Texas' disappointing performance in Thursday night's Alamo Bowl loss to No. 12 Washington. Because yeah, that's probably the biggest culprit.

Without Robinson, their Doak Walker Award winner, and Johnson, the versatile running back and team leader, the Longhorns' bread-and-butter running game showed up stale in San Antonio. Quinn Ewers ended his first season as Texas' starter in strong fashion, and the defense disrupted things just enough to throw Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. off his game, but the defense eventually wore down and the lack of running punch was too much to overcome.

Our takeaways from Texas' 27-20 loss:

What this loss means

Texas ends its season with an 8-5 record, which sure doesn't feel as good as 9-4 would have. It'll likely mean the 20th-ranked Longhorns will end the season outside the Top 25. There are now question marks at running back and linebacker, which have been two of Texas' top position units all season long. We'll likely see some heavy portal action, whether it's current players like Xavier Worthy or Jordan Whittington heading elsewhere for changes of scenery or cases where the Longhorns bring in ready-made starters at recever, running back, linebacker and defensvie back. It means Steve Sarkisian's first year will be remembered for going 5-7 and his second could well be the bowl loss. And it means the Big 12 is now 1-5 in bowl games with two to go.

Who'll be Texas' lead back in 2023?

Chances are very good he's not even on campus yet. Five-star running back Cedric Baxter Jr. — like Bijan Robinson in 2020, the No. 1 high school running back prospect in the country — signed out of Florida last week, and who knows what tonight's rushing performance means to how Steve Sarkisian works the transfer portal.

Keilan Robinson, with questions over his durability, got the start and finished with 8 carries for 27 yards. Jonathon Brooks, who was expected to be Texas' lead back, had 18 yards on six carries. He flashed on a 34-yard touchdown catch off a screen play, but averaged 3.0 yards per run.

Not having Robinson was felt throughout the night. Sarkisian went for a slant pass on fourth-and-1 in the first half rather than what normally would have been a Bijan run behind a solid offensive line. Later, on third-and-1, Keilan Robinson was stuffed for no gain. The Longhorns punted.

Three big plays from tonight's loss

Fourth-down trickery. What a play call. Washington went for it on fourth-and-1 from its own 34 with 10:30 left in the third quarter. Which made no sense, leading 13-10, and when Michael Penix Jr. lined up under center for the first time all night, and then the Huskies flashed all sorts of players in motion, and then as Penix let the play clock roll down, it looked like an obvious ruse to get a Longhorn to jump offside. But just as you figured that was the call, the Huskies snapped it and Penix surged for a first down. They went on to score a touchdown to go up 20-10.

Wayne Taulapapa's 42-yard run. It not only put Washington up 10-3, it was the first wow moment of the night from the Huskies' offense. And really, one of the only ones, as it turned out.

Xavier Worthy's drop. And Xavier Worthy's drop. With Texas having just gone down 20-10, the Longhorns really needed an answer in the third quarter. But on back-to-back plays, Quinn Ewers found an open Worthy for 35- to 40-yard shots downfield, and both times, Worthy dropped the catch. Ewers' placement on both passes were spot-on. And Worthy's second drop should have gone for a 66-yard score.


Quinn Ewers finished 31-of-47 for 369 yards and one touchdown. Casey Cain (4-106) and Gunnar Helm (1-19) had nice games. Ja'Tavion Sanders had five grabs for 36 yards.

A fresh start for Texas: Jonathon Brooks steps into running game's spotlight at Alamo Bowl

SAN ANTONIO — Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers turned to tight end Ja'Tavion Sanders on Tuesday and smirked.The players were responding to a comment by offensive coordinator Kyle Flood at an Alamo Bowl press conference. Flood had just praised a Longhorn by the name of Jordan Brooks. That was a slip of the tongue, though. The Texas running back who Flood was referencing is named Jonathon.On Thursday night, Jonathon Brooks will get his chance to make sure that everyone, assistant coaches included, remembers the ...

SAN ANTONIO — Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers turned to tight end Ja'Tavion Sanders on Tuesday and smirked.

The players were responding to a comment by offensive coordinator Kyle Flood at an Alamo Bowl press conference. Flood had just praised a Longhorn by the name of Jordan Brooks. That was a slip of the tongue, though. The Texas running back who Flood was referencing is named Jonathon.

On Thursday night, Jonathon Brooks will get his chance to make sure that everyone, assistant coaches included, remembers the name. With Texas' top two rushers — Doak Walker Award winner Bijan Robinson as well as Roschon Johnson — opting out of the bowl game, Brooks, Keilan Robinson and Jaydon Blue should all see an increased workload against Washington at the Alamodome.

"I think that's one of the more talented rooms in our building, is that running back room," Flood said. "I'm excited to watch them in this bowl game. They've had a really, really good bowl prep, and they're all talented runners. The depth in that room that we've talked about all year, now it's got to show up for us."

This season, Robinson rushed for 1,580 yards and became Texas' fourth Doak Walker winner. Johnson averaged just under six yards per carry and scored six times. The 2,134 rushing yards that Robinson and Johnson combined for is second to only one Texas tandem's effort: the 2,233 yards produced by Earl Campbell and Ham Jones in 1977.

Without Robinson and Johnson, Texas must replace 89% of its top-40 rushing attack. Those two also accounted for nearly 78% of Texas' rushing attempts.

So, as they say, next man up.

Texas fans are already familiar with the work of Keilan Robinson. A junior who previously played for Sarkisian at Alabama, Robinson has had a role in the offense this year. He's averaging 12.8 yards over his 14 catches and 3.5 yards over his 17 carries.

Then there's Blue. A four-star recruit in the 2022 recruiting cycle, the freshman has just 15 touches so far. But on Wednesday, Sarkisian described him as "a guy that's probably matured as much or more than any of our true freshmen from spring ball until now."

Brooks, however, may be the most intriguing riser on the depth chart.

The redshirt freshman has rushed for 179 yards on 24 carries this season. The 6-foot, 202-pounder did the bulk of his damage in the fourth quarter of a Nov. 19 blowout win over Kansas. Brooks rushed for two touchdowns in that 55-14 win, including one from 70 yards.

Brooks was a four-star member of Texas' 2021 class. He ran for 3,530 yards and 62 touchdowns as a senior at Hallettsville High. He had a 500-yard, nine-touchdown performance in one playoff game during the Brahmas' run to the Class 3A Division I championship game.

Over his first two seasons, Brooks has recorded 45 carries and scored five times. Ewers also said Brooks has impressed his teammates with how he works during the week.

"I think everybody kind of feeds off the way he practices," Ewers said. "He's a hard practicer. Gives a lot of effort, and I think he has some of the best vision I've seen from a running back. It's easy for him to find those holes and kind of sneak through. He's good in the passing game as well. He doesn't drop a whole lot of passes, which is a quarterback's best friend."

Sarkisian said Wednesday that Keilan Robinson, Blue and Brooks all will play against Washington. Surrendering 127.0 yards per game, the Huskies are No. 35 nationally in rushing defense and have allowed three 100-yard rushers over their last four games.

Sarkisian was later asked if Brooks needs to prove himself Thursday. After all, the Alamo Bowl will be a significant showcase for Texas' remaining running backs, who will be joined by incoming five-star signee Cedric Baxter in next year's backfield.

"The biggest thing for us is for him just to go out and be him, not try to do more than what he's already shown us," Sarkisian said. "He's more than capable to be a very good football player for us. Now it's just about being in the moment and just being him and not trying to do more."

After Brooks and Blue both played in the Kansas game, Johnson said it was good to "give the people a glimpse of what the future holds for them." At last week's press conference to announce his decision to enter the NFL draft, Bijan Robinson also expressed his optimism about the new-look rushing attack at Texas.

"Those guys right there are talented dudes. There's not going to be really a drop-off," Robinson said. "I can't wait to see them in the bowl game. I think they're going to rip and play amazing."

Alamo Bowl

8 p.m. Thursday, Alamodome, San Antonio, ESPN, 104.9, 105.3 (Spanish), 99.3, 98.5

Tennessee gave Darnell Washington cash in a parking lot but he still signed with Georgia

247Sports Embed Resource...

247Sports Embed Resource

After helping Georgia win back-to-back national championships, tight end Darnell Washington is preparing for his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who took him with the No. 93 overall selection in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft. According to a report, an SEC rival did all it could to keep Washington from suiting up in Athens.

Per the Knoxville News-Sentinal, former Tennessee assistant Brian Niedermeyer spent most of the 2020 cycle violating NCAA regulations in his pursuit of the former five-star, giving him $750 in cash in a parking lot, flying with Washington on his official visit, and giving Washington and his family $1,713 in benefits during unofficial visits, including free lodging, free meals, and Tennessee apparel. While Tennessee did get the final official visit, Washington still signed with Georgia. The findings were uncovered in documents involving Niedermeyer's negotiation for a five-year show cause. He was fired for cause in January of 2021, as was head coach Jeremy Pruitt, who received a six-year show cause on Friday as Tennessee received word of its punishment for hundreds of NCAA violations.

Washington started in 14 of 15 games for Georgia in 2022, catching 28 passes for 454 yards and 2 touchdowns while also showcasing himself as one of the best blockers in the country. Washington entered 2022 with high hopes but suffered a significant setback during spring practice by suffering a foot injury that forced him to miss the entirety of spring practice. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart later said Washington had been in the best shape of his career before the injury, and the junior spent the next few months working his way back into form. By the season opener against Oregon, Washington proved that effort was worthwhile. Washington shined against the Ducks by catching a pair of passes for 33 yards, including a 25-yard reception late in the first quarter during which the Bulldogs’ big man broke one tackle before hurdling Oregon defensive back Bryan Addison.

The performance against Oregon essentially set the tone for Washington, who quickly carved out a starting role alongside fellow tight end Brock Bowers and ultimately started 13 of the Bulldogs’ 14 games this fall. Washington caught multiple passes in eight of Georgia’s games this season. He had a personal-best 5 receptions which went for 60 yards and 1 touchdown against Mississippi State on Nov. 12. Washington was also a more-than-willing run blocker, which proved quite helpful for Georgia as it once again established itself as capable of getting the job done on the ground.

Many thought Washington’s season effectively ended on Dec. 31, when he suffered an injury to his left ankle in the first half of Georgia’s Peach Bowl victory over Ohio State. Washington was unable to practice in Athens but was able to give it a go in the 65-7 National Championship win over TCU, catching 1-of-2 targets for 28 yards and blocking for an offense that ran for 254 yards and five touchdowns. It would be the first and only game attended by his mother and family.

A foot injury slowed Washington down in 2021 before Bowers came on strong as the team’s top tight end. Washington wound up with only 10 receptions for 154 yards and one score in 11 games, the touchdown coming on the first play of the second quarter of the 2021 SEC Championship Game against Alabama.

Washington came to Georgia as a five-star signee, and he showed glimpses early on of what he was capable of accomplishing. He started seven games of his true freshman season in 2020 and had 7 receptions for 166 yards, which included three receptions in Georgia’s Peach Bowl victory over Cincinnati to close the campaign. Washington left Georgia with 45 career receptions for 774 yards and 3 touchdowns.


This website publishes news articles that contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. The non-commercial use of these news articles for the purposes of local news reporting constitutes "Fair Use" of the copyrighted materials as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law.