The Longhorns are set to face old conference foe Missouri on Wednesday in the Texas Bowl, but they may have to do it without one of their better defensive backs. Burnt Orange Nation is reporting that safety Brandon Jones left bowl practice with an unknown injury, and is being evaluated by the team.
Losing Jones would be a blow to a defense that’s carried this Longhorn team throughout the season. Jones, a sophomore, has been a significant contributor for the secondary since stepping on campus. A highly touted addition to the 2016 class, he played in all 12 games last season as a freshman, and was a starting safety this season.
Unfortunately, he missed the final regular season game against Texas Tech due to a neck injury.
Coach Herman is hoping to have him back for the Texas Bowl since unanimous first-team All-American safety DeShon Elliott has left for the NFL. Not having either starting safety on hand would leave PJ Locke III and John Bonney to pick up the slack.
For Texas, the potential injury is just more bad news. It was announced earlier that running back Toneil Carter, wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey and tight end Garrett Gray are all suspended from the bowl game for violating team rules.