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Texas Linebacker Depth Is Already Taking Losses

Injuries and suspensions are taking their toll on the Longhorn linebacker corps.

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The Longhorn hype train is chugging along at full steam heading into the 2018 season, and that’s in large part to a defense that looks very stout. Texas ranked first in both our preseason defensive line rankings, and defensive back rankings, and the ranked fourth in our linebacker rankings. Unfortunately, that last position has taken some losses in fall camp.

It was announced on Wednesday that freshman linebacker Ayodele Adeoye and linebacker/safety DeMarvion Overshown will be out against Maryland in Texas’ season opener. Both sustained undisclosed knee injuries. There is not an exact timetable for their return as of yet, but they are both expected to miss extended time.

Both were highly-touted, 4-star recruits and were expected to be in the rotation this season. Overshown is listed as a safety, but was expected to help at linebacker after Jeffery McCulloch went down with a strained pectoral muscle last week.

Losing Overshown and Adeoye is a one-two punch to a unit that’s running out of depth. Texas is left with just six healthy linebackers on the roster. And while Gary Johnson, Malcolm Roach and Anthony Wheeler provide a talented starting group, the Longhorns will need to get some guys healthy fairly quickly.

Compounding matters a bit, a couple of linebackers are currently under suspension. Wheeler will serve a suspension by sitting out the first half against the Terrapins, and Demarco Boyd has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities after being charged with misdemeanor assault in July.

With less that two weeks until game day, coach Herman might want to think about putting do not touch jerseys on the rest of his linebacker corps.

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