There is some scary news out of Austin, as coach Tom Herman confirmed that offensive lineman Patrick Hudson was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday. According to Herman, Hudson was suffering from “full body cramps” due to a heat-related illness.
Hudson was admitted to the intensive care unit where they were able to get his body temperature under control. Thankfully, quick action by the Longhorn medical staff kept things from being much worse than they could have been.
“We immediately went into our exertional heat illness protocol, which included cold water immersion in order to get his temperature down and to transport him to the hospital for further care,” Texas trainer Anthony Pass said in a statement. “Patrick remains in the hospital and his condition continues to improve.”
Hudson has been released from the ICU, but remained hospitalized for observation as of Thursday. Obviously, he will be held out of Saturday’s game against Tulsa.
To make matters worse, the Longhorns will also be without center Zach Shackelford on Saturday. He suffered a rolled ankle injury in practice on Tuesday. Herman said they expect Shackelford back within a couple of weeks. It looks like right guard Elijah Rodriguez will take over snapping duties in the meantime.
“We planned for this situation,” Herman said after practice. “Elijah has taken a ton of center reps, not just in training camp but even all the way back to spring practice. He stepped right in on Tuesday when Shack went down and practiced there all day yesterday and today. He felt good.”