The bodies are piling up for the Texas Longhorns. Tom Herman released an injury update after the Oklahoma State win, and it wasn’t good. As Murphy’s Law goes, the defensive secondary is blistered with massive losses.
Herman announced that three defensive backs would miss significant time. Caden Sterns is expected to miss about four weeks after suffering a tibia injury. Jalen Green is also expected to miss four weeks after dislocating his shoulder. Josh Thompson suffered a broken foot and a return time-table has not been set, but it won’t be any time soon.
Linebacker Marcus Tillman Jr also suffered a significant injury. He is out for the rest of the season with a sprained MCL.
The biggest impact is losing Caden Sterns. It looks like the earliest he will return is the Kansas game or in Fort Worth against TCU. That means, the Longhorns will be without their dominate safety for the trip to Morgantown against West Virginia, and also the Red River Showdown.
Another hay-maker to the secondary is losing superstar corner Jalen Green. Not to beat a dead horse, but that’s another impact player that the Sooners won’t have to game plan against.
For a defensive unit that is already putrid defending the pass due to inexperience, a plethora of injuries is going to make a long month for the Texas Longhorns.
To make matters worse, there is no timetable for starting safety BJ Foster and safety DeMarvion Overshown to return. Foster suffered a serious hamstring injury against LSU, and Overshown is battling a back injury.
Injuries are racking up at an unbelievable rate Austin. The Longhorns played the season so far with one healthy scholarship running back, and now the secondary is razor thin.
The fact that freshman quarterback-turned-running back Roschon Johnson has filled his role as well as he has is extremely positive. However, getting through the rest of Big 12 gauntlet that Texas has left will not be easy with that many injuries. Tom Herman will not only have to assume his normal role of game plan aficionado, but also the General of motivation. Though he could always bring in Professor McConaughey, the Minister of Culture, to give the boys a lift.
Either way, it looks like there could be a huge possibility of some cringe-worthy and heart-breaking defense ahead for the Longhorns in Austin.