While it’s not near as bad as in the midst of the Big 12 slate last season, Texas football already has a few key players injured and/or missing post-Week 1.
Finding the right pieces to put in the right places will be the job of the new-look coaching staff around head coach Tom Herman and the Texas football program heading into his fourth year at the helm. But Herman appears to be off to a good start in his fourth year on the Forty Acres. Texas is off to a 1-0 start after knocking off the UTEP Miners at home under the lights at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Sep. 12 by the dominating final score of 59-3.
At halftime alone, the Longhorns already held a lead of 45-3. While all appeared good for the Longhorns heading into the locker room at halftime against UTEP over the weekend, there was an injury report that was starting to pile up. There was also a decent injury report piling up leading into the weekend for the Longhorns in taking on UTEP.
Texas had a lengthy injury report that was racked up in the thick of Big 12 play last year, and it looked like it really cost them in the end. Especially on the defensive side of the ball, the Longhorns had trouble staying healthy and thus got torched by a few of their opponents.
If the Texas defense can stay healthier through and through this year, in a weird season in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, then it will go a long way to making the inaugural run under defensive coordinator Chris Ash more successful. But there are going to be a lot of twists and turns along the way.
With that in mind, here’s a look into the three most impactful injuries up to this point for the Longhorns, after the season opening win over UTEP.