There is plenty to talk about concerning the first fall scrimmage that took place on Aug. 13 for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program. Before Sark even addresses the media in his first post-scrimmage press conference on Aug. 15, Texas fans are speculating about what came to fruition this weekend.
Among the overarching storylines heading into the first fall scrimmage were the looming quarterback competition, distribution of the first-team reps along the offensive line, and the pass-rushing production. Those are all big items that Sark and the Longhorns staff must address before the regular season kicks off on Sep. 3 at home against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
But some of those storylines wound up getting overshadowed by an unfortunate issue that came to be for Sark and the Longhorns in this first fall scrimmage this weekend. One of the major issues that came about had to do with the unfortunate injuries that multiple key players suffered in this scrimmage.
There was a trio of Longhorns players that suffered these unfortunate injuries that we hope come back with positive results after various MRIs come back in the next few hours/days.
Multiple notable Texas football players suffer injuries in first fall scrimmage
Here’s a look at three costly injuries suffered by the Longhorns in the first fall scrimmage on Aug. 13.
Junior Angilau, IOL
The first of the reported key injuries to Longhorns players in the first fall scrimmage was senior interior offensive lineman Junior Angilau.
Among a multitude of interesting developments for the first fall scrimmage for Angilau was this reported injury news. Angilau had a tough day in general, which was made worse when he exited with what looks to be a lower-body injury that caused him to limp off the field.
After suffering this injury, it doesn’t sound like Angilau was able to return. Even if he was, I would imagine that the staff wouldn’t want to risk any further injury by getting him more reps in the trenches.
Moreover, what was interesting about this scrimmage for Angilau even prior to suffering this unfortunate injury was the fact that he was getting second-team reps at center. We would usually anticipate the most experienced returning interior offensive linemen for the Longhorns to be the most obvious candidate to get first-team reps in the trenches in this initial fall scrimmage.
Fall camp is off to a very turbulent start for Angilau as it looks like his starting role on the interior of the offensive line could be in jeopardy, at least if the second-team center reps are any indication of what’s to come.
Yet, we just hope that we get positive injury news back for Angilau.
Angilau has had some lower-body injury issues throughout his career at Texas. But offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and the Longhorns need his experience and depth along the interior in the trenches this fall.