Maybe the worst weekend in a long time in any fall camp for the Texas football program in terms of injury news is still seeing a plethora of storylines come about. Texas saw the likes of senior running back Roschon Johnson, senior interior offensive lineman Junior Angilau, and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Neyor all go down with various lower-body injury issues.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns had a few other injuries worth noting coming out of the first fall scrimmage of camp, though. According to a report from Bobby Burton and Justin Wells of Inside Texas this weekend, two of the other injuries worth mentioning happened to junior defensive lineman/edge rusher Alfred Collins and junior defensive back Jahdae Barron.
We heard about Barron missing out on the first fall scrimmage on Aug. 13 due to mostly unknown reasons at the time. That gave freshman defensive back Jaylon Guilbeau some first-team reps at the star position in the secondary this weekend.
Moreover, while the very nature of the injury to Collins is unknown, Burton and Wells noted in this IT segment on Aug. 14 that he is likely to miss four or six weeks.
DL/EDGE Alfred Collins could reportedly miss four or six weeks with injury for Texas football
That will likely get Collins back for the Longhorns before the start of Big 12 play. But it’s now hard to see him returning at full health in the early portion of the non-conference schedule next month given that four-to-six week timeline.
Yet, we will continue to monitor this developing storyline of the recovery timeline for Collins, among the other Longhorns players that came up with various injuries in the last few days.
In other injury news for the Longhorns, it sounds like the returns at the moment aren’t very good for Angilau or Neyor. But there is nothing definitive coming back from these two as of yet. We might have to wait until the Monday press conference on Aug. 15 from Sark to get the official updates on those injuries.
The good news here is that the lower-body injury to Roschon on Aug. 13 is likely better than originally anticipated. It sounds like Roschon should be able to return for the Longhorns by the start of the Big 12 slate. We’re still following that developing injury storyline too.
The roughly half-dozen Longhorns players that have notable injuries worth noting coming out of the weekend will clearly be a detriment to Sark and his staff in the back half of fall practice. It’s hard to focus on much else for this team right now other than these looming injuries.
This injury to Collins is a good example of an unfortunate event presenting a hurdle to a talented player that Texas needs to rise to the occasion this fall. Collins had an up-and-down run last season and was looking to really get his feet under him in 2022.
Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Sark and the Longhorns will open up the 2022 regular season at home on Sep. 3 against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.