On the afternoon of Aug. 20, Texas football wrapped up the second scrimmage of fall camp with a lot more clarity as to how various position battles are playing out on both sides of the ball. But one seemingly unavoidable part of the scrimmages in fall camp this year is various injury issues.
And there was another notable Longhorns player that apparently left the scrimmage with an injury on Aug. 20. Among the different scrimmage reports coming out on Aug. 20 (including from The Football Braniacs Texas), the notable Longhorns player that were talking about here that suffered an injury is the former elite five-star recruit and true freshman offensive tackle Kelvin Banks.
Banks reportedly left this scrimmage after coming up limping. It sounds like he suffered a lower-body injury that kept him out, mostly for what seems to be precautionary measures.
Texas football LT Kelvin Banks reportedly suffers lower-body injury in second fall scrimmage
The good news here is that it sounds like this injury to Banks isn’t too serious. But I’m going to wait to hear the official injury update from Sark in his Monday press conference on Aug. 22 before making any definitive remark on his status.
There was just too much uncertainty surrounding some of the injuries that the Longhorns suffered in the first fall scrimmage last weekend. Texas lost the likes of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Neyor and senior interior offensive lineman Junior Angilau to season-ending ACL tears last weekend.
Moreover, an injury to Banks that would keep him out for any extended period of time would also be extremely costly for Texas in the trenches. It sounds like Banks has continually impressed in fall camp, even getting some mentions from his teammates and Sark himself in media availability in the last week or so.
At this point of camp, Banks is likely leading in the position battle to see who will be the starting left tackle for the regular season opener. Banks was initially behind sophomore offensive tackle Andrej Karic in terms of the pecking order of reps at LT at the outset of fall practice.
We will continue to monitor any injury updates that come out throughout the rest of the weekend. From the returns out of the second fall scrimmage, though, Banks was the only significant injury that happened this weekend.