Texas football WR Xavier Worthy making progress in practice this week

Xavier Worthy, Texas football Mandatory Credit: John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the bigger injury question marks for Texas football in practice this week concerns star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy. In the overtime loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road last weekend, Worthy wound up getting sidelined in the first half with a lower-body injury.

Thus, we only saw Worthy take 22 offensive snaps, and 24 snaps in total. That is his lowest total of the season in a single game, which is 14 snaps fewer than he took in his previous season-low in the opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

Throughout the week, it sounded like there was more and more optimism surrounding Worthy’s injury status coming out of various practice reports. And a report from Eric Nahlin of Inside Texas on Sep. 30 (paid content) mentions that Worthy has continued to show progress in practice this week.

That sentiment seems to be echoed in multiple reports in the last 24 hours or so.

Xavier Worthy making strides in practice for Texas football ahead of the WVU game

Head coach Steve Sarkisian mentioned after Texas’ loss to Texas Tech on Sep. 24 that the x-rays came back negative for Worthy, which was good news. And it continues to look as if Worthy is making some strides to be able to start for Texas on Oct. 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at home.

Knowing the way that Sark has treated these types of situations so far this season, I don’t think we’re going to have an official status on Worthy until at least a few hours before kickoff on Oct. 1.

But it goes without saying that Worthy is an extremely important part of this offense. Texas’ offense looked completely different in terms of the space they had to work with last weekend when Worthy was in the game compared to when he was sidelined against Texas Tech.

If Worthy is limited to any extent against West Virginia this weekend, it looks like senior wide receiver Tarique Milton and redshirt freshman Agiye Hall could get more reps.

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Texas is sporting a record of 2-2 (0-1 Big 12) following the tough three-point upset loss in overtime on the road in Lubbock last weekend at the hands of Texas Tech. Kickoff time between Texas and West Virginia at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin on Oct. 1 is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.