Injuries were a major storyline for No. 3 Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian in the first quarter of the Red River Rivalry game on Oct. 7 against the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners. Texas lost two players to injury in the first quarter against Oklahoma.
The first injury the Longhorns suffered in the first quarter was senior center Jake Majors. The third-year starting center Majors came down weirdly when an Oklahoma defender landed on his leg on a play that redshirt sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers was pressured.
Texas football starting C Jake Majors suffers injury in first quarter vs. OU
The other major injury the Longhorns suffered in the first quarter of this game was to senior safety and former Arkansas transfer Jalen Catalon. Catalon was slow to get up after a tackle for loss on an Oklahoma run play.
This is unfortunate as Catalon has struggled to stay healthy in the last few seasons at Arkansas.
Connor Robertson replaces Majors at center vs. OU
The ABC broadcast reported that Majors was taken to the locker room after suffering this injury in the first half against Oklahoma. In Majors’ absence, redshirt freshman center Connor Robertson is taking the starting reps.
Robertson has limited experience in live-game action this season for the Longhorns. He’s taken 14 offensive snaps in three games, most recently in last weekend’s win over the No. 24 Kansas Jayhawks.
This is obviously a huge loss for Majors at center. He is the quarterback of the offensive line, calling plays and audibles at the line of scrimmage. Majors is also off to a career-best start in run blocking and pass pro.
He posted the best pass-blocking efficiency rating of his career in the first five games of the season and a career-best run-blocking grade.
Texas is also down redshirt junior boundary corner Ryan Watts due to a lower-body injury in this game. Watts was ruled out prior to kickoff vs. OU on Oct. 7.