No. 8 Texas football got some big news on the injury front from head coach Steve Sarkisian a couple of hours before kickoff on the road on Oct. 21 against the Houston Cougars. Sarkisian reportedly (per Longhorn Network and ESPN) told ESPN early on the afternoon of Oct. 21 that senior center Jake Majors will play against Houston.
This is big news for the Longhorns to get their starting center back after the bye week. Majors suffered a lower-body injury in Texas’ Week 6 loss on Oct. 7 to the No. 12 Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game.
Texas football C Jake Majors will play vs. Houston after suffering an injury vs. Oklahoma in Week 6
Majors had to leave Red River after taking just four offensive snaps due to the lower-body injury. After Majors went down with an injury against Oklahoma two weeks ago, redshirt freshman Connor Robertson took the reps at center.
Robertson took the reps at center in place of the injured Majors against Oklahoma because sophomore interior offensive lineman Cole Hutson was also dealing with an injury issue that week.
In his Thursday press conference on Oct. 19, Sark said that Majors would be a “game-time decision” against Houston. Hutson was also listed as a “game-time decision” by Sark in his press conference. It is still unclear whether Hutson or Robertson will be the backup center for the Longhorns against Houston on Oct. 21.
Majors among the handful of injured Texas players that are “game-time decisions” vs. Houston
Hutson and Majors are two of the five Longhorns players Sark listed as “game-time decisions” for the Houston game this weekend. The other Longhorns players that are questionable heading into the Houston game are junior tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, redshirt junior cornerback Ryan Watts, and senior safety Jalen Catalon.
Sanders suffered an ankle injury in Texas’ Week 5 win over the No. 24 Kansas Jayhawks. He played against Oklahoma two weeks ago, but was limited due to the ankle sprain he suffered against Kansas.
Watts also suffered a lower-body injury in Texas’ win over Kansas on Sep. 30. He exited the game in the first half against Kansas with a leg injury and hasn’t played any live-game snaps for the Longhorns since.
Lastly, Catalon suffered an injury in the first half of Red River against Oklahoma on Oct. 7. He exited the game and didn’t return after taking eight defensive snaps in the loss to the Sooners.