Texas Football: 5 key injured Longhorns players heading into BYU game

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Quinn Ewers, Texas football
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Quinn Ewers, QB

The biggest injury the Longhorns suffered in the close win over Houston last weekend was redshirt sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers. Ewers suffered a shoulder injury on a sack in the second half, forcing him to leave the game.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Maalik Murphy took over for Ewers in the fourth quarter, leading the Longhorns offense for two drives. Texas scored the game-winning touchdown on a 16-yard run from true freshman running back CJ Baxter Jr. on Murphy’s second and final drive.

Ewers suffered a reported Grade 2 AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. Sark said Ewers is “week-to-week” with the shoulder sprain.

Other reports mentioned Ewers is “likely to miss some time” with the shoulder sprain.

In the meantime, Murphy and true freshman quarterback Arch Manning will prepare to fill in for Ewers’ absence.

Jahdae Barron, DB

An injury reported late last week heading into the Houston game was an ankle issue senior defensive back Jahdae Barron dealt with. It sounds like the plan was for Barron to rest during the Houston game.

But other injury issues in the Texas secondary forced Pete Kwiatkowski and the Longhorns to get Barron in the game at cornerback in the second half against Houston.

While Barron did play the second half against Houston, it sounds like the Longhorns are continuing to monitor his injury status heading into the BYU game on Oct. 28.

Sark said on Monday that “as the week goes on, we will assess what is in the best interest for this game”.

Sophomore defensive back Jaylon Guilbeau, senior Kitan Crawford, and junior Michael Taaffe rotated in the secondary to fill the void of Barron in the first half and once injuries started to take hold in the second half.

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