Texas Football: Jonathon Brooks out for the season with torn ACL

Jonathon Brooks, Texas football
Jonathon Brooks, Texas football /

In a press release from the university on Nov. 12, it was confirmed that Texas football redshirt sophomore running back will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL that he suffered against the TCU Horned Frogs on Nov. 11. Multiple posts on Twitter/X early on the afternoon of Nov. 12 broke the press release from the school regarding the news of the injury to Brooks.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian gave a statement on Brooks’ injury with the news surfacing late this weekend.

"“We’re heartbroken for Jonathon. He was having a fantastic season and leaves a void that needs to be filled. But we know he will continue to be an invaluable leader on our team, helping us prepare as we move forward in our mission this season. I know he’ll work extremely hard in his recovery, get back to full speed as soon as he can, and we will be there by his side supporting him through all of that.”"

Brooks suffered the apparent injury in the second half against TCU. He was helped to the medical tent and, soon after, to the locker room while limping.

Texas football loses RB Jonathon Brooks for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, per a statement from UT

This is unfortunate to hear the news regarding Brooks, as he was having a sensational season for the Longhorns. He topped 1,000 rushing yards and reached double-digit rushing touchdowns for the first time in his career.

Brooks was instrumental in getting the Longhorns to 9-1 (6-1 Big 12) this season. He had six 100-rushing yard games under his belt this season and topped 100 total yards from scrimmage in all but one contest.

Before leaving the game due to the now-known ACL injury, Brooks was Texas’ leading rusher and second-leading receiver in the eventual win over TCU. He rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries and had three catches for 74 receiving yards, with total rushing touchdowns against TCU.

The injury to Brooks gives true freshman running back CJ Baxter Jr. the opportunity to take the starting reps in the backfield for Texas down the stretch. Baxter started the season splitting first-team reps out of the backfield with Brooks before the redshirt sophomore took hold of the starting job a few weeks in.

Baxter has 87 rushing attempts for 390 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in nine games played this season.

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