Texas Football: 4 key injured Longhorns players heading into OK State

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No. 7 Texas football suffered some bumps and bruises to key players in the dominant 57-7 win at home at DKR in Austin on Black Friday (Nov. 24) over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. But Texas didn’t lose any key starters for the entire game due to injuries suffered in-game against Texas Tech last week.

All things considered, head coach Steve Sarkisian has to feel good about the Longhorns’ injury situation coming out of the regular season. Texas is pretty healthy for a team almost two months removed from its bye week and is getting ready to play for the Big 12 Championship Game.

Monday injury updates for Texas football heading into the Big 12 Championship Game vs. Oklahoma State

Outside of redshirt sophomore running back Jonathon Brooks, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL during the win over the TCU Horned Frogs on Nov. 11, Texas hasn’t lost any other players for the rest of the campaign.

Texas has a pretty healthy squad entering the Big 12 Championship Game this week against the No. 19 Oklahoma State Cowboys and head coach Mike Gundy. Both teams have many players who are dealing with nagging ailments, but that is pretty customary this late in the season.

The result of this Big 12 Championship Game will play a big role in determining the Longhorns’ College Football Playoff fate. To make the College Football Playoff, the Longhorns must beat Oklahoma State and likely need the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles to fall to the No. 15 Louisville Cardinals in the ACC Championship Game to be selected as one of the four teams.

Here are injury updates for four key Longhorns players heading into the Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 2 against Oklahoma State.

Austin Jordan, DB

In his Monday press conference on Nov. 27, Sark said sophomore defensive back Austin Jordan is one of two players in the Texas secondary dealing with injury issues this week. He listed Jordan as “questionable” for this weekend’s Big 12 Championship Game against Oklahoma State.

Jordan has played limited defensive snaps for Texas at nickel/corner this season. He converted to play more of a true nickelback role for Texas’ defense after playing most of his defensive snaps at boundary corner behind starter Ryan Watts during his true freshman campaign last fall.

His main role has come on special teams this season. He’s played almost every game this season on multiple special teams units, including kick/punt coverage, kick/punt returns, and field goal/extra-point block.

In the win over Texas Tech on Nov. 24, Jordan played eight snaps on the special teams units, where he registered one tackle in kick coverage.

Jordan hasn’t taken any live-game snaps on defense since the Week 10 win at home over the No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats.