Texas offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has been released from the hospital and will return to classes on Thursday, according to athletic trainer Anthony Pass. However, Hudson’s football future is still uncertain.
Hudson suffered a heat-related illness on Sept. 5 during practice at Frank Denius Fields. Athletic trainers tried to get his body temperature back down to normal, but an emergency crew was called.
Hudson, listed at 6-foot-5, 330 pounds on the UT roster, stayed in the hospital for the remainder of the weekend for further evaluations. Athletic director Chris Del Conte said Hudson has experienced four heat-related episodes during his time at UT.
The school offered no timetable when Hudson may return to practice.
“It was a scary thing obviously, and all our prayers went out to him and his family,” offensive coordinator Tim Beck said after Wednesday’s practice. “Certainly, super excited that he’s back. Great young man who was really worked hard and developing, and he was really coming along.”
Beck said several offensive linemen went to visit him in the hospital, and that “it’s good to get him back.”
Heat-related illnesses are top of mind for every athletic administrator. Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair died this summer several days after being unable to recover from a workout.
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