Texas expects junior linebacker Malcolm Roach to miss the next six to eight weeks with a fractured foot, coach Tom Herman said at his weekly press conference on Monday.
Roach was injured in the first half of Saturday’s 37-14 win over No. 22 USC. Herman told reporters that Roach will have surgery on Wednesday. Calling the news the “one that hurts,” Herman said Texas will need to replace Roach’s on-field production and leadership.
The 6-3, 270-pound Roach has started 11 times and appeared in 28 games at Texas. This season, Roach has logged eight tackles and a quarterback hurry.
On the Texas depth chart, freshman Joseph Ossai is listed as Roach’s back-up at the “B” linebacker position. Ossai has played in all three of UT’s games, but he has tackled only one opponent in his collegiate career. Ossai was a four-star member of Texas’ 2018 recruiting class.
In other injury news, freshman linebacker DeMarvion Overshown (knee) will not play this week against TCU and Herman said that receiver Brennan Eagles (hamstring) and center Zach Shackelford (foot) are listed as doubtful. Freshman running back Keaontay Ingram (knee) was given a “questionable” designation. Senior receiver John Burt, who has been slowed since August by a foot injury, will also practice this week.
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