At his weekly press conference, Tom Herman announced that UT may erase a few names off the team’s injury report by kickoff of Saturday’s game at Kansas State.
Defensive backs Jarmarquis Durst (shoulder) and Montrell Estell (concussion) are doubtful for the trip to Kansas State, Herman said on Monday. Offensive lineman Patrick Hudson is also unlikely to play. Hudson, who was treated at a hospital earlier this month for a heat-related illness, will see a doctor on Monday for what Herman referred to as a “return-to-play protocol.”
Texas expects running back Keaontay Ingram (hip), receiver Brennan Eagles (hamstring), linebacker DeMarvion Overshown (knee) and center Zach Shackelford (foot) to practice on Tuesday. Cautioned Herman: “Does that mean all those guys will make it to the game? I don’t know. But we’re healing a little bit here at some key spots.”
After injuring his foot in a practice, Shackelford has missed UT’s last three games. In the junior’s absence, versatile senior Elijah Rodriguez slid over to the center position while UT played Derek Kerstetter and Samuel Cosmi to Rodriguez’s right.
Texas beat Tulsa and ranked teams from USC and TCU while Shackelford was sidelined. The Longhorns averaged 413 yards of offense and allowed five sacks in those three games. Shackelford has started 18 times, but Herman was asked if Texas would be messing with a good thing with his return to action.
“I don’t think so. Elijah Rodriguez is a captain for good reason. (Left guard) Patrick Vahe’s played a lot of football here. (Left tackle) Calvin Anderson has played a lot of football, period. But there’s no doubt who the leader of that group is and it’s Zach Shackelford,” Herman said. “And so getting him back is always a good thing.”
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