Texas coach Tom Herman announced on Monday that freshman running back Jordan Whittington will miss at least a month with a sports hernia.
Whittington has been dealing with a nagging injury throughout the spring, but he tore his abductor muscle while catching a football in last week’s 45-14 win over Louisiana Tech. Whittington, a five-star recruit, finished his collegiate debut with two catches. Herman said Whittington will have surgery in Philadelphia.
Whittington’s injury is a big blow to UT’s already-decimated backfield. Senior Kirk Johnson (shoulder) and junior Daniel Young (ankle) are still healing from injuries that were suffered during fall camp. Walk-on running back Jarrett Smith has also been sidelined by an undisclosed injury.
Sophomore Keaontay Ingram, who missed practices last month with an ailing knee, rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown this past weekend. He will be joined on the depth chart by true freshmen Roschon Johnson and David Gbenda. Johnson and Gbenda joined UT’s 2019 recruiting class as a quarterback and linebacker. Johnson was moved to running back a couple of weeks ago and he earned seven rushing attempts in UT’s opener.
LSU allowed 74 yards on 39 attempts in its season-opening rout of Georgia Southern. Last year, the Tigers ranked 34th in rushing defense (138.6 yards per game).
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