Texas’ two starting offensive tackles have been suspended for Saturday’s BYU game, UT officials announced tonight.
Senior tackle Desmond Harrison and junior tackle Kennedy Estelle will miss this week’s game for a violation of team rules, according to UT.
Harrison also missed Texas’ opener against North Texas, as he was suspended for breaking team rules. But on Monday, head coach Charlie Strong said Harrison would be reinstated, and that he would play on Saturday. Two more players — receiver Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner — are still suspended this week. It’s unclear when their suspensions will be lifted.
This announcement comes at a time the Longhorns were already rocked by Monday’s announcement about quarterback David Ash. Strong announced that Ash would not play this week because of a reoccurrence of concussion symptoms.
Ash has been attending meetings this week with the team. However, it’s unclear whether he’ll play again this season.
Sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes will make his first career start Saturday against BYU and third-string freshman Jerrod Heard is now his backup. Walk-on Trey Holtz, Lou Holtz’s grandson, is now listed as the No. 3 quarterback, according to quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson.
The suspensions of Harrison and Estelle does incredible damage to an already thin offensive line, a unit that had some protection breakdowns against North Texas.
Offensive line coach Joe Wickline has said consistently he wanted players who were versatile, players who could learn multiple positions. Guard Kent Perkins (6-foot-5, 330 pounds) could slide over to right tackle, and Marcus Hutchins (6-foot-5, 278) could start at left tackle. Based on the depth chart, Taylor Doyle (6-foot-4, 298) could fill in at guard. Darius James (6-foot-5, 304) is also another choice.
Backup center Jake Raulerson was already scheduled to start at center htis week in place of injured senior Dominic Espinosa, who suffered a leg injury and needed surgery.
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