Texas wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey (84) looks for the end zone in the second quarter of a Big 12 Conference football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Short-handed Longhorns suspend 3 players for Texas Bowl for violation of team rules

Posted December 22nd, 2017

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Texas is running out of players for the Texas Bowl.

The school announced Friday that running back Toneil Carter, receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey and tight end Garrett Gray have all been suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

No other information was provided by coach Tom Herman. The school typically does not comment on rules violations.

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Defensive tackle Chris Nelson will also miss the game with an elbow injury, a team spokesman said Friday.

Texas (6-6) is now going into Wednesday’s game against Missouri (7-5) severely short-handed. Nelson had 18 tackles in 11 games this season along with 1.5 sacks.

Left tackle Connor Williams and safety DeShon Elliott announced they are going pro. Tight end Chris Warren III has transferred. Cornerback Holton Hill was suspended and announced he was going pro as well.

Linebacker Malik Jefferson has a turf toe injury, but it’s been widely expected that he will not play in the game to protect his NFL draft status. The Longhorns have not announced a final decision on his playing status. Punter Michael Dickson will play in the bowl game and then go pro.

Now add three more absences to the list. Carter, a freshman, ran for 252 yards this season but he was supplanted by Daniel Young, another freshman. Young has rushed for 352 yards, which ranks second on the team despite little playing time, and three touchdowns.

Humphrey had an expanding role in November as the Horns used the multi-threat athlete in short-yardage situations. Gray caught four passes for 18 yards this season, but Texas was already critically thin at his position.

The Longhorns are desperate to defeat the Tigers simply to capture a winning season. If Texas loses, it would be the program’s fourth-straight losing year.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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