Texas coach Tom Herman worried about what the Longhorns would do if tight end Andrew Beck “broke a shoelace.” Now, the senior has broken something far worse.
Late Wednesday, the school announced that Beck suffered a fractured foot injury during practice earlier in the day. The Longhorns’ medical staff was currently reviewing treatment options, the school said in a statement.
Beck missed time during the spring because of a broken foot. Team officials did not say if Beck aggravated the same injury. The 255-pounder, once the lead blocker in Tyrone Swoopes’ 18-wheeler package, was looking forward to having an injury-free final season.
Just how integral is the tight end in Herman’s offense?
“I think this position will do a little bit of everything,” Beck said early in camp. “Whatever the coaches tell us to do, obviously, but we’ve been all over, from split out to in the backfield and everywhere in between.”
If Beck is sidelined for an extended period, that leaves the Longhorns in quite a predicament.
Freshman Reese Leitao will be suspended for the first two games after pleading guilty to misdemeanor drug possession during the summer. Junior Garrett Gray has missed practice time this August due to summer school.
“He goes through individual and then a tiny bit of team during the week and then he has class,” Herman said of Gray last week. “It’s been really tough to evaluate him because we haven’t seen so much of him, so I worry a little bit at that position.”
Graduate senior Kendall Moore does come in with some experience from his time at Syracuse. However, it’s unclear how effective he can be. Freshman Cade Brewer from Lake Travis, who has turned some heads with his blocking prowess, has no collegiate experience yet.
Herman is scheduled to meet reporters after Thursday’s practice.
Also, the school announced that freshman defensive back Chris Brown suffered a high ankle sprain during Monday’s practice. “His treatment and rehabilitation will require an extended amount of time,” the school said.
Brown would become the second player lost to a high ankle sprain. Offensive tackle Elijah Rodriguez suffered a similar injury earlier in camp and has already undergone surgery. While nothing has been ruled out, it’s doubtful that Rodriguez returns this season.
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