One Longhorn in the NFL who won’t suit up this season is Fozzy Whittaker. The return specialist and third-down running back tore his ACL in an offseason workout with the Panthers on Monday, the team announced.
The injury forced the Panthers to place the 29-year-old on injured reserve.
Whittaker vowed to return on his Instagram account.
Whittaker is in the final year of his contract with Carolina and may have to look elsewhere for a job if he returns healthy. The Panthers have Christian McCaffrey, newly signed C.J. Anderson, Cameron Artis-Payne and Elijah Hood currently on the roster.
The veteran didn’t find a steady role in the NFL until he joined the Panthers in 2014. There he served as a third-down back and kickoff return specialist. He has 536 yards rushing and 397 yards receiving with Carolina. Whittaker has 856 kickoff return yards in his career with the Panthers.
He joined the NFL in 2012 after four years at Texas. He didn’t record a stat as a member of an NFL team until 2013 with the Cleveland Browns where he did most of his work on kickoff returns.
Whittaker’s best season as a Longhorn came as a senior. He rushed for 386 yards and six touchdowns that year, to go along with 10 kick returns for 424 yards and two scores. Whittaker added 16 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown that season.
With the Panthers, Whittaker played in Super Bowl 50 where he rushed four times for 26 yards and caught a pass for 14 more. His participation in the game marked the 11th consecutive year that a former Longhorn played in a Super Bowl.
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