Texas wide receiver Lorenzo Joe’s bid to win the starting job at inside receiver hit a snag this week when he suffered a significant hamstring injury.
The team announced Wednesday that Joe got hurt during Monday’s practice and will miss “extended time” during preseason camp. There is no timetable for his return.
This is clearly a setback for Joe, a junior, who was engaged in a nice little battle at inside receiver with veterans Jacorey Warrick and Jake Oliver and freshmen Devin Duvernay and Davion Curtis.
Joe, who in two seasons has seven catches with one touchdown, looked sharp in practices open to the media over the weekend.
The loss of Joe is another ding to the depth of Texas’ receivers, which has already lost Ryan Newsome (transfer to Arizona State) and DeAndre McNeal (suspension). Yet there are plenty of abled bodies left to go around, and the early returns on freshmen Duvernay, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps and Lil’Jordan Humphrey are positive.
Perhaps as a way to compensate for the loss of Joe, quarterback Jerrod Heard has begun practicing at receiver this week.
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