Football

Texas’ depth at TE takes big hit

Sophomore Blake Whiteley could miss season with an ACL injury.

Posted August 21st, 2015

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Story highlights
  • Andrew Beck becomes only TE on Texas' roster with game experience.
  • UT officials sign new deal with 1883 Provision Company for concession stands.

A difficult week for Texas tight ends has gotten worse.

On Thursday, a source with knowledge of the situation told the American-Statesman that sophomore Blake Whiteley could be out for the season after suffering an ACL injury. The source also said a knee injury to sophomore Andrew Beck, the Longhorns’ only returning player to take a snap at tight end, is not believed to be serious.

News of the injuries came one day after the ACT rejected a score by tight end recruit Devonaire Clarington and ordered him to retake the test. An investigation was launched into the validity of Clarington’s test score because it was higher than his other academic scores would suggest.

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Clarington of Miami could retake the test as early as next week.

Whiteley (6-5, 248) has had a tough go at Texas, where he has yet to take a snap entering his second season. The nation’s top-rated junior college tight end in 2013, Whiteley redshirted last year.

With the loss of Whiteley, and the uncertainty of Clarington, Texas has just four available scholarship tight ends – Beck, freshman DeAndre McNeal, converted fullback Alex De La Torre and converted wide receiver Garrett Gray.

No Texas players have been ruled out for the season with an injury;  Whiteley would be the first.

UT signs concessions deal: The UT System Board of Regents approved a seven-year contract with food vendor Sodexo, which means new offerings are coming that will make strength coach Pat Moorer cringe.

The Texas Champions burger is a 1/3-pound black Angus patty topped with cheddar cheese, bacon and 1883 signature burnt-orange barbecue sauce served on Texas toast.

“It’s certainly not healthy, but it’s pretty good,” said Chris Reynolds, resident district manager of 1883 Provision Company, a new subdivision of Sodexo that caters exclusively to UT.

Wash it down with a Miller or Coors product served in a 16-ounce can. Imports and specialty beers will be $9 or $10. Beers will be served in cans as a safety precaution to prevent anyone from filling up plastic bottles and throwing them onto the field, Reynolds said.

UT’s new contract calls for 1883 Provision Company to service concession stands at all athletic venues and a few campus locations such as Gregory Gym and Jester Center. The new contract is worth $45 million and features two one-year renewal options.

RB Gray on watch list: Running back Johnathan Gray has been named to the preseason watch list for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which honors the top offensive player in the nation who is from Texas, graduated from a Texas high school, or plays at a Texas junior college or four-year college.

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