The Texas defense including P.J. Locke III (11) and Kris Boyd (2) knock the ball loose from Texas Tech receiver Keke Coutee in the first half at AT&T Jones Stadium in Lubbock Saturday November 5, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Sports hernia to sideline Texas DB P.J. Locke III during portion of summer

Posted May 11th, 2017

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Texas has announced that safety P.J. Locke III had successful surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday for a sports hernia injury that was sustained during the spring.

Locke, a rising junior from Beaumont, will rehab for four to six weeks. Texas, though, expects him to return to off-season workouts during the summer.

The 5-11, 215-pound Locke was used at the nickel position in Texas’ secondary during the 2016 season, and he made nine starts. During his sophomore year, Locke recorded 33 tackles and two interceptions. He also broke up six passes, including a key throw toward the end of Texas’ 45-37 win at Texas Tech.

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Locke recorded two tackles and a pass break-up during last month’s spring game. In addition to his on-field contributions, Locke’s leadership skills have been lauded by new Texas coach Tom Herman.

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