Running back Keaontay Ingram will likely miss this weekend’s game against USC, Texas coach Tom Herman announced on Monday.
A four-star freshman out of Carthage, Ingram was injured in the fourth quarter of UT’s 28-21 win over Tulsa this past weekend. Herman said a MRI did not show any damage to the meniscus in Ingram’s knee. Herman said Ingram was diagnosed with a bone bruise and a strained MCL but would still be listed as “doubtful” for Saturday’s game at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Ingram is averaging 6.3 yards per carry, and he has also caught four footballs this season. Ingram has scored on a 5-yard run against Maryland and a 29-yard jaunt against Tulsa.
Texas, though, has only given Ingram 16 carries and he did not touch the football in the second half of UT’s 34-29 loss to Maryland. Texas offensive coordinator Tim Beck assured reporters last week that Ingram would see more playing time as the season progressed.
USC is allowing 233.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks 112th in the NCAA. This year, UNLV’s Lexington Thomas and Stanford standout Bryce Love both ran for 136 yards and a touchdown against the Trojans. Graduate transfer Tre Watson and sophomore Daniel Young were listed as the top two running backs on UT’s depth chart on Monday.
Watson leads Texas with his 126 rushing yards and his 11-yard touchdown catch was the difference against Tulsa. A California native, Watson ran for 33 yards and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in Cal’s 2016 meeting with USC. When asked after the Tulsa game about playing USC, Watson said “It’s personal, man. I’m from Southern California, so SC is something that I need.”
Additionally, Herman noted on Monday that John Burt (foot), linebacker Ayodele Adeoye (knee) and center Zach Shackelford (foot) will miss the USC game. Herman also updated the media about offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, who was hospitalized last week after suffering a heat-related illness at a UT practice. About Hudson, Herman said “IV is out, levels are trending back to normal each and every day.”
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