Sophomore tailback Johnathan Gray underwent successful surgery early Wednesday to repair his right Achilles tendon that was injured at West Virginia on Saturday, coach Mack Brown said.
“It went very well,” Brown said at his regular Wednesday press conference.
Brown said Gray, the third-leading rusher in the Big 12, will miss spring drills, but that medical personnel hope he’ll be ready to play next fall.
“He’s going to come out of this tougher and better than he was going in,” Brown said. “I don’t think you can put Johnathan on a normal recovery (pace).
Gray will not be on the sideline for the No. 23 Longhorns’ crucial Big 12 home date Saturday with 12th-ranked Oklahoma State because it’s too soon after his operation.
Brown added that senior defensive tackle Chris Whaley, whose college career ended at WVU with an injury to his left knee, will undergo surgery after the swelling in the knee subsides and doctors can determine the best course of action.
Brown said former Longhorn tailback Fozzy Whittaker could help Whaley. Whittaker’s senior season in 2011 ended with a serious knee injury at Missouri, but he recovered and now plays for the Cleveland Browns.
“(Whaley) will handle this,” Brown said. “He’ll get his degree. He’s been very good in school. He is a guy who won’t need football for his future, to eat. But I bet you he still plays in the NFL.”
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