Three Longhorns have been ruled out for next week’s Alamo Bowl because they’re academically ineligible: sophomore receiver/tailback Daje Johnson, freshman running back Jalen Overstreet and sophomore right tackle Kennedy Estelle.
That means Texas will be without one of its most dangerous playmakers, its third quarterback option in case anything happens to Case McCoy or Tyrone Swoopes, and its starting right tackle.
Johnson is Texas’ fourth leading receiver behind Jaxon Shipley, Mike Davis and Kendall Sanders. He’s got 24 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. He’s also the fifth-leading rusher, with 140 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
Johnson has two of Texas’ three longest plays of the season — an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown against Oklahoma and a 66-yard touchdown catch against New Mexico State. His return duties had been scaled back in the final couple of games, as Shipley and Duke Thomas handled kickoffs and punts.
Overstreet hasn’t had a huge impact as Texas’ fourth or fifth rushing option and third quarterback. He’s rushed for 102 yards on 20 carries, an average of 5.1 yards a carry, with two touchdowns.
Estelle took over at right tackle when former starter Josh Cochran was injured in September. He has started eight games. Cochran returned for the Texas Tech and Baylor games, but only in short yardage situations. If he doesn’t return to the starting lineup, the Longhorns may look to freshman Kent Perkins, who has one start this season.
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