Texas has allowed at least 38 points in two of its last three games, but help could be on the way.
Junior linebacker Malcolm Roach could return soon from a foot injury, Texas coach Tom Herman reported on Monday. Roach had teased his comeback in a tweet last week. At his weekly press conference, Herman provided a possible timeline.
— HENDRIX💲ROACH (@Officialmalcr32) October 22, 2018
Roach has not played since UT’s 37-14 win over USC on Sept. 15. Roach has been unable to do any football drills, but Herman said he will be tested over the next few days. Herman left open the possibility of Roach playing against West Virginia this Saturday, but next week’s trip to Texas Tech appears to be a more-tangible target.
Roach has started three times this season and 11 times in his career, and the 6-3, 270-pound Louisiana product has recorded 78 tackles and five sacks as a Longhorn. In four of the five games since Roach’s injury, Texas has started an additional defensive back in his place. Junior Jeffrey McCulloch has also started once at the “B-backer” position.
In other injury news, Herman labeled senior Breckyn Hager and freshman D’Shawn Jamison as day-to-day. A defensive end and captain, Hager is dealing with a “pretty severe (sternoclavicular) sprain.” Jamison has suffered a foot sprain. This year, Jamison has handled the majority of UT’s kickoff and punt returns and he made his first start as a receiver in this past weekend’s 38-35 loss at Oklahoma State.
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