As it attempts to address its defensive deficiencies this week, Texas may be short-handed.
At his weekly press conference on Monday, Texas coach Tom Herman could not say whether cornerback Davante Davis, safety Brandon Jones or defensive end Breckyn Hager will play against Texas Tech this weekend. Davis (neck sprain) and Hager (dislocated radius) were both injured during UT’s 42-41 loss against West Virginia this past Saturday. Jones aggravated an ankle injury at the team hotel that morning.
Herman labeled both Davis and Hager as “questionable.” He said Jones would not suit up if the Longhorns played Texas Tech on Monday, but “We’re hoping he takes a turn for the better here in the coming days.” Herman also ruled back-up defensive lineman Marqez Bimage out with a separated shoulder.
Jones, Davis and Hager have combined for 23 starts this season. Despite missing two games, Jones’ 52 tackles are only six stops off the team lead. Hager has logged five quarterback hurries, and four passes have been broken up by Davis.
Texas ranks 66th nationally in scoring defense (26.8 PPG). The Longhorns, though, have allowed at least 35 points in three of their past four games. Only eight FBS-level teams are scoring more often than Texas Tech, which is averaging 42.7 points per game.
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