Arguably Texas’ most promising position group has been ravaged by injury.
Six of the Longhorns’ 12 defensive linemen on scholarship this spring will sit out or be limited at practice, according to an injury report released by the team Tuesday.
Sidelined for Wednesday’s first practice are ends Derick Roberson (shoulder) and Caleb Bluiett (knee), and tackles Desmond Jackson (foot) and Chris Nelson (shoulder). Additionally, tackle Alex Norman (back) and end Quincy Vasser (knee) will be limited.
This is the first spring at Texas for redshirt freshmen Roberson and Nelson. Vasser, an import from Navarro College, is also making his debut.
Some of the injuries were already known. Bluiett missed the Texas Bowl, and Jackson went down in a September loss to UCLA. Norman played in two games before losing the remainder of his sophomore season.
Despite the rash of defections, the position is not bereft of talent. New line coach Brick Haley will roll out some combination of Hassan Ridgeway, Poona Ford, Paul Boyette, Shiro Davis and Naashon Hughes.
Also scratched with an injury is wide receiver Roderick Bernard, who is recovering from an ACL tear he sustained last season at Kansas State.
Limited are running back Duke Catalon (knee) and starting left guard Sedrick Flowers (back).