Texas defensive lineman Marqez Bimage (42) celebrates a defensive stop against Oklahoma State on Sept. 21 2019, in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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With a starter suspended, Texas’ defensive line to likely turn to Bimage or Sweat for the first time

Posted October 14th, 2019

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Due to NCAA rules, Texas will likely have a first-time starter on its defensive line this weekend.

Senior defensive end Malcolm Roach will sit out the first half of UT’s home game against Kansas on Saturday. This past weekend, Roach was penalized for targeting on a tackle of Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb. Since Roach was ejected in the second half, NCAA rules mandate that he must miss the first half of his next game.

Roach has started 17 times in his career. He has recorded 15 tackles and one quarterback hurry this fall. Roach is also a team captain.

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“He’s been very productive, very disruptive, great leader. It will have an effect. I would be lying to you if it didn’t,” Longhorn coach Tom Herman said on Monday. “We haven’t decided who would fill that role. I think it would be either Marqez (Bimage) or T’Vondre (Sweat) I think, would be the two biggest candidates.”

Texas defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat (93) celebrates a stop against West Virginia on Oct. 5, 2019 in Morgantown, W. Va. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
Both Bimage and Sweat have yet to earn a start for the Longhorns. A junior and one-time linebacking recruit from Brenham, Bimage has appeared in 27 games with the Longhorns. Sweat was a three-star signee in UT’s 2019 recruiting class.

The 6-2, 270-pound Bimage and Sweat, who stands 6-4 and weigh 320 pounds, each have recorded four tackles this season. They have both played in all of Texas’ games.

When Texas takes the field against Kansas, Roach won’t be the only player missing from the starting line-up. Herman told reporters at his weekly press conference that safety Chris Brown will miss six weeks with a fractured forearm. A separated shoulder is expected to sideline linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch for at least the Kansas game. Herman said that receiver Collin Johnson had not been diagnosed with a concussion and he was optimistic that a sprained elbow wouldn’t limit linebacker Juwan Mitchell that much this week.

Additionally, Herman ruled out defensive backs Jalen Green (shoulder) and Caden Sterns (knee). Freshman running back Jordan Whittington (sports hernia) will also not play against the Jayhawks. Green and Sterns have missed UT’s last two games while Whittington hasn’t played since the season opener.

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