Three key players, including center Zach Shackelford, return to practice on Tuesday for Texas.
The Longhorns will be close to full-strength when they travel to Kansas State for a crucial Big 12 dustup on Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kansas.
Longhorns coach Tom Herman said Monday that Shackelford, who missed the past two games with a foot injury, is ready for a practice test. Freshman linebacker/safety DeMarvion Overshown (knee), who has yet to play this year but is expected to make a big contribution once healthy, is also to take the field with his teammates this week.
Freshman running back Keaontay Ingram will practice as well on Tuesday after suffering a hip pointer in Texas’ 31-16 win over No. 17 TCU last Saturday and missing the Longhorns’ win the previous week against No. 22 USC.
It wasn’t all good news on the injury front on Monday.
Linebacker Malcolm Roach (broken foot) had surgery last Wednesday and is still four-to-six weeks from returning. Defensive backs Jarmarquis Durst and Montrell Estell are both considered doubtful with a severe shoulder strain and a concussion.
Offensive lineman Patrick Hudson (who was hospitalized with heat-related conditions three weeks ago) is doubtful. Hudson, who is back in classes after nearly a week in the hospital, is ready to establish his return-to-play protocol.
“And then everyone else is pretty good,” Herman said. “(Offensive linemen) Calvin Anderson and Sam Cosmi did not practice Sunday, bumps and bruises, but they should be back ready to go. And (wide receiver) Brennan Eagles is going to go through practice Tuesday so we’ll know a lot more after practice.
“Does that mean all those guys will make it to the game? I don’t know. But we’re healing a little bit here at some key spots.”
–Steve Habel (@SteveHabel), Field Level Media