Posted: 12:44 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
By Wescott Eberts
The injury new for the Texas Longhorns on Monday morning wasn't much better than the news on Sunday evening that defensive tackle Chris Whaley and running back Johnathan Gray are out for the season, as the school declared offensive tackle Josh Cochran and quarterback David Ash out for the crucial Oklahoma State game on Saturday.
Additionally, offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle is currently listed as questionable after suffering a hip injury late in the West Virginia game that resulted in offensive guard Trey Hopkins moving to right tackle and Sedrick Flowers replacing Hopkins at left guard.
Depth on the offensive line is now getting thin with two of the three pure tackles who have been receiving playing time out and junior college transfer Desmond Harrison apparently not ready to play because of inexperience and the lingering effects of an ankle injury.
The worst-case scenario along the offensive line was always losing tackles to injury, a situation compounded because Harrison hasn't developed as expected -- some believed that he could immediately compete with Donald Hawkins for the left tackle job.
And the news that Cochran is officially out, combined with the expected announcement of Ash's unavailability, means that Texas could be without six starters on Saturday is Estelle if unable to play.
For a team as tough and resilient as any in recent years, it's just one more piece of adversity to overcome. Gray joked on Monday that Texas might have the scooter Olympics as a result, but with a talented and tough Oklahoma State team coming to town, will injuries finally derail this magical conference run for the Longhorns?