The Texas Longhorns received some unexpected injury news on Thursday when the school revealed that junior offensive guard Trey Hopkins will miss the Alamo Bowl with a stress fracture in his right leg.
A three-year contributor who moved back inside to his natural position of guard after playing right tackle last season, Hopkins was perhaps the best offensive lineman for Texas this season and was particularly effective in space when pulling in the run game or on screen passes.
The back-up on the Kansas State depth chart at left guard behind Hopkins is redshirt freshman Sedrick Flowers, who was expected to compete for playing time this season, but has not made a noticeable dent in the rotation. On the other side, junior Thomas Ashcraft is the back up for starter Mason Walters, while back-up tackle Luke Poehlmann has also seen some action at guard this season.
In more positive news, the other injured Longhorns who have not been declared out for the season -- running back Joe Bergeron (shoulder), defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey (concussion), kicker Anthony Fera (hip), and defensive end Alex Okafor (ankle) -- are all expected to be cleared. No word yet on offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle, who has missed several games with a shoulder injury.