Texas Longhorns injury update: Adrian Phillips, Dalton Santos should play

Tom Pennington

The bye week helped ensure that Texas will have at least two injured starters available on Saturday.

The Texas Longhorns will have senior safety Adrian Phillips and sophomore linebacker Dalton Santos available on Saturday when they travel to Fort Worth to take on the TCU Horned Frogs, head coach Mack Brown said during his Wednesday press availability.

Phillips and Santos both missed practice time last week after Phillips suffered a stinger against Oklahoma and Santos suffered an elbow injury. Less clear is the status of junior offensive tackle Josh Cochran, who has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury that has been bothering him since near the start of fall camp. At this time, he is considered day-to-day.

Junior quarterback David Ash was ruled out for the game earlier in the week and once again will not travel with the team. On the TCU side at quarterback, senior Casey Pachall is doubtful for the game and is not expected to play, as one of the fractures in his arm has not yet healed.

As the leader of the secondary often responsible for helping teammates get properly aligned, Phillips played one of his best games against Oklahoma, though the issues with tackling and taking correct angles that plagued him last season have also resurfaced this year. However, he did manage to keep Oklahoma fullback Trey Millard from hurdling him this year.

And Santos is an important piece for a linebacker corps that is already missing Jordan Hicks, who was lost for the season to a ruptured Achilles against Kansas State. Though still inconsistent, Santos has perhaps been playing at the highest level of the linebackers currently healthy.

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