The confirmation about the academic ineligibility of Texas Longhorns running back/wide receiver Daje Johnson and offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle on Friday did not include any news about running back Jalen Overstreet, who was also revealed as ineligible for the Alamo Bowl against the Oregon Ducks on Sunday.
The 6'2, 215-pound redshirt freshman bounced back and forth between quarterback and running back this fall, carrying the ball 20 times for 102 yards and two touchdowns, although he managed only 12 yards on his final 11 carries of the season.
With Johnathan Gray also out for the game, the Longhorns will only have Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron available at the running back position, even as the game plan will once again revolve around establishing the running game to decrease pressure on erratic quarterback Case McCoy, who turned in an all-time stinker of a performance against Baylor.
The players certainly deserve a large share of the blame for their own failures, but losing two major contributors and another player at a depleted position is another black mark on the tenure of football academic advisor Brian Davis, who has been much-maligned in recent seasons for his inability to consistently do his job at a high level.
Fans tired of losing players to grade issues can only hope that Davis is out the door as part of the coming purge in the Texas athletics department.