Texas injury report: Turner, Sanders to play

Mark D. Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The reinforcements have arrived.

As expected, the Texas Longhorns should have a couple more pieces back in the mix when they take on the BYU Cougars on Saturday, head coach Mack Brown revealed during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

After a hip injury that kept junior safety Josh Turner out for most of fall practice, Brown said that the Oklahoma native will be ready to go for the season's second game. Turner shared reps with junior Mykkele Thompson last season and registered 44 tackles (25 solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, and two other passes broken up.

On the other side of the ball, sophomore wide receiver Kendall Sanders is expected to be back in action after not practicing for the last two weeks because of a high ankle sprain. In some ways, his suspension for his DUI arrest in College Station back in April was probably fortuitous because he wouldn't have been able to play last week anyway.

Sanders didn't catch a pass last year as a freshman in limited action, but is expected to play a bigger role in the offense this season as one of the most explosive threats on the team (at least when fully healthy). He's currently listed as the co-back up to senior Mike Davis, but behind fellow sophomore Marcus Johnson, who has been dealing with a knee injury that he suffered in practice. Johnson made the first catch of his career against New Mexico State last week.

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