For the second time this season, the Texas Longhorns will have a bye week to get healthy, this time in preparation for the Texas Tech Red Raiders at home on Thanksgiving. With a number of Longhorns suffering injuries against the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, the rest time will be critical for several players.
On Monday, head coach Charlie Strong said during the Big 12 teleconference call that senior running back Johnathan Gray (left foot) and freshman offensive guard Patrick Vahe (left knee) will receive further evaluation from the medical staff on Monday, though any information on the results will likely come from sources since the coaches won't have another availability this week.
Gray returned to the game after his initial injury, but was unable to continue after one carry, while Vahe spent the second half on crutches with a brace on his knee.
An ongoing storyline has been the health of freshman linebacker Malik Jefferson, who did not start against Iowa State or Kansas because of a stomach ailment that has been plaguing him for some time.
Last week, senior linebacker Peter Jinkens was pretty worried about his teammate.
"I think he's really sick because he's been throwing up and things like that all week," Jinkens told Horns247.
Though Jefferson recorded a season-high 11 tackles on Saturday, he was apparently throwing up before the West Virginia game. As he's done consistently, Strong once again downplayed the significance of whatever is ailing Jefferson, saying that there aren't any issues or anything to be concerned about, but a continually upset stomach and continued vomiting would seem to be an issue and worthy of concern.
Freshman cornerback Davante Davis and junior defensive tackle Paul Boyette also took trips to the locker room in Morgantown, but both are expected to be available against Texas Tech.
It's also possible that redshirt freshman linebacker Edwin Freeman could see his role expand after returning form his shoulder injury to record a tackle in limited action against West Virginia.