Two spring injuries will linger into the fall for the Texas Longhorns, as senior cornerback Sheroid Evans and redshirt freshman corneback Jermaine Roberts will not be available for the first practice on Friday, according to head coach Charlie Strong.
Both players suffered knee injuries during the spring and while it's not clear whether those injuries were ligament tears, it doesn't sound like either will be back in the near future. Following a redshirt season spent recovering from a 2013 ACL tear, would Evans seek a sixth year of eligibility if he can't play this fall?
The answer to that question isn't clear at this time, but the other news for Texas was positive, as the list of limited players is not a lengthy one following a spring that featured half of the defensive linemen suffering from injuries.
Strong said that sophomore tight end Blake Whiteley has a nagging shoulder injury that could slow his necessary development as a blocker, while senior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson and junior defensive end Caleb Bluiett are both still returning from season-ending injuries suffered last year. Meanwhile, senior linebacker Dalton Santos is working his way back from an ankle injury that ended his spring.
Sophomore Roderick Bernard will also likely see limited action at the start of fall camp, as he's recovering from an ACL injury that ended his freshman season.
Now the challenge is to survive fall camp without suffering incurring any season-altering injuries.