The Texas Longhorns career of junior running back Roderick Bernard has suffered another major setback, one that could end his career in burnt orange:
Roderick Bernard's HS coach confirms reports that Texas WR was injured in car crash earlier this month. He's now likely out for 2016.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) July 27, 2016
On Thursday, the school finally confirmed the injury, which is to Bernard’s left leg, required surgery, and will cause him to miss the 2016 season. And for the first time there is confirmation beyond the paywalls that Bernard was hit by a vehicle while riding a motorcycle.
Bernard served as one of the team’s primary kick returners during his freshman season in 2014 before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Kansas State after a career-long return of 28 yards. After missing spring practice, he was able to return to action last season, playing in 10 games and catching one pass for four yards against Iowa State.
This spring, the 5’9, 175-pounder moved to running back to provide depth because of an injury to Kirk Johnson and gained 47 yards on 12 carries, including a 19-yard run.
The transfer of sophomore wide receiver Ryan Newsome opened up the opportunity for Bernard to once again compete for the open position returning kicks, but now it appears that his career may be over.
Bernard is the second Texas player to suffer a serious injury in a car wreck this year, as sophomore defensive end Derick Roberson transferred after suffering a concussion that kept him out of spring practice.