The first significant injury during fall camp for the Texas Longhorns is a strained hamstring that will cause junior wide receiver Lorenzo Joe to missed “extended time,” according to the school.
With 25 days until the season opener against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in Austin, it’s possible that Joe could miss all or most of that time given the statement regarding his injury, as Grade 2 or 3 hamstring strains that involve a full or partial tear of the muscle can take a few weeks to a month to heal.
Joe was left off the depth chart heading into last season, but continued to work hard and caught a touchdown against TCU before emerging as a blocking force on the perimeter and starting against Oklahoma.
On the season, the 6’3, 204-pounder caught seven passes for 73 yards. During the Orange and White game this spring, in which he played as an inside receiver, the Abilene native had two catches for 18 yards.
The loss of Joe for camp is another blow to the depth chart at the position for the Longhorns — sophomore Ryan Newsome transferred in July, sophomore DeAndre McNeal is indefinitely suspended, and senior Ty Templin will reportedly end his career with a medical redshirt.
So there will be opportunities for young players like freshmen Devin Duvernay, Davion Curtis, and Lil’Jordan Humphrey from the inside position. And also for sophomore Jerrod Heard, who has been taking reps at quarterback and wide receiver over the last two practices.
Time to step up, young fellas.