The Texas Longhorns will be without starting right guard Kent Perkins this weekend for the Big 12 opener against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, as head coach Charlie Strong revealed on Monday morning that Perkins will miss one game due to suspension following his DWI arrest last Friday.
As part of the senior’s punishment, he will also undergo counseling and perform community service.
The Longhorns head coach expressed his continued belief in Perkins, who has 26 career starts in 31 appearances.
However, the suspension length was rather surprising considering that Perkins wasn’t simply arrested for DWI.
In fact, the 6’6, 325-pounder was arrested after falling asleep in the drive-through line of the Raising Cane’s near the Texas campus, then crashed his Dodge Charger after being asked to leave before falling asleep once again. When the police officer arrived on the scene, he had difficulty waking the big offensive lineman.
After failing his field sobriety test, Perkins blew a .178.
The most likely replacement for Perkins is sophomore Alex Anderson, who was capable in replacing Perkins in parts of games against Notre Dame and UTEP. However, the ‘Horns could also move junior Tristan Nickelson into the starting lineup if he’s healthy again, which would slide junior Brandon Hodges over to right guard. The other option is moving sophomore Jake McMillon into the starting lineup after he played well at center replaced injured freshman Zach Shackelford.
Texas fans will have to wait to find out who will start, as Strong declined to release a depth chart on Monday.