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Texas TE Cade Brewer to miss West Virginia game due to knee injury

Business as usual at the tight end position for the ‘Horns.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Texas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The injury woes for the Texas Longhorns continued on Friday when the school announced that freshman tight end Cade Brewer suffered a knee injury in practice on Thursday that will keep him out of Saturday’s game against the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Since the injury is still being treated and evaluated, there’s no indication yet as to whether Brewer might be available for the final game of the regular season against the Texas Tech Red Raiders or a possible bowl game if Texas qualifies.

The 6’4, 230-pounder was forced into action early this season after a foot fracture ended the season of senior Andrew Beck and junior Garrett Gray suffered a knee injury against San Jose State. Gray hasn’t played since.

And though Brewer didn’t have much experience as a blocker from his high school days at Lake Travis, his effort level helped him become an adequate H-back. He’s also added nine catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the passing game.

Against Kansas, Texas used graduate transfer Kendall Moore as an in-line blocker, often in combination with junior Chris Warren III at H-back. Since Moore hasn’t demonstrated any ability to become a threat in the passing game, Warren will likely pick up a fair amount of Brewer’s playing time.

However, he’s new to the position, so his package of plays and competency level executing them likely won’t be at the level Brewer achieved prior to his injury.