Two major contributors along the Texas Longhorns offensive line this season may not return for their senior seasons, as fourth-year juniors Terrell Cuney and Jake McMillon both participated in Senior Night on Friday before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Both players will graduate and head coach Tom Herman said that he believes Cuney’s decision not to return in 2018 is final. Herman wasn’t sure if McMillon’s decision is final, however.
The loss of the 6’3, 300-pound McMillon could be especially significant — he’s appeared in 33 games with 15 starts in his career, including 10 starts this season. And while he hasn’t improved as much as expected this season, there isn’t much proven depth behind him. Redshirt freshman Patrick Hudson is the most likely candidate to replace McMillon if he gives up football, but Hudson is rehabbing from a torn ACL that ended his season in the second game.
Cuney unexpectedly became a contributor this season as a result of injuries and would have provided valuable depth next season at all three interior spots. A native of Jasper, Cuney appeared in 11 games during his career, including eight starts this season.
Redshirt sophomore Garrett Thomas was also among the Senior Night participants, indicating that he may not return, either. Thomas missed the season with a knee injury after appearing in one game during the 2016 season.
Redshirt junior Alex Anderson should also be on track to graduate and could opt to move on after playing sparingly in three games this season. He also participated in Senior Night.