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Texas S Jason Hall to miss spring practice time with hamstring injury

Younger players will get more reps in the absence of the senior.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Texas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns senior safety Jason Hall will most likely miss the remainder of the spring with a “significant” hamstring injury, according to head coach Tom Herman on Thursday.

The injury won’t require surgery, but given the time frame needed for recovery, Hall is likely dealing with a moderate (10 days to six weeks) or severe strain (six to 10 weeks). Since some tweets characterized Hall as out for the spring and others as “likely” out, his injury is probably moderate as opposed to severe.

The 6’3, 220-pounder has started 26 of his 34 games in a Texas uniform, with 52 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and 3.0 sacks as a junior. Given his size and aptitude for blitzing last season, Hall has a unique skill set among the Longhorns safeties.

Junior John Bonney, who has played cornerback primarily for Texas but played some safety last season during the spring and spent some time working with safeties coach Craig Naivar on Thursday, ultimately playing the position during pursuit drill.

Other safeties who will need to step up are junior DeShon Elliott and sophomore Brandon Jones. The interesting development there is that Elliott came to Texas with some speculation that he could grow into an outside linebacker, but now weighs 205 pounds compared to 215-pound sophomore Brandon Jones. Ranked as the nation’s No. 1 safety in the 2016 class, Jones was considered the more rangy player coming out of high school in Nacogdoches.