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Texas TE Andrew Beck to miss at least 6-8 weeks

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Losing the starting tight end is a big blow for the ‘Horns.

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The Texas Longhorns will go through most of the football season without senior tight end Andrew Beck, who will miss at least six to eight weeks because of the fractured foot he suffered on Monday.

The school announced the news on Thursday, with head coach Tom Herman saying, “I just feel awful for Andrew.”

If Beck misses eight weeks, he would return in time for the Oklahoma game on October 14.

The 6’4, 255-pound Beck is the most experienced tight end on the roster, having started 16 times in his 37 career games. Last season, he had four catches for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Unfortunately, he has experienced continued issues with his foot — it’s the same one that he fractured during spring practice, which also caused him to miss time.

Beck’s injury leaves Syracuse graduate transfer Kendall Moore as the most likely player to step into the starting role while the Florida native recovers.

Herman has also praised freshmen Cade Brewer and Reese Leitao, but Leitao will miss the first two games due to suspension and Brewer isn’t considered strong enough to serve as an in-line blocker.

Another option is junior Garrett Gray, but he’s been set back because he’s missed a significant amount of practice time due to his summer school schedule, according to Herman.

So while position coach Corby Meekins expressed pleasure last week about his growing depth at the position, the loss of Beck means that Texas is once again wondering what type of production it will get from its tight ends.