Linebacker Porter Gustin, who led the Trojans in tackles for loss last season, suffered a shoulder injury last weekend against Stanford and had two screws surgically inserted into his foot this week to repair what head coach Todd Helton described as a “small crack.” He’s listed as doubtful for the Texas game.
Also doubtful is defensive tackle Marlon Tuipuloti, who sprained a knee ligament against the Cardinal and could miss several weeks. The 6’3, 295-pounder was ranked as the consensus No. 5 defensive tackle in the country this year in the 247Sports Composite rankings and started against Stanford.
If Gustin and Tuipuloti are both unavailable against the Longhorns, it could impact a Trojans rush defense that has struggled at times this season, notably giving up an easy 75-yard touchdown run by the Cardinal’s Bryce Love.
Linebacker John Houston Jr. hasn’t practiced this week, either, due to a stinger, and could also miss the game. The Carson product took over the starting role this year after serving as a back up in 2016.