When the Texas Longhorns start spring practice on Tuesday morning, junior quarterback Shane Buechele will be available following hip/abductor surgery after the Texas Bowl, while a handful of other players will be out or limited.
In a press conference on Monday morning, head coach Tom Herman revealed that sophomore tight end Cade Brewer is the only player who currently ruled out for the entirety of spring practice. Brewer is coming off an ACL injury late in the season, so that was anticipated.
An elbow injury suffered by senior defensive tackle Chris Nelson that kept him out of the Texas Bowl is questionable for tomorrow’s practice, while junior guard Patrick Hudson could return at some point. Hudson is recovering from an ACL injury sustained against San Jose State in the season’s second game.
Another player who could return to practice is junior running back Kirk Johnson, who has played in only one game since the 2015 season and understands this is his last opportunity to return to the field.
Also at the running back position, junior Kyle Porter could miss the entirety of spring practice after suffering an ankle injury before spring break. This now marks the second spring that Porter has missed significant time due to an ankle injury.
Redshirt freshman walk-on linebacker Russell Hine will be limited with a knee injury — he’s an interesting inclusion since non-scholarship players typically aren’t ever mentioned on injury reports.
All in all, the biggest news here is that Buechele is healthy again (for now, at least), so the quarterback competition won’t be impacted by his lack of availability.