For the first time since arriving in Austin, Texas Longhorns senior running back Tre Watson was cleared for full contact during practice on Tuesday, a spokesman revealed following a media availability.
Watson had been limited through the start of preseason camp while he completed his recovery from an ACL injury that ended his 2017 season and his playing career for Cal. As a result, the 5’11, 195-pounder had been wearing a green no-contact jersey in practice.
On Monday, however, Watson successfully completed a strength test to ensure that his surgically-repaired right knee is now as strong as his left knee.
Watson is competing for the starting job with sophomore Daniel Young and a host of other scholarship options, including freshman Keoantay Ingram, the state’s top running back in the 2017 class.
As a sophomore with the Golden Bears in 2016, Watson rushed for 709 yards and four touchdowns while adding 241 receiving yards and four touchdowns through the air.
Texas did not provide any updates on the three players who were injured during Saturday’s scrimmage — senior cornerback Davante Davis (hamstring), freshman linebacker Ayodele Adeoye (knee), and freshman linebacker/safety DeMarvion Overshown (knee).