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Texas LB Jeffrey McCulloch to miss several weeks with pectoral muscle strain

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Running back Tristian Houston is also banged up.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Texas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With the Texas Longhorns finally putting on full pads for the first time in preseason camp on Wednesday, injury news accompanied it.

Junior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch has a strained pectoral muscle and will miss several weeks, while junior running back Tristian Houston has a bruised rib.

The first significant injury news of fall camp comes at a position where the Longhorns are quickly losing depth. At the end of July, senior linebacker Edwin Freeman announced his intentions to become a graduate transfer, just days after redshirt sophomore linebacker Demarco Boys was suspended from the team due to a misdemeanor assault charge.

As a result, McCulloch had moved from B-backer, the position that he played his first two seasons, to work at the Rover and Mike positions, where he’d spent some time during the spring.

A former top-100 prospect, McCulloch is yet to live up to his potential on the Forty Acres, in part because he suffered an ankle sprain last season that caused him to miss three games. Even before the injury, he struggled to get on the field, especially after defensive coordinator Todd Orlando stopped playing a B-backer in order to use six defensive backs as part of the Lightning package.