At halftime of the basketball game between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday evening, head coach Tom Herman and the football team were honored as Sugar Bowl Champions. After the small ceremony, Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman caught up with Herman for an injury update, among other topics.
Herman said that wide receiver Collin Johnson had arthroscopic surgery on his knee following the season. Johnson, who recently decided to return for his senior season, originally suffered the non-contact injury during practice in early November. As a result, he missed the Texas Tech game and told Burnt Orange Nation that his knee was healthy before the Big 12 Championship game, in which he set the record for most receiving yards with a monster eight-catch, 177-yard performance with one touchdown.
The recovery time for that injury is four to six weeks, so Johnson will miss some time during winter conditioning, but it’s not a major procedure.
Junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger received a steroid injection to help aid the strengthening of the AC sprain in his right shoulder that he suffered against Baylor in mid-October.
There are several other players who are still rehabilitating injuries from last season, but Herman said that there were no other offseason surgeries scheduled other than Johnson’s procedure.
Early enrollee linebacker Caleb Johnson suffered a shoulder injury that ended his sophomore season at Fullerton College and is expected to miss part of spring practice.
A broken collarbone suffered before the Big 12 Championship game required redshirt freshman wide receiver Malcom Epps to undergo surgery and caused him to miss the Sugar Bowl. He will likely miss some time during winter conditioning, but it would be surprising if he misses time during spring practice.
In October, wide receiver Joshua Moore suffered a severe shoulder sprain in practice that eventually required surgery.
Junior defensive end Marqez Bimage had surgery in mid-November after suffering a dislocated shoulder early that month against West Virginia. The school hasn’t provided a timetable for his return, nor for the return of redshirt sophomore tight end Rob Cummins, whose season ended with a knee injury suffered during preseason camp.
There also hasn’t been any recent news from the school about the status of redshirt junior offensive guard Patrick Hudson, who was hospitalized for a week due to exertional heat cramps and did not return to practice, though he was able to return to classes.