The Texas Longhorns have largely avoided significant injuries on offense this season, but suffered one on Saturday when junior tight end Cade Brewer was rolled up on while blocking on a screen pass.
Brewer did not return to the game and, according to Horns247, was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday to repair a partially torn ligament in his ankle. Brewer is unlikely to return during the regular season, so Texas probably won’t have him back until a potential bowl game.
After playing sparingly last season behind Andrew Beck, this year Brewer moved back into the starting role that he held as a freshman in 2017 when Beck was injured, catching 10 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. His best game came against Kansas, when he had three catches for 71 yards, a career high.
On last week’s depth chart, sophomore Reese Leitao was listed as the back up to Brewer, but freshman Jared Wiley also received playing time following Brewer’s injury. Leitao has one catch for seven yards this season, while Wiley is yet to make his first college catch.
And so even though there have been questions about Brewer’s usage this season as a receiver, he’s still by far the most productive pass catcher at the position, so there are significant questions about whether Leitao and Wiley can be more than blocking surfaces over the final four games of the regular season.