During his weekly Monday press conference, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman said that redshirt freshman offensive guard Junior Angilau will miss this weekend’s game against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames due to an MCL sprain that he suffered against the Kansas State Wildcats.
After missing the Iowa State game, Angilau will be week-to-week as he recovers. Herman said that best-case scenario for his return is the Baylor game.
With Angilau out, junior right tackle Derek Kerstetter slid into the right guard position normally occupied by Angilau and junior Denzel Okafor step in at right tackle. The restructured offensive line didn’t miss a beat against the Wildcats, as the Longhorns were able to run for 162 yards on 7.7 yards per carry in the second half. The group also held up in pass protection, allowing junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger to go 13-of-17 passing for 153 yards. Texas didn’t give up a sack in the second half, either.
Senior wide receiver Collin Johnson tweaked his hamstring on the final drive against Kansas State, but it wasn’t in the same spot or as bad as a previous injury sustained against LSU that kept him out for three games. He’ll receive what Herman characterized as aggressive treatment this week.
On Friday, junior safety Chris Brown went to see the doctor who performed the surgery on Brown’s fractured forearm. Since his injury healed more quickly than the doctor anticipated, he was cleared to return, but didn’t play against the Wildcats because he hadn’t been able to practice. Brown will be return against the Cyclones this weekend with a cast on his arm.
After senior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch’s shoulder strength didn’t progress quickly early last week, he was a game-time decision against Kansas State and didn’t play. However, this week his strength is coming back more quickly.
Sophomore safety DeMarvion Overshown is cleared to play, but was ruled out before the Kansas State game. He’s still suffering from some pain, so his availability will depend on how much he progresses.
Freshman running back Jordan Whittington is also cleared as he works through some soreness.
Herman expects McCulloch, Overshown, and Whittington to play against Iowa State as long as they progress this week.