The Texas Longhorns could be without two key contributors against the Baylor Bears in Waco on Saturday, as head coach Tom Herman didn’t sound optimistic about senior wide receiver Collin Johnson (hamstring) and sophomore cornerback Anthony Cook (knee) playing in that game.
Johnson suffered the hamstring injury against Kansas State and missed the Iowa State game. He’s currently listed as doubtful for the Baylor game. Cook left the game against the Cyclones with a knee injury and did not return. An MRI on Sunday revealed a tibiofibular sprain that Herman compared to the knee injury suffered by sophomore safety Caden Sterns against Oklahoma State. Sterns missed four games and is still playing through the injury, so while Herman didn’t specifically rule Cook out, that comparison is not a positive sign for his ability to play this weekend.
Herman praised the rehabilitation efforts of redshirt freshman right guard Junior Angilau, who returned to practice on Sunday only eight days after suffering a Grade II MCL sprain — a partially torn ligament. Angilau is back on the depth chart this week.
“If you want to look for a tough S.O.B. on our team — we’ve got a lot of them — Junior Angilau is certainly one of them,” Herman said. “Remarkable what he was able to do, and the time and commitment he put in to his rehab, because it means that much to him to be out there with his teammates and fighting to get a win this week.”
The defense is getting healthier overall, but Herman mentioned that multiple players on defense are still battling through their injuries — against Iowa State, sophomore linebacker Joseph Ossai and sophomore safety BJ Foster both aggravated their shoulder issues, while senior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch and sophomore cornerback Jalen Green separated their shoulders during Big 12 play. Junior safety Chris Brown had six tackles (four solo) with a cast on the forearm that he broke in Big 12 play.