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Patrick Hudson not currently with the Texas team

The offensive lineman is taking time to consider his future after a heat-related issue resulted in his hospitalization.

San Jose State v Texas Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Texas Longhorns are going through winter conditioning without offensive guard Patrick Hudson, head coach Tom Herman revealed during his National Signing Day press conference.

Hudson is taking some time away from the program to consider his future, but there is a possibility that he could return, Herman said. The 6’5, 325-pounder did not play during the 2018 season after suffering from exertional heat cramps that resulted in a weeklong stay in the hospital and put Hudson’s future in football in question.

Once ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard in the 2016 recruiting class, Hudson signed with Baylor before landing at Texas following the sexual assault scandal in Waco that cost Art Briles his job. As a freshman, Hudson redshirted before moving into the rotation for the first two games in 2017. Against San Jose State, Hudson suffered a season-ending knee injury on what could end up being the final play of his Texas career.