After suiting up for a scrimmage, two Texas Longhorns starters are set to miss some practice time as the 2019 season inches nearer.
Texas head coach Tom Herman met with the media on Sunday following the first scrimmage of preseason camp, and noted that sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram and sophomore safety Caden Sterns each suffered injuries. On Monday, per a statement from the school, Ingram has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his knee, while Sterns has been diagnosed with a low-grade high ankle sprain.
Fortunately for the Horns, each are expected to return to the field for Texas’ season opener against Louisiana Tech on Aug. 31.
In the meantime, at least as far as practice is concerned, depth becomes an issue in Stan Drayton’s running back room, as senior Kirk Johnson is also sidelined for up to six weeks with shoulder injury. With Ingram, the likely starter after rushing for 708 yards in 2018, now temporarily sidelined, true freshman Jordan Whittington and junior Daniel Young will be Texas’ only healthy scholarship running backs.
On the other hand, the Horns have more able bodies at safety with Sterns being relocated to the sidelines. In his role, junior Chris Brown likely steps in alongside Brandon Jones in the defensive backfield, though redshirt sophomore Montrell Estell and sophomore B.J. Foster may push for practice reps there, as well.