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The Texas injury situation hasn’t changed ahead of season opener

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Both scholarship running backs have practiced well in the last two days.

Tom Herman
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AUSTIN, Texas — During a Thursday evening media availability following practice, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman revealed the best possible news for his team’s injury situation heading into Saturday’s season opener against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogsit hasn’t changed since his update on Monday.

That means that junior running back Daniel Young (high ankle sprain), senior running back Kirk Johnson (shoulder), and redshirt freshman offensive tackle Reese Moore will miss the game.

The even better news? Sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram has been practicing recently and made a couple of cuts on Wednesday that let Herman knows that he’s back fully healthy and playing with full confidence in his knee.

And freshman Jordan Whittington, who is dealing with the aftereffects of a sports hernia surgery in high school, isn’t limited by his continued discomfort when he’s on the field. Texas will, however, have to manage the injury throughout the season. Herman said Whittington practiced well on Thursday.

Including among the other players now back on the field are junior tight end Cade Brewer (concussion), freshman tight end Jared Wiley (knee), senior center Zach Shackelford (foot), and senior defensive tackle Gerald Wilbon, who had his knee drained recently and will have to manage an issue with that knee, but he’s also cleared to play.