When the Texas Longhorns travel to Houston on Saturday to face the Rice Owls at NRG Stadium, defensive coordinator Todd Orlando and his group may face off against backup quarterback Tom Stewart after starter Wiley Green suffered an injury last week.
In the first quarter against Wake Forest, Green ran right in an attempt to find the end zone and was hit by multiple Demon Deacon defenders. Green stayed down on the field for about 10 minutes as he received medical attention before he was carted off the field on a backboard and then hospitalized.
The school has confirmed that the testing of Green following his injury came back negative, resulting in his release from the hospital on Friday night, but his status for the game is currently unknown.
His replacement against Wake Forest was Harvard graduate transfer Tom Stewart, who went 19-of-30 passing for 185 yards and a touchdown. The Dallas native was a one-year starter at Harvard and had a penchant for creating big plays through the air, leading the Ivy League in yards per completion at 15.2, but struggled with his accuracy, as he only completed 53 percent of his passes. Those struggled continued against the Demon Deacons.
Green, a redshirt freshman, won the starting job in preseason camp after appearing in four games last season, during which he completed 45-of-88 passes for 621 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions. In the season opener against Army, he only competed seven of his 14 pass attempts for 62 yards, but got off to a strong start against Wake Forest — he completed 3-of-5 passes for 69 yards before the injury.