Sophomore safety Caden Sterns suffered a knee ligament sprain when he landed awkwardly while helping sophomore cornerback Kobe Boyce break up a pass and is expected to miss four weeks, so his anticipated return is for the Kansas game on Oct. 19. Sterns leads the Horns with 29 tackles after four games, including one tackle for loss, but hasn’t made as many plays in the passing game — through the first four games last season, he had three interceptions, including two against TCU.
Elsewhere in the secondary, junior cornerback Josh Thompson broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot and will be out for an “undetermined significant period of time,” according to the school. Thompson has 11 tackles and one tackle for loss this season. He recently moved outside to cornerback with senior Brandon Jones taking over the nickel back position.
The most difficult player to replace will be the team’s best cornerback, sophomore Jalen Green, who dislocated his shoulder tackling Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard in the first half. His recovery will take at least four weeks. Green has 16 tackles, one tackle for loss, and three passes broken up during his first season as a starter.
Texas also lost some depth at linebacker, as freshman Marcus Tillman, Jr. suffered a third-degree sprain of his MCL on kickoff coverage and will be out for the remainder of the season after having surgery. He will redshirt after making one tackle and recording a quarterback hurry.