The bye week didn’t produce a net benefit for every Texas Longhorns position group, as senior tight end Cade Brewer and sophomore tight end Jared Wiley both suffered injuries in practice last week, head coach Tom Herman said during a Monday media availability.
Herman did not address whether one or both players could miss Saturday’s road game against Kansas in Lawrence, but did reveal that Brewer suffered a chest contusion and Wiley suffered a shoulder injury.
“Our tight end room is pretty thin — I don’t know how much 12 personnel that we’ll see throughout the game,” Herman said.
Texas also has converted wide receiver Malcolm Epps at the position, as well as Brayden Liebrock, who hasn’t played since the season opener against UTEP, at least in part because he’s been dealing with his own shoulder injury. Epps had 20 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns last season playing wide receiver, but only two catches for 10 yards and a touchdown in 2020 at tight end, the position he was recruited to play at Texas.
The wide receiver rotation against Kansas could also feature some players who haven’t received a heavy dose of game reps recently, as leading pass catcher Joshua Moore is questionable after suffering a shoulder injury against West Virginia.
The good news at the position is that redshirt freshman Jordan Whittington is back practicing after missing the last three games due to a hip flexor injury he sustained against Oklahoma.
And redshirt sophomore nose tackle Keondre Coburn is also back on the practice field after he left the West Virginia game with a mild high ankle sprain.