One of the most significant benefits of only playing 10 games this year for the Texas Longhorns is having three bye weeks as the season breaks into 1-3-3-3 increments.
Coming out of Saturday’s win against the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Horns are once again banged up — that’s simply the nature of playing three games in a row.
The one player who could benefit the most is senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who has struggled with his accuracy in recent weeks and admitted, “The bye week’s coming at a perfect time, let’s just say that.”
Neither Ehlinger nor Tom Herman have discussed what is bothering Ehlinger specifically, but he did suffer a calf contusion against Baylor and is likely dealing with some torso injuries given all the hits that he’s taken this season.
Other key players are also on the mend, including junior running back Keaontay Ingram, who suffered a high ankle sprain early in the Oklahoma State game and was out against West Virginia. Ingram is expected back against Kansas following the bye week, but depending on the flow of that game, it’s possible that the staff could opt to hold him out in order to give him another week for that ankle to heal.
Sophomore wide receiver Jordan Whittington is perhaps more likely to play after he started running last week for the first time since he took a helmet to his side against Oklahoma. He’s missed the last three games, but could make his third appearance of the season against the Jayhawks.
There were also a handful of injuries sustained against West Virginia.
Redshirt sophomore nose tackle Keondre Coburn left the game with a sprained ankle and did not return. Like Ingram, the staff could choose to hold him out against Kansas after his replacement, sophomore T’Vondre Sweat, played arguably the best game of his career on Saturday.
Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Joshua Moore also left the game against the Mountaineers after suffering an AC sprain of his shoulder. That particular injury has not limited Texas players for a significant period of time, Herman noted after the game. Moore did not have a reception against West Virginia prior to his injury.
A knee injury sustained by junior punter Ryan Bujcevski will require a Sunday MRI to determine if there is any structural damage to that knee. Texas was lucky to get out of the game on Saturday without needing junior kicker Cameron Dicker to attempt his first collegiate punt. When Bujcevski was injured last season, backup kicker Chris Naggar filled in, but Naggar left for SMU during the offseason as a graduate transfer.
Herman didn’t provide an update after the game, but junior linebacker Juwan Mitchell was also banged up, but still managed to lead the team with nine tackles.