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Steve Sarkisian expects Texas WR Jordan Whittington to miss remainder of regular season

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The Longhorns head coach is hoping for a postseason return for the team’s standout receiver.

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The clavicle injury that Texas Longhorns junior wide receiver Jordan Whittington suffered against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Cotton Bowl last week is expected to keep him out for the remainder of the regular season.

When Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian revealed on Monday that the injury requires surgery, he didn’t have a timetable for Whittington’s return. During Sarkisian’s Thursday media availability, he provided some more clarity on when the 6’1, 203-pounder may see the field again.

“It’d be great to get him back, whether it’s a possible Big 12 Championship or bowl game, I know he wants to work back — I just saw him, so he looks good, but it’s a bone [injury] and we’ve got to see how that heals, see how long that takes,” Sarkisian said.

Sarkisian didn’t want to call replacing Whittington a by-committee approach, but did once again emphasize the opportunity available for junior Marcus Washington and redshirt freshman Kelvontay Dixon. And while juniors Al’Vonte Woodard and Kai Money also received mention, Texas has shortened the rotation at wide receiver significantly compared to the number of players who saw playing time under former head coach Tom Herman.

“Looking forward to seeing the guys step up and that’s the beauty of having a week of work to prepare,” Sarkisian said. “Sometimes when things happen in game, some people can get caught off guard, but in this scenario I think guys are really wired into the plan and I expect them to play well.”