Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown met with the media on Friday morning for the final time before Saturday's Alamo Bowl against Oregon State and revealed that sophomore cornerback Leroy Scott will miss the game, adding to a list that already includes junior defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey and junior offensive guard Trey Hopkins.
Perhaps more important for the team were the other two players who have been deemed questionable -- freshman running back Daje Johnson (back spasms) and sophomore linebacker Steve Edmond (ankle).
Scott was a special teams contributor in 2012 who saw little to no meaningful snaps in the secondary, but Edmond is the starter at middle linebacker and a player who needed to show improvement during the Alamo Bowl, but now may not play. Freshman Dalton Santos is listed as the back-up on the last depth chart released by the team, but sophomore Kendall Thompson may be a better bet to slide over into the middle if Edmond can't play or is limited.
The biggest potential loss may be that of Johnson, who was a strong candidate to have a big game with new playcaller Major Applewhite taking over the offense after orchestrating Johnson's flip from TCU nearly a year ago. It's now possible that any increases in the usage of Johnson won't become apparent until the spring or next season if he ends up missing the game or is seriously limited by his injury. In relation to how Johnson's potential loss could impact the game on Saturday, he was one of the players with the best shot of creating big plays in the game, which would make his absence especially detrimental to the Longhorns.