Texas Longhorns junior wide receiver Daje Johnson won't have an opportunity to reproduce his 2013 heroics at the Cotton Bowl, as the school announced on Friday evening that he isn't with the team after suffering a hamstring injury against the Baylor Bears last weekend.
Johnson scored on a long punt return touchdown last season, creating the separation to put the resounding upset away.
There were no updates on Johnson throughout the week as the Horns prepared for the Oklahoma Sooners after he only received one carry and touched the ball on a reverse in his return from suspension against Baylor.
Now without the valuable speed of the Pflugerville Hendrickson product, the Texas offenses will have to turn in other directions to find explosive plays, perhaps to freshman wide receiver Armanti Foreman. Perhaps to Foreman on the type of trick play that Shawn Watson said Tuesday is a part of the base offense.
There's also continuing buzz that junior Taylor Doyle will play over redshirt freshman Jake Raulerson at center to deal with the man-mountain that is 6'6, 340-pound Oklahoma nose tackle Jordan Phillips. The team with the most rushing yards in the Red River Showdown almost always comes out the winner.