The running game for the Texas Longhorns could receive a boost this week with the possible return of senior tight end Greg Daniels.
The former defensive tackle missed the first three games of the season after having his knee scoped in preseason camp. Head coach Charlie Strong said on Monday that Daniels will be evaluated later in the week to determine his availability against Kansas.
With only eight catches for 118 yards in his career, Daniels hasn't been a major factor in the passing game throughout his career, with most of his yardage coming on the trick play to open the game against Iowa State in 2012 to honor late head coach Darrell K Royal.
Daniels was, however, a major factor in the running game last season, combining with tight end Geoff Swaim to open up running lanes for the Texas backs. In fact, the two were the most successful blockers on the team in 2013, rarely missing in the running game or the passing game.
This year, junior MJ McFarland has filled in for Daniels and has been an adequate blockers for the first time in his career, but Daniels would represent a significant upgrade, even if he doesn't catch many passes.