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Projected starter among Texas defenders injured in first fall scrimmage

A trio of Texas defenders were added to the injury report on Sunday following the first scrimmage of the fall.

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Three Texas Longhorns defenders were added to the injury list following the first scrimmage of fall practice.

On Sunday, Texas announced that freshman linebacker Ayodele Adeoye and freshman safety DeMarvion Overshown each sustained knee injuries during the scrimmage, while senior cornerback Davante Davis suffered a hamstring injury.

“They are currently being treated and evaluated, and an update will be sent when we have more information,” the release stated.

After being promoted last season in place of a suspended Holton Hill, Davis started the final four games of the 2017 season at cornerback to bring his career total to 14 in 34 appearances. Davis has since maintained his role as the first-team cornerback opposite of fellow senior Kris Boyd. Davis capped his junior campaign with 26 tackles, five passes defended and a career-high two interceptions.

Adeoye becomes the latest linebacker added to the Longhorns injury report this fall, joining Jeffery McCulloch (pectoral strain). Adeoye has seen second-team reps at Rover and Mac since arriving in Austin and if healthy, he’s likely to enter the season within the two-deep behind Anthony Wheeler.

Running alongside Adeoye as the second-team Rover during the scrimmage was Overshown, who saw time with the linebackers last week following McCulloch’s injury. It’s unclear if Overshown’s move to linebacker will be permanent, but his size, physicality, and skill set are an ideal fit for a position such as the Rover.

“We’re already thin in that linebacker room, so we felt that he’s the closest young guy to being suited to play that position,” Herman said of moving Overshown to linebacker. “It’s not a permanent move yet, but we need bodies there to take reps and he’s more than willing. He was excited about it because it gets him on the field and gets him playing football. When Jeff gets back we’ll figure out what we’re going to do from there.”

The Longhorns season gets underway on Sept. 1 against Maryland.