The Texas Longhorns are literally and figuratively licking their wounds after their 63-21 thumping at the hands of Oklahoma last Saturday.
Not only did the Longhorns (4-2, 1-2 in Big 12) lose the game, but they also lost defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat for the season with a torn right pectoral muscle and quarterback David Ash to a bruised left wrist.
Ash left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a severe injury but says he will play Saturday against Baylor. Brown said Ash practiced Sunday night, taking snaps with his left arm lightly wrapped.
Ash said he first worried the wrist was broken after taking a hit in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma, but X-rays showed no fractures.
Ash, who has tallied 1,389 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions this season, will be evaluated this week before a decision is made on whether or not he starts against the Bears. Brown said the team has no plans to give freshman Connor Brewer any more reps in practice this week. Junior Case McCoy would likely start if Ash can’t play.
Texas head coach Mack Brown thinks the team has nowhere to go but up after the lopsided loss.
“We got outcoached and outplayed in every form and fashion you have,” Brown said. “That’s two years in a row and it’s unacceptable. Give Oklahoma credit. They played well and we played poorly. We’re exactly where we were at this time last year. We’re sitting here 4-2. It was a setback. We’ve made a lot of progress. We feel we’re a better team now than we were this time last year. You’ve got to take the negative and make it a positive and play harder, play better and play tougher.”
They’ll have to do so without the services of Jeffcoat, who already had four sacks this season and six quarterback pressures.
Brown said replacing Jeffcoat, who tore his left pectoral muscle in January, will be a tough task.
“I really hate it for Jackson,” Brown said. “He was playing at such a high level and one of the best defensive ends in the country. He said last night he’s upbeat and he’ll help us lead. He knows how to rehab so he’ll get back and soon as he can and move forward and get ready for a great senior year.”
Brown said the injury will create more playing time for Cedric Reed and Reggie Wilson, who have combined for 20 tackles this year. He also said the team may consider playing true freshman Shiro Davis.