The Longhorns received news that they definitely didn’t need when Tom Herman announced that running back Jordan Whittingon would be out four to six weeks with a groin injury suffered against Lousiana Tech on Saturday night.
Whittington is set to fly to Philadelphia to surgically repair a torn abductor and the injury appeared to happen during a cut he made after a catch during Saturday night’s 45-14 route.
It’s a big blow for Herman’s team who is relatively thin at running back with Keaontay Ingram leading the way, with former quarterback-turned-running back Roschon Johnson as the back up after seven carries for 26 yards last week.
The running back room is one to stay away from in Austin, with plenty of guys recovering from injuries. Kirk Johnson is dealing with a joint sprain in his shoulder, Daniel Young sustained a high-ankle sprain last month and four-star freshman Derrian Brown is still coming back from a stroke suffered in February.
So behind Ingram and Johnson this week against LSU is Dave Gbenda, a true freshman lineacker who has been moved to running back. And of course, quarterback Sam Ehlinger is a runner, but the less hits he takes, the better off and healthier he will be come the second half of the season.
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