The Texas Longhorns’ scrimmage on Saturday will reportedly cost them two potential starters for the 2022 season.
Transfer wide receiver Isaiah Neyor and offensive guard Junior Angilau will miss the season after suffering knee injuries during the scrimmage. Horns247 was the first to report the injuries, and LonghornsCountry.com confirmed it with a source.
Both were expected to be significant contributors for the Longhorns, who are coming off a 5-7 2021 in their first season under coach Steve Sarkisian.
Neyor was seen by many as a vital piece to take heat off of freshman All-America receiver Xavier Worthy. Neyor was a second-team All-Mountain West Conference honoree last season, during which he caught 44 passes for 878 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2021. He led the MWC in touchdowns and yards per catch (19.95), and those totals were among the Top 10 in FBS.
Angilau, a 6-foot-6, 320-pound guard, has been part of the program since 2018. He has played or started 34 games for the Longhorns and was a 2022 second-team All-Big 12 Preseason selection by Athlon Sports. Last season, he played in and started all 12 games, starting the first six games at right guard before moving to left guard for the final six games.
Texas will now have to find another prospective starter on its interior offensive line. The injury opens up an opportunity for its 2022 freshman class, which is rich in offensive linemen, to grab a starting spot.
Texas opens up the season on Sept. 3 at home against ULM, before hosting Alabama on Sept. 10 in one of the most anticipated games of the non-conference schedule.
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