November 11, 2013

Injuries a big factor in OSU-UT matchup

Saturday's matchup between No. 10 Oklahoma State and No. 24 Texas certainly has major implications for the Big 12 Championship race.

Unfortunately, both teams may be without some of their primary playmakers.

That is a certainty the cash for the Longhorns. They've been without their most important players on both sides of the ball - quarterback David Ash and linebacker Jordan Hicks - for most of the season. Both units took additional hits last Saturday at West Virginia when running back Jonathan Gray and defensive tackle Chris Whaley left the game with injuries.

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Texas head coach announced that Gray and Whaley both sustained injuries that will require surgery and both player's seasons.

Though he was the starter and primary ballcarrier, the Longhorns are best-equipped to handle the loss of Gray. Malcolm Brown has already gone over the 100-carry mark for the season with 111 (Gray had 159). Joe Bergeron has spent time in the doghouse this season due to fumbling issues, but has plenty of experience. The junior has rushed for 1,205 yards in his career, though only 191 of those are from 2013. Brown said that redshirt freshman Jalen Overstreet will see an increased role in the remainder of the season.

Ash is the only one of the four that has...

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