The hits keep coming for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns, who learned on Saturday that cornerback Sheroid Evans has torn his ACL and will miss the rest of the season.
ESPN Texas tweeted the news:
Texas CB Sheroid Evans suffered a torn ACL against Iowa State and is out for the season. #Longhorns— ESPN Texas (@ESPNTexas) October 5, 2013
Evans, a junior and former 4-star recruit, wasn't a starter in the Longhorns' defensive backfield, but he was a key reserve and contributor on special teams. He has 14 total tackles on the season.
Although his loss won't force Texas to alter its first-string lineup, it's a strike to the Longhorns' depth—something the team can ill-afford. Even against non-elite offenses like Iowa State on Thursday night, its defense has failed to impress.
Oklahoma—a much better offense—is next on the Longhorns' schedule, and it will enter the Red River Shootout in top form.
After struggling early in the year, OU subbed-in Blake Bell as the starting quarterback and haven't looked back, scoring 86 points against Tulsa and Notre Dame in back-to-back games.
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Big-play receivers like Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard have found their stride and will test the Texas secondary in ways it may not be ready to handle. With Evans out, corners like Carrington Byndom and Duke Thomas will be forced to exert energy on every play without the prospect of rest.
With David Ash also scheduled to miss that game, according to the Longhorns' official twitter account, Texas will need a big performance from its much-maligned defense. The loss of Evans makes that even more unlikely than it already was.
It doesn't bode well against the Baylors and Oklahoma States of the world, either.