After the Texas Longhorns suffered a handful of injuries in the first scrimmage of preseason camp, including season-ending injuries to junior wide receiver Isaiah Neyor and senior redshirt offensive guard Junior Angilau, all but one of the injured players are available for Saturday’s season opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.
The only player absent is junior defensive tackle Alfred Collins, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said, although Collins was able to practice Thursday.
“We’re thrilled with how he looks after this baseball game, but we won’t be playing him this week,” Sarkisian said.
Ranked as the No. 2 strong defensive end in the 2020 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Collins showed promise as a true freshman, recording 18 tackles (11 solo), two tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two pass breakups, as well as a remarkable interception in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado. In 2021, Collins made four starts and again had flashes of strong play with 25 tackles (15 solo), five tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and four quarterback rushes.
So the expectation for this season was for Collins to have the typical third-year breakout campaign. Before the injury, however, it was second redshirt student Vernon Broughton who received praise from Sarkisian for emerging in pre-season camp.
Although the injury represents a setback for Collins, particularly losing rep over several critical weeks of training, he will still have a chance to serve as a key part of the Longhorns’ deep inside defense when he makes his debut. in the season.
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