AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even in the victory over USC Saturday, the Longhorns suffered a big loss.
Junior defensive end/linebacker Malcolm Roach suffered a fractured foot. Tom Herman announced that Roach will require surgery and miss 6-8 weeks. Roach is not just one of the defensive leaders but one of the vocal leaders on the team.
“That’s what we train for,” Herman said. “One of our pillars of our program is competitive focus, meaning when your number is called, that you’re ready and I’m sure that the guys behind him will be.”
Freshman Joseph Ossai is listed as Roach’s backup at that B-backer position, but expect to see a lot of junior Jeffrey McCulloch in the rotation.
“Jeff is as smart a guy as we’ve got on the football team,” Herman said. “Really, really sharp guy that is coming into his own from a physical standpoint. He’s really embraced the physicality that is necessary at that position (inside linebacker) and he’s a guy that is going to be in the right place at the right time just because of how smart he is.”
Texas will be facing an explosive TCU offense that racked up more than 500 yards against Ohio St. on Saturday night in their 40-28 loss to the Buckeyes.
“Their skilled guys on offense are fast in terms of wide receivers and running backs, a running back (Darius Anderson) with a 94-yard it was against Ohio State, who has a lot of speed on defense themselves,” Herman said. “And obviously on defense, even their front and fast and athletic. They played well. They came up a bit short, but it’s as fast of a defense as I’ve seen in a long time.”
Texas is trying to snap a four-game losing streak to TCU, in those four games the Longhorns have not scored more than 10 points in any of those games.
In other injury news, running back Keontay Ingram (bruised knee) is questionable for the game while center Zach Shackelford (foot) is doubtful.
The Texas game at Kansas State on Sept. 29. will kickoff at 2:30 in Manhattan, Kansas.