MANHATTAN, Kan. (KXAN) — Longhorns offensive lineman Derek Kerstetter suffered a serious ankle injury and was carted off the field during the second quarter of Texas’ win against Kansas State on Saturday.
The Texas training staff took Kerstetter off the field with a brace and a towel wrapped around his left leg. Tom Herman said after the game that Kerstetter dislocated his ankle, but it was “reduced” at the hospital.
Kerstetter will be able to travel back to Austin with the team and was in the locker room for the Longhorns postgame celebration.
“He was back here in the locker room with us…singing Texas Fight which was tear-jerking to see how much love and respect the team has for him,” Herman said.
Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger said the team’s focus was affected after the injury to the senior leader.
“At first, we were all a little rattled. We realized that Derek wouldn’t want us to be playing that way so I think we turned it around and played for him,” Ehlinger said.
Kerstetter is a senior team captain from San Antonio. Kerstetter has played in 38 games, starting 29 during his Longhorns career.