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The Texas Longhorns are starting to put together a who's who list of injured players.
And as much as the Longhorns (7-2, 6-0 in Big 12) miss what the injured players have given Texas on the field, the intangibles the injured players provide has also been tough to replace.
That's especially the case with the newest Longhorns lost for the season running back Johnathan Gray and defensive lineman Chris Whaley.
Both players were injured in the 47-40 overtime win by Texas Saturday at West Virginia.
"They're two of our best leaders," Texas head coach Mack Brown said. "They're both very tough. They're emotional. They lead in the dressing room. They lead on the field. They've really helped this team grow up and be tougher and pull together."
Brown said because Texas has lost so many team leaders to injuries that he's going to have several travel with the team because of the importance of their leadership to Texas.
Texas doesn't have to travel Saturday for its showdown against Oklahoma State (8-1, 5-1 in the Big 12). Like the Longhorns, who have won six-consecutive games, Oklahoma State comes into the game on a roll. The Cowboys have won five straight since losing their Big 12 opener to West Virginia.
"This will be a great football team between two teams that are playing really well right now," Brown said. "It hasn't been easy but this team (Texas) has a lot of resolve. They're resilient to injuries, to negativity, to the two losses we had earlier and really what they're doing is trying to win the day and make sure they practice well tomorrow and make sure they play well Saturday. They're fully aware of the next three games we have and how good these teams are. They're excited about the challenge of Oklahoma St. coming in and they're still alive in the race. They're really pumped about that."
After early non-conference losses to BYU and Mississippi, Texas has scored at least 30 points in all six of its conference games. The overtime win was a new experience for Brown as it was the first-ever overtime game for the Longhorns.
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Nov 9, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray (32) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
The win over West Virginia was huge for the Longhorns, but it didn’t come without a cost. On Sunday it was announced that starting tailback Johnathan...
The Texas Longhorns won in overtime at West Virginia Saturday night 47-40, but lost two starters for the season. Sophomore running back Johnathan Gray suffered a torn achilles tendon that will require surgery.
Gray had 159 rushes for 780 yds. and four touchdowns for the year. He had been on pace to become the first Longhorn running back to gain over 1000 yds. since Jamaal Charles...
Texas rolled into Morgantown ready to dismantle a West Virginia team that was 4-5 on the season. However they got more than they bargained for as the Mountaineers blocked a punt for a safety on the Longhorns first drive. From that point on, the Longhorns were under fire from an active WV defense that was goaded on by a rowdy crowd.
WV lost starting quarterback Clint Trickett...
Johnathan Gray asked a fateful question before his team's last game.
''What does it feel like to tear an Achilles?'' Gray asked one of the trainers. ''Is it like somebody kicked you or is it like a knife?''
Gray got the answer to his question in a painful way when he caught a short pass from Case McCoy early in the third quarter of the Longhorns...
I interviewed Jonathan Gray last year as he accepted the award for the Gatorade High School Player of the Year. He was a great kid and based on his high school career Texas fans had every reason to be excited. He exploded this year in his sophomore season with 790 yards and a 4.9 YPC average. His running helped Mack Brown and Texas salvage a season that looked like a potential disaster...
In a tough blow to Texas' Big 12 title hopes, the Longhorns lost senior DT Chris Whaley and leading rusher Johnathan Gray for the season with injuries.
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Texas overcame a 10-point second-half deficit at West Virginia Saturday night, pulling out a 47-40 overtime win when Steve Edmond intercepted Paul Millard's fourth-down pass.
You won't find too many Big 12 football fans that don't know the names of Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom, the two Texas cornerbacks. Byndom is a senior and Diggs is a junior, and both get mentioned a lot because Texas has long believed that pair to be talented enough to man up on opposing receivers.
It was another off night for the Texas against an opponent they should have dominated, but in the end the Longhorns prevailed in Morgantown 47-40 in OT Saturday night.
The game started off in disastrous fashion as an Anthony Fera punt on the first drive was blocked for a safety. The Mountaineers then drove 42 yards in six plays to go up 9-0 on the back of Charles Sims two yard touchdown...
There will be some adjustments taking place this week on the defensive line for the Texas Longhorns as former starter Malcolm Brown (the defensive tackle) jumps in at the nose position. Brown's move is necessary after Chris Whaley was lost for the season in last Saturday's 47-40 overtime win over West Virginia. It will be an adjustment although Brown has nine starts in his career.
Jonathan Holmes scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and Texas erased a 17-point deficit to pick up a 82-77 win over South Alabama on Tuesday night.
Texas (2-0) scored the first basket but did not lead again until late in the second half. South Alabama (1-1) opened the game on 18-8 run and eventually took a 45-31 halftime lead, hitting 10 of 21 3-pointers in the first half...
Photo credit: Evan Habeeb/Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
I was ready.
I was ready to lay into Mack Brown. I was ready to lay into the defense for giving up 40 points. I was ready to start throwing in the towel, but as “Mack on a Pay phone” says: “Give the Longhorns credit.”
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