The problems continue for the Texas Longhorns and head coach Charlie Strong, as it was recently announced that wide receiver and kick returner Roderick Bernard will be out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
Bernard — a Houston, Tex. native who was the No. 56-ranked wide receiver in the nation according to Scout.com last year — tore his ACL on Saturday during Texas’ 23-0 loss in Manhattan to Kansas State.
The freshman receiver saw the majority of his action this season on special teams, with six kick returns and a season long 26-yard return. In the four games Bernard has played in this season, he has had eight kick returns for a total of 144-yards, averaging 18-yards per return.
Bernard will undergo surgery to repair his knee, and with the recovery time of 6-9 months. And with all injuries that require surgery, this could have implications on the 2015 season, as was the case with Longhorns’ cornerback, Sheroid Evans.
Evans, now a senior, sustained an ACL tear in 2013 playing against Iowa State, and has yet to return to the football field this season. Evans also missed action as a sophomore in key Big 12 match ups with a lower leg injury. While Evans wasn’t considered a quintessential disruptive threat at the self-proclaimed “DBU,” his timeline still raises concerns about Bernard’s return schedule
Strong had a few options to replace Bernard, and official changes to the Longhorns’ depth chart were recently announced, naming sophomore wide receiver, Jacorey Warrick, and freshmen wide receiver Armanti Foreman as the starters. Foreman has seen limited action this season, but Warrick averages around 18-yards per return (3 for 54-yards this season), so at least the Longhorns are able to provide some level of depth that compares to Bernard’s return averages.
The Longhorns will travel up to Lubbock this weekend to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
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