As Charlie Strong embarks on his second year as the Texas Longhorns head coach, he is hoping that the 2015 season will be kinder to him than his first go-round.
For that to happen, the health of the team will be an important factor.
Unfortunately for the Longhorns, the injury bug has already bitten Texas during spring ball.
Texas is already without starting cornerback Sheroid Evans for the rest of spring practice due to a knee injury.
Now, they will be without inside linebacker Dalton Santos for the foreseeable future due to an ankle injury. Santos suffered the injury during Friday’s practice and it is unknown how long the senior linebacker will be out for.
Santos appeared in ten games last season and recorded 12 tackles. He is one of the leading candidates to start at middle linebacker this season, so a serious ankle injury would be a considerable blow to the Longhorns’ defense.
Texas struggled to a 6-7 record in 2014 and is looking to bounce back.
Strong made it known that he would be changing the culture of the program right away when he dismissed a handful of players for different violations of team rules.
Although Texas fans were disappointed in the performance of the team last season, Strong has a proven track record of success as the head coach at Louisville and also when he was the defensive coordinator of the Florida Gators under Urban Meyer.
The Longhorns will have their hands full right from the start of their 2015 campaign when they will face off against Notre Dame on Sept. 5 in South Bend.
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