The Texas Longhorns defense suffered a rough blow today when it was announced that senior linebacker Dalton Santos would miss the 2015 season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his injured ankle. Santos’ father offered more detail to Horns Digest.
“A lot more complicated than they originally thought,” Santos’s father told the site. “Thought was [surgeons] were going to go in and clean out and do a tight rope on a tendon but had to end up doing a microfracture surgery instead.”
A former four-star recruit from Van, Texas, a town about an hour east of Dallas, Santos has 103 tackles in three years with the Longhorns. His father said that he is expected to make a full recovery and return to the team next season.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Texas’ defense, especially the linebacking corps, is now in the hands of two talented yet inexperienced players: true freshman Malik Jefferson and junior Tim Cole, the latter of whom only has 12 career tackles. Thus, coach Charlie Strong’s plans to make more of a statement this year have hit a major bump in the road.
Hopefully, the team is able to shake off the 38-3 shellacking it suffered at the hands of Notre Dame last weekend and bounce back at home against Conference USA’s Rice Owls on Saturday.
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