Saturday, November 5, 2011
Longhorns taking on Tech without top WR
By David Ubben
Texas' freshman trio is missing an important player.
A knee injury suffered last week against Kansas will keep Longhorns receiver Jaxon Shipley out of today's game against Texas Tech.
His status was in doubt through the week, but team officials ruled him out on Saturday morning.
Shipley's 33 receptions, 438 yards and three touchdowns all lead the Longhorns, and it'll be a huge loss.
Texas Tech can put up points in a hurry (unless they're playing Iowa State after a historic victory) and it's pretty clear where the responsibility goes now.
The Longhorns' defense has to slow down Tech, but when Texas has the ball, look for more focus on another freshman, Malcolm Brown.
The former blue-chip recruit has carried a heavy load for the Longhorns in past weeks, topping 100 yards in three of the past five games and carrying the ball a career-high 28 times in last week's win against Kansas.
Look for him to get a similar load this week, and some more work for Fozzy Whittaker, Joe Bergeron, and D.J. Monroe.
Shipley has been Texas' most reliable receiver, but when freshman quarterback David Ash is forced to throw it, keep an eye on Mike Davis. He's been somewhat underwhelming this season (27 rec., 418 yards, TD), but he might have to play big today for Texas to get the win.