Injury Analysis: John Harris

Just what does John Harris' knee injury mean to the Longhorns? Come inside to find out.

The release on the foot injury of John Harris was pretty basic. Texas head football athletic trainer Kenny Boyd essentially said that Harris had sustained a left foot injury and that, while he would continue to be evaluated, Harris would miss the Iowa State game.

But what does this mean for the Longhorns? In the short term, the Longhorns will be without one of their better blocking receivers, a player who often helped to seal the edges on plays like the jet sweeps and counters the Longhorns are so fond of running.

In the long term, it could lead to more plays for true freshman Miles Onyegbule, who would appear to be the best candidate to fill in that role. Sophomore Darius White has struggled with consistency, and the Harris role is different than the one played by listed starters Mike Davis, Jaxon Shipley and Marquise Goodwin.

The obvious hope is that the injury isn't serious and that, through the rest that is often required to recover from any foot injury, Harris will be ready to go by the Oklahoma game. If not, Texas could find itself depending on the enigmatic White and the young Onyegbule to seal the edge in the Longhorns' biggest game to-date. If either could emerge in that role against Iowa State (and catching a pass or two wouldn't hurt either), it would create a little more ease with the situation.

But wide receiver was a position significantly thinned by attrition in the offseason, forcing the move of Bryant Jackson from safety, and the Longhorns can't really afford to have any other players on the two-deep succumb to any sort of ailment, short-term or not.


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