Nolan Brewster Injury Analysis

A year ago, Texas lost running back Tre Newton to a history of concussions and concussion-like symptoms. This week, the Longhorns announced that junior safety Nolan Brewster will give up football due to a history of post-traumatic migraines and concussions.

In the short term, Brewster's loss might not be as badly felt, as the Longhorns get Christian Scott back this week from a suspension. But the long-term is another story. As Texas coach Mack Brown conceded in his Monday press conference, the Longhorns could stand to lose four safeties — counting Brewster — between this season and next. That total includes seniors Scott and Blake Gideon, along with junior Kenny Vaccaro, who Brown said was an early-entry candidate for the 2012 NFL Draft.

In fact, the Longhorns could return just one safety with any significant playing experience — safety/cornerback hybrid Adrian Phillips — for the 2012 season, and it's a position that's also hurting for depth, with former safety Bryant Jackson receiving repetitions at wide receiver.

That leaves just Mykkele Thompson and Sheroid Evans as candidates to join Phillips should Vaccaro leave, and makes safety a sudden recruiting priority. The Longhorns took a pass on the state's top safety in LaDarrell McNeil, who chose Tennessee, though they are recruiting Landon Collins and Nelson Agholor, both of whom are safety-type athletes, and both of whom are currently considered recruiting longshots. And the staff had originally planned to play Agholor as a cornerback.

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