Texas escaped Fort Worth with a win Saturday night but suffered a devastating injury in the process. Starting RB Jonathon Brooks, who has 1,139 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. The school confirmed the injury in a release Sunday afternoon.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian shared his thoughts on the injury to Brooks.
“We’re heartbroken for Jonathon. He was having a fantastic season and leaves a void that needs to be filled. But we know he will continue to be an invaluable leader on our team, helping us prepare as we move forward in our mission this season. I know he’ll work extremely hard in his recovery, get back to full speed as soon as he can, and we will be there by his side supporting him through all of that.”
With Brooks sidelined, freshman CJ Baxter and sophomore Jaydon Blue will see an increase in carries. Baxter ranks second on the team with 390 rushing yards while Blue has added 167 yards on limited carries.
Brooks tallied 1,139 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns through 10 games this season. He also added 25 catches for 286 yards and a touchdown.
Texas (9-1) travels to Iowa State (6-4) Saturday evening. Longhorns opened as a 8-point favorite against the Cyclones.