Texas will be without an offensive starter for the entire 2017 season.
The Longhorns announced Wednesday that tight end Andrew Beck will undergo surgery for a fractured foot later this week. The injury will keep the senior out for the year.
Beck was injured last week but coach Tom Herman initially wasn’t sure how long he would be out. Beck has a history of foot injuries, and missed part of spring practice with a similar injury. Herman said the most recent injury was “non-contact” and happened while Beck was running routes.
The injury is a pretty big hit for the Longhorns, who are thin at tight end. Beck is by far the team’s most-experienced player at the position. Though he hasn’t been much of a factor in the passing game with just 12 career receptions, Beck has appeared in 37 career games, including 16 starts.
Beyond Beck, there’s not much experience aside from Kendall Moore, a graduate transfer from Syracuse with 15 career receptions. The Longhorns also have two true freshmen at the position: Cade Brewer and Reese Leitao. Leitao, a four-star recruit, is suspended for the first two games of the season because of an offseason arrest. Garrett Gray, a junior who has appeared in 10 career games, should also see some playing time.
Beck has yet to use his redshirt, so he will be able to return to UT in 2018. He could also petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt in order to regain his lost season.
Texas, in its first season under Herman, open the 2017 season at home against Maryland on Sept. 2.
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