Longhorns losing depth, Brewster out

It was reported yesterday that backup safety Nolan Brewster will give up football, leaving Texas thin at the safety position. Brewster suffered a severe concussion during the Longhorns’ latest victory against UCLA and cited his history of ┬ápost-traumatic migraines and concussions as the cause for his sudden departure. He is the second Longhorn in as many years to drop out of the program due to head injuries. Former Texas running back Tre Newton showed promise until his career was cut short by the same concussion issues.

So what do the Horns do now? Luckily, suspended safety Christian Scott returns to action this week after sitting out three games for off-the-field issues. As long as fellow safeties Blake Gideon and Kenny Vaccaro stay healthy, the production from the position shouldn’t suffer as those two have seen the most time on the field already this season. Once Scott shakes off the rust, he should actually be an upgrade from Brewster. Mack Brown may need to start breaking in some of the young guys soon though because looking ahead to next year there could be a scenario where your entire two-deep at safety from the beginning of this season is all gone (Brewster is gone, Gideon and Scott are seniors, and Vaccaro is draft eligible). Look for guys like Mykkele Thompson and Sheroid Evans to get some PT during mop-up time.

So as the Texas depth chart gets thinner and thinner (remember, the horns are down to only two QBs after Garrett Gilbert announced he was having season-ending shoulder surgery) you may see even more young players on the field – if you can believe it. Pray for all Texas players to come out healthy (and with a W) against Iowa State so that Texas has its full roster against OU.

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