The Texas Longhorns added several talented offensive linemen with their 2013 recruiting class, and it is a good thing that they did because one of their more experienced players on the O-line just had his spring ended.
Texas offensive tackle Josh Cochran, pictured above celebrating a touchdown with Marquise Goodwin last season, suffered a fracture in his lower left leg during a spring training practice on Wednesday, Feb. 27. According to the Texas Head Athletic Trainer Kenny Boyd, Cochran will miss out on the remainder of spring training. Boyd added that while the Longhorns will not be giving a time table for the junior OT’s return, he is expected to be ready to go come August when pre-season practices begin.
The lineman out of Hallsville High School started all 13 games last season for the ’Horns, playing 11 at right tackle and 2 at left tackle. Throughout his college career Cochran has 20 starts and has appeared in 25 games total.
The Texas O-line was solid in 2012 and was expected to be one of the team’s strengths going into 2013. Losing Cochran will hurt, which goes without saying when an experienced lineman goes down, but if preliminary indications are correct and he returns for the fall then the Longhorns shouldn’t have much to worry about.
However, should Cochran not be ready to go in August, Texas will have a chance to get some of those new bodies more reps on the line. JUCO transfer Desmond Harrison is a mountain of a man at 6’7” and over 300 pounds, and getting him some extra time to gel with his new team mates cannot be a bad thing.
The injury has been the biggest news to come out of the Texas spring practices thus far and hopefully will be the only injury that the Longhorns have to deal with. If all goes well then Cochran will be back in business with time to knock off the rust come August, and the Texas O-line will be busting open holes for the Longhorns’ dangerous stable of running backs as well as buying QB David Ash time to work.