While Texas kicked off its set of 15 spring practices Thursday, they did so without an experienced member of both its offense and defense.
Head coach Mack Brown revealed yesterday that linebacker Demarco Cobbs will miss the whole of spring practice as he continues to recover from a knee injury. Cobbs suffered the injury in the 11th game of the 2012 season and missed the remainder of the year.
It’s unclear whether the rehab will impact his availability for the start of summer camp.
Cobbs started six of the 11 games in which he played last season as a true junior, and was credited with 35 tackles on the year. Since coming to the Longhorns as a four-star member of their 2010 recruiting class, Cobbs has played in 29 games.
Another starter, guard Trey Hopkins, will be sidelined for all of spring practice as well. The offensive lineman started the first 12 games last year before he was shelved by a stress fracture in his right leg.
Additionally, starting defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat will be limited during the spring. Jeffcoat ruptured a pectoral muscle in mid-October last year and missed the remainder of the season.