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Update: torn Achilles costs Texas its leading tackler

Jordan Hicks, Jeff Scott AP

Just as Texas had gained a bit of momentum following a tumultuous start to the 2013 season, the Longhorns’ defense has reportedly taken a huge injury punch to the gut.

According to Orangebloods.com, starting linebacker Jordan Hicks will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an unspecified injury.  The website reported that it’s currently working on nailing down the specifics of the injury, which would’ve occurred during the win over Kansas State yesterday.

Hicks currently leads the Longhorns in tackles with 41 — Steve Edmond and Cedric Reed are tied at No. 2 with 28 each — and is third in tackles for loss.

If the report is accurate — the school has yet to address the development — it would mark the second consecutive season Hicks has seen his season end prematurely.

Hicks missed most of the 2012 season with a groin/hip injury, and was finally ruled out for the year in November after playing in just three games.  In July of this year, Hicks was approved for a medical redshirt that gave him an additional year of eligibility, leaving him with two entering this season.  As Hicks played in four games this season, he would not qualify for another medical redshirt and sixth season of eligibility.

Hicks’ roller coaster ride the past year-plus hasn’t been confined to on-field injuries as he and backup quarterback Case McCoy were indefinitely suspended in December amidst a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the run-up to UT’s Alamo Bowl appearance.

No charges were ever filed, and both players were reinstated in mid-January.

UPDATED 5:03 p.m. ET: Texas confirmed that Hicks will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after rupturing the Achilles tendon in his left leg.  Obviously, he will undergo surgery this week to repair the damage.

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8 Responses to “Update: torn Achilles costs Texas its leading tackler”
  1. mikemiller007 says: Sep 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    Karma baby Karma …. and now Mack Brown can say that’s what’s happened to the Longhorns.

  2. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 22, 2013 5:44 PM

    This gives Mack a perfect excuse for the impending beat down that OU is going to give them.

  3. v2the4 says: Sep 22, 2013 5:54 PM

    karma mac miller? the heck does that mean? a young man’s season ended due to an injury, just like Florida QB Jeff Driskel’s did, and you think its karma?

    hope Jordan Hicks can get back from this injury and finally play a full season from start to finish in 2014

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 22, 2013 6:21 PM

    His tackles per rape stats will also be impacted.

  5. 13datsyuk13 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:16 PM

    He was leading the team in tackles. Keep in mind Texas averages 4-5 missed tackles per play. This is a tough loss for the team but Santos stepped up last night so it looks like there is a decent replacement.

  6. thefiesty1 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:32 PM

    That’s too bad. He was one of a few that could actually make a tackle without whiffing that the rest of the defense usually does.

  7. tgaustin says: Sep 23, 2013 9:20 AM

    Hey GOODSHIT! You sure do have a hard on for Texas Athletics don’t you! You like to rip Case and Jordan eh?? Funny thing is, when Texas last played Aggie, it was Case that beat your gay-ass milkmen cheerleaders! You’re a sad piece of shit, a GOODSHIT! Hope to one day run into you in Austin! Congrats on beating Rice, Sam Hous. St, and SMU.

  8. goodfieldnohit says: Sep 23, 2013 11:01 PM

    Dear 12 year old tgaustin. A&M beat Alabama last year and boat raced Big 12 Conference Co-champion OU, only because your school told the Cotton Bowl that you were afraid to play A&M.

    Johnny Manziel has never been accused of sexual assault. Jordan Hicks and Case McCoy have been.

    And congrats on beating K State. Too bad you couldn’t beat BYU or that middle of the road SEC team.

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