Texas has suspended senior offensive guard Kent Perkins for one game after he was arrested for a DWI charge last week.
The suspension will be served during Texas’ next game this weekend against Big 12 opponent Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have lost two out of the last three games, including last weekend’s game at Baylor to drop to 0-1 in Big 12 play to start the season.
The loss of Perkins for one game is a blow to the Texas offensive line, as he is one of the most experienced players in the trenches for the Longhorns. He has started 26 games, with all 26 coming on the right side of the offensive line.
Alex Anderson and Jake McMillon are expected to fill the vacancy at right guard this weekend and Perkins is expected to return to the field next week.
That certainly didn’t take long.
Just an hour or so ago, reports began to surface that starting Texas offensive lineman Kent Perkins had been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated earlier Friday morning. A short time later, head coach Charlie Strong issued a statement expressing his disappointment in the situation.
Yet to be determined? What if any punitive actions will be taken by Strong.
We are aware of the situation involving Kent Perkins and gathering facts at this time. We’re disappointed in his actions and take a strong stance against drinking and driving. When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you not only risk your life, but the lives of others, and that’s something you just can’t do. We will make sure that Kent learns from this and handle any punishment once we have more information.
Perkins has started 26 games during his Longhorns career, making him the most experienced lineman on the roster.
For just the second time (that we know of) since Charlie Strong‘s first season at Texas in 2014, the head coach has an off-field legal issue with which to deal.
The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that senior offensive lineman Kent Perkins was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated. What led to Perkins being pulled over in the initial traffic stop is unclear.
Neither the university nor the football program have commented publicly on Perkins’ predicament.
Perkins is the most experienced lineman on the Longhorns’ roster, starting 26 games during his time in Austin. Of those starts, 14 came at right guard and 12 at right tackle.
This season, Perkins started in Week 1 and 3 at right guard. He didn’t play in the Week 2 win over UTEP because of an injury.
Texas quarterback Shane Buechele had a chest, and not head, injury that caused him to miss part of Saturday/Sunday’s loss to California, Charlie Strong revealed Monday. However, Strong said, the injury is not serious and the true freshman is expected to be on the field when the Longhorns return to action at Oklahoma State on Oct. 1.
Added Buechele himself, via the Austin American-Statesman: “I’m feeling great. (It’s) a new day.”
Buechele speculated he may have landed on a football awkwardly.
Buechele led Texas to 10 points in the Longhorns’ first two drives before exiting for the locker room. Tyrone Swoopes entered for him, and produced two touchdowns before throwing an interception on a drive where the ‘Horns were driving to potentially take a 31-14 lead.
Buechele returned to the field on the drive after the interception, which he ended with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jacorey Warrick at the 7:43 mark of the second quarter.
Though Texas scored 31 points over the first quarter-and-a-half, the Longhorns scored but 10 points over the final two-and-a-half frames. Buechele’s play deteriorated throughout the night, and he finished with a line of 19 completions on 33 attempts for 196 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His completion percentage (57.6), yards per attempt (5.9) and quarterback rating (111.41) were the lowest of Buechele’s young career.
There was a never-before-seen oddity in today’s AP poll, though you are forgiven if it slipped by you unnoticed.
Just three Big 12 teams dotted the poll: No. 16 Baylor, No. 21 Texas and No. 25 Oklahoma. Which means, for the first time in the league’s 21-year history, not a single Big 12 team qualified for the AP’s top 15.
Saturday’s twin losses by Oklahoma (to Ohio State) and Texas (to Cal) likely doomed the Big 12 to its second CFP-free postseason in just the third year of the system.
Eliminating leagues entirely this early in the season is asking for trouble — recall what you thought of Ohio State’s title chances after that home loss to Virginia Tech in September of ’14 — but the Big 12’s seem safe considering the conference has accomplished next to nothing in non-conference play. Texas’s win over Notre Dame has aged like a forgotten cup of milk, and the league’s second-best win is… Oklahoma State over Pittsburgh? West Virginia over Missouri?
The most memorable moment of September has been Oklahoma State’s unjust loss to Central Michigan. (Which, oddly, has kept the Pokes out of the rankings even after Saturday’s win over Pittsburgh.)
Overall, the Big 12 is 3-10 against the Power 5, the American and the MAC and 16-12 against the rest of college football. That includes the FCS.
An empty non-conference season is bad enough, but it builds into the league’s inherent problem: its 9-game, round-robin schedule without a championship game was built for the bowl-and-poll era, not the Playoff. Heading into its sixth season of existence, no team has run through the 9-game gauntlet unbeaten.
With no title game to serve as a punctuator and no good non-conference wins to look back upon, the Big 12 champion — whoever it is — may have a tough time arguing for one of the final four spots.