With the tragic heat-related death of Maryland’s Jordan McNair still fresh on the minds of many across college football, Texas received a rather significant scare earlier this week.
Tom Herman confirmed Thursday that, the day before, UT offensive lineman Patrick Hudson was rushed to a local hospital after experiencing a heat-related medical event during practice. Hudson was initially placed in intensive care but has since been moved out of ICU after his body temperature and other vital signs returned to normal levels.
Herman said the Texas training staff did a good job of assessing the situation and got Hudson into an ice bath to help control his body temperature but called for an ambulance to take Hudson to the hospital after his temperature didn’t come down as much as it should have.
“Patrick suffered from heat illness,” Herman said. “Our staff did a good job of getting him into a cold tank and calling for an ambulance. His body temperature is back to normal. His vitals are great. … They ran some tests and hopefully we’ll be able to see why Patrick had such an issue when no one else on the team did.
A backup left guard, the 6-5, 325-pound Hudson has, obviously, been ruled out of this weekend’s game against Tulsa as he continues to be further evaluated by medical personnel.
Hudson played in the first two games last year as a redshirt freshman before suffering a season-ending injury in the Week 2 win over San Jose State.