Texas right tackle Darius James has played his last game this season. The lineman injured his knee, and the injury will sideline him for the remainder of the season. This information was first reported by Orange Bloods (behind a pay wall), the Rivals outlet covering the Longhorns.
This brings the total number of offensive lineman available for Texas down to just six with a few more games to be played. James was listed with the second team players at both tackle positions with two career starts to his name. Starting center Taylor Doyle is the team’s second string right guard on the depth chart, with Jake Raulerson backing him up at center, but that is the extent of the flexibility listed on the depth chart at this point in the season. It goes without saying Texas has major depth issues on the offensive line, so keeping it as healthy as possible the rest of the month will be crucial.
Texas has three more games to play this season, starting this weekend with West Virginia. At 4-5, Texas still needs to win two more games to become bowl eligible. The way things are shaping up, Charlie Strong may be getting a jump on preparing for the 2015 season instead of preparing for a bowl match-up this December.