The Texas Longhorns have opened their spring practice schedule, but offensive guard Patrick Hudson is not suiting up in pads. Instead, Hudson has retired from playing football amid growing concerns about injuries.
Hudson suffered a heat-related illness last year that saw him rushed to a nearby hospital and treated for a few days before he was eventually released. Hudson never made it to the playing field for the Longhorns, who played in the Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma and topped Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. He appeared in two games in the 2017 season but saw his season cut short due to a season-ending torn ACL injury.
While Hudson will no longer be lining up on the line of scrimmage for the Longhorns, he will still be a part of the football program in Austin. Texas head coach Tom Herman told reporters on Monday Hudson will stay with the program and assist with player development.
Elsewhere on the Texas roster, linebacker Demarco Boyd has returned after being indefinitely suspended last season. Boyd was suspended by the program after being charged with assault.
Herman also updated the status of a few other players on the Texas roster for the spring; wide receiver Devin Duvernay is out due to an injury, defensive tackle Keondre Coburn is waiting for results on what was described as a kidney issue.