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Pair of Longhorn linemen undergo offseason surgery

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The college football season is just about in the books for good, with one more game to be played. For the rest of the schools though, the offseason is here and eyes are already heading to the future. Spring football will be here sooner than you think, so a pair of Texas Longhorns made sure to get some surgery taken care of now.

As reported by The Dallas Morning News, Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson and defensive lineman Caleb Bluiett each had surgery on their knees Wednesday morning. Raulerson is expected to be back in time to practice in the spring after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure. Bluiett will be out for a longer time and is not expected back until the summer after having a torn ACL addressed. Both should be ready to go in time for the start of the new season though, when Texas takes on Notre Dame.

Raulerson is expected to compete for a starting job in 2015, but Bluiett’s hopes of cracking the starting defensive front may be hindered by his rehab schedule. Texas can use all the bodies it can get in the trenches, but the most important thing is to ensure each player is healthy and able to contribute when needed. If Bluiett is going to make a case for a starting job, it may have to wait until the season is already underway.

Texas loses another offensive lineman for the year

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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.