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.
Texas offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has been released from a hospital, a statement from the Texas Longhorns announced on Wednesday. However, when he returns to practice and to the field remains to be seen.
“Longhorn sophomore offensive lineman Patrick Hudson has been released from the hospital and will return to classes on Thursday,” the statement from Texas read. “As of now, no timetable has been set for a return to physical activity.”
Hudson was rushed to the hospital a week ago and placed in intensive care following what was described as a heat-related medical event. Hudson remained in the hospital as doctors continued to monitor and take care of the lineman. The cause of the medical scare was still being investigated as of just a few days ago, but news of his release from the hospital should be a positive step for him in recovery.
It should go without saying that Hudson’s health will continue to be observed and Texas will take every precaution necessary to ensure he is not back on a practice field until he is medically cleared to do so.
Continuing an unfortunate trend for the Baylor football program over the course of the last week, Class of 2016 offensive lineman JP Urquidez announced he will not be enrolling at Baylor tomorrow morning as originally planned. Urquidez made the announcement via Twitter.
Rivals rated Urquidez as a four-star prospect out of Copperas Cove, Texas. The recruiting service ranked him the ninth-best offensive tackle in the country in the Class of 2016 and the 24th top player overall from the state of Texas. Urquidez sent a message of support to the recently indefinitely suspended (with the intent to terminate) Art Briles once the news became official.
Urquidez joins fellow Class of 2016 recruits of Baylor Patrick Hudson (another four-star offensive lineman) and four-star running back Kameron Martin in deciding not to enroll in the first summer session at Baylor. Others could soon join them as reports suggest four-star wide receiver Devin Duvernay already wants to move on to another program as well.
Baylor’s Class of 2016 ranked 17th in the nation according to Rivals, but in the wake of this latest scandal news the Bears are already seeing key ingredients of that class looking elsewhere at the final hour.There is not a whole lot that can be done by Baylor other than allowing those players a release from their
National Letter of Intent and offering them best wishes on their way out.