After weathering the storm with injuries this spring, the Texas Longhorns could be nearing full strength very soon. This includes safety Brandon Jones, who underwent surgery on his ankle in February.
Jones had surgery to fix lingering issues from a high ankle sprain. He suffered the injury while returning punts for the Longhorns in the regular season.
Last year, Jones finished with 70 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. Even though Texas struggled to defend against the pass for the majority of the season, the versatile safety did provide a much-needed boost.
Fortunately for the Longhorns, it sounds like Jones is nearing his return to the gridiron.
Head coach Tom Herman provided an update on Jones and defensive lineman Rob Cummins' injury recoveries, and it's pretty promising for Texas.
“They’re doing almost everything with some slight modifications,” Herman said. “We think by Monday both of those guys will be without any modifications.”
As of right now, the Longhorns should have both players fully participating in practice by Monday.
Texas doesn't have many concerns when it comes to offense, especially with Sam Ehlinger under center. The major concern surrounding the program is whether or not its defense can play complementary football.
If Jones stays relatively healthy throughout the season, the Longhorns should have a leader to rely on in the secondary.