Texas Longhorns’ Running Back Jonathon Brooks Tears ACL, Out For The Season

Texas Longhorns' Running Back Jonathan Brooks Tears ACL, Out For The Season
Texas Longhorns’ Running Back Jonathan Brooks Tears ACL, Out For The Season

Texas running back Jonathon Brooks will undergo surgery, ruling him out for the season, after tearing his ACL on Saturday against TCU. 

Brooks, who replaced first-round pick Bijan Robinson in Texas’ backfield has been a key player for the Longhorns, rushing for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games this year. 

“We’re heartbroken for Jonathon,” coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement. 

“He was having a fantastic season and leaves a void that needs to be filled. But we know he will continue to be an invaluable leader on our team, helping us prepare as we move forward in our mission this season.”

Brooks has eight straight games with at least 98 rushing yards, including 218 against Kansas on Sept. 30.

He also caught 25 passes for 286 yards and one touchdown, including taking a screen pass 73 yards to set up a score Saturday against TCU.

After surgery, he is expected to be in rehab for months and may return to the field for Texas when confirmed fit. 

He was considered a top NFL draft prospect, with ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranking him No. 1 at his position. 

“I know he’ll work extremely hard in his recovery, get back to full speed as soon as he can, and we will be there by his side supporting him through all of that,” Sarkisian said.

Brooks who is from Hallettsville, Texas, has averaged 6.2 yards per carry on 238 attempts in his Texas career.