Texas’ four-star running back commitment Kyle Hicks (Arlington, Texas/Martin) will spend time this summer recovering from yet another broken bone in his right foot.
Hicks, the Longhorns’ lone running back commitment in 2013, originally broke his foot on the first play of a third-round playoff game against Euless Trinity last season. It’s worth noting he finished that game with 20 carries for 113 yards and a 19-yard game-clinching touchdown.
All seemed to heal well until he participated in the 4x400-meter relay at a regional track meet a few weeks ago.
“He heard a pop,” Martin coach Bob Wager said. “They took him in and they said for whatever reason it never healed properly. They are going to screw it together.”
Wager said the recovery time should be four to six weeks.
“So he should be OK,” he said. “My frustration is I wish we would have done this in December. But I also understand the mindset that if there is a chance that it could heal on its own than we could go that route. Unfortunately it didn’t go that route. So we are at a point now where it needs to be prepared.”
Wager said that Hicks is also frustrated with the injury, but he’s hopeful the No. 18 running back in the country will bottle that anger up and unleash it on the field next season.
“He’s solid as a rock. He is disappointed that he didn’t have the opportunity to go to spring training. But there is an urgency there to,” Wager said. “I look back to my own athletic career and when you sit out and watch you come back with a vengeance.”