Texas' Jordan Hicks to miss rest of season

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks has officially been ruled out for the season and will seek a medical redshirt.

The junior outside linebacker suffered a hip injury during Texas’ 66-31 win over Ole Miss on Sept. 15 and hasn’t played in a game since.

Texas coach Mack Brown made the announcement Monday at his weekly news conference, and said the decision was made by UT’s training staff.

“He’s just not gotten better, and they told us yesterday he is out for the year,” Brown said.

The groin injury, suffered while Hicks was making a tackle, was originally expected to hold him out for up to three weeks. Brown said the injury will not require surgery.

Hicks, a third-year junior, would have two more years of eligibility if he’s granted a medical redshirt. He’s expected to qualify for a one because he played in no more than three games or 30 percent of the season.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound linebacker was leading the Longhorns with 23 tackles when he went down and finished with three tackles for loss and a pass breakup on the year.

“He might’ve been able to come back for the bowl, but I think Jordan has a great future,” Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro said. “He really wanted to play, but it’s been a whole year and he wasn’t ready. It hurts us because he’s a great leader and a great player, but we’ve got guys stepping up.”

In Hicks’ place, Kendall Thompson has earned five starts at the weakside linebacker spot but is now battling true freshman Peter Jinkens to keep the job.