Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks was knocked from the game in the second quarter with what was called a hip injury. The exact extent of the injury in unknown. The affect of his loss on the defense was much more tangible.
"When he went out we panicked," said linebacker Steve Edmond.
Hicks, a junior, is the only returning starter at linebacker. He makes all the calls and is considered the leader of that unit. Add to all that the fact that the linebackers had somewhat struggled at the start of the season and it is easy to see why there was panic.
"We always tell those guys your roles re subject to change," said defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.
Texas never did adjust to the sudden change of not having Hicks in the game. Ole Miss scored at a pace that no one, aside from Oklahoma, has done to Texas recently.
But the Longhorns do have a bye week to sort things out. One of the things Texas might if Hicks is not ready for Oklahoma State do is move Demarco Cobbs to the weakside spot to make room for Tevin Jackson or Kendall Thompson. Texas is also continuing to explore the possibility of Dalton Santos in the middle. Right now he is backing up Edmond but there has been some push to get him more time.
Hicks was not the only player to come out of the Ole Miss game. Running back Joe Bergeron was banged up and had to leave in the second half. Texas indicated Bergeron's injury was not serious.