While the vast majority of the Texas players, coaches and fans have put last season’s Alamo Bowl victory in the rear view mirror, one Horns starter still has the 31-27 win over Oregon State on his mind.
That is because linebacker Jordan Hicks was forced to watch it from his television in Austin. Hicks was dealing with a major hip injury that had only allowed him to play in the Longhorns’ first six games, so he would not have been able to participate anyways.
However, had he not been suspended following a violation of curfew, he could have enjoyed the win with his teammates on the sidelines. Instead, he and quarterback Case McCoy were sent back to campus the day before the game itself. The two had been initially sent home amidst a connection to sexual assault, but no charges were ever filed and both were fully reinstated following the alleged incident.
He still missed his curfew, and he was still sent home, causing an embarrassment to himself and an unnecessary distraction to his teammates.
Recently, Hicks finally took the opportunity the media presented him with and apologized.
“I was a leader on this team and I was out past curfew. As a leader, I shouldn’t have done that,” Hicks said. “I haven’t had the chance to apologize to the whole fan base, and I would like to do that. I’ve done everything I can to earn back the respect of this team and I think I’ve done that.”
After successfully applying for a medical redshirt, Hicks will have two more years with Texas. In the six games he was able to participate in 2012, he collected 23 tackles, 2.5 of which went for a loss.
[H/T: College Football Talk]