Jeffcoat out for year with torn pec, Ash not ruled out of this week’s Baylor game

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Junior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn right pectoral muscle that he sustained against Oklahoma on Saturday, according to head athletic trainer Kenny Boyd.

It is not the same pectoral muscle that Jeffcoat injured in 2011. He had surgery in January to repair the tear on the left side and had fully recovered.

His loss is a huge blow to an already reeling Longhorn defense. Jeffcoat is fifth on the team in tackles with 31, has recorded four sacks, forced two fumbles and scored a touchdown in the West Virginia game.

He and Alex Okafor formed a formidable pass rush and had combined for 10 sacks through the team’s first six games.

The news is better for quarterback David Ash, who left this Saturday’s contest with a wrist injury and was seen on the sidelines with heavy swelling in the area, as X-ray’s failed to reveal a fracture.

Byod stated that he will be continue to be evaluated throughout the week, and has not been ruled out of this weekend’s game against Baylor.

Defensive tackle Brandon Moore, who was carted off the field on Saturday, sustained a neck sprain and will be further examined this week to determine his availability against Baylor. This is promising news for Moore, as the injury looks considerably better than it did on Saturday when he sat prone on the field for minutes without much movement.

Junior left tackle Donald Hawkins is also questionable for Saturday’s game against the Bears, after he sprained his left ankle in the first half against Oklahoma. Hawkins was not cleared by the medical staff to return to action.

Printed on Monday, October 15, 2012 as: Jeffcoat out for season with torn pectoral