Texas defensive back P.J. Locke underwent successful sports hernia surgery on Wednesday, and is slated to miss the next four to six weeks before returning to offseason workouts.
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The Longhorns 5-foot-10, 200-pound defensive back started nine games at nickelback in his sophomore season, and one of the many promising returning starters for Texas’ defense this upcoming season. Locke recorded 33 tackles, six passes defended, two interceptions, and one sack in 2016, and is expected to be ready to hit the field with his teammates for preseason practice this August.
“I love P.J. as a kid, so if something goes down then I can go to him and he’s one of those guys that will read our body language,” Texas defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said of Locke during spring practice, via 247Sports. “So if he knows that we’re upset then he’s going to address things with the group. He’s been that way since the day I met him. He’s explosive when he blitzes, he can cover, and he has a dynamic on film. When we watched him on film, he was probably the most impressive kid, game in and game out. He’s a great kid.”
The Longhorns are looking to return to prominence under newly appointed head coach Tom Herman, but have plenty of talent returning on both sides of the ball despite a disappointing 5-7 record in 2016.