Texas C Dominic Espinosa out for year with broken ankle

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

Dominic Espinosa (No. 55) started 40 straight games for Texas. (USATSI)
Dominic Espinosa (55) started 40 straight games for Texas. (USATSI)
Texas's 38-7 win over North Texas came at a cost, as the Longhorns will be without starting center Dominic Espinosa for the rest of the season, Charlie Strong confirmed Monday.

Horns247 reported Sunday that Espinosa suffered a broken ankle in the second half of the Longhorns' win over the Mean Green. Espinosa rolled the ankle and needed to be carted off the field after being unable to put any weight on the ankle. X-rays were taken Saturday night with an MRI performed Sunday, Horns 247 reported.

Strong said Espinosa had indeed suffered a broken bone and would have season-ending surgery Wednesday.

Losing Espinosa for any length of time would have been a major blow to a young Texas offensive line, which returned only one other starter and was expected to rely heavily on the four-year starting senior's experience and leadership. The injury will break the Cedar Park, Texas native's streak of 40 consecutive games started, a streak that began with the first game of the 2011 season and has included every Longhorn game since.

Redshirt freshman Jake Raulerson replaced Espinosa following the injury and is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.

As a fifth-year senior, Espinosa would need to pursue an NCAA medical waiver for a sixth year of eligibility if he elects to continue his Texas career.

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