The 2011 season has been the second consecutive rough one for Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns.
Unfortunately, one of the team's few bright spots this season has now been lost, as well.
Senior running back Fozzy Whitaker tore the MCL and ACL in his right knee during the Longhorns' 17-5 loss to Missouri, Saturday.
The injury and subsequent surgery to repair the ligaments will officially end the NCAA career for Whitaker.
The 5-10, 202 pound Whitaker had struggled with injuries throughout much of his career at Texas. When healthy, however, he had demonstrated the lateral agility and straight-line speed that every NFL scout is looking for in a running back and kick returner.
Though his senior season was cut short, Whitaker may have already shown enough to intrigue scouts. He posted 955 all-purpose yards this season for the Longhorns and led the team with nine rushing touchdowns. He showed an ability to make big plays at critical moments for Texas, including returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry and achieving the same feat the week after against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. No player in Texas history had previously scored on 100 yard+ kickoff returns in consecutive games.
Largely due to Whitaker's durability questions, he is currently rated as the No. 23 running back in the 2012 draft by NFLDraftScout.com.