Posted by Jerry Hinnen
The rain of bad news for Mack Brown and Texas has continued to pour today as Brown announced that running back Tre Newton has retired from football following a concussion suffered in the Longhorns' Nov. 6 loss to Kansas State . Newton, the son of former Cowboy great Nate Newton , has dealt with a series of concussions during his two seasons at Texas and though he reportedly still wants to play for the 'Horns, his head injuries have unfortunately made the decision for him. He will also reportedly remain with the team as a mentor to future 'Horn running backs.
A redshirt sophomore out of Texas high school powerhouse Southlake-Carroll, Newton leaves as Texas's fourth-leading rusher this season and has 781 career yards rushing (4.34 per-carry) in his two seasons. Though Newton (like all of Texas's current running backs) failed to make a major statistical impact in his time in Austin, his departure is still a blow for a rushing attack ranked 80th in the FBS and possibly missing regular starter Foswhitt Whitaker .
Brown's options at tailback have been proven limited throughout this miserable 2010 season, and now they've been limited even further.
UPDATE: Newton isn't the only running back whose season ended today due to concussions: Utah 's Sausan Shakerin has also been forced to retire after a head injury suffered in the Utes' 28-3 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday.