LB Jordan Hicks 'trying hard to get back'

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks has not been ruled out for the remainder of the season, but he will not play against Texas Tech this weekend.

The junior outside linebacker was not listed on the Longhorns depth chart on Monday for the first time this season. He suffered a groin injury against Ole Miss on Sept. 15 and has not appeared in a game since.

According to a UT spokesperson, Texas has not made a determination on whether Hicks is done for the year.

“He’s really trying hard to get back,” Texas coach Mack Brown said. “Obviously we thought it would be two to three weeks, and now we’re going on seven or eight.

“He wants to play. He was out there running with [strength coach] Bennie [Wylie] yesterday trying to see if he could get back, and they did not think he’d come far enough to play this Saturday.”

If he doesn’t play another game, Texas will seek a medical redshirt after the season for Hicks, a third-year junior. He would have two more years of eligibility. Hicks is expected to qualify for a medical redshirt because he played no more than three contests or 30 percent of this season.

Texas’ run defense has struggled considerably since Hicks went down, and the Longhorns have relied on sophomores Kendall Thompson and Tevin Jackson in his place. His absence has been significant from a leadership standpoint as well.

“He’s our defensive leader,” cornerback Quandre Diggs said. “He’s been that guy to get us going all the time. He goes out and he makes plays and he makes everyone feel a whole lot more comfortable. We have guys that have got to step up.”

Brown also said Monday that running back Malcolm Brown’s status for Saturday’s game against Texas Tech hasn’t been decided and will be evaluated depending on if he practices. Brown has missed Texas’ past four games with an ankle injury.