Senior tackle Tony Hills is out for the season with a fibula fracture in his lower left leg, UT head athletic trainer for football Kenny Boyd confirmed Sunday.
Inside Texas reported early Sunday morning that Hills was out for the season with a broken fibula (see: IT Members Only: Hills is done) and Sunday night Boyd officially made the announcement.
Hills joins wide receiver Limas Sweed and center Dallas Griffin as the third Longhorn senior to have his college career ended due to injury this season. In a release from Texas, Hills said:
"I'm disappointed that this is how my college career is going to end, but I'm going to do everything I can to help this team for the rest of the season. I think I can still have an impact in the locker room as a leader and I'll be helping coach (Mac) McWhorter get the offensive line ready
to play. I've been so blessed to be a Longhorn and I want to thank the coaches, my teammates and all the fans for their support during my time here."
A member of the Outland Trophy watch list and a preseason first-team All-Big 12 selection, Hills had started 24 straight games and played in 42 career games. In a release, Texas head coach Mack Brown said:
"We're disappointed for Tony. He was playing as
well as any offensive lineman in the country. Not only is he a great player on the field but he also is a tremendous team leader who provides an emotional spark for our team and especially all of the young linemen. We'll miss having him out on the field but it will be great to still have him
around, helping those guys out and providing leadership. We all know how resilient and positive he is. He'll get healthy, work hard in his rehabilitation and has a bright future in the NFL and beyond."