Texas football got some great news on the injury front this past week with the return of Jordan Whittington to practice. 

Head coach Tom Herman met briefly with the media during the Longhorns' bye week on Wednesday and gave a few critical injury updates. Whittington has been participating in individual drills, according to Herman. 

Texas has been without Whittington all year after he reaggravated a sports hernia injury from high school during fall camp. 

Whittington was expected to be a major part of the Longhorns offense entering the year, listed as the No. 2 running back behind Keaontay Ingram. 

The Cuero, Texas product was the No. 2 athlete in the 2019 class according to 247 Sports he announced himself on the scene with 334 yards rushing and six total touchdowns in the Texas 3A State Championship Game this past December. 

Whittington was a standout in the Longhorns spring game as well, drawing praise from coaches and teammates alike. 

His return gives Texas three viable options at running back with Whittington, Keaontay Ingram and Roschon Johnson all at full strength and ready to contribute. Johnson converted to running back from quarterback when both Whittington and Ingram were hobbled by injuries early in the year and has proven to be a natural at the position. 

The Longhorns are currently on a bye after a 37-27 loss to TCU on the road. At 5-3 on the season, Texas likely needs to both win out and get help to reach the Big 12 title game in December in Dallas and for the second year in a row.