But while Whittaker's career in Austin is over, the Longhorns two star freshmen have recovered in time to play in the 2011 Holiday Bowl.
Brown rushed for 707 yards and 5 TD's on 4.4 yards per carry this season, while Bergeron had 454 yards and 5 TD's on 6.6 yards per carry. For Texas coach Mack Brown, it's hard not to think what the season could have been if his key offensive play-makers had stayed healthy:
"People will say, 'don't talk about injuries,' Brown said. "But when it's nearly everybody who is touching the ball, it's hard not to."
With highly-touted RB Johnathan Gray headed to Austin next season, after a high-school career where he shattered nearly every state record, a strong performance against California will be huge for Brown and Bergeron headed into spring football.