Freshman corner Aaron Ross to miss '01 season

The Longhorns lost one of their top freshman two-a-days performers Friday when UT announced that CB <B>Aaron Ross</B> left the team to clear up some NCAA Clearinghouse issues.

"I have some (NCAA) Clearinghouse issues I need to get resolved in order to rejoin the team," Ross in a statement released by The University. "I'm going to get those issues worked out so I can return to Texas in January."

Last Sunday, D-coordinator Carl Reese said, aside from Derrick Johnson, the two true freshmen that looked most ready to contribute this fall were CBs Ross and Michael Huff. Reese and Brown have both said that the coaches are looking for at least one (and possibly more) of the young DBs to contribute this fall.

With Ross out, Huff might be the guy. Cedric Griffin, who missed time early in two-a-days with an ankle injury, also has seen a lot of scrimmage action at corner over the last week. True freshmen safeties Kendal Briles and Rufus Harris have worked at times with the second-team D, but after Duane Akina double-trained his secondary members in spring, the probable early season safety rotation includes just FS Ahmad Brooks, SS/CB Nathan Vasher, FS/SS Dakarai Pearson and SS Phillip Geiggar.

Ross had gotten a look at both corner spots and had also worked at punt returner during two-a-days. The return earlier this week of sophomore corner Monti Collier, who before missing over a week with a hamstring injury had played himself into the back-up role to Quentin Jammer, solidifies for the Horns the two-deep at corner without a reliance on any of the freshmen corners mentioned above. At punt returner, Ross had worked as the top back-up to Vasher until earlier this week when Pearson took over that spot, possibly in anticipation of Ross's Clearinghouse issue.

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