Selvin Young Out Indefinitely With Broken Ankle

Backup junior RB <B>Selvin Young</B> is out of the Texas lineup for an indefinite period after suffering a broken ankle at he end of a kickoff return in Texas' 22-20 win at Arkansas Saturday, according to sources close to the program.

Two UT trainers assisted Young off the field after Arkansas responded to a Longhorn TD drive with a first-quarter score. Official word on Young's condition is expected Tuesday, when UT issues its weekly trainer's report.

The injury leaves Texas dangerously thin at RB, given RS-freshman Erik Hardeman’s absence for academic reasons. It opens the door for true freshman RB Ramonce Taylor, a first-team Texas 5A all-stater out of Belton, as Cedric Benson’s primary backup. Taylor contributed 94 yards on four carries in the season opener against North Texas, including a game-best 74-yard sprint, but did not see action against Arkansas.

CB Aaron Ross took over Young’s punt return duties while Phillip Geiggar stepped in at kick return against the Razorbacks.

Young was considered Texas third-down back and featured prominently on east-west running plays. He was hampered most of the 2003 season after suffering a groin injury in the Sept. 21 win at Rice. If he is unable to return this season, he is eligible for a redshirt season, which would make him a redshirt junior for the '05 season.

Texas now enters the first of two bye-weeks this season and has 12 days to try to shore up depth at RB. One option is sophomore RB Albert Hardy, who is the No. 2 fullback behind Will Matthews but who cross-trained at both running back spots early in his Forty Acres career. The Horns host Rice, 6 p.m., September 26, in a Fox Sports Southwest telecast.

UPDATE: Selvin Young had successful surgery Monday to repair a fracture in his right ankle. No word yet on a timetable for his return. Stay tuned to for more updates.

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