The injury leaves Texas dangerously thin at RB, given RS-freshman Erik Hardemans 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 Bensons 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.
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 InsideTexas.com for more updates.