"Well watch (Young) but we think hes okay," Brown said, before cautioning, "Its stupid to say that on Monday because he hasnt been okay. Well watch him all week and see how he is on Thursday."
Youngs absence has led to the emergence of freshman RB Jamaal Charles. The youngsters 350 yards through the first three games of his career represent the highest total over that span by anyone in program history. He eclipsed Phil Browns total of 269 yards, set in 1990. Charles is averaging 8.8 ypc while 13 of his 40 attempts have gone for 10-plus yards. He also ranks second on the team with eight catches for 94 yards this season.
Young has 78 yards on 13 runs (6.0 ypc) this season. Brown has refused to name a starting RB since Texas 51-10 win over Rice on Sept. 17. The current depth chart lists Young or Charles as the starter.
"Were going to practice (Young) and let him go," Brown said. "He thinks hes well. When talking to him last night, he said hes felt better than hes felt this year. Hopefully he is because we need him back."
Jordan Shipley was expected to make his collegiate debut against the Owls but was sidelined, again, after his left hamstring tightened about 48 hours before kickoff. Shipley was injured the first week of August camp during a non-contact passing drill. He missed the entire 2004 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.
"He and Selvin have had similar attitudes in that theyve probably pushed themselves too hard to get back and havent gotten completely well because of their wanting to get back so badly," Brown said. "I dont think Jordan is ready to go full speed. Well still have to watch him during this week. It sounded like (from trainers) this morning that Jordan will be limited some today and Selvin will be ready to go."
Backup LT Tony Hills has not been cleared for contact, Brown added. The sophomore suffered a hyperextended elbow against Rice.