Brown: Selvin Young To Start Against Tech

Texas coach Mack Brown has been mum all week regarding the injury status of RB Jamaal Charles but named junior Selvin Young the starter when his No. 2 Longhorns host No. 8/10 Texas Tech Saturday.

Young started the first two games of the 2005 season but yielded his spot to the record-breaking freshman after aggravating an ankle injury in the first half against Ohio State. Charles is the Big 12's second-leading rusher with 95.2 ypg while boasting 8.5 ypc but missed all but one series of the Colorado game last Saturday after "tweaking" an ankle in the third quarter against Oklahoma. Young rushed for 43 yards on 19 carries, including one TD, against the Buffaloes.

"There were times last week where he looked like the old Selvin where he planted and made a great run," Brown said. "He played fantastic without the ball. He has looked better this week than he did last week. And he will start the game."

Charles' total is third-best nationally among freshman and ranks second only to Missouri QB Brad Smith (103.2 ypg) in the Big 12. Nearly half (49 percent) of his 571 yards have come after contact. Those yards represent the fastest start by a freshman in Longhorn history. He has been tackled for a loss only three times during his first 67 carries.

Young has carried 54 times for 231 yards this season. His 28-yarder at Missouri is his longest run of the year. Coaches commended Young throughout the week for his ability to pick up the blitz against CU and for holding on to the football. The junior had been guilty of one fumble for every nine carries heading into the Colorado game.

Brown is also looking for Young to possibly regain his starting role at punt return.

"He's back there now catching them again and he might do it this weekend." Brown said. "We are also looking at Quan Cosby possibly returning kickoffs and punts. As much as our defensive backs will be on the field this week, we could use Quan and Selvin more on punt and Quan on kickoff returns."

(Note: Inside Texas intern Todd Greenbaum contributed to this article.)

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