Aaron Ross Taken to Hospital

Texas CB Aaron Ross was taken St. David's Hospital on Thursday morning after being discovered in a "disoriented" state by police in the north Austin suburb of Pflugerville, according to a law enforcement official.

Police were called to Casa Garcia's restaurant (for an attempted robbery call, according to the Austin American-Statesman), in the vicinity of which they found Texas cornerback Aaron Ross in a "disoriented" state. He was transported to St. David's Hospital for "his own safety," according to a law enforcement official.

No criminal charges have been filed.

According to one source, Ross arrived at the restaurant in a delusional state and police were called to the scene. When police arrived, they found a vehicle owned by Ross' girlfriend, UT track star Sonya Richards, empty but running outside Casa Garcia's.

Ross is resting comfortably after the incident, his bowl game status is still undetermined.

In a release from Texas, Aaron Ross said:

"I really don't remember that much. I remember getting in the car to head to practice and I must have fallen asleep and run off the road. I was pretty shook up and out of it, but they checked me out at the hospital and I'm okay. I feel lucky that I didn't hurt anyone else or myself."

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Ross signed with the Longhorns out of Tyler John Tyler High School in 2001, but the NCAA clearinghouse said he was ineligible to play. In 2002, the cornerback, believing the issued had been resolved, signed again with Texas and was again turned away. The problem arose because Ross transferred from San Antonio Fox Tech to John Tyler his sophomore year of high school and half a credit's worth of English didn't make it on to his transcript.

In 2003 Ross finally made his debut with the Longhorns and in his first game as a Texas freshman, the Horns' 66-7 blowout of New Mexico State, Ross made it onto the field and was back into the game of football. In mop-up duty and special teams work, he only registered a single tackle on the game, but it was an important tackle. It was his first in two years. He finally got the feeling of hitting an opponent back. He finally got the game of football back into his system.

"I'm not the kind of guy to give up. I just kept working hard," Ross told Inside Texas last month.

The 2006 Thorpe award winner has been projected as a possible first round draft pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.


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