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QB Harris May Be Back for Opener
A MRI test on Monday confirmed that Texas backup QB Sherrod Harris sprained the media collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee during Sunday night's practice. Although no timetable has been set on his return, Longhorn coach Mack Brown is optimistic the RS-freshman will be available in time for Texas' September 1st season-opener against Arkansas State.

Backup quarterback Sherrod Harris sprains knee
Austin American-Statesman
In less than a week, Texas freshman John Chiles has evolved from redshirt candidate to second-team quarterback. Chiles' ascension to Colt McCoy's primary backup is due to the left knee injury suffered Sunday by redshirt freshman Sherrod Harris, who was in a dead-heat with Chiles for the second-team spot.

Longhorn notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorns lose backup QB until Sept.
Dallas Morning News
One of Texas coach Mack Brown's top priorities during fall camp – finding a quarterback to back up sophomore Colt McCoy – may have been decided for him Monday, when the Longhorns learned Sherrod Harris of Arlington Bowie has a sprained left knee that could keep him out three weeks.

Longhorns tackle rolls with the punches
San Antonio Express-News
On film, it looked like the kind of football play that happens a hundred times on a hundred high school fields every Friday night in the fall. Alief Elsik tight end Tony Hills had just corralled a pass down the right sideline. One Judson defender hit him high. The other hit him around the knees. And his life changed in an instant.

Harris' injury moves Chiles up Texas' depth chart
San Antonio Express-News
The race for the backup quarterback job at Texas took a painful twist Monday, with news that Sherrod Harris had suffered a sprained knee.

Texas' backup QB suffers knee injury
Houston Chronicle
Texas redshirt freshman Sherrod Harris, who is competing for the backup quarterback job behind Colt McCoy, could miss the remainder of training camp with a sprained knee.

Texas sized opponent on the horizon?
Palm Beach Post
The word around the Oxley Center is that FAU is close to finalizing a game at Texas next season. While athletic department officials say the deal is not finalized, it sounds like there are only a few small details to be worked out before a Owls-Longhorns tilt will be official.

Football recruiting:

'09 Linebacker Likes the Texas Schools
The Texas Longhorns made it a point to get two to three linebacker commits in the class of 2008. That number might not be as high with the 2009 class, but several prospects are already starting to stick out. Rockwall's Aaron Arterburn is one of those guys, and he is looking to improve upon an outstanding sophomore year. Where do the Longhorns stand with Arterburn?

Basketball recruiting:

Scout.com Top 75 2009
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Behind Door No. 1 is the most talented prospect in the nation. Waiting behind Door No. 2 is an elite prospect who never flinched against elite competition. Which would you pick?


Russell sees himself in burnt orange
Austin American-Statesman
Kyle Russell went to the eye doctor for a routine checkup Monday, and the 6-foot-5 Texas slugger was thrilled everything turned out fine. "So I have no excuses when I strike out," Russell laughed. "That's been my goal for the upcoming year: to strike out less." The right fielder was in a good mood Monday, admitting he expected to be back at Texas for his junior season despite being drafted in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cards are still wooing Russell
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Earlier this month, the Cardinals dispatched a few officials to Wichita, Kan., to see fourth-round pick Kyle Russell in action. They taped his batting practice and returned with more information the Cardinals will use to make an offer to college's leading slugger. They have less than 36 hours.


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