NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Texas will be without two defensive backups in Thursday night's Citi BCS National Championship Game after one was ruled ineligible and the other will transfer from school after a recent arrest.
Texas coach Mack Brown announced when his team arrived that backup defensive end Russell Carter would be ineligible for the national championship game after struggling in a recent final. Brown said Carter should rejoin the team for spring practice.
Carter had played nine games this season with three solo tackles, two assists and one tackle for a loss.
Freshman defensive back Marcus Davis, who was suspended from the team in late November, will be transferring. Davis played eight games but was suspended after his arrest Nov. 28 in Pearland, Texas, on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.
Davis played in eight games this season, producing 10 tackles, one sack and one tackle for a loss.