Texas' O-line takes another hit

Updated: September 4, 2014, 12:27 AM ET
By Max Olson | ESPN.com

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas' offensive line has taken another significant hit after losing its most experienced starter.

Offensive tackles Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle have been suspended for the Longhorns' game against BYU on Saturday due to a violation of team rules, the school announced Wednesday.

Without Harrison, Estelle and senior center Dominic Espinosa, Texas now has the youngest starting offensive line in the nation with a combined five career starts. Espinosa suffered a broken ankle against North Texas and could miss the season.

Harrison, a 6-foot-8, 313-pound senior, had been suspended Texas' season opener, but Strong said Monday the lineman was going to be reinstated. The junior college transfer appeared in seven games last season.

Estelle, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound junior, made his ninth career start at right tackle against North Texas. He was ruled academically ineligible for last season's Alamo Bowl.

Only three of the projected starters on the line -- Kent Perkins (two starts), Sedrick Flowers (two) and Marcus Hutchins (one) -- have starting experience.

Texas also will not have quarterback David Ash against BYU due to concussion-related symptoms, and receiver/running back Daje Johnson and safety Josh Turner remain indefinitely suspended.

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