Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Texas players can practice with team
By Tim Griffin ESPN.com
Texas junior wide receiver Brandon Collins and sophomore defensive back Christian Scott will miss the rest of the 2009 football season as a result of unresolved NCAA academic eligibility issues.
Both players are enrolled in classes and remain in good academic standing at Texas. They will be permitted to continue practicing with the team, but won't be eligible to play in a game. Both players have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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Collins and Scott missed the Longhorns' first four games of the season. They were suspended along with senior defensive back Deon Beasley before the Longhorns' season opener against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept 5. Beasley was reinstated before the Longhorns' third game of the season against Texas Tech and has seen action in two games.
In the Longhorns' first depth chart before the season, Scott was listed as a co-starter at safety. Collins was a backup at flanker.
Collins has played in 19 career games, starting three, and caught 35 passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns. Scott played in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman last season, with 15 tackles, three pass deflections, a caused fumble and one recovered fumble.
"We're disappointed for Brandon and Christian that they won't be able to play this season but they will continue to practice with the team and work towards earning their degrees, which is the ultimate goal," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "They both have two years of eligibility remaining so they'll help us in practice this year and then get back to competing for playing time in the spring."
Tim Griffin covers the Big 12 for ESPN.com. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.