Quarterback Changes at Texas

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 5: Quarterback Sherrod Harris #17 of the Texas Longhorns warms-up prior to their game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Warhawks 59-20. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

This morning, Texas Longhorns backup quarterback Sherrod Harris, a fifth-year senior, announced that he will not return to the team this season. He will instead focus on finishing up his corporate communications degree in hopes of graduating in December.

Said Harris in the statement released by the team:

I’ve had a couple of tough semesters in school and I really need to get back on track academically so I’ve decided to focus most of my effort on academics for what is possibly my last semester in school. This was a very tough decision because I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time on the football field, running out of the tunnel on game day and being a part of the team.

Everything I’ve heard about and seen from Harris shows that he’s a great kid, and you can’t blame him for focusing on his education. But his leadership will be missed by the team.

And last season’s National Championship Game proved the adage that a backup quarterback is only one play away from the starting position.

So, now Coach Brown must decide who that backup is going to be. He had planned on red-shirting both Case McCoy and Connor Wood. Both true freshmen have been on campus since the spring semester, but neither had separated from one another.

In the near future, Texas coaches will have to decide between the two. The opening kickoff against Rice is only twenty-nine days away.

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