Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Sher­rod har­riS — Kirk Bohls

• Last year: The third-stringer lost his backup job and fell be­hind true fresh­man Gar­rett Gil­bert in the peck­ing or­der, which cost him any play­ing time. He’s ap­peared in only five ca­reer games, but has never thrown a col­lege pass.

• Why he’s im­por­tant: Who­ever ends up as the No. 2 quar­ter­back in Septem­ber needs some rel­e­vant ac­tion un­der fire, mean­ing in the first half. If Gil­bert goes down or — horror of hor­rors — is proven to be in­ef­fec­tive, Texas’ na­tional cham­pi­onship hopes likely will fall apart with Har­ris hav­ing not taken a mean­ing­ful snap in his ca­reer and the next two in line be­ing fresh­men.

• Best-case sce­nario: Gil­bert never needs to be re­placed and Har­ris comes into games in the fourth quar­ters of run­away games. If that’s the case, Har­ris could save an en­tire sea­son of el­i­gi­bil­ity for fresh­men Con­nor Wood and Case McCoy, who have big­ger up­sides.

Kelly West

Sher­rod Har­ris has ap­peared in just five Texas games and has never thrown a pass for the Horns. He will likely see ac­tion only late in lop­sided Texas wins.

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