• 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.
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.