Texas coach Charlie Strong insisted Thursday the suspensions of starting offensive tackles Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle would not become a distraction as the team prepares for BYU.
Both players were suspended late Wednesday for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“You have to move on,” Strong said on his statewide radio show. “You just can’t allow it to be a distraction. It won’t become a distraction.
“We just move on and get the next guy ready,” the coach added. “We have some players who have a chance now. It’s time for them to step up. They’re on scholarship and they’ve been here. So now they get an opportunity to go play.”
It’s thought that guard Kent Perkins will slide over to right tackle in place of Harrison, a senior who was scheduled to make his first start against the Cougars. Harrison was suspended for the season opener against North Texas and was just reinstated on Monday. Strong announced Harrison was suspended again late Wednesday.
Marcus Hutchins is likely to start at left tackle in place of Estelle. Backup guard Taylor Doyle will likely fill in for Perkins at right guard. The
On his radio show, Strong restated some of the points he made during all throughout the summer. Essentially, the players know about his five core vales and there will be consequences for those who do not follow along. Strong has dismissed seven players and suspended four more since taking over as head coach.
“Any time you’re involved, there’s going to be some people who just think things will be done their way,” Strong said. “We will not become them, they will become us. And when you have 95 percent doing it the right way, there’s 5 percent who are sitting on the fence. Sometimes you’ve got to clear that fence.”
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