UT offensive lineman Zach Shackelford talks to a teammate during the first Spring practice at Denius Fields on Monday March 7, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas center Zach Shackelford recovering ahead of Kansas State reunion

Posted October 17th, 2016

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Later this week, Texas will find out if Zach Shackelford gets to play at a place he almost called home.

Charlie Strong said on Monday that Texas will determine later this week if its freshman center can suit up for Saturday’s game against Kansas State. Shackelford injured his ankle in the second quarter of a 27-6 win over Iowa State on Oct. 15, and he was replaced by sophomore Jake McMillon.

Shackelford has been the starting center in each of Texas’ games this season.

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Shackelford was actually committed to Kansas State before he flipped to Texas this past January. While speaking on a teleconference with Big 12 reporters on Monday, Strong stated that he believed that Texas’ proximity to Shackelford’s hometown of Belton was a motivating factor in his recruiting.

Strong confirmed that knee injuries will sideline running back Chris Warren III and defensive tackle Jordan Elliott on Saturday.

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