first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEVERLY HILLS – Selvin Young will be among the players taking the field for Texas’ first offensive play from scrimmage in tonight’s Rose Bowl. The oft-injured running back was named the starter by head coach Mack Brown at a press conference Tuesday morning. Young began the season listed first on the Longhorns’ depth chart but saw his time limited by a nagging ankle injury. Young had fallen to third string during the regular season behind emerging stars Jamaal Charles and Ramonce Taylor, both of whom averaged at least seven yards per carry this year. Brown said his decision stemmed from Young’s performance in practice the past month and his veteran status. Young is a redshirt junior, whereas Charles is a freshman and Taylor is a sophomore. “We thought we’d put the older guy out there first,” Brown said.”But we’ve played all three backs, and they’ll play during the ballgame. “He’s just out there for the first snap.” The Longhorns platooned the three backs this season, with each getting between 72 and 114 carries. They are expected to share time today, along with short-yardage specialist Henry Melton. Young gained 416 yards on 89 carries this season and finished fifth in rushing behind Charles, Taylor, Melton and quarterback Vince Young. Shock to the system: Brown said Tuesday he was on a recruiting visit during last season’s Bowl Championship Series title game at the Orange Bowl and did not see much of the first half live. He was shocked by the score when he got home. “I was on a home visit, and I called my wife during the first quarter,” Brown said.”She told me, ‘It looks like Oklahoma’s going to kill them.’ And I said, ‘Hang on, sweetie, ‘Honey, I’ll see you soon.’” Oklahoma led USC 7-0 early in the game. But the Trojans scored 28 unanswered points and outscored the Sooners 38-3 the rest of the first half en route to a 55-19 victory. Pundits predicting a USC blowout today have cited the similarities between this game and that one in defending their predictions. Like this game, that one featured the Big 12 Conference champion playing the Trojans. And like this game, that one featured two highly touted and unbeaten teams. “Obviously, the game last year was not, I would say, what we all thought,” Brown said.”It’s not what I would have thought. If those teams played 10 times, the differential wouldn’t be 55-19 every time. But in that one ballgame, it’s one that USC got rolling and Oklahoma couldn’t stop them.” Walter Hammerwold, (626) 962-8811, ext. 2239 [email protected] last_img

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