Charles left the Oklahoma game in the third quarter with a reported twisted ankle and did not return. RB Selvin Young would get the starting nod if Charles is unavailable, Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis said earlier this week. He would be backed by sophomore Ramonce Taylor and freshman Henry Melton.
Young posted 45 yards on 11 carries, including one TD, while subbing for Charles against the Sooners. The junior started the first two games of the season but missed the second half of the Ohio State game and the Rice game after re-aggravating an ankle injury against the Buckeyes. Taylor worked as the starting RB during spring drills but has worked primarily at WR on game day. Taylor practices at least one series a day at RB, Davis said.
Charles practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday before tweaking the ankle. His 116 yards on nine carries led all rushers in the 45-12 rout of the Sooners while his 80-yard TD run was the longest by a Longhorn in the 100-year history of the series. Charles is currently the Big 12's second-leading rusher with 112.6 ypg (NCAA No. 15), second only to Missouri QB Brad Smith (116 ypg). Charles' 8.8 ypc tops all Big 12 rushers while his 137.4 all-purpose yards leads the league.
Texas kicks off against Colorado at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.