The freshman, whose 95.2 ypg rushing average ranks second in the Big 12, has practiced all week, according to UT Mens Athletic Department officials. Junior RB Selvin Young will start against the Red Raiders, Texas coach Mack Brown said Wednesday.
Charles' rushing total is third-best nationally among freshmen. Nearly half (49 percent) of his 571 yards have come after contact. Those total yards represent the fastest start by a freshman in Longhorn history.
Young has carried 54 times for 231 yards this season and started the first two games of the season but aggravated an ankle injury in the first half against Ohio State. Charles left the Oklahoma game in the third quarter with a twisted ankle. He carried just three times for eight yards against Colorado last Saturday, but Texas coaches pulled him after Brown said the freshman did not look sharp in "making his cuts". Young rushed for 43 yards on 19 carries, including one TD, against the Buffaloes.
The showdown between the No. 2 Longhorns and the Red Raiders marks the first in 25 years that a conference matchup pitting two Top Ten teams will be staged in Austin.