AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas sophomore safety Christian Scott has regained his academic eligibility and will play in the Jan. 7 Citi BCS National Championship Game.
Scott was academically ineligible for the first semester and missed the regular season. But Texas coach Mack Brown said Scott has met NCAA standards and will contribute on special teams.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has worked with the Texas scout team this season while he got his grades in order. He played in 13 games in 2008, notching 15 tackles, breaking up three passes, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble. He was one of ESPN.com's top 150 national prospects coming into college.
Brown said his athleticism will allow him to play on most of the Longhorns' special teams, including as gunner on punt coverage teams because of his speed.
"I would say he would play on all of them, although he won't be on the extra point or field goal teams," Brown said. "Everything else he could do."
And Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp left open the chance he could crack the defensive rotation if he has strong practices leading up to the title game.
"Duane Akina and Will Muschamp are looking to see if he can get involved because he's such a good player," Brown said. "So that's still to be determined."