Backup Texas QB leaving to focus on academics

Backup Texas quarterback Sherrod Harris won’t return for his

final season so he can focus on getting his degree.

Harris said Friday he had ”a couple of tough semesters” and

wanted to stay on track to graduate in December. He is majoring in

corporate communications.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from the Dallas area played in five

games during three seasons as a backup to Colt McCoy.

Harris was the No. 3 quarterback last year behind McCoy and

then-freshman Garrett Gilbert, the new starter who played most of

the BCS championship game loss to Alabama after McCoy got hurt.

The backup battle will be between a pair of freshmen – Connor

Wood and Case McCoy, Colt’s brother.