Texas cornerback Holton Hill has been suspended for the remainder of the season for violating team rules, coach Tom Herman announced Tuesday (via KXAN).
While speaking to reporters after Tuesday’s practice, Herman would not disclose further details regarding the ban. Hill will be permitted to practice and remain a member of the team but can’t play in three remaining games against Kansas, West Virginia and Texas Tech as Texas (4-5) tries to become bowl eligible.
Hill’s absence is a huge blow to the Longhorns’ secondary, as he ranks second on the team in tackles with 51 and has a team-best three defensive touchdowns this season. The junior also has two interceptions, six pass breakups and a forced fumble.
Hill, who had started all nine games and is considered by some as a potential first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, is expected to be replaced by true freshman Josh Thompson.
Texas (4-5) is scheduled to host Kansas (1-8) at 6 p.m. ET Saturday.