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AUSTIN- The Texas Longhorns are 4-5 and trying to get to a bowl game in Tom Herman’s first season in Austin. That goal got harder on Tuesday afternoon when the university announced that junior cornerback Holton Hill was suspended for the rest of the season for a violation of team rules.

Per the school, Hill is still listed on the roster and will be allowed to practice with the team, but not play in games. The school did not disclose any specific violation that may have landed the junior in trouble.

The cornerback from Houston Lamar had emerged as one of the most important playmakers on the defensive side of the ball for the Longhorns. Hill was second on the team in tackles (51) and also had two interceptions and a blocked field goal return for touchdowns. He was also projected as a first-round pick by Bleacher Report in one of their most recent mock drafts.

Hill’s absence leaves a large void in the Longhorn secondary for the rest of the season. Texas will look to bounce back on Saturday at home against Kansas.

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