Robison Expects To Play Against KU

DE Brian Robison is all but fully recovered from the Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for the first time in two seasons last weekend and he said he expects to be on the field when No. 2 Texas completes its home schedule Saturday against Kansas.

"I'd say right now I'm about 95 percent and, hopefully, by Tuesday night or Wednesday I'll be at 100 percent," he said. "I feel like my chances of either starting this week or getting some playing time are very good."

Robison reported that he "felt very well" while running Sunday and also had no trouble firing out of his stance. The current depth chart lists Robison and Brian Orakpo as co-starters at (power) DE. RS-freshman Orakpo was credited with his first start in subbing for Robison during Texas' 62-0 thrashing of Baylor. Robison had started 20 straight games at DE prior to suffering the injury at Oklahoma State on October 29. The decision to sit out the Baylor game was reached the middle of last week.

"Last Tuesday, I still wasn't feeling like I was going to be able to go," Robison said. "We worked it day by day and, by Wednesday, we knew there wasn't any sense in hurrying it. You might as well just take the week off and let it get back to 100 percent before going back out there too early."

Robison strained the muscles around the Achilles tendon just before CB Daniel McLemore intercepted a Vince Young pass late in the first quarter. Up to that point, Robison led the team in TFLs (13) and sacks (six). He has 42 stops, nine QB pressures and two forced fumbles in eight games.

"I had never hurt my Achilles like that before so I thought maybe I had just tweaked it," Robison said. "It didn't hurt too bad at the beginning. When they got the interception, I went to run out there and it just grabbed a hold of me. I took one step and then I couldn't put any pressure on it."

Orakpo was credited with four tackles, including a seven-yard sack of QB Terrance Parks late in the second quarter.

Coaches moved DTs Frank Okam and Derek Lokey to DE primarily to give Tim Crowder a rest.

"We were not worried about Orakpo playing," Brown said. "We think he's a starter. He is a really good pass rusher and he's really quick. He makes a whole lot of plays like that."

The primary growth agenda for the 6-4, 240-pound Orakpo is to increase his strength "to take on a big tackle," Brown added. "He's very bright. He makes no mental mistakes. He's a very good student, and we thought he was that way in high school. We're very pleased with him."

Robison may be a tougher grader than Brown, or at least a bit more candid.

"There's just so many things as a defensive end that he can be better at," Robison said. "One thing he's got to learn on his pass rush is not to be stuttering around and trying to make moves. It's a matter of finding that move that works for you and go for it. That just comes with inexperience. I did it at the beginning of this year and last year, too. He's going to be a great defensive end before he leaves here."

Meanwhile, FLs Quan Cosby and Nate Jones are listed as co-starters for Kansas in place of Brian Carter (knee) who started the first eight games of the season. RBs Ramonce Taylor and Jamaal Charles are currently listed as co-starters while Selvin Young (though not included on last week's injury report) is listed at No. 3.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on ABC.

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