Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Football:

Which 'Horn Will Get His Kicks?
InsideTexas.com
Suppose at least one more Texas game comes down to a last-minute field goal. Who's the kicker? Senior incumbent Greg Johnson? Freshman blue-chipper Hunter Lawrence? Or walk-on Ryan Bailey, the Big 12's Special Teams Player of the Week following his game-winning boot at Nebraska?

Lokey Out: Miller & Co. Fill the Void at NT
InsideTexas.com
Texas NT Derek Lokey has been sidelined indefinitely with a fractured left leg, it was announced Monday. The Longhorns have been a walking MASH unit this season, but that means it's Miller time on the defensive front.

Nebraska Game Report Cards
InsideTexas.com
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in the 22-20 win over Nebraska.

Injury lists turns Texas roster into glorified M.A.S.H. list
Austin American-Statesman
Texas' thrilling win over Nebraska came with a significant cost. The Longhorns lost at least one starter — defensive tackle Derek Lokey — with a significant injury, and more players could be added to the no-play list by Saturday's game at Texas Tech.

"Z Surprise" wasn't much of a surprise
Austin American-Statesman
It might've looked good on the chalkboard, but "Z Surprise" didn't unfold exactly as planned Saturday against Nebraska. The Longhorns tried a trick handoff play on a third-and-goal situation from the Nebraska 5 yard line on their opening drive. The play resulted in no gain and prompted Texas to settle for a momentum-slowing field goal.

LONGHORNS FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Austin American-Statesman

UT safety tries to tackle criticism
Dallas Morning News
Texas senior safety Michael Griffin, who became a national star with a critical interception against USC in the Rose Bowl, came into the season as perhaps the top awards candidate on his team. On Monday, he found himself defending his role in a secondary that has given up big play after big play with a road trip to pass-happy Texas Tech up next. He answered questions about whether he truly loves the game and responded to his critics.

Broken leg stops UT tackle
Dallas Morning News
Texas junior defensive tackle Derek Lokey of Denton Ryan, a big reason for the Longhorns' No. 2 national ranking in run defense, is probably out for the season after breaking his left leg in the second quarter Saturday against Nebraska.

Tech is trying togetherness
Dallas Morning News
The team meeting room in the Texas Tech football building now features a four-square court. Coach Mike Leach figures the court would be better suited for the more spacious locker room, but he isn't complaining. He's happy to see evidence that his team is bonding entering Saturday's game against No. 5 Texas.

McCoy's UT success guarantees nothing
San Antonio Express-News
When it came time to slap a name on his first-born son, Brad McCoy went a unique route. He called him Colt. To this day, he isn't sure why. "I guess I was watching too many Westerns," Brad McCoy joked. Twenty years later, the name fits like a worn-in pair of cowboy boots.

Longhorns lose defensive lineman
San Antonio Express-News
Texas defensive tackle Derek Lokey is out indefinitely with a broken left leg, the school said Monday. Lokey, who suffered the injury in the second quarter of UT's victory at Nebraska last week, will undergo surgery this week.

Junior DT is out indefinitely
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas' depth chart absorbed a double-barreled hit Monday when trainers said defensive tackle Derek Lokey will be lost indefinitely because of a fractured fibula in his left leg. Lokey, a junior from Denton Ryan High School who doubled as the Longhorns' short-yardage fullback, will undergo surgery this week.

Tech adds chemistry to equation for Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It worked so well the first week, Texas Tech isn't going to change anything this week, even with the fifth-ranked Longhorns coming to town. For the second week in a row, the Red Raiders went without practice Sunday and focused instead on continuing to build team chemistry.

Injuries mount at Texas
Houston Chronicle
Now open: University of Texas Medical Branch-Bellmont Hall. The Texas Longhorns announced Monday that starting defensive tackle Derek Lokey is out indefinitely with a broken left leg, adding another name to the growing list of injured defensive players for the Big 12 South leaders.

Lokey sidelined with leg fracture
Daily Texan
The Longhorns received some unfortunate news from football athletic trainer Kenny Boyd on Monday. Junior defensive tackle Derek Lokey sustained a fibula fracture to his left leg in Texas' 22-20 victory over Nebraska on Saturday and will be out indefinitely. Lokey will undergo surgery later this week.

Ryan Bailey helps save season with game-winning kick
Daily Texan
Welcome to your surreal life, Ryan Bailey. With 23 seconds left in last Saturday's 22-20 win over Nebraska, the sophomore walk-on kicked the go-ahead field goal that proved to be the game-winner. It was his first kick in college. Not only did it save Texas' season, but it has probably changed this young man's life and shaken up the Longhorn depth chart for years to come.

Tech needs to avoid turnovers - especially vs. Texas
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The Texas Tech Red Raiders didn't get all the turnovers out of their system last weekend, but they took a step in the right direction in their 42-26 victory at Iowa State. They didn't give up the football nearly as much as they did in the two games before, and the Raiders' offense didn't turn it over at all. That'll be a column to monitor this week, because No. 5 Texas has been gobbling up turnovers at a rate even surpassing Tech's recent propensity for giving them up.

Red Raiders football notebook
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Football recruiting:

Jerrod Gooch: Can't wait for Austin
InsideTexas.com
Vidor, Texas offensive lineman Jerrod Gooch made no bones about it early in the recruiting process. An offer from the Longhorns would result in a commitment, the offer came at Texas' first junior day and Gooch stuck to his word. What has he been up to since?

R.J. Washington: Top Prospect in Texas?
InsideTexas.com
The class of 2008 will be filled with many kids that excel on the defensive side of the ball. Possibly the best defensive prospect in Texas can be found at Keller Fossil Ridge High School. Defensive end R.J. Washington has already received three scholarship offers from Big 12 powerhouses and is putting together an outstanding season this year.

QB says he'll stay true to Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Like any other dedicated Texas Longhorns fan, John Brantley has watched and admired the swift development of UT quarterback Colt McCoy. "He's had a really strong season," Brantley said. "He gets better every week." Brantley's interest in the redshirt freshman and the Longhorns isn't limited to Saturdays in front of the television.

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