Tape It Up: Texas: Bye Bye Brian

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Texas: Bye Bye Brian

Texas is in a must-win situation when No. 19 TCU comes to town on Saturday, and the Longhorns will have to snuff the Horned Frogs without the help of defensive end Brian Okrapo. The junior suffered a knee injury in last weekend's 21-13 sneak-by win over Arkansas State and will miss the oh-so-important statement matchup with TCU.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound end played in all 13 games last season, recording 26 tackles, six for a loss, and 4.5 sacks as a sophomore. He had two tackles, one for a loss and half a sack against Arkansas State before injuring the knee.

Texas will most likely be more worried about scoring on TCU's stingy defense than stopping the Horned Frogs' offense, but after last weekend's performance, they will certainly need everything they can get out of their team, and that includes a healthy defensive unit. With Okrapo out, sophomore Lamarr Houston and junior Aaron Lewis are listed as the starting defensive ends. Lewis has three starts to his name after seeing time in all 13 games last season, while Houston will be making his first start on Saturday.

On the offensive side, redshirt freshman quarterback Sherrod Harris is still out with a knee injury, while receiver Jordan Shipley is questionable with a nagging hamstring, although he will handle holds on field goals and extra points.

For TCU, the status of defensive end Tommy Blake is still a mystery, although he has been practicing with that undisclosed illness.

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