Hop­kins will sit out bowl game

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“We’re lucky to play a team that’s had a bet­ter year than we have,” Brown said, “and they’re ranked higher than we are.”

When asked to elab­o­rate, Brown said, “You need to have great mo­ti­va­tion for a bowl game. Our team will be ex­cited about this chal­lenge.”

Not long af­ter the press con­fer­ence ended, Univer­sity of Texas pres­i­dent Wil­liams Pow­ers re­leased a state­ment on the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s “Tower Talk” blog ex­press­ing his sup­port for Brown as the coach to rise to the chal- lenge for not only the bowl game, but for the fu­ture.

Pow­ers’ three-para­graph state­ment, en­ti­tled, “Coach Brown has my full sup­port,” ac­knowl­edged Texas’ 15th-year coach has come un­der fire this sea­son.

“I’d like to state un­equiv­o­cally that Coach Brown has my full sup­port as well as the sup­port of Men’s Ath­let­ics Di­rec­tor DeLoss Dodds,” Pow­ers wrote. “Put suc­cinctly, Mack Brown is and will re­main the Longhorns’ head foot­ball coach.”

Af­ter the Dec. 1 loss at Kansas State, Brown went to New York and the as­sis­tants went re­cruit­ing. Brown said they’ll all gather Fri­day for a staff meet­ing be­fore Texas’ an­nual foot­ball ban­quet in the evening.

There is no short­age of topics for the meet­ing. The new­est, and ar­guably big­gest, is the loss of ju­nior left guard Trey Hop- Dec. 29, 5:45 p.m., ESPN, 1300, 98.1

SGet com­plete Longhorns cov­er­age lead­ing up to the Alamo Bowl, in­clud­ing pho­tos and stats, at kins, the Longhorns’ best of­fen­sive line­man. Texas an­nounced Thurs­day that Hop­kins has a stress frac­ture in his lower right leg that will re­quire surgery.

Hop­kins, a sec­ond-team All-Big 12 pick, had started 29 straight games. His backup on the two-deep ros­ter for Kansas State was listed as red­shirt fresh­man Sedrick Flow­ers, but ver­sa­tile se­nior Luke Poehlmann is re­garded as Texas’ No. 6 of­fen­sive line­man. Brown said the staff will dis­cuss Hop­kins’ re­place­ment to­day.

“He (Hop­kins) is a very valu­able player for us,” said Brown, who called Hop­kins “one of the bet­ter line­men we’ve had over the past cou­ple of years ... We ap­pre­ci­ate what he’s done all year and we’ll really miss him in the game.”

Texas also an­nounced Thurs­day that de­fen­sive end Alex Okafor (an­kle), run­ning back Joe Berg­eron (shoul­der), de­fen­sive tackle Ash­ton Dorsey (con­cus­sion) and place­kicker An­thony Fera (hip) are all ex­pected to be med­i­cally cleared for prac­tice and the bowl game.

There was no men­tion in the in­jury report of quar­ter­back David Ash, who didn’t start for the first time all sea­son in the fi­nale af­ter suf­fer­ing a rib in­jury against TCU. Brown said no de­ter­mi­na­tion has been made whether Ash will open against Ore­gon State or if Case McCoy will get his sec­ond straight

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