Longhorns land ju­nior col­lege line­backer

Austin American-Statesman - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By randy riggs rriggs@states­man.com

DeVon­dre Camp­bell, a three-star out­side line­backer from Hutchin­son (Kan.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege, has com­mit­ted to Texas, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the ju­nior col­lege, and will sign with the Longhorns on Wed­nes­day.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 224pound Camp­bell be­comes Texas’ 14th pledge for 2013 and the sec­ond from the ju­nior col­lege ranks, join­ing tight end Ge­off Swaim of Butte (Calif.) Com­mu­nity Col­lege. Ju­nior col­lege play­ers can sign on Wed­nes­day.

Camp­bell, a na­tive of Fort My­ers, Fla., orig­i­nally com­mit­ted to Ten­nessee but re­opened his re­cruit­ment af­ter the Vol­un­teers fired coach Derek Doo­ley. He vis­ited Texas on Dec. 9 and also vis­ited Min­nesota. Camp­bell’s 88 tack­les this sea­son were sec­ond on the team. He recorded 8.5 tack­les be­hind the line, 3.5 quar­ter­back sacks, four hur­ries, three pass breakups, an in­ter­cep­tion and a forced fum­ble.

Ri­ley won’t name starter: The Longhorns named David Ash the starter for the Alamo Bowl on Mon­day, but don’t ex­pect a sim­i­lar de­ci­sion from Ore­gon State’s Mike Ri­ley soon.

Quar­ter­backs Sean Man­nion and Cody Vaz are still very much in the thick of the race to start for the Beavers, but Ri­ley said he doesn’t feel any pres­sure to an­nounce a starter just yet.

“We are closer, but we haven’t said any­thing to the play­ers,” Ri­ley told The Ore­go­nian. “With both of th­ese guys, we’re pretty con­fi­dent who­ever we pick to start will go out there and play well.”

Man­nion has ap­pre­ci­ated the ex­tra prep time, even if he’s still not sure if it will pay off come Dec. 29.

“To have so much time is kind of a new thing for me,” Man­nion said. “You can fo­cus on de­tails that you might not be able to think about dur­ing a short week.”

Tick­ets up­date: About 500 tick­ets re­main for gen­eral pub­lic sale to the Alamo Bowl. Seats are $65 and can be or­dered on­line at Tex­as­Box­Of­fice.com or by call­ing (512) 471-3333.

The game will be tele­vised by ESPN.

In­jury up­dates: Texas will be with­out start­ing left guard Trey Hop­kins, who will have surgery next month on a lower-leg stress frac­ture and miss both the bowl game and spring foot­ball. Ore­gon State re­ceiver Brandin Cooks (bruised knee) re­turned to prac­tice.

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