As it so often does, today's Texas-Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl will have an East Texas flavor. On the Texas side, there's junior defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey, a John Tyler product. Dorsey made two starts for the Longhorns against Mississippi and Oklahoma State and has 15 total tackles, six of which are for a loss. He had a season-high four tackles against Wyoming and has two quarterback pressures. Against West Virginia he had tackle for a loss and three tackles. He'll be a part of the defensive rotation on Saturday.
Freshman wide receiver Kendall Sanders, an Athens product, probably won't be much of a factor on Saturday. But the Longhorns have used him in all five games and he has two catches for 15 yards, both of which came in the season's first two games.
Van freshman Dalton Santos, who has played in all five of the Longhorns' games, has 13 tackles, including one for a loss. He is listed as a backup to Daingerfield's Steve Edmond at middle linebacker.
For Oklahoma, senior defensive lineman Jamarkus McFarland, of Lufkin, should be a key player defensively. He has 11 total tackles, including three tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception, the last of which he picked off last week against Texas Tech. Gilmer senior defensive back Lamar Harris had played in all four games and has four tackles.
Offensively Whitehouse freshman wide receiver Trey Meteyor did not have a catch last week against Texas Tech, but he has 10 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.
Saturday's game is set for 11 a.m.
Calhoun, Wheeler in LSC top 10
Nearly halfway through his junior season at Angelo State, Van's Jermie Calhoun remains in the Top 10 in rushing in the Lone Star Conference.
Through five games Calhoun has 58 carries for 239 yards and a touchdown, giving him a 47.8-yard per game average, putting him No. 8 among LSC rushers.
Angelo State heads to Wichita Falls today to face Midwestern State in LSC action. MSU is ranked No. 4 in the LSC in rushing defense.
Texas A&M-Commerce sophomore cornerback Robert Wheeler, a John Tyler product, is among the top 25 tacklers in the LSC. Wheeler has 29 tackles, an average of 5.9 tackles per game. He's also picked off a pass and recovered a fumble. The Lions host Tarleton State this Saturday.
Denbow paces ETBU
Roy Denbow, a sophomore from Canton, is East Texas Baptist University's second-leading receiver after five games this season.
Denbow is averaging 73.3 yards per game, good for seventh-best in the American Southwest Conference in NCAA Division III. Denbow has caught 23 passes for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns. ETBU is at Hardin-Simmons this weekend.
Morton part of ISU's big win
Iowa State pulled off a big win last weekend, beating then-No. 13 TCU, 37-23. West Rusk product and senior Matt Morton, a linebacker for the Cyclones, was a part of the victory, finishing the game with one tackle.
Morton has played in all five games this season for the Cyclones, making six total tackles. The Cyclones face another ranked team, Kansas State, this weekend. Morton is already in graduate school and is a three-time first-team academic All-Big 12.
Hodges manning back line for
Tarleton State volleyball
Lacy Hodges, a sophomore from Gilmer, is playing as a defensive specialist for the Tarleton State volleyball team, which is in the thick of the Lone Star Conference race.
Tarleton enters this weekend's action in third place in the LSC with an 8-2 conference record and a 13-5 overall record.
Hodges has played in 15 matches and more than half of TSU's sets this season. She has 79 digs so far this season, good for fifth on the team.
TSU is on the road tonight at Cameron and at Midwestern State on Saturday.
Pare of ET products part of TWU's
The Texas Woman's University volleyball team is currently fourth in the Lone Star Conference has two East Texas products leading the way.
White Oak sophomore Morgan Wilson is the Pioneers' starting libero and has played in every match this year, with one start. Wilson is the team's leading back-row defensive player with 240 digs.
Courtnee Davis, a junior from Hawkins who also went to Panola College, has started every match in her first season with the Pioneers. She is fifth on the team in kills with 111. Davis was a two-time junior college All-American at Panola.
Rains freshman Torie Talkington is playing a supporting role with the Pioneers. She's played in nine matches, starting two, and has 14 kills and 34 digs. TWU hosts Texas A&M-Kingsville today.
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