Conference Player

Texas swimmer, diver earn Big 12 Honors

Senior swimmer Samantha Tucker and junior diver Emma Ivory-Ganja earned conference player of the week honors Wednesday for their performances against Texas A&M and North Carolina last week.

Tucker was named Big 12 Swimmer of the Week after claiming the 200-yard freestyle against the Aggies with a time of 1:47:95, a time which was good enough for 10th-best in college swimming this season. In the Longhorns’ victory over North Carolina, Tucker was runner-up in both the 50-yard and 200-yard freestyle events. 

Ivory-Ganja, who is a transferred to UT from UCLA, notched Big 12 Diver of the Week honors by winning the three-meter diving event against Texas A&M. The junior also tallied individual runner-up finishes in both the one-meter and three-meter diving events against the Tar Heels. 

The awards were the first conference player of the week honors for both Tucker and Ivory-Ganja in their careers.  

Texas Baseball has No. 2 recruiting class

Baseball America announced Tuesday the Texas baseball Class of 2013 was the second best in the nation, trailing only the Florida Gators. The rankings rate classes based on the players who are attending campus in the fall. 

Just like the Gators and South Carolina, Texas tallied five recruits ranked in the Baseball America 500: right-handed pitcher Lukas Schiraldi (No. 162), infielder Andy McGuire (No. 198), catcher Tres Barrera (No. 200), infielder Bret Boswell (No. 221) and right-handed pitcher Blake Goins (No. 256).

The Longhorns have 13 total recruits joining the team this season, five of which were drafted in the most recent MLB Draft but deferred to play
college baseball. 

This is the 12th time in the last 14 years that Texas brought in a Top-12 ranked class. 

Senior running back De’Vion Moore’s status remains uncertain for the Tigers’ game against Western Illinois this week.

Moore suffered an ankle injury after carrying the ball once last week against Arizona State. On a more positive note, two starters will return to action this week for the Tigers — Center Travis Ruth returns from a partially torn Achilles tendon and wide receiver Jerrell Jackson is listed on the depth chart as the top receiver after missing two games with a
pulled hamstring.

Linebacker Zaviar Gooden was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after blocking a point-after try and recording nine solo tackles against Arizona State.

Texas Tech
Defensive end Jackson Richards will start in place of the injured Leon Mackey this week against New Mexico. Mackey was hospitalized after the Red Raider’s opener for a collapsed lung.

Two freshmen, wide receiver Bradley Marquez and linebacker Sam Eguavon, have both been listed as starters after a strong two weeks of practice.

Kansas State
Sophomore running back John Hubert has earned the starting job after he rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries in Week 1 against Eastern Kentucky. The Wildcat’s offensive line will also look a lot different this week as B.J. Finney moves to center to take over for the injured Shaun Simon.

Senior wide receiver Kendall Wright will look to extend his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 39 when the Bears take on Stephen F. Austin this week.

After essentially being booed off the field against BYU, quarterback Garrett Gilbert has been moved to third-string behind Case McCoy and David Ash, who will both play this week against UCLA. McCoy is listed at the top of the depth chart.

Fan-favorite Malcolm Brown has moved ahead of senior Fozzy Whittaker at running back on the depth chart, but both are still expected to take a large chunk of the carries.

Marquise Goodwin will be the primary kick returner this week with freshman Quandre Diggs. Goodwin will also start at receiver.

Texas A&M
Sophomore outside linebacker Damontre Moore will play this week against Idaho after sitting out the Aggie’s opener following an offseason arrest for possession of marijuana.

Linebacker Travis Lewis has ruled himself out of the Sooner’s match-up with Florida State this week. The team’s leading tackler the last three seasons has been out with a broken big toe. He made the announcement via Twitter—

“Won’t be playing this week,” he tweeted. “Still another week away. Sorry Sooner fans.”

Jermie Calhoun, once the No. 7 overall recruit in the ESPN 150 class of 2008, has decided to transfer. A consensus five-star back coming out of high school, Calhoun was never able to crack the rotation at Oklahoma and plans to stay in Norman for the remainder of the semester before leaving.

D.J. Beshears was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after totaling 295 all-purpose yards in last week’s game against Northern Illinois.

Defensive tackle John Williams will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in last week’s 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois.

“He definitely was playing well,” said head coach Turner Gill. “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. We’ll just have to get the next guy that has an opportunity to come in and make plays for us.”

Gill also announced that wide receivers JaCorey Shepherd, Daymond Patterson, linebacker Tunde Bakare and center Jeremiah Hatch are questionable for this week’s game against Georgia Tech.

Iowa State
Junior quarterback Steele Jantz was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week after throwing for 279 yards and three touchdowns in a triple overtime thriller against Iowa.

Donnie Jennert and Walker Lee Woods were arrested for public intoxication following the Cyclones’ dramatic triple overtime win over Iowa. Jennert, a sophomore wide receiver, waived his right to a chemical test after he fled from Ames police officers. Woods, a sophomore running back, was also charged with simple assault after he reportedly tackled and struck a woman in the face.