• Kenny Vaccaro shines in NFL

    Former 2013 first-round draft pick Kenny Vaccaro is on pace for a career high in tackles this season. During the Saints’ victory over the Colts on Sunday, Vaccaro recorded five tackles, including his first sack of the season. Just six games into the season, Vaccaro has already totaled 44 tackles. With nine games to go, Vaccaro expects to surpass his previous marks of 74 tackles in 2014 and 79 in 2013.

    Vaccaro attributes much of his recent success to overcoming a rash of injuries. At the end of his rookie season, Vaccaro injured his ankle. He returned to the field four months later for what was considered a year-and-a-half-long recovery process. The injury continued to bother Vaccaro for months, and in his first game of 2014, Vaccaro tore his hamstring. He then suffered a quad injury that was never officially reported and continued to trouble him through the season.

    “I’m one of those guys that’s going to be hard to sit on the bench,” Vaccaro said. “I’m going to play through any type of injury so I can be on the field.”

    Vaccaro played safety for the Longhorns from 2009 to 2012. His brother Kevin, now a Texas safety, has 15 tackles this season. Kenny Vaccaro was a defensive captain at Texas alongside Alex Okafor. He was also a first-team All-American his senior year.

  • Longhorns compete in Day 3 of Texas Regional Championship

    The ITA Texas Regional Championship continued Monday with the men’s singles and doubles rounds.

    In the singles round of 16, freshman Harrison Scott was defeated in a three-set match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 by Texas Tech sophomore Alex Sendegeya. Scott was eliminated from play.

    In the singles consolation, redshirt freshman Julian Zlobinsky edged UT-Rio Grande Valley sophomore Koby Jansen 6-0, 7-5. Zlobinsky advanced to the next round where he played SMU redshirt sophomore Charlie Nettlefold and lost 6-1, 6-2.

    In the doubles round of 16, senior George Goldhoff and freshman Liam Caruana teamed up and were defeated by Texas A&M junior Max Lunkin and sophomore AJ Catanzariti, 8-5. Goldhoff and Caruana advanced to the quarterfinals. Sophomore John Mee and Scott matched up against SMU redshirt junior duo Hunter Johnson and Yates Johnson and lost 8-7.

    In the doubles quarterfinals Texas Tech seniors Hugo Dojas and Felipe Soares edged out Goldhoff and Caruana 8-4.

    Match play continues Tuesday and a winner will be crowned. The tournament champions will earn automatic entry into the ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York City, the same site as the U.S. Open.