Posted February 22nd, 2007 by Brian
Filed under: Football, Spring Football

Roddrick Muckelroy[tag]Roddrick Muckelroy[/tag] is healthy and will be back on the field when spring practice starts this week.

Muckelroy was the Longhorns’ best linebacker on the field through the first three games of the season before he was injured. He had surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his right ring finger suffered against Rice and was forced to miss the rest of the season. I kept waiting for him to be back after a couple of weeks, and it sounds like he was as surprised as I was that a finger injury could be so serious:

“Everything feels good,” Muckelroy said heading into the opening of spring. “Sitting out that long after starting the first three games was a setback, but I understood the injury, and I had to get it fixed because I was worried about using my finger in the future. I think it was the best thing for me, and it’s good now.”

Muckelroy had to come to terms with how a finger injury could cost him the entire remainder season. However, after it was explained, it did not leave much of a decision as to whether or not to have surgery. “When I hurt it, I went to the sidelines and told them what happened,” Muckelroy described. “I thought my finger was just broken. I wanted them to tape it up and go back in because it was fourth down.

It’ll be huge for the Texas defense to have Muck back out there. He was playing incredibly well and he brings speed, nose for the football, and big hit ability to a linebacking corps that was missing all three of those things last season. While Scott Derry played very well in his place, he’s a solid player but not a difference maker like Muckelroy can be.

Muckelroy is just the type of player Duane Akina wants for his more aggressive new defensive attitude.


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