Suspension shakes up revived Texas-Arkansas rivalry

Friday, December 31st 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Dallas-AP) -- The Texas-Arkansas rivalry at the Cotton Bowl has been overshadowed by the suspension of four Longhorns. The four will miss tomorrow's game in Dallas for violating undisclosed team rules.

Kwame Cavil's 100 receptions and one-thousand, 188 yards this season set U-T records. Aaron Humphrey was the Big 12 sack leader the last two seasons. Also out are backup defensive end J.J. Kelly and reserve linebacker Jamal Joyner. Texas Coach Mack Brown says it was the hardest thing he ever had to do.

As for replacements: -- U-T's biggest problem is at flanker because Cavil's top back up, Jeremy Jones, sprained an ankle at practice yesterday and won't play. The starting flanker will be Jamel Thompson -- a junior who caught eight passes for 124 yards this season. His backup will be Brandon Healy -- a junior with seven catches this season and eight in his career. Both will be used when the Longhorns use four receivers. Other players who may be used at receiver include freshman Courtney Garcia and even David Aaron -- a junior being red shirted.

On defense, the easiest move is giving freshman Cory Redding his first start at Humphrey's spot. Sophomore Maurice Gordon, who made two tackles, a sack and caused a fumble in limited action, also will see play a lot at end. Sophomore Jermain Anderson may play, too. Redshirt freshman Adam McConathy could see time in the linebacker rotation in place of Thompson.