LoginCreate an account

Home News-Telegram Sports 5 former Wildcats in bowl games

5 former Wildcats in bowl games

E-mail Print PDF

    When flipping across bowl games on television, you might remember that several players from Sulphur Springs are involved in these prestigious games.

    While the Alamo Bowl Dec. 30 in San Antonio might be drawing attention as Mack Brown’s final game as head coach of the Texas Longhorns. It is another chance for Bryant “Day Day” Jackson to play.
    Jackson, a Sulphur Springs graduate, broke his foot in August, just when he was going be a big part of the offense.
    The 6-2 junior wide receiver missed all 12 games this year due to injury. As a sophomore he played on special teams. As a redshirt freshman he saw limited duty, but did catch a pass in the Holiday Bowl.
    The game will feature the high powered attack of 10-2 Oregon against Texas at 8-4. The game will be at 5:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 on ESPN.
    Jackson will be wearing No. 16 for the burnt orange Longhorns.
    Another Big 12 team earning a bowl bid is Beau Carpenter’s Red Raiders. Texas Tech (7-5) will play Arizona State (10-3) at 9:15 p.m. Dec. 30 on ESPN. The game is set in San Diego.
    Carpenter is a 6-6, 285-pound offensive lineman for Texas Tech. He is No. 72 and a junior at Lubbock.
    The former Wildcat had nine starts this season, playing in all 12 games. The Tech offensive line was a force and led the team to a 12 games rushing total of 1,674 awards, the most since 1998.
    Carpenter played in a eight games last year with one start.
    Two former Wildcats will be in action representing the University of North Texas (8-4) in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, vs. UNLV (7-4) Jan. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Cotton Bowl. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
    Blake Macek is No. 40 for the team and the starting punter for the Mean Green.
    Macek, a 5-9, 186-pound redshirt freshman, has earned high praise in Denton.
    He was named the 2013 Conference USA All-Freshman team. He has the highest freshman punting average (40.8) in school history. Forty percent of his punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, that was 15th in the nation.
    Macek had 11 kicks of over 50 yards and a career long of 61 yards against Georgia. In seven games he had at least one punt downed inside the 20-yard line.
    Mason Y’Barbo has already received his diploma from North Texas. He is a 6-2, 307-pound offensive lineman wearing No. 57.
    This year he was named to the 2013 Conference USA All-Conference Second Team at offensive line. He also was named Midseason All-C-USA Third-Team by Phil Steele while starting all 12 games.
    A highlight of his season was when he recovered a fumble for a touchdown at Tulane.
    Y’Barbo has been part of an offensive line that has allowed only 10 sacks on the season and the fewest sacks in the nation with 16 over the last two years. He blocked for Brandin Byrd to rush for over 1,000 yards.
    In 2012 he was named Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference in 2012 for the first time in his career. That year he started all 12 games and has started 24 straight games.
    Y’Barbo was part of an offensive line that led the nation in allowing the fewest sacks in 2012.
    The Mean Green offensive line gave up just six sacks last season and did not allow a sack in nine of the 12 games in 2012. That year the North Texas squad rushed for over 2,000 yards for the third time in the last four years He helped North Texas rush for over 200 yards in four games in 2012 and a season-high 352, which was the ninth-highest total in school history.
    Y’Barbo played and started all 12 games as a freshman.
    The Heart of Dallas Bowl is the Eagle’s second appearance in a New Year’s Day bowl. North Texas played Jan. 1 in 1948 in the Salad Bowl, which was a precursor to the Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz.
    North Texas is he only school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to earn a bowl invitation this year.
    This is the fifth meeting by UNT against UNLV. The Rebels won all previous games.
    Tickets to the game are $75  and still available online at www.meangreensports.com or by calling 940-565-2527 or 800-868-2366.
    One of the later bowl games is Sunday, Jan. 5 featuring Arkansas State (7-5) vs. Ball State (10-2) at 8 p.m. on ESPN in the GoDaddy.com Bowl from Mobile, Ala.
    Kendrick Daniels, No. 28, formerly of  Sulphur Springs is a redshirt freshman. The 5-7, 185-pound running back is a member of the Arkansas State team and listed on their roster.




mySSnews Login

User Menu