A number of senior football players took part in graduation ceremonies Saturday at the University of Texas, Texassports.com reports. Those who made the walk included Jaime Carvajal, former Arlington Bowie standout Brandon Foster, Marcus Griffin, Erick Jackson, Nate Jones, Drew Kelson, Robert Killebrew, Derek Lokey, Thomas Marshall, Ryan Moench, Frank Okam, Limas Sweed, Freddy Torres and Gilbert Zepeda.
“It’s great, because we were all brought together for school and football at the University of Texas,” Foster said. “For us to go out there and play football every Saturday, but then take care of our academics, it’s great for us to go out here together and get our diplomas.”
Jones, Kelson, Lokey and Okam all completed their course work in three and a half years.
Also receiving his diploma Saturday: former UT basketball star Terrence Rencher. He finished his UT career as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 2,306 points and was drafted in 1995 by the Washington Bullets. After a year in the NBA, he became a pro basketball vagabond around the world. He returned to the United States in 2006.
Brad Buckman, who finished his eligibility in 2006, received his diploma, having returned to school after misfortunes as a pro. After one season in the NBA Development Leaguee, Buckman sustained a knee injury that required surgery.
-- Vince Langford