Mason Walters has started each of the last 45 games -- the nation's second-largest streak by an offensive lineman. Despite a hurt knee, Walters is not about to allow that streak to be snapped.
"There have been some times this season where I've had to kind of force it," Walters admitted. "I'm an old guy. I'm going to have days where I don't feel 100 percent and being able to push through, that is something that's going to be a part of my character. Anything that's wrong can be taken care of after the season and it's not going to be a big deal."
But Walters said Monday that postseason surgery is an option. He was a game-time decision before Texas' win over Kansas State last month but started in the 31-21 victory. A foot injury limited Walters to just one game as a true freshman in 2009 but he redshirted and has since started every game the Longhorns have played in.
"We'll see what happens," Walters said. "If you see me out there in football pads and a helmet, I've signed the waiver that says I'm good to go and there's no excuses if I don't play football at a high level."
Unlike Walters, junior offensive tackle Josh Cochran will not play Saturday against Kansas while he recovers from a shoulder injury that will force him to mis his fifth straight game this week. As he has done the first four times Cochran was out, sophomore Kennedy Estelle will start in his place.