Texas' Chris Nelson chases down Kansas QB Keaton Perry during late fourth quarter action as Texas defeats Kansas 59-20 in their Big 12 football game at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. Saturday night November 7, 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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The Longhorns’ Spanish radio network uses player nicknames, and they’re awesome

Posted September 14th, 2016

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Texas sophomore defensive tackle Chris Nelson was once nicknamed “Heavy” by former teammate Hassan Ridgeway, but that’s nothing compared to what he goes by on the Longhorns’ Spanish radio broadcasts.

Dr. Ruben Pizarro has long been the Spanish play-by-play voice for the Longhorns, and he’s currently joined by Jesus Mendoza in describing the action each week. According to the Twitter account @LONGHORNSESP, the pair have gotten creative on the broadcasts this season.

Here are some of the nicknames they’ve been using:

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  • Defensive tackle Chris Nelson: Sanguínario or “Blood thirsty”
  • Running back D’Onta Foreman: Búfalo or “Buffalo”
  • Tight end Caleb Bluiett: Lobo or “Wolf”
  • Paul Boyette Jr.: El Marro or “The Mallet”
  • Quarterback Tyrone Swoopes: El Rifle” or “The Rifle”
  • Wide receiver John Burt: El Intelectual or “The Intellectual”
  • Wide receiver Jerrod Heard: La Chispa or “The Spark”

These are all pretty great. Some even translate well into English, and others — like Heard’s — sound great in either language. However, we’re pretty sure English-speaking fans are set on Swoopes’ nickname.

If you know of any others, feel free to shoot them our way.

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