Texas linebacker Gary Johnson (33) is announced during senior night presentations before an NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Austin on Nov. 17, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Texas suspends leading tackler Gary Johnson for Friday’s game at Kansas

Posted November 23rd, 2018


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Texas senior linebacker Gary Johnson will be suspended for the team’s regular-season finale against Kansas.

The Longhorns announced the suspension two hours ahead of Friday’s kickoff at Memorial Stadium. Johnson will sit because of an undisclosed violation of team rules. Johnson is the fifth Longhorn to be suspended for a violation of team rules this season, but the four other punishments each lasted less than a half.

Johnson, who made the trip to Lawrence, leads the Longhorns with his 74 tackles and 14 stops for a loss. He also has registered sacks in four of UT’s last five games. Johnson is also one of two Longhorns to win the Big 12’s defensive player of the week award in 2018.


On UT’s depth chart, freshman DeMarvion Overshown sit behind Johnson at the rover linebacker position.  Texas (8-3, 6-2 Big 12) is attempting to secure a spot in the Big 12’s championship game. Kansas (3-8, 1-7) is wrapping up its season on Friday.

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